Can't keep that wild Rhubarb! from sprouting. Sponsoring company Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is now accepting submissions for the 23rd annual festival, which runs for three weeks next February. The upcoming Rhubarb! will feature 21 new works, most of them half an hour long -- including three chosen for an Under 21 series -- and a trio of hour-long commissioned works.
It's the shorter pieces that are part of the submission process, and they'll be selected by a committee that includes company artistic director David Oiye and new festival director Kelly Thornton. Submissions must be previously unproduced shows that are not longer than 25 minutes, one submission per playwright.
Send the typed script or, if the project is non-scripted by nature, a synopsis and detailed project description. Include a cover letter stating who you are and what you want to do. No faxes or e-mails.
Playwrights under 21 who want to be considered for the Under 21 series -- two shows receive a staged reading, and a third gets a full production -- should say so in their cover letter. Send packages by September 29 to Kelly Thornton, Festival Director, c/o Buddies, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto M4Y 1B4. For more info, call Thornton at 975-9130 ext 74.
Playwright Dave Carley is one of our best stage artists, and he's finally getting some recognition abroad. We've just heard that Carley received the Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing from the University of Michigan's Festival of New Works. Carley was part of this year's festival with his new stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman.
The dramatization began as a CBC Radio drama and now Carley's taken it to the stage. And will we see it here in Toronto? Not yet, though it will premiere in Canada outside of the GTA in the upcoming season. It's been far too long since a new piece by Carley has played here.
For those who crave a Carley fix, Peterborough's New Stages is giving the Ontario premiere of Walking On Water, directed by Michael Waller, beginning August 3. For tickets, call (705) 742-7469. And how about a local theatre picking up either show? Or both?