Three companies have issued calls for theatre artists and new works. bcurrent is looking for scripts for its fifth annual spring rock.paper.sistahz festival , which concentrates mainly on performance work by black women artists, with a focus on new performance styles and unusual ideas that explore black diasporic culture. Write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-525-2994 for details. Deadline is November 28.
It's not too early to start thinking about next July's Fringe festival . Applications are available for the seventh new-play contest, whose winner is awarded a free slot in the festival and $300; runners-up get cash prizes. Open to permanent Canadian residents, the applications ($25 fee) are first-come, first-served, one entry per writer. Applications are accepted from November 16; cutoff date is December 9, or when 80 applications have been received. Scripts must be original, 90 minutes or shorter, not previously produced (though prior workshopping is okay). Get an application at the festival website, www.fringetoronto.com, or call 416-966-1062 for more info.
Nightwood seeks submissions for its seventh Write from the Hip , a playwriting group for novice writers. Applicants should be between 18 and 29 and looking for an artistic challenge, a chance to develop a play and express their unique voice. Previous theatre experience isn't needed, and the company encourages cultural, racial and sexual diversity. Those chosen will participate between April and August in weekly workshops, mentoring and hands-on seminars in writing skills and play development, ending with the presentation of their short works as part of the Groundswell Festival. Deadline is November 15. For more information, contact Lisa Codrington at email@example.com or call her at 416-944-1740.
Siminovitch Prize short-list nominee John Mighton 's award-winning Half Life , one of the hits of last year's Toronto season, has an extended, er, life in its current tour of Scotland, playing at the Tron Theatre (Glasgow) and the Perth Theatre (Perth). The Necessary Angel co-pro features most of the original cast ( Laura de Carteret , Barbara Gordon , Carolyn Hetherington and Maggie Huculak ), with newcomers Les Carlson , David Jansen and Robert Persichini .