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The 2018/19 Calgary Theatre Season and the Betty Mitchell Awards

The 2018/19 Calgary Theatre Season and the Betty Mitchell Awards | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Lots of Hamlet variations and interpretations along with world premiere musicals, mysteries, comedies, and cabarets are part of this year's Calgary Theatre Scene.
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NewMarket National Play Festival Celebrates Canadian Theatre

NewMarket National Play Festival Celebrates Canadian Theatre | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Valentine's Day by Calgary playwright James Hutchison is one of twenty-four plays being produced Wednesday, July 25th to Sunday, July 29th at the 2018 NewMarket National 10 Minute Play Festival. The NNPF is a festival dedicated to Canadian plays and the diverse voices of this country and takes place 40 minutes north of Toronto in Newmarket Ontario. James Hutchison talked with founder and Artistic Director of the NNPF Michael Halfin and to Dale Sheldrake the director of Valentine's Day about this year's festival.
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Interview with Braden Griffiths: 21st Annual Betty Mitchell Awards

Interview with Braden Griffiths: 21st Annual Betty Mitchell Awards | Playwriting | Scoop.it
I sat down with actor, playwright and current President of the Board Braden Griffiths, who was just finishing his run as Sherlock Holmes in the Vertigo Theatre production of Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem, to discuss the Betty Mitchell Awards and theatre in Calgary. "We're a night where everybody in the theatre community comes together to celebrate the work which we've done throughout the year. And whether they're nominated for a Betty or not - whether they win a Betty or not - we are all there to celebrate the outstanding work that has been done throughout the theatre season, because it's a hard thing to create theatre. It's a hard thing to create art. They are a celebration that we have a community and that we are a group of four hundred to five hundred people who have come together and decided that this is our life's work - hence the professional thing - this is our life's work, this is what I chose to do for a life and the gift of my art is something
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A Christmas Carol by James Hutchison Premieres at the Carriage House Theatre

A Christmas Carol by James Hutchison Premieres at the Carriage House Theatre | Playwriting | Scoop.it
A new adaptation of A Christmas Carol by James Hutchison premieres at the Carriage House Theatre in Cardston, Alberta.
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An Interview with Playwright Maria Crooks: The Mary Mink Story

Playwright Maria Crooks most recent play, The Mary Mink Story, is about ruthlessness and deceit and one man's relentless efforts for the truth to be told.
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Interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry - Part 1: Survival Skills

Interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry - Part 1: Survival Skills | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry talks about her play Survival Skills
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What the Dickens! A Comedy in Two Acts

What the Dickens! A Comedy in Two Acts | Playwriting | Scoop.it
What the Dickens! Even Scrooge Got a Second Chance. Two Act Comedy, 6M 3F, Multiple Sets, 120 minutes - FREE TO DOWNLOAD
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Five Fringe Festival Favourites

Five Fringe Festival Favourites | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Breakneck Hamlet, Icarus, Almost a Step Mom, P.S. 69 A Teacher Grows in Brooklyn and Supernatural - all highly recommended.
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Olive Kitteridge, the Pulitzer Prize and Doughnuts

Olive Kitteridge, the Pulitzer Prize and Doughnuts | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Olive Kitteridge is a hard woman to love. But she’s one of the most interesting and complex characters you’re ever going to see or read.
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Never Give Up in Seoul South Korea and Words of Encouragement

Never Give Up in Seoul South Korea and Words of Encouragement | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Never Give Up part of the Seoul Players 6th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival. Plus a few quotes about playwriting from Tennessee Williams & others.
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Elvis is Dead at the RedEYE 10s Play Festival

Elvis is Dead at the RedEYE 10s Play Festival | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Elvis is Dead at the RedEYE 10s Play Festival. Opportunities for Playwrights. The Writer speaks: Walter Mosley from BIG THINK.
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Elvis is Dead, my ten minute comedy about time travel, man’s dependence on technology, and Elvis, is being produced along with five other plays at this year’s Red EYE 10s International Play Festival on Saturday September 17th.
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Spartan Fried Chicken

Spartan Fried Chicken | Playwriting | Scoop.it
The Blood of a Thousand Chickens, a comedy about the classic Greek tale of Oedipus is part of the FVCC 10 Minute Play Festival in Kalispell, Montana.
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Do you have a tag line?

Do you have a tag line? | Playwriting | Scoop.it
A good tag line helps you market your story by giving context and promising your reader adventure, drama or laughter.
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Your job isn’t just to write your book or your play or your poem. That’s half the job. The other half is marketing. If you want people to read what you’ve written then you have to market what you’ve written. And one way of doing that is by picking a good title and tag line combination.

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Red Rock Diner is Summertime Fun at Stage West Calgary - Interview with Red Robinson & Ben Cookson

Red Rock Diner is Summertime Fun at Stage West Calgary - Interview with Red Robinson & Ben Cookson | Playwriting | Scoop.it
This summer if you want a great show, a fantastic meal, and a night out that will leave you feeling optimistic and happy in these strange and uncertain times head on down to Stage West Calgary and catch Red Rock Diner. Stage West has assembled an energetic, youthful, fun, and talented cast for this tribute to the early music of rock 'n' roll. Red Rock Diner by Dean Regan pays tribute to the music of the fifties and features plenty of classic hits like Johnny B. Good, Who Wrote the Book of Love and Great Balls of Fire! The play is loosely based on the early career of Canada's champion of rock 'n' roll music DJ Red Robinson. Red started spinning rock 'n' roll records on Vancouver's CJOR while he was still in high school in 1954. I spoke with both the original Red Robinson and Ben Cookson who plays Red in the show.
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Uncensored, Unexpected, Unforgettable: Calgary Fringe 2018

Uncensored, Unexpected, Unforgettable: Calgary Fringe 2018 | Playwriting | Scoop.it
My initial list of want-to-see theatre at the 2018 Calgary Fringe Festival including Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer's Whodunnit to Magical Mystery Detour and an interview with Festival Director/Producer Michele Gallant.
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Valentine's Day at Short+Sweet Sydney

Valentine's Day at Short+Sweet Sydney | Playwriting | Scoop.it
I'm happy to report that my play Valentine's Day is part of the Crew Cut Finals at this year's Short+Sweet Festival in Sydney Australia. One hundred and sixty plays were produced over the eight weeks of the festival with the top plays advancing to the People's Choice Showcase, Crew Cut, Wildcard, and Gala Finals.
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An Interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry: Book Club II

Interview with playwright Meredith Taylor Parry about her very funny and moving sequel to Book Club - Book Club II: The Next Chapter.
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An Interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry Part Two: Book Club

An Interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry Part Two: Book Club | Playwriting | Scoop.it
An interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry about her one-act comedy Book Club.
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An Interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry: Book Club II

An Interview with Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry: Book Club II | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Interview with playwright Meredith Taylor Parry about her very funny and moving sequel to Book Club - Book Club II: The Next Chapter.
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WordWave 2016 or Death in Lake Tahoe

WordWave 2016 or Death in Lake Tahoe | Playwriting | Scoop.it
My play, Death and the Psychiatrist, is going to be part of the 2016 WordWave Festival in South Lake Tahoe.
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Satire, Dr. Strangelove & Profanity

Satire, Dr. Strangelove & Profanity | Playwriting | Scoop.it
A few thoughts about satire, free speech and political correctness.
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Submission Opportunities for Playwrights.

Submission Opportunities for Playwrights. | Playwriting | Scoop.it
Ten Playwriting Festivals and One Television Festival
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Theatre: The Original Social Media

Theatre: The Original Social Media | Playwriting | Scoop.it
More than fifty years after the first International Theatre Day the message is still the same. We need to build bridges of understanding. And theatre is one of
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Every year on March 27th the International Theatre Institute celebrates World Theatre Day. On that day a figure of world stature is asked to share his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. Past contributors have included John Malkovich, Edward Albee, and Eugéne Ionesco. This year’s contributor is Russian stage director Anatoli Vassiliev.

I thought it might be interesting to dive into the archives, beginning with the first World Theatre Day message delivered by Jean Cocteau in 1962, and see whether or not these messages from the past still have relevance in today’s world.
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