May 01, 2018
The Playwrights’ Colony is the centerpiece of PARC’s activities. The intensive two-week session allows playwrights time away from life's everyday demands to write with assistance from a professional dramaturge and the expertise, skills and talents of a professional company of experienced workshop actors. During the Colony playwrights beneift from interaction and dialogue with other playwrights and all the participating playwrights receive housing, travel, an honorarium and per diems. They enjoy public and industry exposure and promotion, and networking possibilities throughout the Region and nationally. In the middle of the second week there is an organized public reading of excerpts from the works in progress.
The dramaturgs at the 2018 Playwrights' Colony are Don Hannah and Maureen Labonté:
Don Hannah is an award winning playwright and novelist. His pair of one person shows, The Cave Painter & The Woodcutter, were recently published by Playwrights Canada Press, and Cave Painter received the 2012 Carol Bolt Award. He has worked as a dramaturge at Playwrights Theatre Centre, the Banff Playwrights Colony, and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, of which he is a founding member. His books include Shoreline, a collection of his plays, and the novels, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, and Ragged Islands, both published by Knopf. Ragged Islands was awarded the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.
Maureen Labonté is a dramaturge, translator and teacher. She has coordinated a number of play development programmes in theatres and play development centres across the country including at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in Montreal, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. These days she is working as a dramaturge at the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario (Sudbury) and the Théâtre Petit à Petit (Montreal). She is translation dramaturge at Playwrights Workshop Montreal. From 2006 to 2011, Maureen was Co-Director of the Banff Playwrights’ Colony at the Banff Center for the Arts. She has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada since the mid-90’s.
Maureen Labonté has translated more than thirty-five Quebec plays into English. Her translation of And Slowly Beauty by Quebec City director and playwright, Michel Nadeau, was published by Talonbooks (Vancouver) and shortlisted for the 2014 Governor general’s Award in Translation. Her translation of Olivier Kemeid’s modern adaptation of Virgil’s The Aeneid premiered at the Stratford Festival in the 2016 season. She lives in Montreal.
The Colony participants - the Playwrights:
The visiting dramaturgs will be working along side PARC's Artistic Director Pamela Halstead for the two weeks as they work on nine different scripts from ten playwrights. The participating playwrights are: Wanda Graham from Nova Scotia with her script All of Us; Nancy Kenny from New Brunswick and Ontario who will be working on a translation of her work Roller Derby Saved my Soul; Sara Tilley from Newfoundland with her work White or Red; Berni Stapleton with a new work in progress entitled Dolly; Melissa Mullen and partner playwright Rob MacLean from Prince Edward Island with The Garden Behind the Moon; Nadine Salami with Ma Meilluere Amie...Ma Meilleure Ennemie; Michael McPhee from Nova Scotia is bringing From the Inside; Natalie Meisner from Nova Scotia and British Columbia is bringing her script, Area 33; and James McClure with his script Glass Closets.