Scirocco Author Virtual Events May 11-17th

NAC presents Inexpressible Island by David S. Young

May 11th, 19:00 EST (Act 1)

May 12th, 19:00 EST (Act 2)

May 13th, 19:00 EST (Act 3)

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/26657

A online reading featuring some of the original cast from the premiere in 1997. Written by David Young, directed by Richard Rose.


Chris Gatchalian Poetry Reading

May 12th, 19:00 EST

https://www.facebook.com/CEGatchalian/

The first installment of a series of videos of Chris Gatchalian  reading the work of selected poets. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the selections other than Chris’s love for their work.


Chris Earle performs his award-winning one-man show Radio:30,

May 14th, 21:00 EST

https://www.facebook.com/events/234034997868480/

Chris Earle’s award-winning dark comedy about an actor whose conscience betrays him in the studio returns for one night only as part of #CanadaPerforms! Directed by Shari Hollett and featuring Sam Earle. “Witty and barbed” – Toronto Star, “A 21st Century Willy Loman… powerful tale of betrayal and deceit” The New York Times.


NAC presents Dave Deveau as Peach Cobblah: The CISSY Online Book Launch

May 17 at 18:00 EST

https://www.facebook.com/events/966799353777066/

Dave Deveau as his drag alterego will read from the three plays in his new collection CISSY: Three Gender Plays (Talonbooks), including Nelly Boy (Zee Zee, 2009), My Funny Valentine (Zee Zee, 2011/2013/2018), and Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (Roseneath Theatre, 2018). In between readings expect performances and anecdotes from Peach herself, a candid hour with a playwright/drag queen live from her basement dressing room. Part reading, part drag show, all heart.

Beverley Cooper and Judith Thompson reading at Soulpepper – May 1

Beverley Cooper and Judith Thompson reading at Soulpepper

Friday May 1st, 4:00 pm EST

https://www.soulpepper.ca/online/live-events

Experience the very freshest work from some of the today’s most exciting playwrights! Pour yourself a drink and join Beverley Cooper (The Lonely Diner, Janet Wilson Meets the Queen, If Truth Be Told)Judith Thompson (White Biting Dog, The Other Side of the Dark, Palace of the End), and Carole Fréchette (The Four Lives of Marie, The Seven Days of Simon Labrosse, Helen’s Necklace), read excerpts from their newest work. The event will be hosted by Weyni MengeshaFrank Cox-O’Connell, and Guillermo Verdecchia.

NAC presents Mary Vingoe’s Some Blow Flutes – May 5

Mary Vingoe reading Some Blow Flutes

Tuesday May 5th, 7:00 pm AST

https://www.facebook.com/events/2563835620541438/

Mary Vingoe will do a livestream reading from Some Blow Flutes as part of the National Centre for Arts’ #CanadaPerforms series. Donations to help support the Eastern Front Theatre will be accepted.


Inspired by a quote from the I Ching about how we respond to tragedy – “Some weep, some blow upon flutes” – Mary Vingoe’s play is the story of Costas, an elderly Greek shoe repairman whose wife Elena suffers from dementia and whose marriage has been eroded by a family secret. Costas is in denial of his wife’s illness, but Lia, their teenage granddaughter who cares for her grandmother, is not. Costas’ life is altered when Sandra, a professional organizer who cannot begin to organize her own life, enters his shop. An unlikely, at times humorous friendship develops between the two – until we discover that Sandra’s estranged daughter Marijke is fourteen and pregnant. A chance meeting between Elena and Marijke leads to an unravelling of past lives and buried grievances which play out with unexpected results. Some Blow Flutes brings the issue of dementia into the open and explores the possibility of compassion and redemption in the face of overwhelming odds.

Spring 2020 Book Preview

Coming Spring 2020:

The Runner
by Christopher Morris
Scirocco Drama
available now

Z.A.K.A is an Orthodox Jewish volunteer force in Israel that collects the remains of Jews killed in accidents. When Jacob, a Z.A.K.A volunteer, makes the split-second decision to treat a young Palestinian woman instead of the soldier she may have killed, his world is changed forever. The Runner is a powerful thriller that explores the beleaguered psyche of a noble man charged with attending to the remains of harrowing acts of savagery.


Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)
by Rose Napoli
Scirocco Drama
available now

Ten years ago, Laura was a student in Alan Wells’ English class. She was uncharacteristically smart for a fifteen-year-old – perceptive and vulnerable – a dream for a flailing teacher. Now, at twenty-five, Laura has written her first novel. She’s called it Dear Mr. Wells, and Alan is the first person she wants to read it. Weaving seamlessly from present to past, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) burrows in the grey areas of consent. A coming-of-age story, a love story, a vindication, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) examines a formative relationship that both corrupts and liberates.


Some Blow Flutes
by Mary Vingoe
Scirocco Drama
available now

Inspired by a quote from the I Ching about how we respond to tragedy – “Some weep, some blow upon flutes” – Mary Vingoe’s play is the story of Costas, an elderly Greek shoe repairman whose wife Elena suffers from dementia and whose marriage has been eroded by a family secret. Costas is in denial of his wife’s illness, but Lia, their teenage granddaughter who cares for her grandmother, is not. Costas’ life is altered when Sandra, a professional organizer who cannot begin to organize her own life, enters his shop. An unlikely, at times humorous friendship develops between the two – until we discover that Sandra’s estranged daughter Marijke is fourteen and pregnant. A chance meeting between Elena and Marijke leads to an unravelling of past lives and buried grievances which play out with unexpected results. Some Blow Flutes brings the issue of dementia into the open and explores the possibility of compassion and redemption in the face of overwhelming odds.


The Orchard (After Chekhov)
by Sarena Parmar
Scirocco Drama
available now

Sarena Parmar’s The Orchard (After Chekhov) is an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. With the bank calling and money low, will the Basrans be able to save their beloved orchard? The Orchard challenges our idea of what rural Canada looked and sounded like in the 1970s, offering a fresh perspective on our history, and a subversive look at ethnicity within the classical western canon. Inspired by the playwright’s own childhood, this fresh adaptation confronts life, loss, and the Canadian immigrant experience with humour and beauty. The Orchard (After Chekhov) premiered at the Shaw Festival.


Dragonfly
by Lara Rae
Scirocco Drama
available now

In this original and poetic new work, Lara Rae tells the raw and heartfelt story of her half-century long (and counting) gender odyssey. Dragonfly presents us with two actors, one male, one female, who illuminate the inner life of a trans woman from her Scottish childhood in the 1960s to the present day. Matching our inside to our outside is always hard, but for trans people it’s often a matter of life and death. Stripping away the visual cues that both define and imprison transgender people, Dragonfly is a call to all of us to forge creativity from chaos. So often, it is the external changes in trans lives that the world is exposed to and confronts. Here, as Lara says, is the “inside voice” of a trans child, ever present, ever demanding to be heard, ever rising upward, to growth, peace, security and love.

Group Book Launch – Toronto – November 25

 

Come celebrate the launch of our terrific 2019 Scirocco Drama titles: With Glowing Hearts (Jennifer Wynne Webber), Honour Beat (Tara Beagan), Jumbo (Sean Dixon), The Nails (Jason Maghanoy), The Fighting Season (Sean Harris Oliver), Les Filles du Roi (Corey Payette and Julie McIsaac), The New Canadian Curling Club (Mark Crawford), and Fierce: Five Plays for High Schools (with plays by Judith Thompson, Tanisha Taitt, Dave Deveau, Michael Kras, and Ali Joy Richardson). MC: The wonderful Marcia Johnson.