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Building a deck to stage a play

All the world’s a stage for thespians, unless you’re Lucas Myers for whom it’s a deck built of wood during the performance of his latest play.

The Nelson-based artist is the writer, actor, producer and man who nails down the details for an interesting performance piece, How I Instigated Then Overcame an Existential Crisis Through Home Improvement.

“It’s got power tools, partial nudity and physics,” said Myers, noting this is one guy-friendly night at the theatre.

It might also be the only time the Rotary Centre for the Arts sees a household deck, suitable for your average fixer-upper’s backyard, constructed within its beautifully sculpted cement and glass walls, so it’s well worth a ticket—particularly when the plot “goes all Nelson.”

The deck-building, home construction extravaganza is all about learning to go with the flow, to appreciate the finer points of a back-to-the-land, simpler way of life.

Myers is talking adjustment, compromise and the importance of letting go—all virtues those who have tackled a do-it-yourself home renovation and the endless trips to the hardware store that entails will understand.

The play was inspired by Myers’ own first experience in the DIY world—an admittedly more successful effort that actually won him some skills he can use on the days theatre isn’t quite paying the bills. His first building project got started after he and his wife purchased a house when they returned to their home town of Nelson, and decided to start a family.

“My wife’s a teacher and I’m in theatre so it was a bit of a fixer-upper and the deck was my first project,” he said.

In the real life tale, Myers enlisted the help of his father-in-law, a retired building inspector, who would drop by on a daily basis to give him some tips.

He discovered a 2X6 board is, in fact, a 1.5-foot by five-foot board. The “two” and the “six” are measurements from the mill’s settings before it’s sliced. He mulled over the true meaning of terms like galvanized nail—a “catalyst” in the English language but a zinc-coated nail in construction.

“It’s like this different world, and these words are all in our everyday language, but they have a totally different meaning,” he said. “So I knew there was enough there to build a story around.”

The play will take shape Nov. 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m., in the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, available at www.selectyourtickets.com or by calling 250- 717-5304.

 

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