Actors (in order of appearance): Matthew Krist, Brian Speagle, Jacob Pendergrast, Sarah Goodman, Morgan Phillips, Tova Epp, Colin Matthews, Liyat Benchetrit.
Musicians: Mikhial Gurarie (bass & stick), Paul Swoger-Ruston (guitar), Adam Reich (treatments), Matthew Brown (drums).
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The merchandise! Lovely display by Quyen Tieu.
Mikhial Gurarie struggles with sound and vision in the foreground, while Claudio Ghirardo grabs himself a libation in the background to help the whole thing go down.
Youngsin Park, teacher and artist with her cute daughter Kylie dropping by to join the fun!
Flannery Fielding discusses deep topics with Jacob Pendergrast, while Brian Speagle cajoles Liyat Benchetrit and Tova Epp speaks to an offscreen source.
Prof. David Lieberman, the man who shepherded this project through the Master's of Architecture thesis process -- a gentleman and a scholar, to whom I am perpetually grateful. And in the background, Matthew Brown on drums.
Madness by quorum! The talented ring of actors doing their rehearsal - Brian Speagle, Morgan Phillips, Jacob Pendergrast, Sarah Goodman, Colin Matthews, Liyat Benchetrit, Tova Epp (hiding) and Matthew Krist.
One microphone, 8 great actors. Result: magic. Brian Speagle, Morgan Phillips, Jacob Pendergrast, Sarah Goodman, Colin Matthews, Liyat Benchetrit, Tova Epp (still hiding!) and Matthew Krist.
The music begins! On stage, Mikhial Gurarie on stick, with actors in the foreground - Brian Speagle, Jacob Pendergrast,Liyat Benchetrit, Morgan Phillips, Tova Epp and Colin Matthews.
We have lift-off! On stage are THE CLIFF Ensemble - Mikhial Gurarie on stick and bass, Matthew Brown on drums and Paul Swoger-Ruston on guitar. Actors reading in the foreground - Liyat Benchetrit, Morgan Phillips, Tova Epp, Colin Matthews and Matthew Krist.
After the show, Matthew Brown signs a few books (conspicuously like yearbooks back in high school!) while actors Colin Matthews, Brian Speagle, Liyat Benchetrit and Sarah Goodman kibbitz about how it all went down and what will come next? Flannery Fielding's shoulder to the left.
More post-show gossip and tidbits - Flannery Fielding's shoulder, Matthew Brown's elbow, Morgan Phillips's right ear, Colin Matthews's face, Jacob Pendergrast's laughter and Brian Speagle's left ear and cheek.
Actors signing books - this is the big time. Morgan Phillips, Jacob Pendergrast and Liyat Benchetrit.
The crew! (Minus Matthew Krist, Adam Reich and Major Tom.) Paul Swoger-Ruston, Colin Matthews, Tova Epp, Flannery Fielding, Brian Speagle, Liyat Benchetrit, Jacob Pendergrast, Sarah Goodman, Mikhial Gurarie,Matthew Brown and Morgan Phillips.
The crew again! (Minus Matthew Krist, Adam Reich and Major Tom.) Paul Swoger-Ruston, Colin Matthews, Tova Epp, Flannery Fielding, Brian Speagle, Liyat Benchetrit, Jacob Pendergrast, Sarah Goodman, Mikhial Gurarie, Matthew Brown and Morgan Phillips.
Special thanks to Prof. David Lieberman and to my lovely wife, Quyen for all their help!
ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT story summary:
Aspiring architect Bagel Blue is plucked from the periodic destruction of the world by flood and commissioned to design a new world, from the safe haven of Varanasi—a city mysteriously perched in the nexus of our collective archetypal subconscious outside of space and time, on the tip of Shiva’s trident. Featuring the agony of architectural education, the contributions of love, sex and anger to the design process, inspiration, despair, the interpenetration of the sublime with the mundane, and the origin of the bagel, this graphic novel is a manifesto, a satire, a complaint, an apology, a celebration and an exploration.
Matthew Brown was part of the underground Montreal comix scene in the early 1990’s and returned to self‐publishing graphic novels in Toronto in 2012 with THE CLIFF series, from Ambient Zero Publications. The Complete CLIFF, Books 1-5 coming out from Editions TRIP Comix (Montreal) in 2017. Matthew has studied Architecture, Education and Theatre (Spec. Playwriting.) He has traveled and researched extensively in India.