Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices is a series of staged readings of new Canadian plays by local and regional playwrights directed by Nicolle Nattrass. 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.

Driving Me Crazy

by Linda A. Carson
& Suzanne Ristic

Inspired by true stories from three generations this play is about a family and their relationships with themselves, each other and the vehicles that move them around. We join them as they negotiate the highways of life until finally both catastrophe and success brings everyone to a reflective STOP. Anyone who has driven a car, or been driven in a car will find something to relate to!

Tues. January 15, 2019

7:30pm | Harbour City Theatre 25 Victoria Rd. | $10 by donation at the door


by Brianna Wiens

You can’t choose your family, but you can ignore their phone calls. In this time twisting comedy, siblings Sam and Sunny Sawyer (of the once famous folk group “The Sawyer Family Band”) connect the dots between past and present when they are forced to spend the weekend together. Laugh-till-you-snort-funny with dialogue that might sound a little too familiar, this new Canadian work is worth writing home about.

RESCHEDULED: Tues. March 5, 2019, 7:30pm in the Port Theatre Lobby | $10 suggested donation at the door

The Nighthawks

by Michelle Deines

In this comedy about grief, reconciliation, and sibling rivalry, one night shortly after the death of her father, Vicki (illegally) digs up his ashes from the Ladysmith graveyard, intent on fulfilling his final wish: to scatter his ashes a thousand miles away in Alberta. Recruiting the help of her hypochondriac friend Suzanne, the two embark on a road trip—but it doesn’t quite go the way Vicki planned.

Tues. March 19, 2019

7:30pm | Harbour City Theatre 25 Victoria Rd. | $10 by donation at the door

Part of Festival Nanaimo

About the playwrights...

Suzanne and Linda have been professional theatre artists for over 70 combined years. Suzanne’s writing credits include: Famous Dead Stories We Just Made Up, (Angry Actors, co-wrote) My Mother’s Story (Contributing Writer for Norry/Griffen concept), and her one person show, Poor. Linda’s writing credits include, Dying To Be Thin, Mom’s The Word (Co-wrote, Jessie Award) and Jack And The Bean. They are very pleased that they didn’t drive each other crazy during this writing process and their 25 year old friendship has stayed intact.

Brianna is an actor, producer, writer, and director based in Nanaimo. A graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Capilano University, Brianna has spent the last decade working in theatre and film in Vancouver and in 2017 made the move back to the island. Recent acting credits include Last Wife in Calling Home (SNAFU/Theatre Skam), Carly in Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge), Narrator in Hipstory (Spec Theatre), Sam Sawyer in Leftovers (Dark Matter) and Female Actor in This is a Play (Ode Movements).

An advocate for women’s voices in comedy, Brianna is co-producer and co-writer of the series Girls vs. The City, currently in its second season. You can watch the series on YouTube, as well as Season 2 on Telus Optik TV.

Michelle Deines is an award-winning writer who works in multiple genres, including poetry, non-fiction, and drama.  Her plays include A Dog at a Feast (Bleeding Heart Theatre), I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humpderdinck (which she directed and co-wrote with Kathryn Kirkpatrick; produced by Working Spark Theatre), and Ghosts in Baghdad, which was nominated for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script in 2014, and won the Special Merit Prize in Theatre BC’s 2013 Playwriting Competition.

Michelle’s work has been published in several magazines, including Understorey Magazine, The Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse 2, and briarpatch.  Michelle teaches at Capilano University, and is the Artistic Director of Working Spark Theatre, which she founded in 2007.   michelledeines.com

Thank you to series sponsor Williamson and Associates