In the words of the poet laureate of the lily pad, Kermit the Frog, “it’s not easy being green.”

I’ve been passionate about environmental issues since I was in high school, but after making The Green Chain I figured that if I was going to make this movie I’d better learn everything I could about being environmentally correct, because if people were going to interview me about the fate of our planet I’d better know something about it.

I also decided that if I was going to produce a film about saving the forests that I really ought to make more of an effort to go green. And that meant I had to figure out what green was.

At the very least I figured I should dress the part, so I gave away my leather jacket, bought myself hemp clothes and vegan shoes and tried to figure out how to walk the walk without falling… too often… And that’s the story behind my newest project, Greener Than Thou, a new solo stage show about the problems Kermit never dreamed of. An organic, eco-friendly, BPA-free comedy about sacred cows and toxic veggie-burgers that previews Aug. 5 & 6 at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, BC and receives its WORLD PREMIERE Aug. 12 at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

In Gibsons, Greener Than Thou is half of an eco-comedy double bill alongside the world’s first (and possibly only) musical eco-comedy act, Local Anxiety (aka the amazing Kevin Crofton and… me). We’ll be performing the songs from our new CD/iTunes download Greenpieces.

Why Gibsons? Because the last time I launched a new project that scared the heck out of me was in the fall of 2007, when the filming for The Green Chain began 50 feet up a tree in Gibsons. The next year I moved to Gibsons – and although I’ve moved back to Vancouver I’d love to call the Sunshine Coast home again someday soon.

And for the world premiere I wanted to go to the festival that helped launch Local Anxiety, a festival where I’ve seen some of the solo shows that have fueled my love for theatre including Ken Brown’s Life After Hockey, Denise Clark’s Erotic Irony of Old Glory, Joan Macleod’s Jewel and Bob Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War – the show that provided the spark for Local Anxiety.

I’ll talk about my love of solo shows in my next blog post, but for now I wanted to mention the main reason I’m not completely terrified to be attempting this for the first time…. TJ Dawe…

TJ isn’t just one of Canada’s most acclaimed solo stage performers (currently touring in his latest, Lucky 9, which is also playing at the Edmonton Fringe), he’s also the director and dramturg of some of Canada’s most successful solo stage shows including the intergalactic hit, The One Man Star Wars Trilogy.

And that’s all for now… I’ve gotta get back to rehearsals…

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