Thursday, May 17, 2012

Playwrights Showcase

An evening with Obsidian Theatre's Playwrights

2011/12 Playwrights Unit Presentations

On June 4th, we are proud to present excerpts from works in progress from our fabulous playwrights unit members. These plays have been developed through the unit, come see them fly. 

by Audrey Dwyer
Directed by Leah Simone Bowen
Julie is writing a new screenplay of "To Kill a Mockingbird" from the perspective of Calpurnia, the Finch family maid. Is it a brilliant and necessary reclamation, or is she walking a dangerous line between history and caricature. 

Eating Pomegranates Naked
by Andrea Scott
Directed by Jamie Robinson
Truth, relationships, loss, and self-identity interact with one another in play that starts off as a dinner party that could be happening anywhere. How honest do you have to be with our partners if the truth will infect the relationship? Sometimes we are only as safe as our secrets.

lil sara//clicking venus
by Meghan Swaby
Directed by Dian Marie Bridge
A poetic and explosive exploration of the exploitation of Black women in history. lil sara/clicking venus is inspired by the life of the infamous ‘Hottentot Venus’, Sara Baartman, the young Khosian woman at the centre of Europe’s dark fascination with the exotic.    

Monday June 48pm 
Dancemakers Large Studio 313
55 Mill Street
Distillery District Building 74
This is a Pay-What-You-Can event

Playwrights Unit Submissions

We are now accepting applications for our 2012-13 Playwrights Unit!
Do you write for theatre? 
Do you want to work in a structured, nurturing, and vibrant community of artists? 
Do you identify as a member of the African Diaspora?

Obsidian Theatre is looking for you.

Through monthly meetings with the group, and individual guidance to serve each writer’s needs, the playwrights unit will be an intensive, year long process. In the unit writers can delve into a creation process in a supportive and nurturing environment while challenging themselves to investigate their writing process. The unit will also have an emphasis on professional development and the business of being a playwright in Canada. The unit will run from September 2012 to Spring 2013.

Application Due JUNE 1, 2012

Your application should include:

A 5 to 10 page writing sample
A 1 page Letter of Intent explaining why you write for theatre
Your resume

You can send your application by email to Mel Hague at pd@obsidiantheatre.com
Or by mail to:

Obsidian Theatre Company
1089 Dundas St. East
Toronto ON
M4M 1R9


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