Playwrights Projects 2022

Six online readings of New Canadian Plays by members of the Alberta Theatre Projects Playwrights Unit

Apr 29 – May 27, 2022

PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECTS IS BACK, running April 29 – May 27. Playwrights Projects 2022 is five Fridays in a row of online readings of brand new plays-in-development written by members of the 2021-22 Playwrights Unit.

Tickets are only $10 per evening!

Plus – this year, we’re thrilled to announce that Playwrights Projects will also include the Student Writers Group Showcase, an evening of online reading presentations of new plays written by members of the ATP Student Writers GroupThe Student Writers Group Showcase will be on Saturday, May 14 at 7:00pm – tickets by donation.

Check out the play synopses below, and fine out how Playwrights Projects mega-fans can save big on the ULTIMATE new play development experience!

*All workshop reading presentations will take place on the Zoom platform. Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email. The Zoom link for the presentations will be sent out via email closer to the presentation date.


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The Lineup:

 

INNOCENTS

By Rose Napoli

Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm (Mountain Time)

It’s Raf’s first day in the security department of the art gallery. Interim Security Manager Louis is ready to be a lean mean training machine. But when seven children faint in the same spot in the same gallery room all within twenty minutes of one another, this unlikely security duo become a kind of Sherlock and Watson to solve the mystery. Based on true events.

Featuring: Colin Bluekens, Xavier Lopez, Kristen Padayas, David Patrick Flemming
Director/Dramaturg: Guillermo Verdecchia
Assistant Director: Cosmo Christoffersen
Stage Manager: Cristina Hernandez
Playwrights Unit Coordinator: Trevor Rueger
Zoom Coordinator: Natjelly Lozada

          


 

HAVE YOU SEEN MY SISTER

By Alexandria Rose Fortier

Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm (Mountain Time)

One night 8-year old Molly’s Indigenous sister Makayla vanishes, and no one seems to care but Molly and her family. The first act is seen through the eyes of a white 8-year old trying to understand the difference between the value of her life and that of her sister.  20 years later, Molly finds a way to come to peace with the missing hole that Mikayla’s disappearance has left in her life while never giving up the fight to make the world safer for her own daughter.

Featuring: Joel Braun, Caleigh Crow, Sophie May Healey, Karen Johnson-Diamond, Kevin Rothery, Lara Schmitz
Director: Michelle Thrush
Stage Manager: Cristina Hernandez
Dramaturg/Playwrights Unit Coordinator: Trevor Rueger
Zoom Coordinator: Natjelly Lozada

          


 

LITTLE ELVES

Book & Lyrics by Kodie Rollan
Music & Lyrics by Alixandra Cowman

Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm (Mountain Time)

A new musical inspired by the story of St. Nicholas and the Evil Butcher. After escaping from the clutches of a Butcher who kidnapped them, three young girls conspire to find a way to escape a town that is not so welcoming to them. A reimagining of a folk tale gone wrong, we are brought into a world of lies, deceit, and desperation. When the chips are stacked against you, what will you do to survive?

Featuring: Kathleen Faith Ballangan, Conrad Belau, Amy On, Morgan Yamada
Director/Dramaturg: Byron Abalos
Stage Manager: Marijka Asbeek Brusse
Playwrights Unit Coordinator: Trevor Rueger
Zoom Coordinator: Natjelly Lozada

          


 

YOU WAKE UP ON STAGE

By Breton Lalama

Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm (Mountain Time)

A transmasculine person wakes up on stage, with no idea of how they got there, and has to figure out not only why they are there, but if they can get out.  Through puppetry, stand-up, physical theatre and more, the show explores the sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing ways we perform gender for each other.

Featuring: Ari Rombough, Mike Tan
Director: Patricia Cerra
Stage Manager: Nicole Bergen
Dramaturg/Playwrights Unit Coordinator:
Trevor Rueger
Zoom Coordinator: Natjelly Lozada

          


 

PRETTY/CRAZY GIRL

By Allison Lynch

Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm (Mountain Time)

PRETTY/CRAZY GIRL is a one-woman immersive sound experience that asks the question, why aren’t women believed? Inspired by the true story of investigative journalist Nelly Bly and the 10 days and nights she spent undercover as a patient at Blackwell’s Island Asylum in 1887, PRETTY/ CRAZY GIRL examines the “hysterical woman” archetype, reveals dark truths about the historical diagnosis of so-called “insanity” and asks us to examine how and when we truly listen.

Featuring: Jamie Tognazzini
Director: Bronwyn Steinberg
Dramaturg: Meg Braem
Stage Manager: Nicole Bergen
Playwrights Unit Coordinator: Trevor Rueger
Zoom Coordinator: Natjelly Lozada

*The presentations for PRETTY/CRAZY GIRL and JERICHO are both on the evening of May 27. A ticket to the May 27 evening includes both presentations!

      


 

JERICHO

By Makram Ayache

Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm (Mountain Time)

Jericho is a nearly forgotten mall at the edge of New City. When police are called in to evacuate the basement parkade of a tent city of the unhoused, a young woman’s, one of the houseless, protest video goes viral. This lightning rod brings thousands upon thousands to the mall in a political demonstration against a capitalist ruling elite. However, the protest is haphazard. Teenagers from a local high school fill their time perusing and playing at the mall. A group of activists organize against the retaliations in the protest. A white working-class family witnesses the protest increase in size, extending onto their farm. And the young woman from the viral video garners a strange following where she takes on the title of a Prophet.

For this presentation, playwright Makram Ayache will be taking us through this daring and large-scale piece, introducing its unique format and site-specific nature, and sharing some of the music elements that will feature in the final piece.

Stage Manager: Nicole Bergen
Playwrights Unit Coordinator:
Trevor Rueger
Zoom Coordinator: Natjelly Lozada

*The presentations for PRETTY/CRAZY GIRL and JERICHO are both on the evening of May 27. A ticket to the May 27 evening includes both presentations!

      


 

Student Writers Group Showcase

Featuring New Plays from the ATP Student Writers Group

Saturday, May 14 at 7:00pm

The members of the ATP Student Writers Group have spent the year honing their writing skills and developing original 10-minute plays. Each student was paired with a professional director/dramaturg and have participated in a dramaturgical workshop led by their director/dramaturg and some of Calgary’s finest actors. This process concludes in this annual showcase of online readings of the students’ work!

Tickets are by donation! When purchasing your ticket, the ticket price will appear as $0.00 and the prompt for a donation will occur later in the purchase path. Thank you!

      

The Alberta Theatre Projects Student Writers Group is generously supported by RBC Emerging Artist Project and The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation.