Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays
Thanks for making the 27th Annual Enbridge playRites Festival a great success!
The Enbridge playRites Festival is always an adventure for ATP, the artists we work with and for our audience. Four new plays that express the varied palate of style and content that Canadian playwrights and creators are using in their work today, each discovering themselves in front of an audience; there are always bound to be surprises.
As I look back on the Festival as a programmer and as a dramaturg who worked with the artists to develop their work, a few highlights come to mind: being handed a note from a subscriber scrawled on a cocktail napkin about how much they loved The God That Comes by Christian Barry and Hawksley Workman, spending time with the Pakistani and Afghan community members who joined us for a tea to discuss Jonathan Garfinkel and Christopher Morris’ Dust, seeing line-ups at our box office of young people eager to see The Apology by Darrah Teitel and the marvelous Justice Forum we held with members of the Calgary Police Service Police and Crisis Team around Joan MacLeod’s The Valley.
We spend a lot of time, energy and resources developing and premiering these plays. The five weeks of performance often feels like far too short a time to spend introducing four new plays to an audience. But they are off to capture other audiences across Canada with productions of one or more of the plays premiered this season at the Enbridge playRites Festival planned at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Belfry Theatre in Victoria, Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg with more productions to be announced in the coming months and for years to come. And if you are in Halifax next week, you can see The God That Comes with 2b theatre from April 17 – 21.
Our audiences embrace the excitement of premiering new work and the artists in the Festival who come from all over the country comment on how much they appreciate the support, the patronage and the passion our audience has for the work. It is something very special.
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Interim Artistic Director
Scroll down to see what we have coming up for the 28th Annual Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays in 2014!
World Premiere Productions
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You Will Remember Me
By François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore
March 5 – April 6, 2014
Legend Has It
Created by Rebecca Northan with Renee Amber, Bruce Horak, Mark Meer, and Jamie Northan
March 6 – April 5, 2014
By Linda Griffiths
March 7 – April 5, 2014
Same Same But Different
By Anita Majumdar
March 18 – April 6, 2014