FireWorks 2016 – background stories of the plays

This year’s FireWorks series features three full-length plays, all developed by/through Alumnae Theatre Company.  They’ve all been significantly dramaturged, revised/re-worked, and expanded since their first appearances on our stage.  Themes explored include cultural influences, political unrest, family dynamics, and the nature of art.

"The Creases In My Sari" playwright Sindhuri Nandhakumar.

“The Creases In My Sari” playwright Sindhuri Nandhakumar.

The Creases In My Sari by Sindhuri Nandhakumar, directed by Kimberley Radmacher (ran Nov 9 -13).  An earlier version was presented as a staged reading in New Ideas Festival 2015.

Inked Heart by D.J. Sylvis, directed by Pamela Redfern (ran Nov 16 – 20).  A one-act version – then titled “An Inked Heart” – was presented in New Ideas Festival 2010.

"Inked Heart" playwright D.J. Sylvis.

“Inked Heart” playwright D.J. Sylvis.

Motherland by Kristine Greenaway, directed by Andreja Kovac (runs Nov 23 – 27).   It was developed in Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Play Development group, and an earlier version appeared as a staged reading in the company’s Big Ideas Festival in 2015.

"Motherland" playwright Kristine Greenaway (centre) talks to some of the cast.

“Motherland” playwright Kristine Greenaway (centre) talks to some of the cast.

Each of the playwrights has published fascinating articles on the background of their play, and how they came to write that particular story.

Sindhuri Nandhakumar on The Creases In My Sari: https://lankareporter.com/blog/theater-show-creases-sari-opens-toronto-follows-path-two-young-sri-lankan-immigrants-opposing-factions-fall-love/

D.J. Sylvis on Inked Heart:  http://www.djsylvis.com/?p=282

Kristine Greenaway on Motherlandhttp://intermissionmagazine.ca/artist-perspective/hovercraft-full-eels-translation/

Inked Heart and The Creases In My Sari have now closed, but you can still catch Motherland – it opens on Wednesday, and runs to Sunday Nov 27.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/2078801852345406/  for details.

 

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