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Nightwood’s Write from the Hip and Busting Out This Weekend
(Apologies for being a bad blogger as of late. I’ve been a bit busy with some life stuff, but I’ll be back in regular rotation shortly. For now here’s a shameless plug.)
On Saturday August 23 at 8 p.m., with the invaluable help of Nightwood Theatre and the emerging actors program, there will be a staged reading of Fear of Fighting, a short, fifteen minute play based on my upcoming illustrated novel. (Put out by the same publishers who put out this amazing book by our very own Thea Lim.) The play will be staged, along with five others from Nightwood’s Write From The Hip! program, at Nightwood Studio 315 in the Cannery Building at the Distillery District in Toronto. Tickets at the door are PWYC (with suggested donation of $10).
I have to say I’ve been so very proud to work with the five other writers who also have staged readings the same evening - Briana Brown, Michael Reynolds, Marika Schwandt, Christina Wong, and Lukas Sidaravicius. Their talent is immeasurable, their help invaluable, and I’ve been consistently blown away by their insight and the awesomeness of their finished works. The evening is a great opportunity to see some fresh talent.
The following day at 4 p.m. Nightwood will also present works from their Busting Out! program, a free theatre program for girls aged 12 to 16. The goal of Busting Out! is to provide a forum for young women, through a series of theatre-based workshops, discussion and collective creation. The participants of the program will have the opportunity to work with professional playwrights, actors and directors on their own writing projects, as well as a public presentation of their own creation.
If you’re in Toronto this weekend take the opportunity to experience some exciting new works by emerging youth talent. More info after the jump.
About Nightwood’s Write From the Hip!:
Write From the Hip is Nightwood’s novice playwriting program for young women aged 18-29. The Hip program is a series of weekly workshops, mentoring and hands-on seminars in writing skills and professional play development specifically designed for young writers. Write from the Hip participants walk away with a reinforced belief in themselves, their stories and their writing abilities. Over a 5-month period, each participant completes a new short work that is then workshopped and staged on the final night of the Groundswell Festival. Participants are selected through submissions and personal interviews conducted by the program coordinator and the Hip Committee (participants in the previous year’s program).
About Fear of Fighting:
Fear of Fighting is an adaptation of a graphic novel collaboration between Stacey May Fowles (writer) and Marlena Zuber (illustrator), set for release in October 2008 with Invisible Publishing. The 15-minute scene was developed via Nightwood Theatre’s Write From The Hip program between March and August of 2008, and is a comedic investigation of infidelity, lust, jealousy, mental health, and choice. Marnie, driven permanently inside her bachelor apartment via a break-up and a subsequent case of agoraphobia, receives an unlikely visit from the ‘other woman.” The resulting conversation reveals their commonalities, insecurities, and an absurd plan for revenge.