New Works Festival 2015

Join me in supporting New Work

The dictionary defines the word new as:


adjectivenew: comparative adjective: newer; superlative adjective: newest

  1. not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time, as in “a new stage play.

It takes guts to write a play in May 2014 and put it up in February 2015, less than a year later. It usually takes me two to five years to even write a play. Perhaps I am slow, but it is the gestation process that demands enormous time and concentration; the thinking/feeling, heart/head mix that we playwrights must discover and feel our way through before an actor or a director even reads it.

A few days ago I returned from Vancouver where my play The Goodnight Bird is receiving its Canadian premiere with Nicola Cavendish (Vancouver), Christopher Hunt (Calgary) and Graham Cuthbertson (Montreal).  It took me nearly ten years (on and off) to work that play to its potential.

So I am pretty impressed by the upcoming student-run, student-written, student- acted and student-directed New Works Festival that opens tomorrow – Tuesday, February 3rd  There are six new plays by six relatively new playwrights who have been working with me since September – that is less than six months.

Such a short time gives new meaning to the word NEW.

The plays have a little something for everyone – there is sex, death, dreams, artificial intelligence, love, card-playing, a baby, betrayal, suicide, more betrayal, some mind-f**king, a little silliness and even forgiveness.

The six young writers have been working like maniacs on their plays, along with six committed directors and many talented students who have chosen to act in these strange, wonderful new concoctions. The New Works 2015 playwrights, left to right in top feature photo are: Julian Stamer, Liam Salmon, Gianmarco Visconti, Jordan Sabo, Joshua Languedoc and Maggie Paul Frédette. Photo by Aidan Ware.

Come and join me in supporting the writing of new work at the New Works Festival 2015

Night A

February 3rd, 5th and 7th at 7:00 p.m, and February 8th at 1:00 p.m.
Timms Centre, Second Playing Space

Silence and the Machine

Written by Liam Salmon, Directed by Desiree DeChamplain-Leverenz

Grey Matters

Written by Gianmarco Visconti, Directed by Mitch Dexter

Killing Earl

Written by Joshua Languedoc, Directed by Eric Smith

Night B
February 4th, 6th and 8th at 7:00 p.m. and February 7th at 1:00 p.m.
Timms Centre, Second Playing Space

F***, Marry, Kill

Written by Julian Stamer, Directed by Brooklyn Ritchie

An Inside Sick

Written by Jordan Sabo, Directed by Nick Eaton

The Princess and the Sandman

Written by Maggie Paul, Directed by Brinnameade Smith

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults, available through Tix on the Square ( Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door, 30 minutes before each night at the door (cash only).