• James Parry

New comedy by Lorne Elliott to have world premiere in Hudson


Playwright Lorne Elliott and Sarah Segal-Lazar hard at work rehearsing for How I Broke Into

Showbiz in Como.

With the clock ticking down to Arts Alive! Québec, a multi-faceted festival created by English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and showcasing the arts in six Quebec communities - including Hudson (June 4-7) and the West Island (June 26-27) - rehearsals began in earnest this week for Lorne Elliott’s latest comedy, How I Broke Into Showbiz, to be staged at Hudson Village Theatre on Friday, June 5, at 2 p.m. and the following day at 8 p.m.

Starring Montrealer Sarah Segal- Lazar in a one-woman performance and directed by the playwright himself, it spotlights the various psychological games people play on each other in the workplace. In which, says Elliott, dealing with authority and hierarchy is a constant preoccupation and how to wrangle power is the ultimate goal.

Explained Elliott in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal during a break in rehearsals, “It’s often said that to be a successful writer it’s best to write about what you know. Well, this particular play, which I’m proud to premiere in my home town of Hudson, is set in the backstage world of live theatre and gives a glimpse of what is at stake when a play gets ready to open and how the onstage and backstage staff interact in countless shenanigans that can ultimately make or break a stage production.”

Laughed Elliott in his wry inimitable style, “Not that that has ever happened with one of my plays, of course!” Incredibly as I learned, while his plays are regularly produced across the country - and in Prince Edward Island he is a living legend on the theatre scene - to date, they have never ever been staged in Hudson. And the festival would seem to be the perfect opportunity to remedy this oversight.

For her part, actor, playwright, and singer songwriter Segal-Lazar says she is thrilled to be working with Elliott and particularly before his home town audience. “I grew up listening to CBC Radio and loved his comedy series, Madly off in All Directions. Together with my parents, we would see his plays during our summer vacation in PEI where I founded the Charlottetown Fringe Festival in 2012.

And now to be actually starring in one of his plays - and his latest at that - is a great honour. What more can I possibly say?” Tickets are $15 including taxes and for reservations, go to http://theatrepanache. ca/artsfestival/ Space permitting, they will also be available at the door prior to the performances.