Richard Epp

Richard Epp is a playwright and actor educated at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Victoria. His full-length plays include Treasures (royalty in comic crisis), winner of the Alberta Culture Playwriting Competition of 1978, Christmas Pudding (a school concert gone comically wrong), produced by Southern Stage, Lethbridge in 1982, Kristallnacht, (a young woman confronts a German POW on a Southern Alberta farm), first performed at the University of Lethbridge in 1985, then by Edmonton's Theatre Network in 1986, Japango (on the voyages of Columbus), given a staged reading by the Missouri Repertory Theatre of Kansas City in 1991 and a production by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 1992, and Sea of Showers (about Mother’s trip to the moon), not yet produced. Intimate Admiration (on the marriage of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper), which was given a limited run at Theatre Calgary in 1986, remains one of a select number of plays by Canadian playwrights to be produced by the Stratford Festival where it played the Avon Theatre in the summer of 1987 with John Neville and Lucy Peacock in the roles. CBC Radio, in its Stratford Festival Series, recorded the play with the same cast at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, 1995. Richard’s screenplay Winter Pond (on the wartime internment of Japanese Canadians) placed 2nd in the (Alberta) Television and Film Institute Screenwriting Competition of 1995. Winter Pond was later adapted for the stage and performed at the University of Lethbridge.

Kristallnacht, Japango, and Intimate Admiration are available iin digital format from the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and monologues from Kristallnacht and Intimate Admiration appear in Tony Hamill’s (ed.) The Perfect Piece (1991), Another Perfect Piece (1995) and You’re Making a Scene (1993).

Following a lengthy academic career, Richard lives in Victoria with his wife Gwenyth.