For Immediate Release – April 30, 2009
Calgary, AB – Six new plays will be added to the Canadian canon this May as they each receive two public readings through the Petro-Canada Stage One Festival. The 21st annual festival, which runs May 4 to 16, features readings of new one-act plays in development and in consideration for future programming at Lunchbox Theatre.
The Petro-Canada Stage One program for the development of new plays is one of the cornerstones of Lunchbox Theatre. The nascent works chosen for the program are given professional dramaturgical services, editing support, and workshop presentations to enable the playwrights to have public readings and advance to the next stage of development. Petro-Canada Stage One is recognized as the premiere one-act development process in Canada.
For 2009, Petro-Canada Stage One Festival features:
Dream Vacation book, lyrics and music by Jonathan Monro
May 4 & 5 at 12:10pm
A musical about three people who win a dream vacation and learn to deal with each other in one room, during a hurricane.
About That Girl by Darrin Hagen
May 6 & 7
A man learns that life can be magical when stuck in an elevator with a drag queen.
Emily and Roy by Paul Kaufmann
May 8 & 9
A man confronted with his friend’s death wants to leave a legacy; will it be a grandchild or the largest ever welded man?
She’s Back by John Lazarus
May 11 & 12
The world of a middle-aged, happily married college teacher is turned upside-down when his first wife comes back into his life, and seems to have designs on him.
Ex-Pats book and lyrics by Col Cseke, music by Brent Podesky
May 13 & 14
A musical about a woman relocating from the east coast to Alberta who, stuck in the sandwich generation, is dealing with her fathers’ memory problems and a teenage son who wants to drop out of school.
The Boiler Room by Allana Harkin
May 15 & 16
A fast paced comedy about a young wannabe television writer who learns to lie and manipulate to keep her relationship with a television executive.
The Petro-Canada Stage One Festival features a small army of theatre artists including seven playwrights, four directors, 13 actors, two musicians, two stage managers and one literary manager (biographies in the appendix to this media release). The Petro-Canada Stage One Festival runs May 4 to 16, Monday to Saturday at 12:10pm, with each play receiving readings on back-to-back days.
The world’s longest running lunchtime theatre, Lunchbox Theatre is a professional company that caters to downtown office workers over the noon-hour by producing at least six plays per year as well as the Petro-Canada Stage One new play festival and the BD&P Emerging Director Program. After 33 years, Lunchbox Theatre has recently relocated to the base of the Calgary Tower.
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