The Book of My ShamesIsaiah Bell
The Book of My Shames offsets rapid-fire monologues with an unorthodox array of music old and new, including an expansive original memory opera. Its particular flavour has been drolly described as “what would happen if the opera-singing lovechild of Noel Coward and Sylvia Plath was encouraged by his therapist to perform on Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids.” It makes us laugh while honestly asking: What would it take to really change? How do we learn to love when we’ve turned on ourselves? Is it too late?
This impossibly beautiful one-person show is created by and stars Tenor and Composer Isaiah Bell, who has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the National Arts Centre and recently premiered the role of Antinous in Hadrian (Canadian Opera Company), and directed by Sean Guist, founding Curator of Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages queer theatre festival. After a sold out premiere at Tapestry Opera as part of Toronto Pride in 2019, this new local work makes its hometown premiere. Tickets are limited – book now to avoid missing out!
“It’s funny, poignant, thoughtful, raw and honest…Go see it!? – Confluence Concerts
“Bell’s tale is one of small answers that speak bravely of truths that are bigger than all of us.” ★★★★(of 4) – The Star
Co-created and performed by Isaiah Bell
Co-created and directed by Sean Guist
Pianist: Robert Holliston
An Intrepid Theatre and Pacific Opera Victoria co-presentation as part of UNO Fest. More details on the full UNO Fest line-up will be announced early March – stay tuned!
Photo: Dahlia Katz
Wingate Studio (Pacific Opera Victoria’s Baumann Centre)
925 Balmoral Rd ,
Phone: (250) 383-2663