How do you move a northeast suburb of the GTA to downtown Toronto? You ask the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, located in Kensington Market, to stage a festival that focuses on Scarborough.
Hosted by Diaspora Dialogues, which nurtures the creation and presentation of artworks reflecting the richness of Toronto’s diverse communities, the event includes readings from stories by Catherine Hernandez and a staged reading of her new play, Kilt Pins, directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones.
The writer’s earlier script, Singkil, was nominated for a 2007 Dora Award for outstanding new play in the independent theatre division.
As part of the evening, Hernandez has also organized a photo exhibit of the changing Morningside and Lawrence area.
Some younger audience members and performers didn’t know the legendary Harold Kandel, the inveterate theatregoer who never missed a chance to sit in the first row of a theatre production and heckle if he saw the need.
Theatre artists were frightened or delighted – or maybe a combination of the two – to have Kandel in their audience; he always told you exactly what he thought of the show, sometimes during the performance.
After Kandel’s death in 1994, 13 theatre artists created an annual event to celebrate the dedication, commitment and passion of Toronto’s theatre scene by Harolding a number of artists into the select group of contributors to the community. One year’s recipients choose the following year’s; a spirited party always marks the event.
The evening also includes the presentation of the Ken McDougall Award, established in 1995 in memory of the late director and given by Buddies, Platform 9 and Theatre Passe Muraille to a promising emerging director.
This year’s Harold Awards, hosted by former Haroldee Jacoba Knaapen, is Monday (May 26) at the Blue Moon Pub.
With the loss over the past few years of several summer companies devoted to the Bard’s works, it’s great that a new troupe, the Humber River Shakespeare Company, premieres in July with a production of Twelfth Night.
To raise money, the company holds a funder called The Sonnet Show: A Night Of 14. A different 14-line Shakespearean sonnet was given to a quartet of writers, each of whom had 14 days to write a 14-minute play inspired by it. And to keep with the number 14, that number of actors presents the four new works.
The playwrights are Rex Deverell, Hume Baugh, Marie Jones and Steven Burley, and their works will be played in different rooms of historic Montgomery’s Inn. Among the performers are Lauren Brotman, Sean Wayne Doyle, Jack Grinhaus, Kevin Hammond and Sara Moyle.
If you think 14 days is a pressured time to write a play, how about trying it in 20 hours?
That’s the rule for this year’s Fringe Playwriting Contest, which usually has a 24-hour limit. But because this is the Fringe’s 20th anniversary, the festival is upping the ante and paring four hours off the writing time.
Applications are available at www.fringetoronto.com or by calling 416-966-1062. The fee is still $25, and space is limited to the first 60 applications. The contest begins July 2 at the Fringe beer tent, where contestants are given four things, places or situations to work into their plays, which are due 20 hours later.
Chosen by jury, the first-prize winner receives $500 and a reading on the Fringe’s final night; two other scripts win cash prizes.