LOVE ME FOREVER
BILLY H. TENDER
A new play written and performed by Jesse LaVercombe
Jan 5 — 12, 2016 Videofag 187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L4
Directed by Adam Lazarus
Dramaturgy by Guillermo Verdecchia
Music by Jesse LaVercombe and Adrian Shepherd
Sound design by Adrian Shepherd
Design by Shannon Lea Doyle and Kelly Anderson
Stage Managed by Alexa Polenz
Produced by Curtis te Brinke
“I want to tell you about a day. January 31st, 2021. It wasn’t that long ago, I believe.
It was a salient day, at least in North America. I felt it on the Internet and in the weather and in my tummy. It was like the zeitgeist finally saw itself in the mirror, and it wasn’t sure whether to fight or flirt, so it kind of did both and just ate itself. It was a Sunday, clear skies but cold.”
– Hal Tender
(second son of Stella Virginia Tender [former Canadian stage actress, now research assistant in the U. of Guelph’s Post-Audience Theatre Theory and Semiotics Department], younger brother of the one, the only, Billy H. Tender)
Join us for a Bouffon master class with Toronto’s award-winning Adam Lazarus, former pedagogical assistant to Philippe Gaulier. Take the plunge into a world of hypocrisy, razor-sharp mockery, physical precision and the satirical world of the bouffon.
About the workshop
This workshop is designed for both professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, this weekend course will challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions. The workshop aims to help actors find the pleasure of being present and the utter joys in mocking the sacred and critiquing the people and institutions who have power and influence and who set the rules for how society should function.
About the Bouffon
The bouffons travel in gangs and emerge out of the ghettos and swamps to look at and confront the mainstream world, to poke it and to unveil hypocrisy in all its forms. A study of the bouffon ideally leads toward play, hilarity and incendiary critiques. It is with the performer’s pleasure to move, to sing, to cry and to dance, that the audience is drawn in and the performer’s beauty is pushed out. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to play and mock social deceptions while simultaneously making audiences love you.
Bouffon creation techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, especially those with a wicked sense of humor. Adam Lazarus is an award-winning actor, director and acting instructor. He regularly teaches at Canada’s National Theatre School as well as the University of Toronto. He was a former apprentice to Philippe Gaulier with whom he also studied. Adam is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.