#51 PlayME - Orange Dot - Episode 3

September 20, 2017
THE ORANGE DOT
by Sean Dixon
 
Two city workers are called to take down a large tree blighted with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait . . . armed with their smartphones, a stethoscope, an ancient arrowhead, a soupçon of boredom, and a large dose of existential dread about what the world is coming to. 
 
They talk, argue, flirt and while away the morning together. At times, Natalie seems overcome by the tree. At other times, she just seems unable to cope. Joe tries to understand but is ultimately bewildered, until the unthinkable transpires.
 
An unsettling drama in the vein of Becket's Waiting for Godot and Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, THE ORANGE DOT is a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.
 
Sean Dixon - Playwright

 

Sean Dixon's Governor General nominated play, 'A God in Need of Help' (produced by Tarragon Theatre and published by Coach House Books), serves as a companion piece to 'The Orange Dot' even though the former is set in Venice in 1605 and the latter in Toronto in 2017. He has written extensively for BC's Caravan Farm Theatre, Ontario's Blyth Festival, Toronto's Summerworks Festival and Victoria's Theatre SKAM. His novels and short stories include 'The Girls Who Saw Everything', 'The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn', and 'Sic Transit Gloria at the Humber Loop'. Currently he is writing a play for the Tarragon about adoption among Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans, as well as a novel set in Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood about a kidnapping gone awry.
 
Shawn Doyle - Actor
Shawn is a multiple award-winning actor who works extensively in Film and Television. The Orange Dot marks his first time back on stage in ten years. Past theatre credits include the original production of Problem Child (Factory Theatre); A Number (Canstage, Dora Award); Gagarin Way (Crows Theatre/World Stage Festival); A Christmas Carol (YPT); Where Is Kabuki (Factory); Four Lives Of Marie (Tarragon Theatre); Safe Haven (Neptune Theatre); Digging For Fire (Factory); The House Of Martin Guerre/ Fabulous Party (Livent).
 
Daniela Vlaskalic - Actor
 
Daniela is an award winning actor and writer and has worked extensively across Canada. Selected credits include: The Orange Dot(Theatre Front); Disgraced (Magnus Theatre); Cockroach (Alberta Theatre Projects); Pith! The Exquisite Hour, The Bull the Moon and the Coronet of Stars (Theatre Department); The Money Shot (Ground Zero Theatre); Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); Drama (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites '12; Betty Nomination); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Theatre Aquarius); Doubt(Canadian Stage); The Drowning Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Citadel Theatre, MTC); All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). As a playwright, Daniela co-wrote the multiple award-winning play; The Drowning Girls, which has received multiple productions nationally and internationally and is published by Canada Playwrights Press. @danivlaskalic
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#50 - PlayME - Orange Dot Episode 2

August 8, 2017
THE ORANGE DOT
by Sean Dixon
 
Two city workers are called to take down a large tree blighted with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait . . . armed with their smartphones, a stethoscope, an ancient arrowhead, a soupçon of boredom, and a large dose of existential dread about what the world is coming to. 
 
They talk, argue, flirt and while away the morning together. At times, Natalie seems overcome by the tree. At other times, she just seems unable to cope. Joe tries to understand but is ultimately bewildered, until the unthinkable transpires.
 
An unsettling drama in the vein of Becket's Waiting for Godot and Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, THE ORANGE DOT is a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.
 
Sean Dixon - Playwright

 

Sean Dixon's Governor General nominated play, 'A God in Need of Help' (produced by Tarragon Theatre and published by Coach House Books), serves as a companion piece to 'The Orange Dot' even though the former is set in Venice in 1605 and the latter in Toronto in 2017. He has written extensively for BC's Caravan Farm Theatre, Ontario's Blyth Festival, Toronto's Summerworks Festival and Victoria's Theatre SKAM. His novels and short stories include 'The Girls Who Saw Everything', 'The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn', and 'Sic Transit Gloria at the Humber Loop'. Currently he is writing a play for the Tarragon about adoption among Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans, as well as a novel set in Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood about a kidnapping gone awry.
 
Shawn Doyle - Actor
Shawn is a multiple award-winning actor who works extensively in Film and Television. The Orange Dot marks his first time back on stage in ten years. Past theatre credits include the original production of Problem Child (Factory Theatre); A Number (Canstage, Dora Award); Gagarin Way (Crows Theatre/World Stage Festival); A Christmas Carol (YPT); Where Is Kabuki (Factory); Four Lives Of Marie (Tarragon Theatre); Safe Haven (Neptune Theatre); Digging For Fire (Factory); The House Of Martin Guerre/ Fabulous Party (Livent).
 
Daniela Vlaskalic - Actor
 
Daniela is an award winning actor and writer and has worked extensively across Canada. Selected credits include: The Orange Dot(Theatre Front); Disgraced (Magnus Theatre); Cockroach (Alberta Theatre Projects); Pith! The Exquisite Hour, The Bull the Moon and the Coronet of Stars (Theatre Department); The Money Shot (Ground Zero Theatre); Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); Drama (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites '12; Betty Nomination); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Theatre Aquarius); Doubt(Canadian Stage); The Drowning Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Citadel Theatre, MTC); All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). As a playwright, Daniela co-wrote the multiple award-winning play; The Drowning Girls, which has received multiple productions nationally and internationally and is published by Canada Playwrights Press. @danivlaskalic
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#49 - PlayME - Orange Dot - Episode 1

July 19, 2017
THE ORANGE DOT
by Sean Dixon
 
Two city workers are called to take down a large tree blighted with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait . . . armed with their smartphones, a stethoscope, an ancient arrowhead, a soupçon of boredom, and a large dose of existential dread about what the world is coming to. 
 
They talk, argue, flirt and while away the morning together. At times, Natalie seems overcome by the tree. At other times, she just seems unable to cope. Joe tries to understand but is ultimately bewildered, until the unthinkable transpires.
 
An unsettling drama in the vein of Becket's Waiting for Godot and Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, THE ORANGE DOT is a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.
 
Sean Dixon - Playwright

Sean Dixon's Governor General nominated play, 'A God in Need of Help' (produced by Tarragon Theatre and published by Coach House Books), serves as a companion piece to 'The Orange Dot' even though the former is set in Venice in 1605 and the latter in Toronto in 2017. He has written extensively for BC's Caravan Farm Theatre, Ontario's Blyth Festival, Toronto's Summerworks Festival and Victoria's Theatre SKAM. His novels and short stories include 'The Girls Who Saw Everything', 'The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn', and 'Sic Transit Gloria at the Humber Loop'. Currently he is writing a play for the Tarragon about adoption among Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans, as well as a novel set in Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood about a kidnapping gone awry.
 
Shawn Doyle - Actor
Shawn is a multiple award-winning actor who works extensively in Film and Television. The Orange Dot marks his first time back on stage in ten years. Past theatre credits include the original production of Problem Child (Factory Theatre); A Number (Canstage, Dora Award); Gagarin Way (Crows Theatre/World Stage Festival); A Christmas Carol (YPT); Where Is Kabuki (Factory); Four Lives Of Marie (Tarragon Theatre); Safe Haven (Neptune Theatre); Digging For Fire (Factory); The House Of Martin Guerre/ Fabulous Party (Livent).
 
Daniela Vlaskalic - Actor
 
Daniela is an award winning actor and writer and has worked extensively across Canada. Selected credits include: The Orange Dot(Theatre Front); Disgraced (Magnus Theatre); Cockroach (Alberta Theatre Projects); Pith! The Exquisite Hour, The Bull the Moon and the Coronet of Stars (Theatre Department); The Money Shot (Ground Zero Theatre); Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); Drama (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites '12; Betty Nomination); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Theatre Aquarius); Doubt(Canadian Stage); The Drowning Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Citadel Theatre, MTC); All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). As a playwright, Daniela co-wrote the multiple award-winning play; The Drowning Girls, which has received multiple productions nationally and internationally and is published by Canada Playwrights Press. @danivlaskalic
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#48 - PlayME - Iceland Episode #3

May 26, 2017

Iceland - Episode 3

By Nicolas Billon

 

Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn.

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#47 - PlayME - Iceland Episode 2

February 26, 2017

Iceland - Episode 2

By Nicolas Billon

Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn.

 

Featuring the original cast of Kawa Ada, Clair Calnan and Christine Horne.

 

Nicolas Billon

Nic’s stage work has been produced around the world. His triptych Fault Lines garnered the 2013 Governor-Generals Award for Drama. In 2014, his play The Elephant Song was released as a feature film and garnered Nic a Canadian Screen Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for his adaptation.

His latest play, Butcher, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2014. It has since been produced across the country and is being made into a feature film by Rhombus Media.

A graduate of the CFC TV Writing Program, Nic recently wrote for CBCs TV series X Company.

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#46 - PlayME - Iceland - Episode 1

January 26, 2017

Iceland

By Nicolas Billon

Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn.

 

Featuring the original cast of Kawa Ada, Clair Calnan and Christine Horne.

 

Nicolas Billon

Nic’s stage work has been produced around the world. His triptych Fault Lines garnered the 2013 Governor-Generals Award for Drama. In 2014, his play The Elephant Song was released as a feature film and garnered Nic a Canadian Screen Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for his adaptation.

His latest play, Butcher, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2014. It has since been produced across the country and is being made into a feature film by Rhombus Media.

A graduate of the CFC TV Writing Program, Nic recently wrote for CBCs TV series X Company.

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#45 - PlayME - Interview with Dramaturg, Erica Kopyto

January 18, 2017

Interview with Erika Kopyto

Thoughts on improving writing

 

In this long-form interview, Dramaturg and Literary Manager Erica Kopyto talks about what makes a good play. She gives writing tips, offers ideas on how to improve dialogue, and points listeners to helpful resources for writers.

 

About Erica:

Erica Kopyto is a Toronto-based dramaturg, curator, director, producer, activist, and educator.  She has dedicated her work to the intersection of social justice initiatives and the arts.  Until recently, she was the Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre where she spent the better part of 15 years developing new works. Currently, she is focused on convening participants to learn and engage on issues that promote progressive social change.  She holds a Masters of Art from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Study of Drama.  She is a long-time board member of Mayworks’ Festival of Working People and the Arts and is a curator with Toronto’s Trampoline Hall. 

 

 

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#44 - PlayME - Encore Presentation of Quiver Episode 3

January 10, 2017

Quiver - Episode 2

The solo show by Anna Chatteron.

As we wrap up the year we present one of our favorite pieces, Quiver.

Maddie’s sweet sixteen sister, Beatrice, is dating someone she shouldn’t. Their brassy single mom, Sheila, makes up with her ex-boyfriend again. So fourteen-year-old Maddie is left to fend for herself with nothing but her bow and arrow.

Sound Design by Michael Rinaldi. 

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#43 - PlayME - Encore Presentation of Quiver - Episode 2

December 27, 2016

Quiver - Episode 2

The solo show by Anna Chatteron.

As we wrap up the year we present one of our favorite pieces, Quiver.

Maddie’s sweet sixteen sister, Beatrice, is dating someone she shouldn’t. Their brassy single mom, Sheila, makes up with her ex-boyfriend again. So fourteen-year-old Maddie is left to fend for herself with nothing but her bow and arrow.

Sound Design by Michael Rinaldi. 

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#42 - PlayEM - Encore Presentation of Quiver

December 21, 2016

Quiver

The solo show by Anna Chatteron.

As we wrap up the year we present one of our favorite pieces, Quiver.

Maddie’s sweet sixteen sister, Beatrice, is dating someone she shouldn’t. Their brassy single mom, Sheila, makes up with her ex-boyfriend again. So fourteen-year-old Maddie is left to fend for herself with nothing but her bow and arrow.

Sound Design by Michael Rinaldi. 

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