Are you a woman under 25 who's yearning for professional playwriting experience? Nightwood Theatre is accepting submissions for the third annual Write From The Hip, a series of workshops and seminars on writing skills and play development. Starting in February, each participant will develop a new short work to be staged in May during Groundswell, Nightwood's play development program.
Send five to eight pages of your writing (it doesn't have to be for theatre) and a cover letter to Nightwood, Write From The Hip, Attention: Lisa Silverman, 9 St. Nicholas, sixth floor, Toronto M4Y 1W5; fax to 416-944-1739. For more info, call 416-944-1740. The deadline is November 1.
Nobel Prize lit recipient Wole Soyinka is the featured guest at a series of events this week at U of T. The Nigerian writer is the focus of an international conference, Pre-, Post-, and Neo-Colonialisms: Wole Soyinka And Contemporary Theatre, running Friday to Sunday (October 19 to 21), on the influence of colonialism and neocolonialism on world theatre.
As part of the conference, the Hart House Theatre and the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama present Madmen & Specialists, Soyinka's timely 1971 play reflecting the horror of war and destruction. Performances are through Saturday (October 20) at Hart House (7 Hart House Circle). Soyinka himself reads and answers questions Saturday morning. For conference information, call 416-978-7986; for theatre tickets, 416-978-8668.
feast of stephen
Caught the gala tribute -- oops, "hommage" -- to composer Stephen Sondheim last week, and it turned into a suitably classy affair. Had our doubts. Wisely, director Dennis Garnhum and musical director Paul Sportelli didn't kick off with the obvious Comedy Tonight, but Susan Gilmour's version of opening ballad Loving You was pretty sentimental, with the mikes initially as temperamental as the weather. Despite a cold Euro set and Paul Mathiesen's who's-performing-where lighting, Brent Carver wielded his magic with the rarely heard song I Remember Sky. Brilliant. The surprise, though, was watching composer and former Sondheim student Leslie Arden give an illustrative account of what she learned from the master. The audience loved it. So did Sondheim, who hugged her for a minute onstage. Now that's Passion.