PLAYWRIGHTS GUILD OF CANADA ANNOUNCES THE SHORT LISTS FOR ITS 2013 TOM HENDRY AWARDS
CAROL BOLT AWARD – 2013 SHORT LIST
This award is given annually for the best work by a PGC-member that has premiered in the past year. JURY: Mary Vingoe (Chair), Stephen Heatley,Angela Rebeiro, and Johnna Wright.
Daniel Macdonald (SK) for A History of Breathing,
Hannah Moscovitch(ON) for This is War, and
David Yee (ON) for carried away on the crest of a wave
Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award –2013 SHORT LIST
This award is given annually for a new musical work by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production. JURY: Adam Brazier (Chair), Daryl Cloran, Robb Paterson, and Michael Rubinoff.
Robert Gontier & Nicky Phillips (ON) forCentral Park Tango,
Tracey Power (BC) for Miss Shakespeare, and
Irene Sankoff & David Hein (ON) for Come From Away
Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award– 2013 SHORT LIST
This award is given annually for a new comedy by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production. JURY: Andrew Clark (Chair), Katherine Koller, Lisa O’Connell, and Paul Van Dyck.
Catherine Banks (NS)for Miss N Me,
Michelle Deines (BC) for The Toilet Paper Caper
Lucas Foss (BC) for Little Voices.
The winners for each award’s category will be announced at PGC’s Tom Hendry Awards Event on October 28th at 401 Richmond St. W, along with the presentation of PGC’s Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition Winners – Geoffrey Simon Brownfor Still Still Still, and runner-up Britney Tangedal for No Smoking in the Living Room– and presentations for this year’s PGC’s Lifetime Award recipient, Linda Griffiths, and PGC’s Honorary Award recipient, Iris Turcott.
For more information or to RSVP for the Tom Hendry Awards Event please contact: email@example.com or 416-703-0201
SYNOPSES OF SHORTLISTED PLAYS
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CAROL BOLT AWARD FOR PLAYWRIGHTS:
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A History of Breathing by Daniel Macdonald (SK) – In a post-apocalyptic flood, two boats float aimlessly on an empty ocean. One carries its last survivors and the other carries its only hope for a new beginning. A collision of myth and reality at the end of the world and at its creation, A History Of Breathing follows the desperate travels of Lily and her father, who must stay ahead of a tide of destruction and find their absolution before it’s too late.
This is War by Hannah Moscovitch (ON) – Master Corporal Tanya Young, Sergeant Stephen Hughes, Private Jonny Henderson, and Sergeant Chris Anders have lived through an atrocity while holding one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. As each of them is interviewed by an unseen broadcasting organization, they recount their version of events leading up to the horrific incident with painful, unrelenting replies. What begins to form is a picture of the effects of guilt and the psychological toll of violence in a war where the enemy is sometimes indiscernible.
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:
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Central Park Tango by Robert Gontier & Nicky Phillips (ON) – Central Park Tango is inspired by the real life story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins, who drew worldwide attention when they became mates at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. In this contemporary musical, we see how Roy and Silo meet, how the penguin fleet responds to their union, and how this remarkable pair becomes the parents they’ve always wanted to be. A penguin musical about the modern day family.
Behind the dingy walls of The Cage Tavern, six women explore the seductive power of the theatre. With a musical score influenced by underground European Cabaret, the women embrace their creativity, their voice, and their freedom. But the law is not on their side, and if these artists are to fully express themselves, they must find the courage to get beyond the walls and in front of an audience.
Daddy’s had his turn – the mad mind of Judith Shakespeare explodes in this saucy new musical.
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:
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Miss N Me by Catherine Banks (NS) – Three days before her 25th wedding anniversary celebration at the fire hall, Dawna, a hairdresser from a small Nova Scotia town, steals her husband's plumbing van and heads for New York City to lie her way into meeting the American Rapper Missy Elliot. Dawna is obsessed with the Rapper's "out there" lyrics and is determined to deliver her creation, the Liberty M. E., stylin' hair design to her idol. Although her 17-year-old skate-boarder son, Justin, has refused to come out of his room for 77 days, he thinks her trip to NYC is a great idea. But Dawna's husband, Bob, wants his plumbing van home NOW! It turns out that the universe and a host of wacky hitch-hiking characters (Dawna's dead Clown parents, a Mermaid, and Miss Excess Baggage, to name a few) have another plan for Dawna as they draw her deeper into her journey. When Dawna and Missy meet, it doesn't go anything like Dawna's plan but exactly like it needs to go for Dawna and Audrey.
The Toilet Paper Caper by Michelle Deines (BC) – Silvio is convinced he'll die any minute. Fernanda has certain... needs that Silvio won't fulfill. Jerry is unlucky in love, Winnie is a city copy that's a little eager, Gil just likes to have a good time, and Lucia has an eight-year old secret that's about to be let out of the bag. Meet the Barbarini's: an Italian Vancouverite family that run a toilet paper shop and are plagued by a long-lost daughter and a mysterious money-launderer. Lucia, the daughter in question, must face her fears in order to solve the mystery, reunite her family, and maybe, just maybe, meet the right guy.
Jack of Diamonds by Douglas E. Hughes & Marcia Kash (ON) – Jack is a former jeweller who made his living buying and selling diamonds via late-night TV ads. He lives in a rather luxurious, privately owned retirement home along with fellow residents -- the visually challenged techno-wizard Rose, the artistically gifted but forgetful Flora, and the narcoleptic beauty Blanche. However, unbeknownst to the four of them, the man to whom they’ve entrusted their life savings—a smooth-talking financial adviser named Barney Effward—has been arrested for bilking his clients out of their savings through a Ponzi scheme. Faced with financial ruin, the four suddenly find themselves confronting the author of their miserable fate when Effward is unexpectedly delivered among them--along with several million dollars in diamonds. Pandemonium ensues as the four retirees try to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses, and keep the authorities from discovering their plans.
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.
LIST OF THE JUROR’S BIOS
Carol Bolt Award For Playwrights – Jury
Mary Vingoe (Chair) is the founding Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is a co-founder and past Artistic Director of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre and founding Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax, as well as co-founder and past co-Artistic Director of The Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro. She has directed for major theatres across the country, most recently, Wendy Lill’ s The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum for The National Arts Centre and Neptune Theatre. Mary has written extensively for stage and radio and has worked as a dramaturge, actor, and teacher across Canada. Her play Living Curiosities was published in 2011 by Playwrights Canada Press.
Mary is the recipient of the 2009 Portia White Award, the Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre, the Merritt Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2011 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Stephen Heatleyhas worked in professional theatre for forty years. As Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Theatre Network, he directed more than thirty world premieres over twelve seasons. He was the Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre for five years, and he has directed for theatres as diverse as the Blyth Festival, Stage Polaris (theatre for young people), Free Will Players (outdoor Shakespeare), La Boite a Popicos (theatre in French), and Alberta Theatre Projects. As a playwright, Stephen co-wrote the Christmas musical The Other Side of the Pole with Marney Heatley and Edward Connell, which has been performed regularly over the past thirty years. Stephen has been involved with the Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre’s Spring Festival of new plays since 2000, as director and dramaturge. His most recent theatre projects have included a Western Canadian tour with his friend and colleague, Richard Link, of their musical confection, Two Blondes With a Passion Do Death in Venice, and the direction of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle for Theatre at UBC. Stephen is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia where he works with actors, directors, and playwrights. He was the 2013 recipient of the Dorothy Somerset Award for Development in the Performing Arts and is the President of the Playwrights' Theatre Centre in Vancouver.
Angela Rebeiro is a former Executive Director of Playwrights Union of Canada (now Playwrights Guild of Canada) and a former Publisher of Playwrights Canada Press (from 2001 until she retired in 2008).
She has been a juror on two Ontario Arts Council publishing juries, as well as a Canada Council publishing jury. She was a juror on the City of Toronto Awards for three years, and she has been a juror for the Elora Playwriting Competition.
Johnna Wright is a Saskatoon-based director, dramaturg, actor, and producer. For nine years she was co-Artistic and Managing Director of Vancouver’s Solo Collective Theatre, a company that commissions, develops, and produces new work by Western Canadian playwrights. She was also a founding member of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, where in 2012 she directed The Merry Wives of Windsor (Jessie Awards, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production). Other directing projects include The Importance of Being Earnest for Persephone Theatre and Western Canada Theatre, Salt-Water Moon for the Station Arts Centre in Rosthern, SK, and The Triumph of Love for Blackbird Theatre in Vancouver (Jessie Awards, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production). Acting credits include shows with the Arts Club in Vancouver and Persephone in Saskatoon, as well as some film and television. Johnna spent much of 2011 at the Shaw Festival as a Neil Munro Directing Intern. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta and a BA from UBC. She is currently a Literary Manager for Persephone Theatre and Associate Artistic Director at Blackbird Theatre.
Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award - Jury
Adam Brazier(Chair) is the inaugural Artistic Director of Theatre 20, an artist led musical theatre company. Adam made his directorial debut with Birdland Theatre’s production of Assassins.
Daryl Cloran is the Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, BC. For WCT Daryl has directed Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Betrayal, and Noises Off. Daryl is also the founding Artistic Director of Theatrefront, where he directed eleven productions, including: The Mill, Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project), and Return (The Sarajevo Project). Daryl has directed at theatres across Canada, including: And All For Love (National Arts Centre), Generous (Tarragon Theatre), Afterplay (Shaw Festival), The Last Five Years (Canadian Stage and Manitoba Theatre Centre), Time Stands Still (Theatre Aquarius), and This is How it Goes (Neptune Theatre). Daryl was recently honoured as one of Kamloops Business Magazine’s Top 10 Under 40. He has been awarded the Canada Council's John Hirsch Prize for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Director, the Toronto Theatre Emerging Artist Award, and a Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Director. Upcoming: Daryl is directing the Canadian Premiere of Tribes (Canadian Stage) and Les Miserables (WCT).
Robb Paterson has acted in or directed over 170 productions in the past thirty years across Canada. Born in Montreal, he moved to Winnipeg in 1981 where he started his professional acting career as a member of the MTC acting company. Since then he has appeared in countless productions on all the city’s stages including MTC, Rainbow Stage, PTE, MTYP, WJT and Theatre Projects.
Winnipeg directing credits include Miracle on South Division Street, The Fighting Days, Next to Normal, The Shunning, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Guys and Dolls, Our Town, Pride and Prejudice, Trying, Steel Magnolias, My Fair Lady, Bleeding Hearts, Rope’s End, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare; Abridged, Little Shop of Horrors, Pyjama Game, An Inspector Calls (MTC), Crazy For You, 42nd Street, Big-The Musical, Footloose, King and I, Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow), Rick – the Rick Hansen Story, Seussical, Jacob Two-Two, Pippi Longstocking, Land of Trash, Showdown, Chasing the Money, Square Eyes (MTYP), and many others.
Robb’s work has taken him to Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Atlantic Canada, and British Columbia.
Michael Rubinoff earned a B.A. in political science and an LL.B. (Valedictorian) from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to being called to the Ontario Bar in 2002, he launched M. Rubinoff Productions Inc., a commercial theatre company producing mid-sized theatre in the City of Toronto.
Recent credits include the Theatre Sheridan production of Rent at the Panasonic Theatre, the Canadian premieres of the Off-Broadway plays Love, Loss, and What I Wore, co-written by Nora Ephron and starring twenty one of Canada’s most notable actresses, and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, which starred Canada’s most notable young actors. His productions have earned him one Dora Mavor Moore Award for excellence in Toronto theatre and six nominations.
In 2010 he left the day-to-day practice of law to take-up the appointment of Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College. He is responsible for seven academic programs including Sheridan's prestigious degree program in Music Theatre Performance. He is the producer of Theatre Sheridan’s six show season and established Sheridan's Canadian Music Theatre Project, Canada’s incubator for new musical theatre works by Canadian and international artists.
Michael is the President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Chair of their Commercial Theatre Development Fund. As a producer he continues to develop new works. As a lawyer he practiced commercial real estate law and entertainment law, with a focus on live theatre.
Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award - Jury
Andrew Clark (Chair) is an award-winning writer and the director of Humber College Comedy Program. Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson called Andrew “the foremost chronicler of Canadian comedy.” He writes the "Road Sage" humour column for The Globe and Mail. His first book, Stand and Deliver: Inside Canadian Comedy, was an examination of Canadian comedy from both a historical and pop culture perspective. His last book, A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle, was nominated for the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-fiction Prize, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, and the Governor General's Award for Literary Non-fiction. He was a contributing editor for The Walrus Magazine and has written for such publications as Maclean’s, The Toronto Star and The New York Times Magazine. He produced an NFB documentary entitled The Next Big Thing.
Katherine Koller writes in many styles and genres. Her comedies, produced by CBC radio, at the Edmonton Fringe, Jagged Edge Lunchbox Theatre, and Winnipeg’s FemFest, have been invited to the U.S. and U.K. Her full-length plays include The Seed Savers, collected in Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays (Athabasca University Press, 2012), Coal Valley: The Making of a Miner (in The Alberta Advantage, Playwrights Canada Press, 2008) and Last Chance Leduc, which won the 2013 Alberta Playwriting Competition and a reading at the Banff Centre.
Queenie’s Castle is Katherine’s first play to be translated, into Cree, by Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon. Katherine also writes fiction, and for radio, film, ballet, dance, and opera. Citie Ballet produced three of her story ballet libretti: Murder at the Strand (2011), Damsels of the Night (2012), and Ariadne’s Gate (2013). Her documentary about Citie Ballet going professional, Taking Flight, is produced by Company of Women on the Screen for Telus Optik TV.
Katherine’s work on her new play, Dirt Baby, recently took her to the Women’s Work Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is developing a chamber opera libretto, Madonna of the Wilderness, a young adult novel, Art Lessons, and a feature film, Cowboy Boots and a Corsage. Katherine writes about her process in “Making Myth on the Prairies” in Canadian Theatre Review (Spring 2013), and teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.
Lisa O’Connell is the founder and Artistic Director of Pat the Dog Playwright Centre, the only playwright centre in Ontario open to both emerging and established playwrights. In addition to their office in Kitchener, Pat the Dog has an office in Sudbury to serve Northern Ontario playwrights. PTD playwrights’ work has been presented at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, SummerWorks, MT Space Theatre, Sudbury Theatre Centre, and Theatre Aquarius, among others.
Paul Van Dyck is a Montreal-based actor, director, producer, and playwright. As Artistic Director of Rabbit in a Hat Productions, Paul created the acclaimed plays The Cyclops, Sahara Crossing, Haunted, Paradise Lost (winner: Best Production, New York Frigid Festival and Atlantic Fringe Festival), The Harvester (winner: Best Drama, Atlantic Fringe Festival), and co-created Miss Sugarpuss Must Die! (winner: Best Production, Montreal Fringe Festival). His piece, A Christmas Song, was presented as part of Centaur Theatre’s 2012 Urban Tales, while The Montreal Arts Interculturels presented his adaptation of Aphra Behn’s 17th century novel, Oroonoko (currently a finalist for the Manhattan Theater Works Newborn Festival and nominated for eight Montreal English Theatre Awards). Recently, Paul was one of two Canadian directors selected for the 2013 Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at The Shaw Festival. Based on his commitment to excellence in theatre, The Montreal English Critics Circle presented Paul with the prestigious Revelation of the Year Award, while Nightlife Magazine named him one of Montreal’s top emerging artists.
Post-Secondary Playwright Award – Jury
Michael Devine has a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto. A two-time Artistic Director in the Canadian theatre, as well as an accomplished playwright, actor, dramaturg, and essayist, he now works primarily in eastern and central Europe, where to date he has directed and created eighteen productions in seven languages in Croatia, Finland, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, and Kosovo.
BoxWhatBox, an actor-training workshop he founded in 2004, has been featured in Canada and the United States, Argentina, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Recent productions of his plays include: Identity Theft for Teatro VeRRdi in Zadar, Croatia; I Forget with Oxymoron Theatre, Kyiv; Aeneas Ghost for Multimedia Theatre in Kosovo; Punch and Judy Murder Love for the Prizren Municipal Theatre in Kosovo; Cyrano XXI for the National Theatre of Serbia (Nis); HAWKS, an outdoor environmental theatre creation in Tripkova, Serbia; and Ghost Mountain, an environmental creation with the State Theatre of Kraljevo on Goc Mountain, Serbia.
As a director/playwright Michael has also been a featured artist at five international theatre festivals: MESS Festrival in Sarajevo; FITS Festival in Sibiu, Romania; FIST Festival in Belgrade; IUGTE Festival in Malpils (Latvia); and InFomaT Festival in Athens.
In 2009 he founded CATT, the Centre for Alternative Theatre Training, which holds international workshops for theatre performers. CATT international actor training seminars have been held in Kosovo, Galaxidi, Greece, and Rome, Italy.
A former Executive and Artistic Director of Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Dr. Devine has been an instructor in acting, playwriting, dramatic theory, and theatre history at the National Theatre School (Canada), Concordia University, McGill University, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland, John Abbott College, and Debrecen University (Hungary). He has also guest lectured at various universities in Europe. He currently teaches Theatre at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Michael Devine can be found on Facebook, and his website can be found at www.michael-devine.org or www.boxwhatbox.org.
Cairn Moore is a director and playwright. She also teaches performance at the University of Winnipeg. Under the expert mentorship of Governor General Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen, Cairn’s third play Shiksa was featured in FemFest 2010. Cairn also edited Generation NeXXt, a scene book anthology for young female actors, published by Scirocco Drama. Over the last year, Cairn and a team of artists have been going inside women’s prisons in Manitoba and Edmonton. Jail Baby, co-written with Hope McIntyre, is currently in development. Cairn continues to embrace her duties as Associate Artistic Director of FemFest.
Alicia Payne isa professional performer, writer, and facilitator. Her published writing credits include a syndicated cartoon, monologues, short plays, and magazine articles. She was also heard weekly on "Where Am I?" a contest she developed for Metro Morning on CBC Radio.
Alicia is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of African American Music published in 2010. She is an alumna of the Playwrights Collective at Theatre Passe Muraille and the 2007 Tapestry New Opera Works Composer Librettist Laboratory. She collaborated with youth from Regent Park and St. Jamestown, respectively, to write the short operas Color World and Escape from Wonderland (Glenn James, composer) for the 2011 Tapestry New Opera Works INside Opera program. Along with Donald Molnar, Alicia co-wrote Maurice Carter’s Innocence, which had a workshop production at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival with a 15-member gospel choir. At the 2009 Innocence Network Conference in Houston, Texas, Alicia moderated a panel after the excerpt reading of Maurice Carter's Innocence. An article she co-wrote about the play appears in the Spring 2009 issue of the AIDWYC Journal. Another excerpt reading of the play and panel discussion took place in 2010 at the 33rd Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Alicia is also a professional actor and facilitator whose credits encompass theatre, film, television, and radio. In addition to the Playwrights Guild of Canada, her professional memberships include ACTRA, CAEA, and the Dramatists Guild of America.
In 2009/2010 Alicia was an inaugural Harbourfront World Stage Ambassador. She is an Associate Artist at Mixed Company Theatre where, as Assistant Project Lead in 2010, Alicia helped pilot Project ACT, a new initiative to help youth in grades 7 – 9 lead active, healthier lives. Additional artist educator credits include working with resilient youth as the Playwright/Facilitator for Uth Ink, St. John’s in 2008/2009 and Playwright/Facilitator for Uth Ink/Luminato 2010.
Alicia is a co-founder of Arbez Drama Projects, an independent, not-for-profit theatre company with several plays at different stages of development.