Award winning playwright Robert Chafe is the special guest host for a night of fresh new plays from fresh new playwrights.
The troupe of playwrights will be giving dramatic readings of scenes from their new plays crafted as part of Robert Chafe’s Advanced Playwriting course at MUN. They are:
Play Dead by Jon Aylward
A frustrated theatre director attempts to reason with an all-dead cast to complete his play … will he succeed, or is it truly curtains for Newfoundland?
Jon has been a writer for over fifteen years. He likes his stories the same way he likes his coffee: dark, and slightly sweet.
Little Orphans by Emily Bridger
Gwen, in begrudgingly coming “home” for her sisters wedding confronts the unresolved fallout, on herself and her relationships, of her parents’ past abandonment, and comes to discover a side of herself that might be at home there.
Emily Bridger is a writer/actress “known” for getting cast almost exclusively in roles that she writes. She’s from St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Work in Progress by Jana Gillis
A Sociology professor studying human connection struggles with his own ability to connect to someone, anyone.
Jana’s first ever job was standing in a parking lot playing the bagpipes all day; she wrote a play about it. She kept writing.
Piranha Pit by Morgan Murray
Cutbacks leave Carl, a plucky and hormonal parliamentary page, as top advisor to Prime Minister. As you might expect, he ends up on trial for war crimes.
Morgan is taking the night off from his regular gig hosting WiE to play with the others.
Billy Jackson, American Hero by Gary Newhook
Washed up wrestling superstar Billy Jackson gets confronted by his past.
Gary is a writer from Kilbride that moonlights as an alcoholic.
That I Would be Good. by Melanie Oates
Dolly and her patchwork family struggle to create a place within themselves and their 1950s rural Newfoundland town where they can be accepted. Nobody seen a family like this before.
Mel Oates is a saltwater fisherman’s daughter. She is a MUN graduate and Percy Janes First Novel award winner. Mel works in film/ television costume and wardrobe.
Tentative Resident by Issa Russell
Molly, a young woman from a small town, struggles to free herself from the religious and societal expectations of her family and community, and eventually gains an appreciation for her upbringing as a defining factor of the woman she’s become.
Issa is an actor by nature and a writer by obsession. A lover of words. Even the gross ones. Especially the gross ones. Poopybum.
Hosted by Robert Chafe
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 8 PM, Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive
Admission by pay-what-you-can donation
Drinks and snacks provided by Fixed Coffee & Baking