PGC Announces Winners of 2013 Tom Hendry Awards

PGC Announces Winners of 2013 Tom Hendry Awards

For Immediate Release

(TORONTO, ON – Tuesday, October 29, 2013) Last night, the winners of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights, Stage West Pechet Family Comedy and Musical Awards were announced in front of a sold out audience, at the Tom Hendry Awards ceremony at 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto.

CAROL BOLT AWARD WINNER – DAVID YEE

Presented for the best work premiered by a PGC-member in the past year, the 2013 Carol Bolt Award was bestowed on DAVID YEE for for carried away on the crest of a wave. Jury: Mary Vingoe (Chair), Stephen Heatley, Angela Rebeiro and Johnna Wright.

STAGE WEST PECHET FAMILY MUSICAL AWARD WINNER – IRENE SANKOFF & DAVID HEIN

Presented annually to a PGC-member for best musical in development, the 2013 Musical Award was presented to Irene Sankoff & David Hein for Come From Away. Jury: Adam Brazier (Chair), Daryl Cloran, Robb Paterson, and Michael Rubinoff.

STAGE WEST PECHET FAMILY COMEDY AWARD WINNER – LUCAS FOSS

Presented annually to a PGC-member for best comedy in development, the 2013 New Comedy Award was presented to Lucas Foss for Little Voices. Jury: Andrew Clark (Chair), Katherine Koller, Lisa O’Connell and Paul Van Dyck.

In addition, Linda Griffiths was selected as PGC’s Lifetime Award recipient for her outstanding body of work as a Canadian playwright. She has an expansive and truly unique repertoire. As an artist she is an original pioneer, and her plays are not easily categorized. Her creativity and uncompromising vision is greatly admired by her fellow playwrights.

Iris Turcott was selected as PGC’s Honorary Award recipient for her devotion to Canadian theatre; most specifically, for her work with countless numbers of Canadian playwrights, whose artistic pursuits she has greatly inspired. Iris is a fierce champion of Canadian playwrights. As Colleen Murphy has stated, “I've seen her fight for a Canadian play and she's like a lion with her cub”.

Winners of PGC’s Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition were also announced during the event. The recipients were Geoffrey Simon Brown for Still Still Still, along with Britney Tangedal being the runner-up with No Smoking in the Living Room.

Playwrights Guild of Canada is a national arts service organization mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage.

Synopsis:

CAROL BOLT AWARD FOR PLAYWRIGHTS:

carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee (ON) – A singular, cataclysmic event — the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — illustrates the interconnectedness of all things. From an escort in Thailand to a Catholic priest in India to a housewife in Utah, this play asks, “what happens when the events that tie us together are the same that tear us apart?”

STAGE WEST PECHET FAMILY MUSICAL AWARD:

Come From Away by Irene Sankoff & David Hein (ON) – Come From Awaytells the true story of when seven thousand people landed on the doorstep of Gander, Newfoundland... and the people of Gander “put the kettle on.” When 38 planes from around the world were diverted to a small, Canadian community on September 11th, 2001, the town’s population doubled in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.

STAGE WEST PECHET FAMILY COMEDY AWARD:

Little Voices by Lucas Foss (BC) – This wry and charming one-man play explores the inner dialogue of a "40-50 something" couch potato trying to make something more of himself. Caught between his voice of comfort and his voice of truth, Josh asks himself big questions: Can he find love, and still get home in time for his favorite TV shows? Should he spend his money on cigarettes or buy that copy of Soulful Sex at the alternative bookstore? As he proceeds on his plodding but highly amusing journey, hazarding relationship counseling with his girlfriend, Cheryl, and coming face-to-face with his deepest fears at a men's retreat, our very ordinary "hero" discovers his true -- and not-so-ordinary -- self.

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