The winner of the 2014 SAFE WORDS New Canadian Play Award is THOMAS MCKECHNIE for
...and the aeroplanes fall into the sea
"For its brazen originality, epic staging and its contribution to reinventing and challenging theatrical form."
Friday, May 30th at 7pm
Jenna is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre Conservatory Program in New York City. She is an actor, writer/creator, arts educator and dancer, and is the Founder and Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre. As an actor, Jenna has worked in both the United States and Canada, and with such theatre companies as b’current, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Theatre Passe Muraille. As a writer, Jenna has written everything from radio shows to animated shorts, webseries to feature films, site-specific work to full-length plays, and is also the Editor-in-Chief of City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists. Jenna’s arts education and teaching background includes teaching dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Tech and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and here in Toronto at numerous theatre schools and youth collectives. Jenna also holds an Honours B.A. in Anthropology and International Development from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Friday, May 30th at 9pm
Thomas McKechnie is a writer, theatre creator and a member of the 2013-2015 Soulpepper Academy as playwright. He attended the Theatre: Acting program at Red Deer College (Red Deer, AB) 2009-2011 before relocating to Toronto. Previous writing for stage include, 4 1/2 (Ig)Noble Truths, The Hangoverture (Book and lyrics, music by Shane Gramlich) and Better Worlds. Previous collectively created works include, A Wake for Lost Time with the Elephants in the Room Creation Lab at Theatre Passe Muarille, and The Living Room Poetry Project and Major Tom's Last Night on Earth with Living Room Theatre. He runs Living Room Theatre with collaborators Jesse Byiers and Alexi Pedneault. Together they curate New Art Night a semi-regular theatre event in which local indie theatre and literary artists are given room to create and showcase new, short work, work in development or theatrical experiments. His short film One More Night has been screened at festivals across Canada as well as in Fargo, North Dakota and New York City. In his free time he plays in the folk-punk duo We're From Out West.
Saturday, May 31st at 7pm
Step Taylor is a writer, actor, and occasional director from Chapel Arm, NL by way of Fredericton, NB. His plays have been staged steadily by New Brunswick's NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival, including site-specific titles The Station (2013) and Sorry, Melon (2012 & 2013), ten-minute piece Sensitive People in Coffee Shops (2011), and the full-length Chapel Arm (2008), which was published by Scirocco Drama in 2009. Other credits include The Heel vs. Screwjob at Gladstone Hotel (Code White 2014), V-Cards at Centaur Theatre's Wildside Festival in Montreal (Epic Tale Theatre 2014), Model Wanted (Friendly Haters Theatre at Vancouver Fringe Festival 2013; National Theatre School of Canada 2013), Screwjob (Valley Young Company 2012), and The Marketeer (Theatre New Brunswick 2010). His play Model Wanted won the 2013 RBC Emerging Playwrights' Competition, and will receive a production by the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival in July 2014. He is a graduate of the NTS Playwriting program (2013), and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia (2010).
Saturday, May 31st at 9pm
Daniel Karasik (b. 1986) is a Toronto-based writer, actor, and artistic director of indie theatre company Tango Co. His plays have received professional productions across Canada, in the United States, and regularly in translation in Germany. He's the author of three books: The Crossing Guard & In Full Light, a volume of plays (Playwrights Canada Press), The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee, a play for children (Playwrights Canada Press), and Hungry, a poetry collection (Cormorant Books). His recent honours include the CBC Literary Award for Fiction, The Malahat Review‘s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award, and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. His fiction and poetry have appeared in prominent magazines -- including The North American Review and Air Canada's inflight magazine, EnRoute -- in four countries. He's a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers Programme in London.
He’s dying. He’s more alive than ever. He wants to fuck everyone. He’s in love with his wife. He’s in search of something. He doesn’t know what. He’s insatiable. He’s awake. A lyrical meditation on mortality and craving, and a celebration of the joy of human contact.
Stalingrad, 1942, a young propaganda writer attempts to manoeuvre the horrors of war while questioning love, duty, and meaning. An exploration of the human attempts to fight back against our own meaninglessness in the universe.
Gerard is a reclusive academic genius whose idea of a good time is his compulsory 9pm bath. The ritual seems harmless until he takes a bath with his wife and she goes missing. Faced with criminal charges, he has to prove that his bathtub is a sexually charged gateway to an underworld where one’s greatest fears and desires are unleashed.
"Is this seat taken?" A bar, two women and a Fuzzy Navel. Thus begins Jenna Harris' Mine, a rhapsodic odyssey of love, loss, laughter and the lives of two lovers breathing in.