ReACT: New Plays in Progress

Don’t miss this opportunity to look behind the scenes as we prepare new works for the stage. Experience live public readings and be part of the process as some of Canada’s most talented actors, directors, dramaturgs, and playwrights bring new scripts to life. After each reading, audience members are invited to take part in a discussion with the artists. Comment, ask questions, and learn about the process of script development.

2018 ReACT public readings

October 18–20
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

In My Country
By Dave Deveau
Thursday, October 18, 7:30 PM

A contemporary black comedy set in a fast-food restaurant that explores the lives of Canadian immigrants as they acclimatize to the Canadian mosaic.

Dave Deveau is an award-winning writer whose work has been produced across North America and in Europe. He is the Playwright in Residence for Zee Zee Theatre, who premiered his critically acclaimed plays Nelly Boy, Tiny Replicas, My Funny Valentine (Sydney Risk Prize, Jessie Nomination, Oscar Wilde Nomination – Dublin), Lowest Common Denominator, and Elbow Room Café: The Musical (with Anton Lipovetsky). His plays for young audiences were commissioned and premiered by Green Thumb Theatre and continue touring: Out in the Open, tagged, and Celestial Being (Jessie nomination) His first screenplay Us in Nine Months (based on Tiny Replicas), will shoot this year with Sociable Films. His newest YA play, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, premieres in Toronto this season with Roseneath Theatre. Deveau is represented by Marquis Literary.

It’s a Wonderful-ish Xmas Holiday Miracle
By Marcus Youssef
Friday, October 19, 7:30 PM

Chloe and Simon’s mom and dad have separated. Dad has a new partner and mom is rediscovering her Jewish roots. And then their dead grandma shows up. It’s a Wonderful Life meets Modern Family in this contemporary fable about a blended family just trying to make things work during a complicated season.

Marcus Youssef’s plays—about half of which were co-written with friends and colleagues—include Winners and Losers, Leftovers, Jabber, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, Everyone, Adrift, Peter Panties, King Arthur’s Night, Chloe’s Choice, and A Line in the Sand. They have been performed in dozens of theatres or festivals across North America, Australia, and Europe. Marcus is the recipient of the 2017 Siminovitch Prize. Other awards include: Canada Council Staunch-Lynton Award, Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, Chalmer's Canadian Play Award, Seattle Times Footlight Award, two Arts Club Silver Commissions, a Governor General’s Award nomination, and the Vancouver Critics' Choice Award. Marcus is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre and co-founder of the artist-run production studio PL1422. He is Editorial Advisor to Canadian Theatre Review, a Canadian Fellow to the International Society of Performing Arts, and a recent Senior Playwright in Residence at the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab.

By Anosh Irani
Saturday, October 20, 7:30 PM

Felix was born into the circus. Both his parents are trapeze artists, but Felix is a clown. How did he turn into such a buffoon? Find out at Anosh Irani's new one-man show.

Anosh Irani has published four critically acclaimed novels: The Cripple and His Talismans, a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha, an international bestseller and a finalist for CBC Radio's Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; and Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His play Bombay Black won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. The Matka King received a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script as did his latest play, The Men in White. His latest novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the 2018 Dublin Literary Award. It was chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, the CBC, The Walrus, and Quill & Quire. Irani teaches Creative Writing in the World Literature Program at Simon Fraser University.

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