“You get comedy and cake. I get to correct a mistake.”
A woman travels halfway around the world to give the man she loves the thing she thinks he wants the most. He's an aspiring stand-up comedian. Today is his birthday. The audience is her gift to him and it's a surprise!
Blending storytelling, live-art and improvisation, Haley McGee delivers a spellbinding performance in I'm Doing This for You. Filled with startling turns from the hilarious to the humiliating, this award-winning show delves deep into just how far a person will go to not be alone.
"layered, intelligent & unique ... challenges and excites in equal measure" ★★★★ Three Weeks
I'm Doing This for You premiered in the fall of 2015 at DaPoPo Theatre's Live-In Festival (Halifax, Canada) and TheatreDiscounter (Berlin, Germany). Since then it has toured to Summerhall (Edinburgh), BAC (London), The Bike Shed (Exeter), The Basement (Brighton), Drayton Arms (London), The Palace Festival (Piotrowicz Nieske, Poland), Tampere International Theatre Festival (Tampere, Finland), Comedy Cafe (Amsterdam), World Peace Theatre (Kawasaki, Japan), Theatre Passe Muraille, Storefront Theatre & Videofag (all in Toronto). It won a Lustrum Award for Artistic Excellence, the Drayton Arms' Brompton Prize and was short-listed for the Brighton Fringe Award.
“McGee delivers a spellbinding performance” ★★★★ Broadway Baby
“funny, quirky and ultimately heartbreaking” ★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight
"invigorating... sharp beyond belief... a hilarious, haunting show" Top 10 plays of 2015, The Coast
I'm Doing This for You was developed in residence at the Battersea Arts Centre (London UK) and the National Theatre School of Canada, workshopped at Theatre Passe Muraille's BUZZ Festival, and supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Other artists involved include Deborah Pearson (dramaturgy) and Shannon Lea Doyle (design).
I'm Doing This for You Production Photos
taken at performances in at The Drayton Arms Theatre, London, UK (by Matthew Peberdy) and Live-In Festival, Halifax, Canada (by Ashley Pettipas).
PARALLEL PROJECT: I'm Doing This for You Video Series
In conjunction with the live performance, I've been working on video series for I'm Doing This for You. Inspired by the key physical elements of the live performance, each video explores more deeply a seemingly arbitrary task in the name of not being alone.
This companion piece is being created with my friend and art-partner, Toronto street-style videographer, Daniel Goodbaum (dadadan.com).