April 2, 2012
Join 7 emerging playwrights as excerpts from their new plays are read.
Take a chance that you might fall in love with quirky characters, riveting story lines and brilliant writing! Similar to the current speed dating trend, a quick succession of 10-minute excerpts from seven new plays will be read by local actors on April 2nd. It is an exciting opportunity to test out new material in front of a live audience and see if it is a hit or miss.
The seven members of the Adult Playwriting Class at Prairie Theatre Exchange Theatre School have been working together since September of 2011. Under the direction of instructor Hope McIntyre, the group has spent these last 6 months exploring the craft of playwriting, from the first planning stages of a script through to a completed draft.
Now nearing the end of their time together, each class member is putting the finishing touches on the original works that they have been developing over the course of the year. Each play has been read and discussed in class, giving students a lively workshop experience from which to draw knowledge and inspiration. Plays include: an exploration of morality in the legal system; a mid-life crisis that leads to rebirth; a historical drama paralleling Pope Innocent with George W. Bush; a behind the scenes look at political back-stabbing; a multi-cultural exploration of family; an edgy look at the relationship between a stripper and her mom; and a science fiction tale about past life regression and a battle with death.
“Working with such a wide range of hopeful playwrights is an amazing experience,” says McIntyre after teaching playwriting for the last seven years at PTE. “Every year I am astounded by the creativity and the diverse plays that are brought to life by these developing artists.” McIntyre is herself a published and produced playwright. This year’s selection of emerging playwrights includes: John Herbert Cunningham, Wayne Ferguson, Kristy Hoffman, Andrea Kell, Joanne MacDonald, Ben Miller and Tyler White. The readings will be done by eight local actors (Kevin Anderson, Nan Fewchuk, Adam Hurtig, Matt Tenbruggencate, Lorraine James, Tyhr Trubiak, Braiden Houle, Lacina Lasso Dembele, Alissa Watson and Leroy O’Higgins) working as an ensemble and tackling multiple roles in the five plays.
Speed Dating With Aspiring Playwrights will be presented on April 2nd, 8:00 pm, in Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Colin Jackson Studio Theatre (3rd Floor, Portage Place Shopping Centre). Audience members are invited to be the first to hear these new pieces, and to provide written feedback to the authors. Admission is free.
For more information, visit http://www.pte.mb.ca