Generally, Annual General Meetings are rather dry. But we’re writers, THEATRE writers, and at the last board meeting of Alberta Playwrights Network, we thought “We’re more fun than this! Think of something!” So first, appetizers and cocktails, and then playwrights and other theatre folk meet and vote for new members, and then we really eat.
All in the coolest rehearsal hall I’ve ever personally been in, Workshop West‘s Third Space in Edmonton. We’ll Skype to the potluck — er, meeting — happening in Calgary too.
See the flyer below. All members, and anyone who wants to join (and why wouldn’t you?), we’ll see you in Calgary or Edmonton!
Alberta Playwrights’ Network
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Edmonton: Workshop West Theatre – 11516 – 103 Street
Calgary: APN Office 2633 Hochwald Avenue SW
There are 4 board positions available, if you are interested in running for the board and helping to shape the future of the organization, please email Trevor Rueger.
To RSVP, please email Michelle Kneale
I, Heather that is, have finally decided that maintaining two blogs is tedious. I had the notion it’d be wise to keep separate my personal blog — keeping it more about writing and the stuff going on in my own head — and this one, Take a Bite Productions, solely about my professional world.
Last weekend, the Northern Alberta caucus of the Playwrights Guild of Canada (very official-sounding isn’t it?), had a soiree (THAT’s more like it), with our rep, David Belke. The AGM of PGC is soon, and David had the lovely idea of arranging a chance for playwrights in our part of the country to meet, and discuss things we’d like to see brought up at the AGM. It came up that playwrights really have two (or more) jobs; the writing, and then marketing yourself…because no one’s going to do it for you. So I asked David if we could ask PGC if they might help arrange workshops on how to use the newest tools available to us — blogs, Twitter, Facebook — on selling ourselves. And it occurred to me that the personality behind the play, the person who writes it, has become as important to marketing as the play. A lot of people attending the Fringe go specifically to see the newest show by the person they’re fans of, Twitter is full of accounts for individual shows AND the people putting them on.
So, this is me taking my own advice. Take a Bite Productions really is me, so I am officially blowing my own horn. Happy reading!
I can’t believe I haven’t talked at all about the readings at Peep Show this past Sunday. Simply amazing. The number of people who told me, after hearing the first ten minutes of Marathon/Sprint…”That is MY mother…oh my God!” Hee hee hee! The actors loved doing it, the audience loved hearing it, ALL of the plays read were terrific, a great day!
Skirts Afire as a whole did wonderfully. I look forward to being part of it next year too!
So; more writing to be done. I follow a group called New York Neo-Futurists on Twitter, and have participated almost every week in their Twitterplays for a while now. You get a prompt, and you write a play — it can only be tweet-length, and that has to include the hashtag so the world knows you’ve written it! We’re now on Twitterplay number 204 (#tp204). This week, probably by dumb luck — submitted first? — my tweet of a play appears on the NY Neo Tumblr first! All the tweet-plays are always fascinating. I really recommend keeping up on them.
So today is the day. Come to Skirts Afire and hear a snippet of my play Marathon/Sprint and four other wonderful shows at Alberta Avenue Community League today at 2 pm! Admission by donation — tell everyone you know, and see you there!
And for a bit of extra fun, check out Theatre Alberta’s very cool feature about Edmonton actors describing their Roles of a Lifetime — I’m in there, describing my role as Countess Marie-Laure de Tilly in Michel-Marc Bouchard’s amazing play Lilies.
So Skirts Afire is now in full swing — more events today, all afternoon and evening!
Because it’s always tricky — tomorrow everything and everyone jumps ahead one hour, so to catch Peep Show, be sure to be at The Alberta Avenue Community League by 2 pm Daylight Savings Time tomorrow, Sunday, March 10.
And the theme colours are red and black. That’s what I’ll be wearing!
Since I’ve been plugging my new play Marathon/Sprint getting its teaser at Peep Show next weekend, I ought to take the opportunity to plug some of my previous work.
Two of my one-act plays are available online. The first, Crushed, has been doing very well as a play for two wonderful actresses. “Liv is the older, practical sister, Ness is the younger, pretty one. Liv is on her own, Ness lives with a boyfriend, Corey, whom she loves, and who loves her. But Corey’s love includes swearing, hitting and punching. Whenever that happens, Ness runs to Liv, then runs right back to Corey. Tonight, Liv is fed up when Ness appears yet again …but tonight, something is horribly different.”
The second is my Edinburgh Fringe, Critter-nominated play Take a Bite, which has audiences cheering every time it’s done; after all, it has an older woman and a younger man locked in an empty room together getting up to mischief. No chat-up in a bar was ever as weird – or good – as this.
And the beauty of online plays is you get them right away and they’re $8 each!
So if you like what you hear at Skirts Afire a week from today, you can take some of my work home.
Next week, starting March 7, 2013, is Skirts Afire on Alberta Avenue! And on the final day, March 10, will be Peep Show – 5 scenes from 5 never-before-seen plays, and mine is one of them. Come hear a snippet of Marathon/Sprint!
So here are the awards for the ADFA 2013 One-Act Festival, or StageStruck!
You’ll note that Maria Colonescu, the director of It Started With an Allergy, received Honourable Mention, as did playwright Heather Morrow for her performance.
The feedback and delight from everyone who saw the show was amazing, the most common theme being how brave the show was. And plenty of those who couldn’t make the Friday night show, on hearing about it, kept saying “I wish I’d seen it! Are you doing it again?”