By Allison Lynch
Friday, May 27, 2022
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
Allison Lynch – Playwright, PRETTY/CRAZY GIRL
Allison Lynch is a Calgary-based performer, sound-designer and composer. She has appeared onstage as an actor, singer and multi-instrumentalist, and behind the scenes as a composer, sound-designer, music and vocal director (often simultaneously). Allison has performed internationally and across Canada, and on nearly all of Calgary’s live theatre and musical stages, from Theatre Calgary to the Calgary Folk Music Festival and the Calgary International Jazz Festival. Allison has four Betty Mitchell Awards for her work in theatre in the acting and composing categories, a Critic’s choice award for outstanding score from the Greater Victoria Regional Theatre Awards, and multiple nominations for acting, composing and musical direction in Alberta and BC. Allison also scores for film, TV and documentaries, and wrote and performed the song “Try” for episode 6 of HUDSON on CBC Gem. She regularly performs at both public and private events with her jazz quartet, and released her debut album “Skin & Flame” in 2017 on all streaming platforms.
Welcome to Playwrights Projects 2022
Alberta Theatre Projects is known nationally for our commitment to incubating new works. In continuing support of this mission, we are proud to present Playwrights Projects 2022 – a series of live virtual presentations of new plays written by Canadian storytellers.
Designed to nurture unique voices, the Playwrights Unit allows both emerging and established artists to have the support necessary to develop new theatrical work from an idea to a first draft. Members have met over video conference calls for eight months, exploring new perspectives and developing their projects. Alberta Theatre Projects acts as both an advocate and a home for storytellers throughout this process, providing flexible and responsive dramaturgical support to feed the development process.
While these uncertain times during the pandemic have created many challenges for the performing arts, it has also offered exciting possibilities for us to learn and innovate as an organization. One such positive has been the ability to engage both artists and audiences from afar by continuing to offer access to our Playwrights Projects on an online platform.
We are so proud to have been able to offer the opportunity to these storytellers to develop new works during the pandemic. Presenting their stories on an online platform will allow for a reading of their scripts in progress to reach people from all over Canada – and the world. Audiences will have the opportunity to witness these remarkable early drafts of new works from the comfort of their own homes, growing virtual arts communities in new and meaningful ways.
The Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2022 Playwrights come to the virtual table with unique voices, interests and backgrounds. Their writing experiences range from award-winning published playwrights to first-time script creators. Playwrights Project 2022 is once again facilitated by Trevor Rueger, the Executive Director of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network. Rueger oversaw this year’s formal selection committee, which received over 40 pitches submitted for consideration from local and national storytellers interested in participating. This year’s selection committee included Glynis Leyshon, Valerie Planche, and Mike Tan, with input from former ATP Interim Artistic Director Haysam Kadri.
Thank you for your continued support of Canadian storytellers, and Alberta Theatre Projects! Please enjoy these five Fridays in a row of online readings of brand new plays-in-development written by the 2021-22 Playwrights Unit members. Also, be sure to join us for the Student Writers Group Showcase, an evening of online reading presentations of new plays written by members of the ATP Student Writers Group.
Enjoy the shows!
Rohit Chokhani, Alberta Theatre Projects Artistic & Executive Director
Welcome to the Playwrights Projects 2022! While we are thrilled about inviting you back into our theatre, we are also excited about beaming these new Canadian plays into your living room. Beginning in September this group of 7 theatre creators gathered monthly to share their experience, their wisdom, and their creations with each other. What you are about to witness is the culmination of 8 months of work by these writers and creators. Over the next few weeks, you will experience mystery, music, myth, & magic. Thank you for joining us and being an important part of the play development process. And thank you for your support of Alberta Theatre Projects and for supporting new Canadian plays! Enjoy.
Trevor Rueger, Playwrights Unit Coordinator & Alberta Playwrights Network Executive Director