So, before I rant (in a separate post) about the de-valuation of art through commodification of it, I want to share a couple events in the coming week.
First, my project for the past few weeks has been to direct for the Manitoba Association of Playwrights Highschool Playwriting Competition (sponsored by Scirocco Drama). This annual event provides the opportunity for 5 young playwrights - often first time writers - to have their short plays developed with a dramaturg and director, and be presented on the stage at MTC Warehouse. This year I am directing a new play by Beatrice Tuano called Intoxicated. The piece delves into the impact of loss on a young life through the eyes of two characters - the boyfriend who dies in a car accident, and his girlfriend who is left behind. I've been blessed to work with three lovely actors - Eric Rae, Ruth Rietze, and Kaeleigh Ayre.
Tickets info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167647053399174/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Performances are Thursday and Friday evenings - and audiences get to vote for their favourite play!
Second...my dear friends over at Theatre Incarnate have been re-working a piece they shared in the Fringe
Festival a couple years ago called Master Orloff and Madame Clodile's Freakshow Beautifique. Using buffon
techniques, circus freaks, and live music, the original production was highly enjoyable, and I can't wait to see what the
re-work brings to light!
Saturday and Sunday evening they'll be hosting workshop performances, followed by a Q&A session for further development
of the piece. Info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/484180224984318/?ref=ts&fref=ts