#55 - PlayME - Bang Bang Episode 1 / 4

February 12, 2018

Bang Bang

By Kat Sandler

A Factory commissioned world premiere.

Featuring: Sébastien Heins, Jeff Lillico, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson and Richard Zeppieri.

A white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young Black man by a police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie. As Hollywood comes knocking for the writer, he makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. With Sandler’s trademark wit, BANG BANG traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events.

Buy tickets: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/
Plays at the Factory Theatre, Toronto, Canada
February 1-24, 2018
Use the discount code, "playmepod" for a 10% for PlayME listeners.

BIOS:

Kat Sandler - playwright / director

Kat Sandler is a writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has directed twelve of her original plays in the last six years, including Toronto Best of Fringe hits Bright Lights, Punch Up and Help Yourself (winner of the New Play Contest), Delicacy (Summerworks Spotlight Award), and Liver, Cockfight and Retreat (Storefront Theatre). Other directing credits include Big Plans, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Cabaret, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. She was a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, where she developed Mustard (Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding New Play), and is currently the Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Tarragon. She was the 2015 recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award for Best Director and Best Playwright. Kat is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program.

Sébastien Heins

Sébastien Heins is an acclaimed actor and playwright. After two seasons in Stratford (The School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption), he is thrilled to be making his Factory Theatre debut in BANG BANG, alongside such a dynamic team, lead by Kat Sandler. He is a founding company member of Outside the March (Mr. Burns, Vitals, Mr. Marmalade), the creator of the one-man show Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (Toured Canada, NYC, and India), and will return to Stratford this year in The Tempest, as Ferdinand. He thanks his family, friends, and amazing partner Dasha for their love, support, and dedication.

 

Jeff Lillico

For Theatre: Factory debut. Soulpepper (including Signature Theatre, NYC), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Buddies in Bad Times, Tarragon, Studio180, Theatre Panik, Musical Stage Company, Theatre20, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, GEVA Theater & Charlottetown Festival. Jeff received a Dora award for his work in The Light in The Piazza, and four Dora nominations for Tom at the Farm, Grey Gardens, Our Town & The Glass Menagerie. For Screen: On the Basis of Sex, Designated Survivor, Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Copper, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Separation, The Ticket.

 

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a Dora-nominated, actor, writer, and producer. Since completing the Humber Theatre Performance Program, she has made a point of aligning herself with artists that share her desire to create and tell stories that push our societal boundaries. Notable credits include; Laertes in Ravi Jain’s Prince Hamlet, Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Queen Elizabeth I in The Queen’s Conjuror, Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present..., St. Monica in Unit 102’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Othello in Go Play Producing’s Othello, and Jessica in Scapegoat Collective’s Cloud.

 

Karen Robinson

Recent: Prince Hamlet (WhyNot); Measure For Measure & The Winter’s Tale (Groundling). Six seasons at Stratford include Harlem Duet and Shakespeare In Love. Other: The Importance of Being Earnest & Stuff Happens (NAC); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Obsidian); Intimate Apparel (ATP); Doubt (Citadel); da KINK in my hair (San Diego; UK). TV: Schitt’s Creek, Frankie Drake, Shoot The Messenger (CBC); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Mary Kills People (Lifetime); Salvation (CBS); Morning Show Murders (Hallmark); Slings and Arrows (Showcase). Awards: a Dora, an ensemble NAACP Award, a Sterling, and the Best Actress Award at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy.

Richard Zeppieri

For Factory Theatre: River Lady, The Leisure Society, Beyond Mozambique, and 6 Essential Questions. Other theatre credits include: Laurence and Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave for Tarragon Theatre. Lady in the Red Dress for Fu- GEN. Zadie’s Shoes at the Wintergarden theatre. Filumena for Stratford. Mr. Zeppieri is a Gemini Award recipient and can next be seen in the feature film Little Italy.

 

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#54 - PlayME Past

January 30, 2018

PlayME Past

By Andrea Scott, Norman Yeung, and Griffin McInnis

PlayME Past is a live radio play recording and podcast that was inspired by and recorded at the Zion Schoolhouse in Toronto, Canada.

 

Three playwrights were commissioned to create three new audio dramas set in this fully restored, historic building at the turn of the century.

 

It was recorded in front of a live audience and those in attendance were also taught the art of foley creation and made many of the sound effects featured in this episode.

 

PlayME Past features the work of playwrights Andrea Scott, Norman Yeung, and Griffin McInnis.

 

About Zion Schoolhouse:

 

The Schoolhouse is restored to 1910, before there was a basement or electricity in the building. The Historic Zion Schoolhouse did not have electric lights until the mid 1930’s. Evening events would probably rely on oil lamps borrowed from the neighbouring farms and set on the window ledges.

Schooling was compulsory by 1910 and children ranging in age from 6 to 14 were required to attend. At Zion younger children outnumbered older children. Families that relied on the labour of their children to run the farm would remove them from school at busy times of the year – like planting and harvest. More affluent families could afford servants to perform domestic work, and hired men to do the outdoor labour on the farm.

 

This project is made possible through the Toronto Arts Council's Animating Historical Sites program.

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#53 - PlayME - Essay on Consent By Rose Napoli

November 3, 2017

Essay: That time I wrote a play about consent and didn't know it

By Rose Napoli

 

Rose Napoli's play, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) is running at Crow's Theatre in Toronto Canada from Oct. 25 - Nov. 11 as part of Nightwood Theatre's Consent Event.

Episode 53 of PlayME features a recording of Rose's essay on consent inspired by this production.

 

You can listen to the archived audio version of Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) at http://www.playmepodcast.com/lo-or-dear-mr-brown-by-rose-napoli/

You can by tickets to the theatre production at http://www.nightwoodtheatre.net/index.php/whats_on/lo_or_dear_mr._wells

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#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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