One-Woman Show at The Playhouse

By Judy Newell

Elizabeth Richardson

Canadian actress Elizabeth Richardson trained in London, England and has worked in prestigious theater, film, and television productions in Britain, Canada, and the US. Richardson will appear for two nights in her one-woman show Going On at The San Miguel Playhouse on February 6 and 7, at 7:30pm. She has played leading parts in London’s West End, the Bristol Old Vic, and in Canada at Neptune Theatre, Shaw Festival, and Canadian Stage. Alongside her acting career, Richardson has 20 years of experience as a practitioner and teacher of mindfulness meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Her life experience as both an actress and teacher of meditation led her to embark upon creating this one-woman show, Going On, in collaboration with Mexican-based British actor/director Stuart Cox. The show has played to audiences in Halifax, Nova Scotia, San Francisco, New England, Toronto, and in 2012 at the Shelter Theatre in San Miguel de Allende. This year it has been booked for the SpringWorks Festival in Stratford, Ontario, the Vancouver Festival, and at the Waiting Room, a new theater opening in Halifax. A tour is being arranged throughout Ontario for 2016.

One-Woman Show
Fri, Feb 6 and Sat, Feb7, 7:30pm
The Playhouse
Av. Independencia 82
150 pesos, tickets are on sale at Galería Izamal, Mesones 80, next to the Teatro Ángela Peralta or The Playhouse box office at (044) 415 154 1018 to reserve seats

A filmed documentary of Going On was made by Toronto Hot Docs award-winning filmmaker Johanna Lunn in 2012 and was shown at the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, in 2013.

”Elizabeth Richardson cuts between being on the road as a young actress in the late 70s in a theatre company starring Peter O’Toole and being on a Buddhist retreat in Cape Breton in later life. The structure of “Going On” is beautifully poetic and clear; the scenes from Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” and Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” that the young Liz does alongside Peter O’Toole are beautifully relevant to themes of aging and purpose… is very funny and human.” Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“Elizabeth Richardson’s imaginative and witty play, “Going On,” is about performers, theater, fright, ambition and Buddhism through a bunch of characters created by people like Noel Coward and Anton Chekhov…she is a powerful performer with a wonderful story to tell.” The Journal, Connecticut.

“Elizabeth Richardson’s autobiographical one-woman show is touching and funny and insightful…I found much wisdom and hope in Richardson’s story and was glad to share the time with her… you will be too.” Berkshire On Stage, Massachusetts.

“Wonderful one-woman show at the Shelter Theater…absolutely outstanding. Highly recommended. This is the kind of talent and humanity that is Must See!”

Michael Gottlieb, theater director, San Miguel de Allende.


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