Too often, playwrights in ethnic communities feel compelled to create works that relate only to their own cultures. Now, a new-play festival aims to help writers to think outside the community box and break down cultural walls. Factory Theatre sponsors CrossCurrents, a series devoted to showcasing and developing work by writers of colour.
Open to playwrights from across the country -- and encouraging writers in other disciplines to submit play scripts or works-in-progress -- the festival is looking for scripts, full-length or shorter, that examine the intersections of different cultures. Workshops and public readings for the chosen dramatists take place in April.
For more information, check out the festival's Web site at www.factorytheatre.ca. Deadline is January 31. Send scripts with a cover letter outlining the play's developmental history to Michael Miller, CrossCurrents Coordinator, Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst, Toronto M5V 2R2.
You can't say playwright G.J. Portman shies away from big issues. His latest script, The Watch For Sunrise, tackles apartheid, adultery and the Anglican Church's position on gay clerics. Presented as part of Winter Fling, the annual developmental co-pro between Buddies and the Shaw Festival, Sunrise is directed by Paul Lampert and features a large and talented cast that includes Steve Cumyn, Phil Akin, Brenda Bazinet, Lisa Norton, Sarah Orenstein and Sandi Ross. The first of three performances is Friday (January 18). 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
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Expectations are high for Second City's new comedy revue, Psychedelica- tessen. The troupe hasn't mounted a new show since last spring, and the world's a different place.
Along with SC's comedy staples, count on bits about intergalactic immigration, CNN and something called country stalking.
Other things to look out for include new member Nathan David Shore (back from L.A.) and director Chris Earle. The show opens Wednesday (January 23). 56 Blue Jays Way. 416-343-0011.