Honey Dew Me
Devised & performed by Luke Brown and Kyle Cameron
Presented by theatre decentred
If word gets out, you're screwed. Avoid coming out and come IN to the Honey Dew.
Luke Brown (top)
...hails from Sussex, New Brunswick, and is a graduate of the Dan School of Drama and Music, currently completing his Master's in Theatre at the University of Ottawa. An aspiring director, Luke has directed numerous productions across the Maritimes and Ontario, most recently Morris Panych's The Ends of the Earth as Artistic Director for 5th Company Lane. He has trained professionally in directing and acting, and has worked as both an actor and Assistant Director at The Thousand Islands Playhouse. Luke is the recipient of the Theatre New Brunswick Alvin Shaw Memorial Award for most professional potential, as well as the Atlantic Sears Festival Scholarship. Since moving to Ottawa he has worked for Ottawa Fringe Festival and FIXT POINT's The Tale of a Town, and played "Anuchkin" in Unicorn Theatre's production of Marriage (directed by Nicholas Leno).
...was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. While completing his undergrad at St. Thomas University, he fell in love with Fredericton and its theatre community, and made it a new home. Uprooted a year ago, and placed in Ottawa while completing a Master's in Theatre at uOttawa, he is falling in love all over again. His graduate work examines how drag performance embodies a body politic of diverse marginalized gender and sexual identities, and he's excited to be applying areas of his research to this piece. Kyle's most recent acting credit is Monseuir Brun in Sad Ibsen Theatre's Bless You Bonaparte, at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe, and his most recent directing credit is Arianna Martinez's Parrallel Lines at The 2016 NotaBle Acts Festival in Fredericton. His thesis research focuses on queer theory and radical theatre practice of Atlantic Canada. He asks the question: "How does contemporary Canadian theatre expose the compulsory heterosexuality that forms our nation?" theatre decentred is an experimental project that aims to apply that research.
Luke: "I came across Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile's book The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation as I was doing research for my thesis. It's a powerful book that chronicles multiple stories of queer people in 1960/70s Ottawa. National agencies were cracking down on queer people because they were seen as security threats during the Cold War, and many of them cruised for gay sex in public parks and restaurants (like the Honey Dew). I thought, 'Now there's a story'!"