Playwrights Projects 2020

Alberta Theatre Projects is thrilled to announce Playwrights Projects 2020, two weeks of concurrent digital workshops, from June 8 to June 20, 2020, featuring Undressed by Louise Casemore, Boom Baby by Natalie Meisner and a new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan by Andrew Scanlon.

Undressed  by Louise Casemore – June 8-13, 2020

Boom Baby  by Natalie Meisner – June 16-18, 2020

Peter Pan  by J.M. Barrie, Adapted by Andrew Scanlon – June 15, 19, 20

Undressed  by Louise Casemore

This hilarious, heartfelt solo show, written and performed by dynamic Calgary theatre artist Louise Casemore, explores a simple but confounding question: What do you do with a used wedding dress?  What follows is a real-time zero waste auction, as Casemore embodies each of the brides who have chosen to let their wedding gown go. Each woman has a unique, moving story to tell as Casemore morphs from character to character. Undressed is a world premiere, commissioned and developed by Alberta Theatre Projects. It is a deeply personal play full of humour and heart, with more than a few dynamic interactive surprises.

Undressed is a world premiere, commissioned and developed by Alberta Theatre Projects, and is scheduled to receive its World Premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects in March 2021.

Louise Casemore is an advocate, Sterling nominated actor, and two-time Sterling Award winning playwright. Originally from Edmonton, she is the Artistic Director of indie renegade Defiance Theatre, recipient of the 2017 ATP/Enbridge Playwright’s Award, and featured artist in the NYC based “Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project”. Through Defiance and as a freelance artist, Louise has been involved in over 20 world premieres and counting, including her own original works OCDFunctionalGEMINI, and the upcoming cabaret exorcism that is Undressed. Additional credits include The Bereft Project with Charles Netto, teaching playwriting and performance creation with the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, Alberta Playwright’s Network, ATP Raucous Caucus, and APN’s YouthRiot, and serving as a National Forum Representative for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. In addition to her work in the theatre she remains actively involved in the larger community by way of policy writing, safe space advocacy, and serving as a contributing member to Calgary’s CART (Consent and Respect in Theatre). Defiance Theatre is committed to developing new Canadian theatre and exploring alternatives to conventional storytelling. Louise is a devoted to finding honesty and intimacy wherever she can, and all things strange and unusual.

Boom Baby  by Natalie Meisner

Boom Baby tells the story of a young Maritimer, Iona, who is drawn out west for work in the mining camps. She is a loader operator, a strong young woman and fits into the working environment without complaint, striving to be “one of the guys.” That is until she becomes pregnant after a casual sexual encounter with a friend. Unwilling to have an abortion, and not seeing a way out of her situation, she considers carrying the baby to term and giving the baby to a couple who are experiencing infertility. In Canada, surrogate mothers cannot be paid, but operate under the assumption of altruism. Yet everything in a work camp environment is measured in dollars and cents. What can and can’t be given a dollar value, after all? Shared resources? A river? A water table? The future?

Natalie Meisner (www.nataliemeisner.comis a playwright, an award-winning multi-genre author and 5th Poet Laureate of Calgary.  BADDIE ONE SHOE is a collection of odes to renegade women who fight the powers that be with laughter. BOOM BABY won both the Canadian National and the Alberta Playwriting Award. LEGISLATING LOVE: THE EVERETT KLIPPERT STORY was a finalist for best script at the Betty Mitchell Awards and will be produced as an audio play by the Alberta Queer Calendar project in 2020. SPEED DATING FOR SPERM DONORS was a hit at Lunchbox & Neptune. DOUBLE PREGNANT (Fernwood) topped non-fiction lists and her first book for kids MY MOMMY, MY MAMA, MY BROTHER & ME is about a two-mom biracial family finding community. Meisner is a wife, a mom to two great boys and a Professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University.

Peter Pan  by J.M. Barrie, Adapted by Andrew Scanlon

With a touch of pixie dust, Peter Pan takes the three Darling children on a daring adventure filled with mischievous lost kids, blood-thirsty crocodiles and a crew of snarling pirates – led by the legendary Captain Hook.

This brand new adaptation of Peter Pan is scheduled to fly into the Martha Cohen Theatre this upcoming holiday season, and is set to feature the same creative team that brought Narnia gloriously to life in last season’s record-breaking The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, including Daniel Fong as the titular Peter Pan, Anna Dalgleish as Wendy, and Hanne Loosen once again taking on set and costume design.

Andrew Scanlon has worked in Canadian theatre for 20 years. His first work as a playwright, Come Fly With Me, was seen at theatres across the country, including a production at Calgary’s Lunchbox TheatreHe appeared onstage in the Original Canadian Company of Kinky Boots at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, and later joined the Tony-winning show’s First National Tour, crisscrossing America and Japan. His work closer to home includes credits at Luminato, Neptune Theatre, The Globe, The Grand, Aquarius, Musical Stage, Stage West and Drayton. He has also participated variously in the development and recording of new work by Britta and Anika Johnson, Sara Farb, Erin Shields, Bryce Kulak, Joey Miller and Norm Foster.