Rohinton Mistry's The Scream wins production award, Encumbrance wins NOW Audience Choice Award at performance festival
The 29th edition of SummerWorks finished on the weekend with attendance increases and lots of sold-out shows, proving that there’s a loyal, devoted audience for thought-provoking, innovative performance works.
If there’s a drawback to the festival, it’s that many shows – including some of this year’s award winners – only had one or two performances, making it hard to build momentum or spread word about a must-see show.
That was the case with the winner of this year’s NOW Audience Choice Award, Johannes Zits’s Encumbrance, which had a mere two performances in the fest’s first days. (Honourable mention went to S. Bear Bergman’s Gender Reveal Party.)
Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream, adapted, directed and produced by star Anand Rajaram, won best production.
Rodney Diverlus won best direction for burn, burned. Honourable mention went to Jenn Goodwin in collaboration with Sarah Doucet for CLOSER.
Here’s NOW’s annual list of the best of the fest:
Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special rochdale Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream
The Archive Of Missing Things Black Ballerina Bonjour Hi Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special rochdale Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream Wah Wah Wah
Cliff Cardinal, Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special Chris Dodd, Deafy Syreeta Hector, Black Ballerina Tim Walker, White Heat Anand Rajaram, Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream Jamillah Ross, St. Peon Of Parkdale
The Archive Of Missing Things Bonjour Hi CHILD-ISH rochdale
Nina Lee Aquino (rochdale) Bilal Baig, Wah Wah Wah Anand Rajaram (Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream) Karin Randoja (Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special)
Bonjour Hi rochdale Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream Worry Warts