May 04, 2017
Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre announces the playwrights for the 2017 Playwrights’ Colony held annually in Sackville, New Brunswick.
Gillian Clark, presently based in Halifax, will be working on her newest play Drums and Organs the story of a second-year med student on Spring Break.
Wendy Hamilton joins the colony from Sault Saint Marie (formerly based in St. Andrews, NB) to work on Patsy and Joe.
Cape Breton native, Lindsay Kyte brings a Christmas musical entitled Nelf the Watcher Elf.
From Halifax, Josh MacDonald will be putting the finishing touches on The Mystery Play, which is scheduled to play at Ship’s Company Theatre this summer.
Ami McKay and Ken Schwartz will be fine tuning their premiere production of Nothing Less; the production will be on stage this summer at Two Planks and a Passion Theatre.
New playwright Nicole O’Connor brings the tale of two Acadian sisters, in Deport.
Sarah Tilley comes to the colony from the Newfoundland arts scene, bringing with her, her newest work entitled White or Red.
Step Taylor also from Newfoundland, but previously based in Fredericton, NB, brings a play about misperception entitled The False Neighbor.
Julie Vandervoort from Halifax will also be joining the colony this year to continue her work on Scoop. The story of a mastectomy and our obsessions with perfection.
The acting company for the Playwrights’ Colony are Samantha Wilson, Deb Allen and joining the colony from Prince Edward Island are Melissa Mullen and Rob MacLean. Local Sackville actors include Glen Nichols, Karan Valane, Xavier Gould, Iris Smith d’Agincourt, and Erik Garf.
The participating dramaturges are Don Hannah and Jenny Munday. The two Crake Interns are Xavier Gould as Colony Coordinator and Iris d'Agincourt as Assistant Coordinator.
The Playwrights' Colony runs from May 7th until the 21st in Sackville, New Brunswick and offers playwrights the chance to focus on their work. There is a public event entitled In their own Words which will feature interviews and excerpts from participating Colony playwrights. Joanne Miller will host the event at the Motyer Fancy Theatre on the campus of Mount Allison University on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:30. The event is free although donations will be accepted att the door.
The colony this year is going to be a terrific gathering of theatre artists from every province in Atlantic Canada. It offers opportunity to share ideas and insight, while still offering enough time to focus on the words on the page.