Did you know that Alumnae Theatre Company, in addition to staging plays, also has a group of playwright-members – the New Play Development group (NPD) – who like to challenge themselves? The annual fall challenge is called Write Now! The writers receive a challenge theme or “ingredients” on a Friday afternoon, and have just a weekend to write their 10-minute play. Then the scripts are matched up with a pool of volunteer directors and actors, and presented as staged readings on the following Sunday.
This year’s theme – devised by Annie MacMillan, who usually writes or directs – was AWAKENING.
These are the plays that resulted (listed alphabetically by writer), and their directors.
Coming Round by Mairy Beam – Director: Stacy Halloran
Graveyard Shift by Sandy Cardinal – Director: Nina Kaye
The Walker by Norma Crawford – Director: Joanne Williams
Does Anybody Hear Me by Marianne Fedunkiw – Director: Molly Thom
War And Peace – A Family Story by Krystyna Hunt – Director: Danielle Capretti
Somnolence by Nina Kaye – Director: Julia Haist
Last Chance by Carol Libman – Director: Jane Carnwath
When Is A Table Not A Table by Reva Nelson – Director: Pat McCarthy
The Tower by Jenny Prior – Director: Brenda Darling
A Fairy Tale Ending by Jean Shepherd – Director: Jennifer McKinley
But A Brief Dream by Morna Wales – Director: Anne Harper
You can see the short plays (max. 10 mins each) performed as staged readings on Sunday Oct 26, starting at 2pm in the 3rd floor Studio at Alumnae Theatre. No reservations necessary, and admission is FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted. Drop on by!
*** Please note that the Toronto Irish Players will be presenting a matinee of Bernard Farrell’s Bookworms on the Main Stage at the same time. ***