Lorne Cardinal's early beginnings with Thunderstick playwright
Posted by Kenneth T. Williams, Thunderstick Playwright | Wednesday April 6, 2011
Lorne Cardinal and I go way back. I used to tend bar at a rugby club in Edmonton,
and Lorne was the only rugby player brave enough to play the game in
braids. We'd reconnect later at the University of Alberta, both of us
pursuing degrees in drama - a BFA for him and an MFA for me.
Back in 2000 Lorne was an up and coming director. Yeah, you read that right. Lorne was itching to expand his theatre skills. The very first project he would help usher from development to stage was Thunderstick. He's been part of every production of the play since then.
He directed the world premiere in Saskatoon in 2001. Lorne replaced an injured actor in the 2002 Theatre Passe Muraille production. And now, as you know, he and Craig Lauzon switch roles after every performance.
You know those guys who love to tell you about that really awesome band they saw when they were unknown and then repeatedly regale you with stories about that gig only he and four other people saw in some tiny bar and it totally rocked out and it was like majestic, man, rocktabulous, totally freakin insane, because that magic, that nascent purity of a talent on the rise can only be seen once! I'm about to be one of those guys.
Lorne was a well-known actor before Corner Gas. He was a regular in Jake and Kid, Moccasin Flats, renegadepress.com, and Blackfly. He's appeared in many movies. Before all that, I got to see him play Sergeant Kite in the Restoration play, The Recruiting Officer. It was all those things - majestic, rocktabulous and totally freakin insane - and then some.
Thunderstick needs two great actors, and when Lorne and I met the other guy [hehe, sorry Craig, had to do it] we knew we had something special.
Kenneth T. Williams Thunderstick Playwright
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