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Directed by Nicolle Nattrass | Artistic Associate/Dramaturge

 Emerging Voices is a series of staged readings of new Canadian plays by local and regional playwrights. The series allows emerging writers to have their plays workshopped by professional artists in a day long workshop and performed in a staged reading before an audience, providing valuable feedback in the creative process.


Emerge by Charleen Phelps

March 22

Emerge explores loss, fear and the challenge of aging in the midst of intergenerational relationships. An embittered woman, challenged by past family relationships takes her elderly, confused father to the Emergency Room of a hospital in hopes of having him admitted and declared incompetent.  She gets more than she bargained for when faced with a long wait, the arrival of her estranged daughter along with an ill psychiatrist and suicidal young man. As they group waits together they learn that assumptions and the stories we tell ourselves are not exactly how things are.

Starrring local professional actors: David Mann (TheatreOne’s Artistic Director), Kirsten Van Ritzen, Robb Mowbray, Michael Anderson, and Jocelyn Dickson.





PLAYWRIGHT BIOS

Charleen Phelps is based out of Courtenay and is a registered nurse and is currently a Dementia Consultant. She also has experience working and writing for radio, film and television. She has had 7 screenplays optioned as well as receiving a Certificate of Merit in Playwrighting from Theatre BC.

 



 

It’s Time by Robert Tsonos

January 19

The rise of China, the fall of America, cultural stereotyping, sexism, and a new world order ‐ this is a provocative portrait of the complex, divided, and explosive relationship between a Chinese businesswoman who fires an American businessman at an international financial services company in Hong Kong during the global financial crisis of 2008. 



Robert Tsonos is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He is an actor, director and playwright based out of Toronto. Robert spent three years living and working in Hong Kong. "It's Time" won the Uprising National Playwriting Competition and was a finalist for the Herman Voaden Playwriting Competition.

Two Thirds by Julie McIsaac

November 10


Equal doses quirky comedy and moving drama, Two Thirds explores the strained relationship between working mom Ellen and stay-at-home dad Andy.  The couple has decided to divorce, but nine year-old Janey – who only has eyes for pet cat Slinky Malinki – seems oblivious to the tension between her parents.  When Janey’s oddball energy and obsessive behaviour are revealed to be symptoms of a much bigger problem, Ellen and Andy must reexamine their commitment to their family, and to one another.  Set in the messy kitchen of the family’s home, Two Thirds is a “last supper” of sorts; it begins with preparations for a meal, and ends with dessert – but with the secrets and surprises lurking around this dinner table, supper will never be the same.

 

Julie McIsaac

A graduate of Carleton University and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Julie is a three-time Jessie award nominee and has appeared on stages throughout Western Canada: the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, the Belfry Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, TheatreOne, Pacific Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival.  As a director: the world premiere and Canadian tour of My Rabbi (Sum Theatre), Ordinary Days and The Exquisite Hour (both for Relephant Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dancing Monkey Presents), Countryside Christmas (Chemainus) and Lend Me a Tenor (Company C/CCPA).  Julie’s original play with music The Out Vigil (developed with the assistance of Twenty Something Theatre) will receive its premiere in Vancouver at the Firehall Arts Centre in March 2016, and she is currently completing her Master’s studies in at the University of York (UK), and writing the political stage drama Smear.



 

 

 

Harbour City Theatre - 25 Victoria Rd. | 7:30-10pm | Suggested donation $5


 Emerging Voices has caught the eye of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and has been chosen to partner in the Equity in Theatre Initiative, which seeks to promote gender equality/diversity in theatre.


 



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