Friday, December 28, 2007

Doing Time on The Coast's "Best of 2007" List

It's always nice to know that you made an impact, and that of all the low budget indie plays run in Halifax this past year, Doing Time resonated with the critics. The Coast's Year End Review

Most pleasant surprise: Director Paul Kimball's adaptation of a sci-fi short story called Doing Time proved theatre on a shoestring can be as entertaining as big-budget productions. The intimate basement room at The Wired Monk Cafe was perfect - Kate Watson
Thanks Kate for the kind words, and thanks again to everyone who was part of the production, which looks like it will continue to live into 2008 (more on that in the new year). Expect more of the same from Semaphore in 2008!

Paul Kimball

Monday, December 3, 2007

Doing Time - Onward and Upward!

The world premiere run of Doing Time has ended, and it was a great... er, "time". The crowds were enthusiastic, the reviews were great, the work by the actors (Kris McBride, Nick Lachance and Christina Cuffari) was stellar, and the crew (David Connellan and Christine Boss) was super. Both Mac Tonnies, who was in town from Kansas City for the entire run, and I had a great time. It was a wonderful experience.

So... what next?

Well, for starters, Doing Time is being submitted to a number of fringe festivals in North America and Europe for 2008. You can expect to see it somewhere besides Halifax next year, although I can't say just where yet. As anyone who knows me from the film and television industry is aware, however, I love to travel, so it's a safe bet that I'll be taking a play as good as Doing Time on the road.

Speaking of the film and television industry (which is, after all, what I do for a living)...

Plans are afoot to film Doing Time as a 1/2 hour short film sometime in the spring of 2008. I'll be working to raise the money for this venture over the next couple of months, and will keep folks posted.

Finally, Mac and I will be publishing the play within the next couple of months as well. Again, updates when available.

So, that's it... for now. Rest assured, however - Doing Time will live on in 2008, and beyond.

As for the next step for Semaphore Theatre...

Well, that's the subject of another post, for another day!

Thanks to everyone who came to see Doing Time, and everyone involved in the production, for making the first Semaphore Theatre show a rousing success.

Paul Kimball