If you think theatre artists under 21 lack passion, you've never been to the Paprika Theatre Festival , whose entire roster of creators are in that age bracket.
The fifth annual fest opens tonight (Thursday, March 16) with four new scripts by Jayne Collins , Will Hofstetter , Stephanie Law and Jonathan Blankenstein , assembled by artistic producer Natasha Mytnowych . The plays look at such varied topics as prodigal sisters, family dysfunction, Kensington Market in the 60s and a play reading with a hidden agenda.
Each evening also features works-in-progress from Paprika's play development program and artists' lab, and playwrights-in-residence Emma Healey and Daniel Karasik offer staged readings of their commissioned works in the festival's second week.
See Opening, page 80, for details.
Accolade to York
York University and its faculty of fine arts open the Accolade Project , a new teaching, exhibition and performance complex, with a week-long fine arts festival. Among the events is an adaptation of Timothy Findley 's riveting take on the Noah story, Not Wanted On The Voyage , by Richard Rose and D.D. Kugler . The production, presented by Theatre @ York and featuring students from the acting conservatory, is directed by DVxT's Vikki Anderson .
See Opening, page 80, for details.
Calls for creators
Are you a theatre writer with a script in hand or a performance idea you want to explore? The cultural arts department of the Miles Nadal JCC and the Toronto Jewish Theatre Committee seek submissions for the 2006 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition . The winner gets a professionally directed public workshop in the JCC's Between Stages series. Submissions should depict some aspect of Jewish life and be between an hour and two in length. Writers must be Canadian or have a strong Canadian connection and use a pseudonym on the play's title page; real name and contact information should be on a separate sheet. Deadline is May 31.
For more info or to send your script, contact Esther Arbeid , cultural arts coordinator, 750 Spadina, Toronto M5S 2J2, call 416-924-6211, ext 606 or e-mail esthera@mnjcc. org .
Nightswimming 's Pure Research 06 seeks proposals for theatrical experiments that aren't linked to a particular project. The company's Pure Research program provides space, money and resources to artists pursuing "a provocative theatrical question." The program assists artists in discovering what they need to explore in order to further their work. Deadline is April 3. For details on how to submit, check out www.nightswimmingtheatre. com .
There's no end to the charm of performer Lisa Pijuan-Nomura , whose one-woman show She Said Saffron concluded this year's Hatch series at Harbourfront Centre . The piece was staged in association with GirlCanCreate . In this dance-theatre piece filled with personal anecdotes, multiple characters and demonstrations of flamenco under the tutelage of a German (!) instructor, Pijuan-Nomura manages to give physical life to the ingredients of paella while she tells warm, funny family stories. Not surprisingly for a young girl whose family pushes her toward a boyfriend, there's lots of concern with first kisses and social dances that begin optimistically and end in deflation.
Directed by Meagan O'Shea and choreographed by O'Shea and Ilse Gudino , the piece may not set off dramatic fireworks, but the heart at its centre is something to cherish.