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Iceland

By Nicolas Billon

Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn.

Featuring the original cast of Kawa Ada, Clair Calnan and Christine Horne.

 

Episode 1

Episode 2 – New Episode!

Check out PlayME next week for Episode 3

 

Nicolas Billon

Nic’s stage work has been produced around the world. His triptych Fault Lines garnered the 2013 Governor-Generals Award for Drama. In 2014, his play The Elephant Song was released as a feature film and garnered Nic a Canadian Screen Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for his adaptation.

His latest play, Butcher, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2014. It has since been produced across the country and is being made into a feature film by Rhombus Media.

A graduate of the CFC TV Writing Program, Nic recently wrote for CBCs TV series X Company.


Interview with Erica Kopyto

Thoughts on improving writing.

In this long-form interview, Dramaturg and Literary Manager Erica Kopyto talks about what makes a good play. She gives writing tips, offers ideas on how to improve dialogue, and points listeners to helpful resources for writers.

Here are some of the playwriting resources Erica talked about in this episode:

About Erica:

Erica Kopyto is a Toronto-based dramaturg, curator, director, producer, activist, and educator.  She has dedicated her work to the intersection of social justice initiatives and the arts.  Until recently, she was the Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre where she spent the better part of 15 years developing new works.


Quiver – Encore presentation

The solo show by Anna Chatteron.

As we wrap up the year we present one of our favorite pieces, Quiver.

Maddie’s sweet sixteen sister, Beatrice, is dating someone she shouldn’t. Their brassy single mom, Sheila, makes up with her ex-boyfriend again. So fourteen-year-old Maddie is left to fend for herself with nothing but her bow and arrow.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Sound Design by Michael Rinaldi.


Vitals

By Rosamund Small

 
Vitals is a solo storytelling show about a paramedic.  Anna spends her days saving lives and dealing with the darkness, cruelty, and sheer incompetence of the people all around her.  How many 911 calls can she deal with, before she has her own emergency? 
Episode 1



Rosamund Small

Rosamund Small is a playwright interested in all forms of theatre, including musicals, documentary, traditional, sketch and immersive works. Her new show TomorrowLove opens in Toronto this November (Outside the March).  In January 2017 Rosedale Heights School of the Arts premieres Rosamund’s large-scale, one hundred character immersive experience Maven Academy, a piece created for a cast of 100 teenage performers.  She also collaborates regularly with choreographer Robert Binet on multidisciplinary and dance works (Orpheus Becomes Eurydice with the Banf Centre and The National Ballet, and Terra Incognita with Wild Space Ballet). Rosamund is a member of the Soulpepper Academy.  
 

Katherine Cullen

Katherine is an actor and playwright based in Toronto. She is an associate artist with Outside The March and has appeared in various productions including, Mr. Marmalade (Sookie/Emily the Babysitter), Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (Outside The March/Convergence Theatre/Sheep No Wool), Vitals (Dora Nomination), and most recently, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. She is currently working alongside Britta Johnson to create Stupidhead!: A Musical Comedy, debuting at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2017. Stupidhead! also appeared at last years’ Summerworks Festival and won Best New Performance Text.
Photo Credit: Michael Barlas

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Encore interview with Anna Chatterton


In this encore episode, we interview playwright, librettist and actor, Anna Chatterton.

Anna is a playwright in residence at the Tarragon Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and the National Theatre School of Canada. In our conversation, she discusses her work in opera, devising theatre with her company Independent Aunties, and the process she undertook to create her solo play Quiver.Anna performs Quiver in front a microphone, creating and controlling an aural world for these three family members struggling to keep up. Music design is by Mike Rinaldi, and direction of the stage play was by Andrea Donaldson.


The Double Down

By Gail Packwood

Read by Christine Horne

 

Told in the first person by Meg, a relative newcomer resident of Las Vegas, The Double Down is a moment in time. It is a snapshot of life of the characters Meg meets in her local bar as she tries to figure out her new home and create a life there for herself.

Gail Packwood – Writer

Gail Packwood is a Toronto based arts administrator. Currently she is the Managing Director at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Previous positions include Director of Project Management and Creative Logistics at Catalyst TCM, Executive Director of the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation (now Artists’ Health Alliance) and seven years with Mirvish Productions in various positions in company management and production. Gail was a 2010 Arts Management Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Prior to her time in Washington, Gail was the Associate Producer at the Canadian Stage Company. From 2005-12, she was President of the Board of Directors for the Theatre Centre, a highly regarded interdisciplinary arts incubator. In 2011, Gail was the recipient of a Harold Award from the Toronto theatre community. Gail holds an MA (Drama) from the University of Toronto and a BFA in Theatre from York University.

Christine Horne – Actor

Christine’s stage credits include Iceland (WhyNotTheatre), The Road to Paradise (HumanCargo/Crow’s), Tom At The Farm (Buddies),The Seagull (Crow’s), Belleville (Company Theatre), Farther West (Soulpepper), Between the Sheets (Nightwood), The Great Gatsby (The Grand), Andromache (Necessary Angel), Romeo and Juliet (Canadian Stage), The Turn of the Screw (DVxT), Miss Julie: Sheh’mah (KICK Theatre), Twelfth Night(Resurgence),Bluebeard (TorontoFringe), and GoreyStory (Thistle Project). Film and TV credits include Hyena Road, The Captive, StoriesWe Tell, Sex After Kids, Tru Love, Entangled, We Wanted More, The Stone Angel,Othello, Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Remedy,Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, King, and Played. Christine has been nominated for three Dora Awards (winning in 2010 for TheTurn of the Screw) and two ACTRA Awards. She recently won a Canadian ScreenAward for her work on Remedy.


Chemo Sabe

By John Mullin
Read by Eric Peterson

A man’s reflections on life, marriage, aging, and mortality while undergoing the surreal experience of chemotherapy.

John Mullin

John Mullin is a retired high school history teacher. He is married and lives in Brighton Ontario with his wife Susan. His interests are reading (mostly history), travel and his two granddaughters.

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson has been an actor in this country for the last forty-five years. Noted for co-creating and originating Billy Bishop Goes To War on stage, as well for television and feature film, his stage career includes hundreds of plays on most major stages across Canada, as well Broadway, London’s West End, the Edinburgh Festival and the Melbourne International Theatre Festive.

His work in Canadian film and television includes such credits as Peter Moss’s mini-series Best Laid Plans, Jerry Ciccoritti’sTrudeau, Deepa Mehta’s Earth, guest star appearances on series such as What Would Sal Do, Slings and Arrows, DaVinci’s Inquest, Murdock Mysteries, Dan For Mayor, The Republic of Doyle, and Cracked, as well as series regular roles: Leon Rabinovich in Street Legal, Judge Malone on This Is Wonderland and Oscar Leroy on the long running, Corner Gas.

He was the recipient of the Gordon Pinsent Award of Excellence in 2009 for his theatre work, as well as, the Earle Grey Award, a lifetime achievement award for his film and television endeavors. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, is a recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Theatre) and a member of the Order of Canada.


Clutched by a Hair

By Cindy Mathews
Read by Pamela Sinha

 
After a teenager escapes her family home and abusive father, as an adult she discovers that she is vulnerable in ways that remind her strongly of her tumultuous past. It is a story of love, equality, and strength.
 
About the writer:
 
Cynthia Matthews has worked as a chamber maid, potato peeler, data entry operator, teacher, and vice-principal of special education programs. She writes, paints, and instructs online courses for teachers in Bruce County, Ontario. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in literary journals in USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. 
 
About the performer:
 
Pamela Mala Sinha is an award-winning actress and playwright working in theatre, film and television. Her first solo play, Crash, which she also performed, garnered six Dora award nominations and 4 wins, including Outstanding New Play. Her second play, Happy Place, premiered at Soulpepper Theatre in 2015. Pamela is writing the screenplay for Happy Place for Sienna Films Toronto, and is currently at work on a new play commission for Soulpepper Theatre Company. She will be touring CRASH with them internationally in 2017.
 

The Fall of Andrew Allen

by Eric Koch
Featuring Barbara Budd

This is a work of fiction about the real Andrew Allen, former head of radio drama during the golden age of radio from 1943 to 1955. He oversaw the work of some of the finest talents of the day – writers and actors such as Lister Sinclair, Mavor Moore, W.O. Mitchell, Jane Mallett, John Drainie, Barry Morse, Christopher Plummer, James Doohan, and many others.

Eric Koch – Writer

 

Eric Koch who was born in Frankfurt in 1919, lives in Toronto. His grandfather was a court jeweler and his father was an officer in the German army in WWI. Eric was deported to Canada, interned as an enemy alien during WWII. On his release, he remained in Canada, making his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also is the author of 14 works of fiction and five works of non-fiction.


Barbara Budd – Actor


As Co Host of AS It Happens for 17 years,  Barbara Budd’s  voice became familiar to listeners around the world, hearing her on CBC Radio, on  over 90 stations of American Public Radio,and  on Sirius Satellite.  Before she took her place behind the mic, she was an accomplished actor appearing  in major theatres across Canada.  For  five seasons at the Stratford Festival  she played leading roles  in a total of 23 productions in the company of Dame Maggie Smith, Brian Bedford, Peter Ustinov , William Hutt and Jessica Tandy.


She has appeared numerous times  as host and narrator  with the major symphony orchestras of Canada. (Toronto, Montreal, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver, Winnipeg, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and The Niagara Symphony.  And is featured on 4 award-winning cd’s on the Classical Kids Label.

For 8 years at Roy Thomson Hall -and  then at  Harbourfront Centre she hosted  monthly family concerts for Jeunesse Musicale.  She has appeared with Ben Heppner, Sylvia Tyson, innovative percussionist Bev Johnston and two- time Tony Award Winner Len Cariou as part of Stratford Summer Music.

At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto Barbara  hosted huge open-air Cultural events on the Nathan Phillips Square and The Distillery District stages and she  is a frequent host and MC  of Corporate Events,  Fundraisers, and conferences. (e.g. Canadian Liver Foundation,International Conference of  Opera Producers,  American Psychologists Association, Pollution Probe,  LEAF, TTC, York University, Water For Africa @Massey Hall.


A CLASSIFIED HEART

By Sophie Holdstock

featuring Lisa Ryder-Cohen

 

There is bourbon and beers and bar stools. There is a Sombrero, and also a flute. There is longing and lust and loneliness. And fearlessness. And perhaps naughtiness. We do not know where to start. Perhaps here in the classified heart.

Sophie Holdstock – Writer

Sophie Holdstock is an actor and writer living in Toronto. She originally hails from the lush Vancouver Island and came to Toronto after graduating from The National Theatre School of Canada. She has been seen on stages on both coasts, and perhaps on TV if you haven’t blinked too quickly. She does not call herself a writer, although she “writes” – which her friend pointed out is the definition of a writer. She wrote a piece once that made her mum laugh – that was a good piece indeed.

Lisa Ryder-Cohen – Actor

Lisa Ryder Cohen is an actor and writer based in Toronto. Acting credits for theatre include Zadie’s Shoes (Factory Theatre), Possible Worlds (Theatre Passe Muraille) and the continuing world tour of Helen Lawrence (Canadian Stage). Television credits include five seasons as a lead on Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and guest appearances on Killjoys (Syfy), and Remedy (Global). A public reading of Lisa’s new play, A Blow in the Face, will be held at the Tarragon Theatre in August 2016.


Betting on Death


By Vera Constantineau
Featuring Tony Nappo


Fonso Morelli likes to bet on horses but always loses. He is in line for an inheritance but his Zia Gena refuses to die.

Vera Constantineau is an Internationally published short story writer and poet. Her work appears in online journals as well as print journals and athologies. She is a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, The Manitoulin Writers’ Circle and the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. In May 2016 Vera won Second Place in the Elora Writer’s Festival Contest and earned an Honorable Mention in the Skugog Literary Contest.

Tony Nappo’s stage work includes: Tarragon’s Mustard, The Summoned,The Golden Dragon,TheRealWorld?; Mirvish’s God of Carnage; Soulpepper’s Twelve Angry Men; Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God; Canadian Stage The Seagull


House

By Chris Nash
Featuring Barbara Budd


What if the walls could speak? House tells the story of a home and the people who have lived there.

Chris Nash is a retired psychologist, short fiction writer and poet from Sudbury Ontario. She published her novel “Temperance Lloyd: Hanged for Witchcraft in 1682″, on the 330th anniversary of that execution. Her novel, “Priest Hole” awaits publication. She is married to Canadian poet, Roger Nash.

As Co Host of AS It Happens for 17 years,  Barbara Budd’s  voice became familiar to listeners around the world, hearing her on CBC Radio, on  over 90 stations of American Public Radio,and  on Sirius Satellite.  Before she took her place behind the mic, she was an accomplished actor appearing  in major theatres across Canada.  For  five seasons at the Stratford Festival  she played leading roles  in a total of 23 productions in the company of Dame Maggie Smith, Brian Bedford, Peter Ustinov , William Hutt and Jessica Tandy.

She has appeared numerous times  as host and narrator  with the major symphony orchestras of Canada. (Toronto, Montreal, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver, Winnipeg, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and The Niagara Symphony.  And is featured on 4 award winning cd’s on the Classical Kids Label.

For 8 years at Roy Thomson Hall –and  then at  Harbourfront Centre she hosted  monthly family concerts for Jeunesse Musicale.  She has appeared with Ben Heppner, Sylvia Tyson, innovative percussionist Bev Johnston and two- time Tony Award Winner Len Cariou as part of Stratford Summer Music.

At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto Barbara  hosted huge open-air Cultural events on the Nathan Phillips Square and The Distillery District stages and she  is a frequent host and MC  of Corporate Events,  Fundraisers, and conferences. (e.g. Canadian Liver Foundation, International Conference of  Opera Producers,  American Psychologists Association, Pollution Probe,  LEAF, TTC, York University, Water For Africa @Massey Hall )

For 9 seasons she has been the narrator of the popular Mighty Ships series aired around the world on Discovery, and the Smithsonian channels.


Benji Hayward


By Jennfier McKinley
Featuring Raoul Bhaneja

 
A father’s obsession with the tragic death of a Toronto teenager leads to his daughter’s public humiliation. Family roles blur when he takes LSD at Ontario Place.  
 
Jennifer McKinley is a writer, producer and performer from Toronto. Select productions include The Underpants, New Ideas Festival (Alumnae Theatre); Jacqueries, Part 1 (Jacob Niedzwiecki/SummerWorks), recipient of the Buddies In Bad Times Award For Risk And Innovation. Jennifer has performed clown, sketch and stand-up comedy and she has presented stories at storytelling nights and competitive literary readings. Jennifer performed excerpts from her upcoming solo show,Operation SUNshine, at CRAPSHOOT! (Theatre Passe Muraille) and the 2016 Feminist Art Conference Residency (Artscape Gibraltar Point). 
 
Raoul Bhaneja- A graduate of The National Theatre School, since moving to Toronto twenty years ago, Raoul has performed extensively in television, film and theatre. Last year he was nominated for a Dora Award for his musical Life, Death and The Blues and most recently appeared on stage (and co produced) the box office breaking play Disgraced as part of the Off Mirvish season.

The Timekeeper

By Roy Lee Rabideau
Featuring Eric Peterson

The Timekeeper is a dark, quirky comedy about a man who fears he is running about of time.

Roy L. Rabideau holds degrees in Visual Arts and Education from the University of Windsor. He is a multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited both here at home and abroad. He is the author of two novels, “The Long Short Summer” and his soon to be published second novel, “The Timekeeper, a Dale Evans mystery”. You can find him on his Facebook page, “We’ll Fly Press”.

Eric Peterson has been an actor in this country for the last forty-five years. Noted for co-creating and originating Billy Bishop Goes To War on stage, as well for television and feature film, his stage career includes hundreds of plays on most major stages across Canada, as well Broadway, London’s West End, the Edinburgh Festival and the Melbourne International Theatre Festive.

His work in Canadian film and television includes such credits as Peter Moss’s mini-series Best Laid Plans, Jerry Ciccoritti’sTrudeau, Deepa Mehta’s Earth, guest star appearances on series such as What Would Sal Do, Slings and Arrows, DaVinci’s Inquest, Murdock Mysteries, Dan For Mayor, The Republic of Doyle, and Cracked, as well as series regular roles: Leon Rabinovich in Street Legal, Judge Malone on This Is Wonderland and Oscar Leroy on the long running, Corner Gas.

He was the recipient of the Gordon Pinsent Award of Excellence in 2009 for his theatre work, as well as, the Earle Grey Award, a lifetime achievement award for his film and television endeavors. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, is a recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Theatre) and a member of the Order of Canada.


Theory by Norman Yeung

How can you remain progressive when progress becomes dangerous?

Isabelle is a young, liberal professor of film theory. She creates an Internet discussion board for her class as a learning tool and encourages them to speak freely. A mysterious student posts questionably offensive comments and videos, testing Isabelle’s open-mindedness. Isabelle abides by her principles and refuses to censor. Amid backlash from her students and urging from her wife, Isabelle must decide on whether to take action against the online offender. She becomes obsessed with this game of cat-and-mouse where she and her tormentor blur the lines between predator and prey. The harassment becomes increasingly vicious and bizarre, attacking Isabelle’s personal and professional life, dismantling her ideal of liberalism.

Theory features Sascha Cole, Ash Knight, Starr Domingue, Qasim Khan, Kyle Orzech, Darrel Gamotin, Audrey Dwyer. The original production was directed by Joanne Williams and the workshop production was directed by Esther Jun.

Playwright’s Notes:

The political spectrum of Left versus Right is not linear but circular. The poles meet. Both the extreme Left and extreme Right have produced similar dictators and agony. The two sensibilities are separated by the thinnest membrane – any one person is capable of committing acts that are “liberal” and “conservative”. This membrane is the irony, the hypocrisy. One nation that espouses liberty to live however we want – freedom – can invade another nation because they live their lives differently. People who censor themselves for the sake of political correctness and fairness in public can joke about skin colour among friends in private. Yet they are not racist. My society considers itself progressive in every manner, from how we conduct our lives to how we communicate through technology, yet we can be unaware of how dangerous our idea of progress can be. If we force our progressiveness upon those who do not want it, they will fight back. I have always been bothered by people forcing their thought upon me. I have been guilty of doing the same. Liberal irony. I believe myself to be as progressively minded as one can get; fellow liberal people ought to be aware of the agony we can inflict. We have been warned.


Grade 8 by Dwayne Morgan

Grade 8 is a heartwarming story of a father’s love. Told with charm, wit, and vulnerability, Grade 8 is a roller coaster of emotions, that will leave you holding on tightly to those you love the most.

A Toronto Fringe Festival hit, Grade 8 looks at what it means to be a black father today, and the role men play in young girls lives as they grow up and become woman.

Told through spoken word, this one-man show is part beat poetry and part urban lyricism.

Grade 8: written and performed by Up From The Roots founder, Dwayne Morgan.

Dwayne Morgan – Playwright

Dwayne Morgan began his career as a performer in 1993. A year later, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan is host and producer of his own TV show, Poetically Speaking, on the AfroGlobal Television Network. In 2014, he received the Renaissance Planet Africa Award for Career Achievement, and was acknowledged by the Ontario Black History Society as a Community Trailblazer, following up on his 2013 Scarborough Walk of Fame Induction. Morgan is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, a 2012 National Team Poetry Slam Champion, and four-time runner up. He has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 2005 he was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver. In 2008, Morgan’s contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster. Morgan has published 8 books, and has collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film Three Knocks, a ten-minute film based on his domestic violence poem of the same name, which premiered in Toronto’s Reel World Film Festival.

Bonus Interview:

In this bonus episode, we interview the award-winning spoken word artist behind “Grade 8”, Dwayne Morgan. Dwayne speaks about becoming a poet, his struggle to overcome being an “extreme introvert”, and how the birth of his daughter inspired his play.XXX


Lo (or Dear Mr. Brown) by Rose Napoli

 

Episode 1

It was ten years ago that Laura was Alan Wells’ student at Corpus Christi High School. She was uncharacteristically intelligent for fifteen years old – perceptive and vulnerable – dream student for a flailing English teacher. Years later, all that remains is the dust of controversy that surrounds their relationship.  Now, at twenty-five years old, Laura has written her first book. She’s called it ‘Dear Mr. Wells’ and Alan is the first person she wants to read it.
Told through the lens of a young woman in retrospect, Lo explores how in the same breath, a relationship can both save and sink us.

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli.

Featuring Vivien Endicott-Douglas and David Jansen. The original workshop production was directed by Andrea Donaldson.

Produced by Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin.

 About Rose Napoli.

Rose is a Toronto-based playwright, actress, and producer. Her first play, Oregano, was shortlisted for the Tarragon Emerging Playwright’s Competition and premiered at the Storefront Theatre enjoying sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Her plays include: Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, Lo (Or Dear Mr Wells), and SHREW (A Big Fat Italian Comedy Inspired by William Shakespeare). She has taken part in Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hipprogram and the Playwright’s Unit with the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Coming up, Rose will be developing her short play, A Death and the Marias, into a full-length piece with the Playwright’s Unit at the Tarragon Theatre. As an actress, Rose is a two-time participant in the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program and has worked in theatres across the country. Currently, she is playing the title role in The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh at Roseneath Theatre.


Episode 2

When English teacher Mr. Wells invites fifteen-year-old Laura to join the Creative Writing Club after school, she quickly realizes she is the club’s only member. He tells her she’s a talented writer and wants to nurture her gift. She wants him to not just teach her, but express his artistic side. But things start to heat up when Laura prys for information about his private life. Why didn’t he mention he has a wife?
Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli.
Featuring Vivien Endicott-Douglas and David Jansen. The original workshop production was directed by Andrea Donaldson.
Produced by Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin.
About the Actors:David Jansen – Mr. Wells
David has performed leading and supporting roles in theatres throughout Canada and the U.K., including Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Necessary Angel, Factory, Videocabaret, The Theatre Centre, five years at the Stratford Festival, four years at the Shaw Festival, and a season with The Peter Hall Company. David also directs, teaches, and works at the Tarragon as Interim Literary Coordinator. He and his wife Fiona live in Niagara on the Lake, and have two daughters, Molly and Nora.
Vivien Endicott-Douglas – Laura
Vivien was born and raised in Toronto, Vivien is currently rehearsing Killer Joe at the CoalMine Theatre in Toronto’s East End. Her other notable theatre credits include: Harper Regan (CanadianStage) Stopheart (Factory), Forests (Tarragon), A Boy Called Newfoundland (Theatre Smash), Hush (Tarragon) and Ajax por nobody (Summerworks). She has appeared in the TV shows Hemlock Grove (Netflix),Copper (BBC America), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Rookie Blue (CTV) and The Line (TMN). Other notable film/ TV credits include: Forget & Forgive, The Shape of Rex, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, How Eunice Got Her Baby, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Finn on the Fly and Shoebox Zoo.

Episode 3

Warning: NSFW

Laura, a 15 year-old school girl, is in an inappropriate relationship with her English teacher, Mr. Wells. Laura thinks she is in love, but he’s in a complicated marriage he can’t leave. Mr. Wells promises they have a future together and isn’t just in it for the sex. Things ignite when his wife calls during the couple’s secret night of passion in a rented hotel room.

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli.
Featuring Vivien Endicott-Douglas and David Jansen. The original workshop production was directed by Andrea Donaldson.
Produced by Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin.


Interview with Rose Napoli

In this bonus episode, we interview the playwright behind “Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells)”, Rose Napoli.

Rose talks about her inspiration for her play, including Vladimir Nabokov’s book Lolita, and how she uses elements of her life to inform her writing. As a former teacher in a high school in Windsor, Rose had the unique perspective of being a young teacher to students who were only a few years her junior. When a scandal rocked the school where she was teaching, the kernel of an idea for her play was born.

Rose is a Toronto-based playwright, actress, and producer. Her first play, Oregano, was shortlisted for the Tarragon Emerging Playwright’s Competition and premiered at the Storefront Theatre enjoying sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Her plays include: Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, Lo (Or Dear Mr Wells), and SHREW (A Big Fat Italian Comedy Inspired by William Shakespeare). She has taken part in Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hipprogram and the Playwright’s Unit with the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Coming up, Rose will be developing her short play, A Death and the Marias, into a full-length piece with the Playwright’s Unit at the Tarragon Theatre. As an actress, Rose is a two-time participant in the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program and has worked in theatres across the country. Currently, she is playing the title role in The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh at Roseneath Theatre.


Quiver by Anna Chatterton


Maddie’s sweet sixteen sister, Beatrice, is dating someone she shouldn’t. Their brassy single mom, Sheila, makes up with her ex-boyfriend again. So fourteen-year-old Maddie is left to fend for herself with nothing but her bow and arrow.
Sound Design by Michael Rinaldi.


Episode 1

Maddie’s sweet sixteen sister, Beatrice, is dating someone she shouldn’t. Their brassy single mom, Sheila, makes up with her ex-boyfriend again. So fourteen-year-old Maddie is left to fend for herself with nothing but her bow and arrow.
Sound Design by Michael Rinaldi.


Episode 2

Bea is having second thoughts about dating an older guy, Sheila realizes she hasn’t been home in a month, and Maddie is home alone on her birthday.

This solo show is performed by writer Anna Chatterton in front a microphone, creating and controlling an aural world for these three family members struggling to keep up.


Episode 3 – interview with Anna Chatterton

 

Anna is a playwright in residence at the Tarragon Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and the National Theatre School of Canada. In our conversation, she discusses her work in opera, devising theatre with her company Independent Aunties, and the process she undertook to create her solo play Quiver.

Anna performs Quiver in front a microphone, creating and controlling an aural world for these three family members struggling to keep up. Music design is by Mike Rinaldi, and direction of the stage play was by Andrea Donaldson.

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Better Angles by Andrea Scott

What do you do when you feel trapped and alone? You could walk out the front door, but you’re even less uncertain of what lies beyond.

 

Akosua is a young woman late of Ghana who has come to Canada to work as a nanny for Leila and Greg Tate in their beautiful Toronto home.

The couple insist she is a member of their family, but when they increasingly deny her pay she comes to a chilling realization: she is a prisoner.

Written by Andrea Scott and featuring Akosua Amo-Adem, Sascha Cole, Peyson Rock and David Christo, the play premiered at Summerworks in 2015 and was originally directed by Nigel Shawn Williams.


Agamemnon By Nicola Billon

Episode 1 – Agamemnon

After a ten-year siege, the city of Troy finally lies in ruin. Clytemnestra waits for Agamemnon with murder in her heart.
A visceral, contemporary re-imagining of the opening chapter of Aeschylus’ Oresteia by Governor General award winning playwright Nicolas Billon.

Featuring: Nigel Shawn Williams, Brigit Wilson, Earl Pastko, Susanna Fournier, Ron Kennell, Amy Keating, Zita Nyarady, Marcel Stewart, Samantha Brown. Original stage direction by Sarah Kitz and sound design by Andy Trithardt.


Episode 2

After a ten-year siege, the city of Troy finally lies in ruin. Clytemnestra waits for Agamemnon with murder in her heart.
A visceral, contemporary re-imagining of the opening chapter of Aeschylus’ Oresteia by Governor General award winning playwright Nicolas Billon.

Featuring: Nigel Shawn Williams, Brigit Wilson, Earl Pastko, Susanna Fournier, Ron Kennell, Amy Keating, Zita Nyarady, Marcel Stewart, Samantha Brown. Original stage direction by Sarah Kitz and sound design by Andy Trithardt.


Episode 3

Blood, an axe, an orphan – experience the climactic conclusion to Nicolas Billon’s Agamemnon.
After a ten-year siege, the city of Troy finally lies in ruin. Clytemnestra waits for Agamemnon with murder in her heart.
A visceral, contemporary re-imagining of the opening chapter of Aeschylus’ Oresteia by Governor General award winning playwright Nicolas Billon.

Featuring: Nigel Shawn Williams, Brigit Wilson, Earl Pastko, Susanna Fournier, Ron Kennell, Amy Keating, Zita Nyarady, Marcel Stewart, Samantha Brown. Original stage direction by Sarah Kitz and sound design by Andy Trithardt.


Episode 4

In this, our final episode of Agamemnon, Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley interview Governor General  award-winning playwright, Nicolas Billon. Nicolas talks about building his career, writing Agamemnon, and writing tips and insight into the life of a writer. We also talk to Sarah Kitz, the director of the original stage production of Agamemnon.

At the end of this episode, we announce the next play to be featured on PlayME.

 

This episode features the following creative commons music:
Urban Noise by Angus Toodle
Don’t Stop by Mr. Logisitcs

 

 

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