Riding Your Bike Around Town a Lot

30 Apr

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My essay about bike couriering in Vancouver called “Riding Your Bike Around Town a Lot” is forthcoming in Issue #16 of Boneshaker Magazine. Thanks to my buddy Kati J for her pictures that inspired the amazing illustrations.


Listen to Leggings

8 Jul

Listen to “Leggings”

My audio piece in the Audio Feedback project currently running at The Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver can now be heard online. Right here.


Between the experience of…

8 Jul

Between the experience of living a normal life at this moment on the planet and the public narratives being offered to give a sense to that life, the empty space, the gap, is enormous.

-John Berger

Audio Feedback

14 Jun

All I saw was the leg. I saw the mannequin leg and the name of the exhibit, “American Leg” and I figured, “Yeah, why not?”

Legs seem to be the most utilitarian sexualized female body part out there. Perhaps hands if you’re going the hand fetish route, but it’s not a route as well worn as the sexualization of the female leg route. And it’s not as though men don’t have legs either. Legs are meant to come in pairs and get you from point A to point B, yet somehow we’ve found a way to detach the female leg and trap it in idolatry.

So when The Cultch Theatre asked me, along with 4 other people determined young enough to call “youth” if we wanted to work with the CAG and VIVO (Video In/Video Out) on an audio project responding to the artists currently displayed in the gallery, I said, “Yeah, why not?”

Then I researched Josephine Mecksepher and saw the leg. Because I can’t make music worth recording and because I do write plays, my audio contribution was a conversation between two girls about whether they’d amputate their leg for money. It doesn’t have CAG-class, but I suppose that’s what makes the CAG so classy, they don’t seem to mind.

Audio artists include, Irene Chou, Mike Johnston, Josephine Mitchell, Mark Charles and Michael Wadham. Mentors include VSO resident composer, Edward Top and audio artist Brady Marks.

The pieces are available to hear at the Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday-Sunday 12-6. June 9th-September 2nd.

A Play I Wrote is Being Staged

11 May

Making Light

Johnny, a lost 20 year old, has forgotten how to light a campfire and Stella, a veteran sex worker, has never lit anything but a cigarette, but they’re camping in the approaching dark and between the two of them some sort of fire needs to light. Both in the middle of the woods for different reasons, Johnny and Stella reveal how their worlds overlap into intimate territory. Territory where neither assumed they’d end up.

Directed by Kaylin Metchie and assistant directed by Dakota Shelby, the show starts at 6pm:

Monday, May 14th

Tuesday May 15th

Thursday, May 17th

Friday, May 18th

and 2pm on Saturday, May 19th.

If you’d like to know a little something about all three plays in the Young Playwrights Festival, visit The Cultch website.

And if you’d like tickets, they’re available online or at The Cultch box office located at 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver.

Review of Oh My God!

21 Dec

Plank Magazine does a wonderful job of reviewing every single Vancouver Fringe show, and all the reviewers are volunteers! Here is a review of my play Oh My God! directed by Laura McLean and starring Karina Palmitesta and Sarah ‘Tich’ Wilson. The entire team from the play’s first incarnation in The Brave New Play Rites Festival 2010. The review’s nice too, so thanks.

Oh My God! – Simple and Simply Superb

Kyira Korrigan
September 12th, 2011

There was something about the description of this play which made me think I wouldn’t like it. Was it that it was about two teenage girls? Teenage girls are annoying. Was it that it took place in a church? Churches are boring. Was it that it was about friendship? Friendship is . . . well, it’s just not very entertaining, right? Wrong. All my assumptions about this play were wrong. And that got me thinking about what informed my assumptions.

This play was simple, and simply superb. The actors (Karina Palmitesta and Sarah ‘Tich’ Wilson) and direction were both spot-on; the writing of Josephine Mitchell is genuine and rich without any sense of effort.  I recognized these girls, even though I’d never been them, because the few hours shown in their life were real – the story had heart. And, genuine heart, shared in well-crafted live theatre, is never boring. When a playwright, actors and all the people behind the scenes create a show which is true in the way this one is, it is a delight to do our part of being the audience.

If you are looking for something fresh, a play which only a Fringe Festival can make room for and which totally deserves its space on the roster, this could be it. Whatever subtle brainwashing the noisy, stereotype-filled, predictable stories of our modern “culture” have
done to our expectations, “Oh My God!” simply wipes it away with a small vignette – two girls’ story of that time they were locked in the chapel, which is also the story of how friendship makes all the difference in getting through the hard days.

Look for more from Delinquent Theatre in the future, too. They have good taste!


And here are some comments to the review, none of which are written by my mother.

Christopher G

Loved this show, sweet, charming, honest, kick-ass funny script, loaded with great lines and some lovely quiet revelations between two new friends, performed by two excellent young actors (they look 14-16, but are round 20 I’d guess) with an superlative grasp of character and timing. Friday night they got (and deserved) a standing ovation.

Andrew Templeton

So glad to read this review. I saw an early version of this play a couple of years ago at Brave New PlayRites and was really, really impressed. So pleased to hear that it’s finding new life.

Spring Play

21 Dec

New play coming to the Cultch May 2012 as part of the Cultch’s Youth Ignite Mentorship Program. It’s terribly called, “There are Lights in the Woods” and lovingly called, “Hooker Camping”. It tells the story of a young man and woman who go camping in the woods. Though strangers to each other they encounter where their two different worlds match in the most deranged places.

I can’t see it, which is all the more reason you should

1 Aug

Due to conflicting commitments, meaning I rode my bike all the way from Vancouver to California and I can’t make it back in time, I am unable to enjoy the excruciating joy of watching my own work on stage or rather at a house party. But you should see Party This Weekend!

I’ve talked with friends and they say it’s entirely worth it. And I quote fellow playwright, Taylor Basso, when I say, “It’s so seamless I can’t even believe it. It just feels like being at an amazing party. Josie, you need to come back to see this. It’s really incredible. You don’t even know. It’s really special.”

It runs every Friday and Saturday until the last weekend in August, but get tickets soon because it’s a small house.

Sugar Fruit Fiction Reading: May 24th

14 May

The wonderful writers of Fight Club Fiction, a directed studies course at UBC Creative Writing, will be reading May 24th at 8.00pm at Our Town Cafe. Please come!