Playwrights receive a new play workshop culminating in a public reading where audiences give feedback. A great opportunity to get a sneak peek into future productions and play an important role in the development of new Canadian plays.
Friday June 7, 12:10 pm – Dad, Day 1 by Dave Kelly
Standing in the hospital parking lot after the birth of his first child, Dave realizes that he has no idea where he parked, and no crib built for his new son at home! Dave explores the awe and terror of being a new father as he re-examines his own upbringing in a very conservative Catholic family.
Friday, June 7, 6:10 pm – A Worthy Opponent by Meg Braem
A Worthy Opponent is a quirky comedy using the relationship between a mother and daughter-in-law to explore the traditions and ideas of marriage, weddings and womanhood.'
Saturday, June 8, 12:10 pm – Speed Dating for Sperm Donors by Natalie Meisner
Paige and Helen met and got married … and now they’re starting to think about having a family. But they have a very specific practical problem – they need some sperm. If they want their children to be able to know their father, they can’t go to a sperm bank. So speed dating is their best way forward – they hope!
Friday, June 14 – 12:10 pm – That Men May Fly by Winn Bray
The last season of innocence: join a Canadian and a British bomber pilot, and their female flight mechanic, as the pilots prepare to enter combat in World War II. This story of friendship, courage and sacrifice by Canadian youth is enriched with fantastic music from the 1940’s.
Friday, June 14, 6:10 pm – Funeral Fore!!! by Caroline Russell-King
In the third installment of her Palliser Suite plays, Caroline Russell-King brings us a story of family love and craziness. Max and Bella are staying at the Fairmont Palliser for Max’s father’s funeral … but with Bella’s OCD acting up and marriage trouble between Max’s brother Michael and his partner, Alex, it’ll be a miracle if they can all make it through the golf game ash-scattering ceremony intact!
Saturday, June 15, 12:10 pm – Under the Mistletoe by James Hutchison
Can a man and woman who have been friends for decades become lovers? If they do, can they remain friends? Join Harvey and Nancy as they try to figure out a relationship, and ask, how important is sex at sixty?
Friday, June 21, 12:10 pm – Laundry Day by Christian Goutsis
If you want a clean slate, you have to start with clean clothes. So, Alex finds a likely looking laundromat and starts cleaning up his life … but he discovers that the laundromat is not what it seems, from its narcoleptic security guard to the grandma running the place who won’t give him change. When he discovers the specific clientele this laundromat caters to, his fresh start may be more than he bargained for!
Friday, June 21, 6:10 pm – Early Retirement by Marylou Gammans
At first, Carol thinks today will be a normal day … until she realizes that it’s her husband, Simon’s, first day of retirement. They’ve been looking forward to retirement … but what do they do now that it’s arrived? “I married you for breakfast and dinner, but lunch was never part of the deal,” is how Carol feels about her husband being her constant companion. Follow this couple from bliss to breakdown, and see if they can sort out how to actually be retired.
Saturday, June 22, 12:10 pm – The Kitchen by AJ Demers
In the kitchen of a small family restaurant, the patriarch Ruben tries to teach his grandson, Kale, a little about life and food by offering Kale a classic car if he can master one recipe per week for a month.