May 30 - June 1, 2019
CHECK BACK IN MARCH FOR THIS YEAR'S INFO
NEW THIS YEAR:
A name change to reflect the diversity of the Festival - The PTE Festival of New Works (formerly known as the Carol Shields Festival)
ARTS FUSION KICKOFF SHOW
THURSDAY, MAY 30 at 7:00 PM
An electrifying multi-discipline showcase of mini-plays by members of the PTE Playwrights Unit, new music, and new dance.
Plus a Special Guest Speaker
All for $25!
ALL FRIDAY & SATURDAY EVENTS ARE FREE ADMISSION!
FRIDAY, MAY 31
Noon-1 pm BROWN BAG THEATRE – Eat and be entertained during your lunch hour! Bring your lunch and eat it in the theatre, while you watch five new short plays, presented as lively staged readings. Written by some of our favourite PTE playwrights, these are fun, thoughtful and quirky little plays that will show you just how much great storytelling can be packed into just ten minutes or less!
Ginny Collins, The Flats, says:
"The reading of The Flats at the Fesitval of New Works (then called the Carol Shields Festival) was extremely valuable to my writing process. Just by watching and listening to the audience, I was able to gain incredible insight into how I needed to move forward with the script. This festival is a gift. It provides a rare opportunity for both the writer and the audience to share in the magic of the creation process."
OUR PLAYWRIGHTS NEED YOU!
by Debbie Patterson, Playwright
Every time you walk into the theatre, you are entering into a creative collaboration, regardless of what side of the curtain you’re on. But when a play is in a state of development, the audience’s collaboration is crucial!
The Festival of New Works invites you to actively participate in the development of new Canadian plays. While the festival gives playwrights the opportunity to try out their work with a real audience, it cracks open the playwriting process, giving audiences the chance to get in there and muck around.
Not only do you get to follow the journey a play takes from the seeds of an idea to a fully fleshed-out performance, but you also get to speak your mind directly to the playwright. The post-performance "talk back", conducted after every reading is where the collaborative rubber hits the road.
As a playwright whose work has been read at this festival in the past, I can’t tell you how much we rely on your feedback to launch us into the next draft. As an audience member I love the depth of connection I feel with a play I’ve watched grow over a number of years.
I invite you to get involved in some very exciting new plays by attending this year's Festival of New Works.
The PTE Festival of New Works is supported by: