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Suncor Energy Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work

Each year, through the generous support of Suncor, Lunchbox Theatre is able to workshop scripts through the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival, our new play development series. All chosen playwrights will receive dramaturgical support, a workshop with a professional director and actors and, depending on the stage of development, either a closed or public reading. 

Tickets to the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival are free. 


Fri. June 12  12:10 pm
Twelve Days by Joe Slabe
It’s semester break at McGill University and Anton and Donna won’t be going home for Christmas, but they’ll create some new holiday traditions instead and may even find romance along the way.

Fri June 12  6:10 pm
Quebec Cowboy  by Grant Tilly
As a child in Quebec, Ernest Dufault always dreamed of being a Cowboy in the American West. Join him as he hides his french origin and changes his name to become one of the most famous Cowboys and Artists of his time: Will James.

Fri. June 19 12:10 pm
A Child Like Me  by Natalie Meisner
Olympian Marjorie Turner Bailey: descendant of the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia, single mother, nurse, devoted caregiver to family and friends, and fastest woman on earth that you’ve never heard of...till now.

Fri. June 19  6:10 pm
Last Christmas by Neil Fleming (Stage Two Workshop)  
Last Christmas tells the darkly comic story of Grandpa Jake, whose dying Christmas wish is for his family to smarten up and get along after he’s gone. 

Sat. June 20 12:10 pm
Funeral Fore! by Caroline Russell-King
Holed up in a hotel room, funeral planning has never been funnier as two brothers deal with the death of their father, revelations, competition and laughs.

Fri. June 26 12:10 pm  
Newfoundland Mary by Scott White & Peter Fenton
Set in the early years of Castro’s Cuba, this musical finds a wealthy aging socialite from St. John’s Newfoundland paired with a Havana factory worker as they struggle to overcome the challenges of class difference, politics and love.

Fri. June 26  6:10 pm
Epiphany by Dave Kelly 
How much  gold, frankincense and myrrh does it take to save a marriage? Apparently quite  bit.

Sat. June 27 12:10 pm
The Seven Lives of Louis Riel by Ryan Gladstone 
The story of Louis Riel, seven times, from seven different people’s points of view, in seven different genres.

Cast and Creative Teams

Grant Tilly - Playwright/ Composer
Brent Rock - Accompanist
Samantha MacDonald - Director/ Dramaturg
Allison Lynch - Alice/ Woman
Eric Wigston - Will
Kevin Rothery - Bopy/Man

Joe Slabe - Playwright/ Composer
David Leyshon - Director/ Dramaturg
Allison Lynch - Donna
Eric Wigston - Anton
Brian MacDougall - Robert

Natalie Meisner - Playwright
Glenda Stirling - Director/ Dramaturg
Lennette Randall - Marjorie Bailey

LAST CHRISTMAS (Stage Two workshop)
Neil Fleming - Playwright
Jack Grinhaus - Director/ Dramaturg
David LeReaney - Jake
Nicole Zylstra - Debbie
Karen Johnson-Diamond - Paula
Brett Dahl - Riley

Caroline Russell-King - Playwright
Mark Bellamy - Director/ Dramaturg
Valerie Ann Pearson - Bella
Kevin Rothery - Alex
Chris Enright - Michael
Karen Johnson-Diamond - Bella

Scott White & Peter Fenton - Playwright/ Composer
Mark Bellamy - Director/ Dramaturg
Elinor Holt - Mary Alvarez
Guillermo Urra Luis Rodriguez - Gonzalez

Dave Kelly - Playwright
Christopher Hunt - Director
Jenna Rodgers - Dramaturg / Assistant Director
Dave Kelly - Steve
Tim Williams - Musician

Ryan Gladstone - Playwright/ Performer
Simon Mallett - Director/ Dramaturg

Earlier Event: June 4
RBC Emerging Director’s Showcase