This year’s Playwrights Weekend will feature Public Readings of the winning entries to the 76th National One-Act Playwriting Competition on Saturday April 22, 2017 and a Playwrights Workshop on Sunday April 23, 2017.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 AT 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Reading of third prize, The Gladys Cameron Watt Award, is sponsored by the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women. The 2017 winner is: Tibb’s Eve by Step Taylor (Chapel Arm, Newfoundland)
Directed by: Bob Hicks
Molly: Shainaz Moosa
Jess: Joey McDougall
Ronnie: Steve Love
Comments from the adjudicators for Tibb’s Eve include:
“The near-music of the language and dialogue prepare our senses for the careening arcs of the characters as they run at first from, then directly into an obliterating Bacchanalian storm. Tibb’s Eve is a giddy, powerful play about responsibility and its escape routes, set against a starry Newfoundland night where what it means to be home (at least for Trevor, Ronnie, Molly and Jess) is up for debate” – Nick Carpenter
“Fabulous dialogue is the star of this snapshot of a community that collides with its past, present and future during a wild party which no one leaves quite the same as they arrived”– Brian Quirt
“Tibb’s Eve is a fantastic wild party, full of wild longings and dormant resentments that finally have a chance to come out to play” – Bobby Theodore
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 AT 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Reading of the second prize, Dorothy White Award winner: Fags in Space by Liam Salmon (Edmonton, Alberta)
Directed by: Alain Chauvin
Eli: Cullen McGrail
Ryan: Luke Brown
Moana: Katie MacNeill
Comments from the adjudicators for Fags in Space include:
“Decorating a Christmas tree generates a wild, vibrant, searching and scarring examination of a gay couple’s relationship with one another and with the wider world” – Brian Quirt
“Fag’s in Space is a vitally current, viciously tender piece. It explores our desire to go deeper and get closer while exposing our fear of intimacy” – Bobby Theodore
Directed by: Verreault Milner
Jordan: Kim Blanche
Matt: Roger Coady
Comments from the adjudicators for In Case of Fire include:
“A play that shakes the foundations of a young marriage and teaches (or reminds) us that love alone cannot save a partnership. An intelligent, poignant and often funny exploration of the tension between religious identity and personal fulfillment; the reassurance of community versus the exhilarating terror of total independence” – Nick Carpenter.
“An hilarious, entertaining, and moving play that surprises at every turn. The characters’ journeys are very rich and entirely satisfying” – Bobby Theodore.
“A sharp two-hander about faith, lack of faith, and the huge twists that life and religion force upon our lives. The play offers two demanding roles and a challenging scenario that actors and directors will love to tackle” – Brian Quirt.
Public Adjudications – comments by adjudicator and Q&A with audience providing feedback for playwrights after each reading
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 AT 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
THE ARC OF DESIRE: writing for the stage
What makes a play different from other forms of writing; how do you get the characters to tell your story? What exactly is ‘dramatic action’? How does a successful plot unfold? These questions will be explored in a lively look at writing for the theatre. Participants will gain insight into tools that may be of use when writing a play, or adapting an existing narrative to the stage. It’s all about wants and desires. It’s all about making it happen in the moment. This workshop will include writing exercises, and participants should bring a scene from their current work in progress to share with the group for discussion.
Playwrights’ Workshop with, Laurie Fyffe– A playwright, actor, and the Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre, Laurie’s plays have been produced by the Tarragon and Factory Theatres, the SummerWorks Festival, (Toronto), Theatre Kingston, Ottawa Fringe, and the Blyth Festival. In 2010, Laurie received her MA in Theatre/Dramaturgy from the University of Ottawa where she subsequently taught script analysis. Laurie has also taught playwriting for the Learning in Retirement program at Carleton University and Ottawa’s Acting Company. Plays available from the Playwrights Guild of Canada include The Malaysia Hotel, Ballad For a Rumrunner’s Daughter, The Passion, and The Sand. In 2015, Laurie’s The Secret Life of Emily Frances about 18th century novelist Frances Brooke was produced at the Ottawa Fringe, directed by Bronwyn Steinberg. From 2014 to 2017, Laurie was Managing Artistic Director of Ottawa StoryTellers. Upcoming, Laurie will direct Evolution Theatre’s The Home Show at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival.
(open to public, maximum registration of 12)
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