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Hockey and disco score in Jane Millers funny play
Jane Millers wild and funny show about how she used hockey and disco to navigate her teen years is coming to Artword Theatre in January. Produced by splode (Janes production company) and Artword Theatre, Disco Goalie will be heating up the theatre from January 12, 2001 to January 28, Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
In Disco Goalie Jane Miller is a one-woman a capella band, whose unique vocal style delivers melody and lyrics using a technique called "vocal percussion". Jane calls it "drumming with the voice". Jane keeps the groove going as she tells the story of her evolution from a girl goalie striving to "keep them out" to a young woman ready and willing to "get it on".
Between the ages of eleven and sixteen, Jane played hockey in a girls house league in North York. "Goalies are like nice girls", Jane explains. "Every self-respecting goalie strives to get a shutout (i.e. maintain her virginity). But what happens when a goalie becomes an initiator, an aggressor even? Roles get confusing, priorities get altered, and scores get into the double digits."
The idea for Disco Goalie came about when Jane was rolling around on the floor during a warmup for the Theatre Centres production Book of Thoht. The musicians began "Play That Funky Music, White Boy", and Jane did her best Solid Gold Dancer impression. Somebody who knew that Jane had been a goaltender in her teens said, "Can you imagine doing that with goalie equipment?"
Two weeks later, the Theatre Centres artistic director David Duclos said, "Jane, you have to write Disco Goalie." He backed it up with an R&D grant, and the services of dramaturge Brian Quirt. Originally Jane thought it was little more than a Kids in the Hall-type sketch, but "as I began writing, it became clear that this was the most resonant image I was ever going to find for my own conflicted masculine/feminine sexual identity."
Jane is well established in the Toronto theatre and music scenes. She sang lead vocals and composed songs for two albums by the popular indie band Wind May Do Damage. Her 1999 appearance in the cabaret production of Carole Pope songs, Shaking the Foundations, won her a Dora nomination for Best Performance in a Musical.
"In Disco Goalie, I bring my music performance and vocal percussion style together with my interest in movement-based theatre to create a work that tells a good story."
A member of the audience at the Ottawa Fringe in 1998 summed it up: "Its about how hockey is really about sex, and how girls are really about hockey, and how disco is about everything, and how your mother is everywhere! Great show!"
For more information call Josée Duranleau, Duranleau Publicity at 416-652-7672.
Disco Goalie Written and performed by: Jane Miller
Director/dramaturge Brian Quirt; designer Steve Lucas; choreographer Viv Moore
Produced by: splode and Artword Theatre
Dates: previews Jan 10 & 11, opens Friday Jan. 12, runs to Jan 28, 2001
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm
Tickets: Regular $15, students and seniors $12, Sundays pwyc
Where: Artword Theatre, 75 Portland Street, Toronto (one block east of Bathurst, south of King)
Call: Box Office: 416-408-ARTD (416-408-2783)
Jane Miller, writer and performer: Janes work in 1999 included Muscle Memory for Theatre Viscera at Theatre Passe Muraille, and Shaking the Foundations, a cabaret of Carole Pope's songs at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Dora Nomination, Best Performance in a Musical). For Theatre 2.0s Breath[e] at the Theatre Centre, Jane provided the continuous 25 minute breathing track around which the piece is centered. She has appeared in the two Toronto productions of David Duclos' multi-disciplinary The Book of Thoht which also toured to London and Oxford, England. Other acting credits include Acme Theatre Company, Muskoka Festival and Kawartha Festival. As a performer and composer, Jane has released two albums with indie pop band Wind May Do Damage and two albums for children. She is currently composing a Capella songs for a theatre adaptation of Michael Redhill's book of poetry Lake Nora Arms commissioned by theatre company Nightswimming. Jane was short-listed for the 1999 K.M. Hunter Foundation Award for Emerging Artists in Dance.