Berni Stapleton

Comedian and director of the local production of David Copelin’s dark comedy Bella Donna answers 9 questions.

What is your current obsession?
My current obsession is the production of Bella Donna. It’s become an intricate pinball game of wit, lust and intrigue and I wake up in the middle of the night running scenes and transitions in my mind.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be a guest at a dinner party with close friends, good wine and big belly
laughs, and one where no one ever has to do any dishes.

What super-power do you secretly possess?
I can be invisible. The last time I used my powers I went to the grocery store with my winter coat on over my red flannel pyjamas and no one saw me. Honest.

What is your principal defect?
Buying flowers instead of paying the light bill. I can have an impractical

What sound or noise do you despise?
Sirens of any kind make me feel uneasy. I worry about who’s in trouble or hurt and I worry about my own mortality.

What sound or noise do you love?
I love most music and I love being outside and walking, listening to wind or
waves. It’s inspiring. I can hear the sound of my own thoughts in them. They speak to me.

Who is your favourite poet?
It’s difficult to name just one. I like Agnes Walsh a lot, Joan Sullivan,
Des Walsh, Michael Crummey.

I love Agnes Walsh because her writing is lyrical and richly layered. Even when she’s writing in English she seems to speak a different language that we all can understand.

Where (other than Newfoundland) would you like to live?

I haven’t found any place other than Newfoundland where I would like to

How would you like to die?
What a tough question.

Never, is how I would like to die.

But, really, if I had the choice, I would prefer to die at the age of 103, in bed, wearing something soft and silky, with a good book, a cat, a lover, and a glass of Grand Marnier.

Bella Donna will run from April 5 to 15, at the LSPU Hall. 8pm. There will be a special preview performance on April 4 as a fundraiser for the Artists’ Emergency Fund. Tickets for the preview performance will be $10. For tickets, call: 753-4531

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