Lunchbox Stage One readings of new plays
Posted by Bob Clark, Calgary Herald, June 6, 2012
On paper at least, the lineup at this year’s 24th annual Suncor Energy Stage One Feswtival of New Work at Lunchbox covers a lot of promising territory.
Up for possible production down the road at Calgary’s favorite noontime theatre spot are nine plays which all receive a professional reading, dramaturgical input, and audience feedback as part of the Stage One workshopping process.
Selected from submissions that came from across Canada, the Stage One roster — which unfolds on Fridays and Saturdays through June 23 — is as follows:
Homecoming King by Dave Deveau and James Coomber, a musical about two women who realize they’re married to the same guy (noon, June 8).
Star Kiss by Ken Cameron, about the first interracial kiss on TV (6 p.m., June 8).
The Surrogate by Brieanna Blizzard, about telling people what you really think about them, via someone else (noon, June 9).
Christmas Suite by James Hutchison, about a lonely guy and unexpected romance on Christmas Eve (noon, June 15).
Special Event: Magnetic North Theatre Festival Playwrights Panel, featuring Sharon Pollock, Robert Chafe and Stage One playwrights Glenda Stirling and Neil Fleming. Hosted by Lunchback’s Pam Halstead. (1:30 p.m., June 15).
The After Party by Neil Fleming, about the Christmas office party (6 p.m. June 15).
Shopaholic Wedding Bells by Glenda Stirling, the third instalment in the Shopaholic saga (noon, June 16).
Bingo Ladies by Grant Tilly, a musical about the highstakes world of the popular game forever associated for many of us with community halls and church basements (noon, June 22).
AND Dirty Laundry’s mildly (or should we say, wildly) interactive new improv show-and-tell that will be inspired by objects submitted by audience members — Anesthesia’s Antique Road Show #1 and #2 (6 p.m on June 22 and Noon on June 23).
Directors this year include Ron Jenkins, Halstead, Natasha MacLellan, playwright Stirling, Johanne Deleeuw, Shari Wattling and Aaron Coates (Dirty Laundry).
Actors include Kevin Rothery, Andy Curtis, Lauren Parken, Ryan Luhning and other well-known names too numerous to type at one sitting without a drink.