(on his experiences in Theater, Cinema and television)
Gary Jones: Well, at this stage of things, TV and film pay better. Theatre usually has to scrape together money to pay and is constantly hounding the government for more arts funding. In the past I did a ton of theatre but I suppose I've removed myself from that scene for economic reasons. Evenings at our house are quite busy and if I was doing a play, I'd be gone every night. I've chosen not to do that. I have to say that theatre does have its benefits in that you work closely with a small group of people for a short period of time and you can make some good friendships.
One of my oldest and dearest friends, shawn macdonald, was a writing partner of mine from years ago here in Vancouver. He and I had an idea for a one act play called WORLD'S GREATEST GUY that we entered into the Vancouver Fringe Festival back in 1994. it did really well and made it into the "Pick of the Fringe." This was the time after the fringe is over and all the most popular plays get an extended run at a slightly larger venue. So we did that and the play sold to packed houses. During that brief time, the artistic director from one of the big, local commercial theatres came to see it and liked it.
But it was a one act and he asked if we could turn it into a two act. So we did and the play got better and funnier. So he booked it into his theatre for a month and the play proved so popular that it ran for four months and eventually won a JESSIE RICHARDSON AWARD for BEST PLAY OF 1994. it was an amazing journey for shawn and i. we never for a moment imagined that our tiny play, that we also performed in, would become voted the best play of 1994. the Jessie Richardson awards are the Vancouver equivalent of New York's TONY AWARDS.