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The Directors Lab

After spending ten years in international Directors Lab programs—first in New York and Chicago, then co-founding Directors Lab North in Toronto—Evan Tsitsias has amassed an extensive amount of advice, ...

Pugwash

By Vern Thiessen
Afterword by Sandra Ionno Butcher
Subjects: Western Playwrights, Alberta, Science & Scientists, History
Casting: 6 actors
Duration: 105 minutes

1957. Barely a decade after the first use of atomic bombs, the world is divided and fearful of the real threat of nuclear weaponry.  In an effort to understand the devastating effects of radiation, leading ...

trace

"I support you when you need, so that you support me when I need. "

An elegant and sweeping story of a Chinese family’s history, trace follows the footsteps of four generations as their homes and identities ...

BANG BANG

By Kat Sandler
Subjects: Comedy, Women Writers, Ontario Playwrights, Death, Grief & Loss
Casting: 2 f, 3 m
Duration: 140 minutes

Lila, a young Black ex-cop, has been on leave from the police force ever since she shot an unarmed Black youth. She’s moved back in with her mother, Karen, and is drinking beer for breakfast. So when ...

The Bears Sleep at Last

Their whole bodies are ready for sleep, but sleep doesn’t come.

The cold has deserted winter, causing the polar bears in the zoo to pace in an endless quest for sleep. Their caretaker, Sasha, will do ...

Fortune of Wolves

By Ryan Griffith
Subjects: Atlantic Playwrights, New Brunswick
Casting: 2 f, 2 m
Duration: 150 minutes

What would it feel like if the world emptied out?

Lowell Garrish has lost everything—his parents, his grandma, the music the waves make on the shore in Nova Scotia. Desperate to hold on to real sound, ...

Straight Jacket Winter

When Esther and Gilles decided to move from Montréal to Vancouver, they didn’t expect their lives to change so starkly. All they wanted was to start a new life for themselves, to find new artistic ...

Guarded Girls

By Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Women Writers
Casting: 4 f
Duration: 90 minutes

The stories and experiences of three imprisoned women and a guard intertwine in dramatic and dangerous ways, as the psychological destruction that is solitary confinement taunts each of their lives.

Nineteen-year-old ...

Whimsy State

By A.J. Demers
Subjects: Comedy, History, Ontario Playwrights, Community Theatre Picks, Comedy
Casting: 1 f, 3 m
Duration: 60 minutes

With a few drinks and some “Ayes!” three fishermen on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia declare independence from Canada: henceforth, they shall be known as the Princes of the Principality ...

The Blunt Playwright

The Blunt Playwright won’t tell you everything there is to know about playwriting. It won’t even try. What it will do is examine process, structure, dialogue, and character; provide classic and contemporary ...