Liisa Repo-Martell, actor

Liisa Repo-Martell is an intense actor and a fun person to interview.
Currently, Repo-Martell is leading an ad-hoc campaign, Artists for Real Climate Action, to remind politicians that “there is an absolute demand for real serious climate action now.” Visit their website here: thisisnotadrill.ca

We recorded this conversation many months ago while Liisa was performing in “The Boy in the Moon” at the Grand Theatre in London. Based on the book by Ian Brown, it’s the true story of a family’s journey raising their son, who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder. Liisa opens up about the challenges of acting in a play that is at once striking, funny, and profoundly moving.

We discuss the time Liisa performed Shakespeare with Keanu Reeves, which was a significant turning point in her life, but not for the reason you would expect.

Liisa is married to director Chris Abraham, and she shares details about the time in their courtship when he invited her to a line dancing class. We also talk about how the couple finds a balance between family life and work life.

SHOW NOTES
The Boy in the Moon at the 1000 Islands Playhouse
The Boy in the Moon at Globe Theatre in Regina

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Gavin Crawford, Actor

Gavin Crawford is one of Canada’s most creative and exciting comedic performers.

Best know as the host of CBC Radio’s Saturday morning comedy news quiz “Because News,” Crawford was also a regular on CBC TV’s “This Hour Has Twenty Two Minutes.” Before that, he had his own show on The Comedy Network and was a member of the legendary improvisation company The Second City.

Crawford studied acting at the University of British Columbia and has appeared on stages throughout Canada, including several of Sky Gilbert’s plays at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times.

Regardless of the platform, Crawford’s unique sense of humour always shines brightly.

In January, Crawford stars in the one-person show “Fully Committed” at the Grand Theatre in London.

Time magazine called “Fully Committed” one of the ‘Top Ten Plays of 2000.’

In the podcast, you’ll learn about how Crawford prepares for his performance in which he plays 40 different characters.

And you won’t believe what Crawford said to Andrew Lloyd Webber when he was hosting the Canadian version of the reality show “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?,” which aired on CBC in the summer of 2008.

We also discuss the path he took after graduating from the University of British Columbia to join The Second City.

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Actor Bruce Dow 2020

Bruce Dow is an award-winning performer who has played featured rolls on Broadway five times.

When Broadway was shut down, Dow was in previews with the show “Diana.”

Dow, who resides in Canada, was one of the thousands of people working on Broadway who were quickly forced to figure out their next steps.

In our podcast you’ll hear how the cast and crew working on “Diana” learned about the show closing after Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, declared all theaters close temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bruce also shares some of the secrets to his recent success, including major changes to his diet – under the supervision of a doctor.

SHOW NOTES
Diana on Broadway.
Dr. Jason Fung – intermittent fasting and low carb expertise, especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Andrew Walker – Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams.

Bruce Dow – website
Bruce Dow – Instagram

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