The Grand Theatre presents Fully Committed on the Spriet Stage
By Becky Mode
Directed by Steven Gallagher
Starring Gavin Crawford
On the Spriet Stage January 14 to January 26
Opening Night: January 17
LONDON, ONTARIO, JANUARY 8, 2020 – This month, the Grand Theatre is excited to welcome Gavin Crawford, host of the popular CBC Radio weekly news quiz, Because News, in the hilarious comedy, FULLY COMMITTED. Described by director Steven Gallagher as “the perfect antidote to the cold weather and a rollicking start to 2020,” the one-person show follows struggling actor, Sam, throughout his day as he answers the phone lines in an upscale restaurant that is fully committed without a table to spare. This comedic look at the insanity of our foodie-obsessed culture will bring brightness and levity to the long month of January. Gavin Crawford skillfully portrays a variety of colourful characters and personalities over this one-act, 90-minute performance. MNP, Canada’s fifth largest chartered professional accounting firm, is the proud Title Sponsor for FULLY COMMITTED.
“This play requires one fearless actor to take on the challenge of performing with no one, and nothing but a pile of telephones to talk to. We are thrilled to have Gavin Crawford debut here with us in this production,” says Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum.
Your reservation at the funniest restaurant in town will introduce you to characters like Bryce, Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal assistant, Jean-Claude, the French Maitre-D, and Mrs. Vandevere, a Park Avenue socialite. Gavin will masterfully move between these and 36 other voices leaving audiences breathless with laughter and amazement.
Audience members are invited to arrive early and enjoy a beverage in the lively atmosphere of the Grand’s lobby spaces prior to the show.
In partnership with London’s Church Key Bistro-Pub, patrons who purchased their tickets prior to November 30th , 2019 were entered to win a dinner for two on the day of their selected performance.
The Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges its Season Sponsor - BMO Financial Group.
Open Caption Performance Dates
The Grand Theatre continues its commitment to accessibility initiatives for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing theatre patrons. Open Caption performances for FULLY COMMITTED will be held Saturday January 18, at 8:00pm and Sunday January 19, at 2:00pm. To book tickets, please email boxoffice [at] grandtheatre.com.
ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE
The Wednesday Speak Easy
Returning to the Grand this season is the Wednesday Speak Easy series. Following each Wednesday performance on the Spriet and McManus Stages, patrons can extend their theatre experience and get closer to the artists with exclusive talks, casual conversations, and spontaneous happenings in the relaxed atmosphere of the Poster Lounge or the McManus Lounge.
Our Wednesday Speak Easy series will continue for FULLY COMMITTED on January 15th and 22nd.
Pre-Show Reaney Talks
Join host James Stewart Reaney at select Wednesday matinees, as he sparks creative conversations about the production. The talk for FULLY COMMITTED will be held Wednesday, January 22, at 12pm with special guest Vanessa Willis, Co-owner of the Church Key Bistro-Pub in London.
About the Grand Theatre – World Curious. London Proud.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum and Executive Director Deb Harvey, the Grand is a leading cultural hub located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. The Grand offers diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe through collaborations with national and international performing arts organizations, and is committed to developing, producing, and premiering original stories through COMPASS New Play Development program. The Grand supports educational programming with The High School Project, the only program of its kind in North America, and 100 Schools, a community initiative that brings professional theatre to London-area schools at no cost. The Grand’s season runs from September to May.
Tickets are available at grandtheatre.com, by phone at 519.672.8800, or at the Box Office, 471 Richmond Street.
FULLY COMMITTED MEDIA CALL
When: Tuesday, January 14, at 1:00pm (cameras, please arrive at 12:45 to set up)
Where: Grand Theatre, Spriet Stage, 471 Richmond Street
What: FULLY COMMITTED photo, video, and interview opportunities for media
RSVP: To jmatthews [at] grandtheatre.com
For more information, including guest artists’ bios, please contact:
Jennifer Matthews, Communications Manager, Grand Theatre
jmatthews [at] grandtheatre.com
519.672.9030 ext. 411
By Becky Mode
Directed by Steven Gallagher
January 14 to January 26, 2020
|SET DESIGNER||Michael Gianfrancesco|
|LIGHTING DESIGNER||Michael Walton|
|SOUND DESIGNER||Verne Good|
|STAGE MANAGER||Michael Hart|
|APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER||Cody Burns|