Playwright Reading Series

“Playing with Truth”
PLAYWRIGHTS READING SERIES
2018-2019

hosted by the
Department of English and Department of Theatre
University of Regina

with the support of the
Canada Council, Centre for the Study of Script Development, City of Regina, Playwrights
Guild of Canada, Saskatchewan Writers Guild

University of Regina Dept. English Faculty of Arts 

City of Regina Playwrights Guild of Canada Canadian Council for the Arts Saskatchewan Writers Guild

October 17, 2018 Sharon Pollock

8:00PM ShuBox Theatre,
Riddell Centre,
University of Regina 

October 29, 2018 Lucia Frangione

8:00PM Classroom Building 127
University of Regina 

February 13, 2019 Dan MacDonald

8:00PM Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) 119

University of Regina


February 27, 2019 Joan MacLeod

8:00PM Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) 119

University of Regina


March 6, 2019 Beau Dixon

8:00PM Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) 119

University of Regina

 

Sharon Pollock

Sharon Pollock

Sharon Pollock has worked as an actor, director, playwright, dramaturge, artistic director and administrator. Her stage plays have been produced throughout Canada and abroad and have garnered most of Canada’s major theatre awards as broader recognition for her contribution to Canada and Canadian culture. She is the recipient of two Governor General’s Awards ( Blood Relations and Doc), a Chalmers Award (Doc), Gwen Pharis Ringwood Awards, the Canada Australian Literary Award for her body of work, a Japan Foundation Award, and The National Theatre School of Canada’s Gascon- Thomas Award. She received an ACTRA Nellie Award for National Radio Drama (Sweet Land of Liberty) and a Gold Sheaf Television Award (The Person’s Case).  Pollock’s most recent play, Blow Wind High Water, opened Theatre Calgary’s 2017-2018 50th Anniversary season. Her current work in development includes Hotel (inspired by her time with Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj) and Woman at Large (about American political activist, journalist and novelist Agnes Smedley). Her award-winning play, Blood Relations, will be produced by the University of Regina Theatre Department, October 23- 27, 2018. Beyond her ongoing work as a writer, Pollock has led numerous playwriting and theatre workshops at various institutions and companies and provided dramaturgical services online and on a personal mentorship basis. From 2006-2015 she served as Dramaturg and Librettist with the Atlantic Ballet Company of Canada including their national touring production of Ghosts of Violence. She has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Alberta, Calgary, and New Brunswick as well as Queen’s University. Most recently she was made an Officer of The Order of Canada.
Lucia Frangione

Lucia Frangione

Lucia Frangione is an internationally produced and award-winning actor and playwright with over 30 scripts to her name. She was commissioned by Vertigo theatre to write an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man, and it world premiers this year in Calgary and at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, October 24-November 7, 2018. Last year, she premiered Oh Manny! at Pacific Theatre, a follow-up to her hit play Holy Mo. In a Blue Moon premiered with The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver in 2015 and toured to WCT in Kamloops and Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario. She is currently adapting this play to film. Some of her plays include: Etienne, a podplay with Gateway and Neworld Theatre; Off Leash, an operetta, with Fugue Theatre; Leave of Absence, Cariboo Magi and Espresso with Pacific Theatre; Maid for a Musket with St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival; Paradise Garden with Arts Club Theatre; FRESCO with Bellaluna; Chickens and Christmas on the Air with Chemainus Theatre Festival and Wobbling Madonna with Solo Collective. Frangione has been produced at theatres such as Provision Theater in Chicago; Stoneham Theater in Boston; Matthew's Yard in London, England; Sea Change in Beverley, MA; Lambs Players in San Diego; Teatr Jelenia Gora and Teatr Powszechny in Poland; Ruby Slippers Theatre, Vancouver; The Belfry in Victoria; New Curtain Theatre in St. John’s; Prairie Theatre Exchange in Manitoba and Station Arts Centre in Rosthern. ! Frangione also works as a freelance dramaturge and actor for regional theatres across Canada as well as TV and film. She has won the Gordon Armstrong award twice, the Sydney Risk award and the National Canadian Actors Equity Association emerging artist award. She currently teaches playwriting at Rosebud School of the Arts. Her work is published by Talon Books.

Joan MacLeod

Joan MacLeod

Joan MacLeod is an award winning writer, educator and mentor for a wide range of storytellers of all sorts, including poets as well as dramatists. Her work for the stage has been characterized as “heartfelt and relentless” and “profoundly rooted in real-life challenges to the human spirit… She uses current events as a staircase to create universal narratives that search out and celebrate our strangenesses, excesses and redemptions.” Her dramatic work has been produced across Canada and beyond and translated into eight languages. She is the recipient of Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Drama (Amigo’s Blue Guitar, 1990), Jesse Richardson Awards (The Shape of a Girl, 2002 & 2005), Betty Mitchell Awards (The Shape of a Girl, 2001; Gracie, 2017), a Dora Mavor Moore Award (The Secret Garden; 1986); Chalmers’ Canadian Play Awards (The Hope Slide, 1993; Little Sister, 1995) and the Siminovitch Prize (2011). MacLeod’s play, Gracie, will be produced by Regina’s Globe Theatre February 27-March 17, 2019. Whether writing plays, poetry, prose or television scripts, MacLeod’s style is noted for its “clarity, humor, emotional honesty and a steadfast moral dedication to the empathies that transform us.” She has just retired from the University of Victoria where she was a Professor in the Department of Writing since 2004.

Beau Dixon

Beau Dixon

Beau Dixon is a multi award winning playwright, actor, composer and sound designer. He is also founding artistic director for Firebrand Theatre based in Peterborough, Ont. His one-man musical drama, Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story, won him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play as well as best individual performance (TYA category). He also took the Calgary Theatre Critic’s Award for best solo performance in the same play (all 2015). In 2017 he won the Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award for best actor in a musical (Passing Strange). In 2011 Dixon was inducted into Peterborough, Ontario’s Pathway Of Fame for his leadership in the dramatic arts. Dixon’s work has toured extensively across Canada—with particular success in captivating the interest of school audiences. Over 5000 students have seen his plays which include From Here to Africville, Once a Flame (translated into French and toured throughout the Ontario and Quebec provinces in both languages), and Other People’s Heaven (toured throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia). Thanks to a commission from the Chatham, Ontario district school board, he co-wrote Freedom Bells, which celebrates the accomplishments of William King, the British abolitionist who came to Canada in 1849 to help build the first black settlement located near Chatham. Commissioned by Prince of Wales Public School in Peterborough, Ontario, Dixon’s full length play, The Lunch Club focuses on the importance of food and how it affects today’s youth. As an actor Beau has appeared in theaters across the country such as Stratford Festival, Lunchbox Theatre, Factory Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Vertigo Theatre, The Arts Club, Canstage, Alberta Theatre Projects, and Tarragon. In 2011 he served as apprentice music director at Shaw Festival, Acting Up Stage and Obsidian Theatre. He has composed music for television, radio and theatre, and has toured extensively throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe as a musician and performer. He has recorded and produced over forty albums for professional Canadian recording artists.

Daniel Macdonald

Daniel MacDonald

Daniel Macdonald is an award winning playwright as well as an actor, director, and teacher. His plays include A History of Breathing, Velocity, Bang, Radiant Boy, Mac- Gregor’s Hard Ice Cream and Gas, and Pageant. He was also co-creator, writer and director of the independent film series Redemption, SK. Most recently his new play Blow Wind premiered at Dancing Sky Theatre. He has worked extensively with young people in the areas of new play development and creative writing and is the author or coauthor of numerous plays for young people including These Things I Know, Flock Formations, Waking, Tragedie, The Romeo Project, Here, and an adaptation of Radiant Boy as a musical. Macdonald’s work is published by Playwrights Canada Press and Oberon Books in the UK and has been short-listed for the National Carol Bolt Award for Drama and twice short-listed for Regina and Saskatchewan Book of the year. He is a two-time recipient of the City of Regina Writing Award and the winner of the Enbridge PlayRites Award. He was also the 2017 recipient of the Saskatchewan Arts and Learning Award. He has served as president of Playwrights Canada Press and the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre.  Macdonald is currently working on a new commission from Dancing Sky Theatre based on the lives of Samuel Herne and his business partner from the Dene First Nation, Matonabbee, and with Amy Matysio on a play with cello entitled, Mercy. He holds an MFA from the Theatre Department at the University of Regina and teaches for both the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan.