Accomplished Canadian Actress Appears in San Miguel
By Judy Newell
“Witty, totally original and great fun.” That’s how a reviewer from California described Going On, a one-woman show written and performed by Elizabeth Richardson. It opens at the San Miguel Playhouse Friday, February 6, and Saturday, February 7, at 7:30pm.
Fri, Feb 6 and Sat, Feb 7, 7:30pm
Av. Independencia 82
150 pesos, tickets are on sale at Galería Izamal, Mesones 80, next to Teatro Ángela Peralta or The Playhouse box office at (044) 415 154-1018 to reserve seats
Drawing from her own life, she counterpoints her struggles as a young actress on a North America theater tour with Peter O’Toole in the 1970s — with her later challenges as a Buddhist on a three-year meditation retreat in Nova Scotia. Playing 12 characters, Liz deftly weaves a path through age, stage, and sage sharing her triumphs and disasters with vulnerability and humor.
Jim Newell, managing director of the San Miguel Playhouse, recently interviewed her about the play.
Jim Newell: What prompted you to decide to bring your one-woman show to San Miguel?
Liz Richardson: In 2012, I had the opportunity to perform my show in San Miguel at the Shelter Theatre. It was incredibly well received and a number of people asked if it would be possible for me to return for more performances. I was fortunate to have an offer from the new San Miguel Playhouse to perform “Going On.” I’m greatly looking forward to returning to experience once more the delights of San Miguel.
JN: Can you tell us a little about your background?
LR: I trained as an actress at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England and spent the first 10 years of my professional career performing across the spectrum of British Theatre — in repertory, London’s West End, TV, and film. I returned to Canada to pursue my career and have worked in theaters such as the Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage in Toronto, and Neptune Theatre in Halifax, and also on Canadian television and in film. Parallel to my acting career, I am also a teacher of mindfulness meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
JN: Tell us about your show and how it came about.
LR: After undergoing a three-year Buddhist retreat, I felt the need to look at two distinct branches of my life experience, acting and meditation. As an actress, my natural creative outlet is the theater. As the play would be about my own life, I decided that a one-woman show was the perfect vehicle.
“Going On” is full of comedy and includes extracts from Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, and Present Laughter by Noel Coward.
The San Miguel Playhouse is located on Av. Independencia 82 in Col. Independencia. Open seating tickets are 150 pesos donation and are on sale daily at Galería Izamal, Mesones 80, next to the Teatro Ángela Peralta. Reservations can be made for will-call tickets on a space available basis by calling The Playhouse box office at 415 154-1018 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is free parking and a taxi concierge is available. Doors open at 6:30pm and you can come early and enjoy a drink at the bistro with your friends.