Thursday, June 18th at 7pm
Briana Brown is a Toronto-based playwright and theatre director. Her full-length play The Concessions recently premiered at the Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver) in collaboration with Touchstone Theatre and Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC), and was nominated for a Jessie Award for Outstanding Original Script (2015). Past plays include: Cassandra, a comic one-act, (Canadian fringe tour, Winnipeg's FemFest, and publication in the anthology One for the Road), and a comic one-act, Almost, Again which she directed in 2010 (Toronto Fringe, Best of Fringe). Almost, Again was included in the anthology Out on a Limb (Signature Editions), and is being developed into a feature film through the Producing Program at the National Film and Television School in London, UK. She is a recent participant in the Stratford Festival’s annual Playwrights Retreat, and graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she completed her MFA in Creative Writing. Upcoming: Briana will direct the remount of the world premiere production of The Way Back to Thursday (which she originally directed in Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2013/2014 season) as part of Vancouver’s In Tune Festival this June, as well as her short play, Wait, in TheatreSKAM’s Skampede (formerly Bike Ride) in Victoria, BC.
Thursday, June 18th at 9pm
Jessica Moss is from Toronto. She likes to write and perform weird little plays. She has created two one-woman shows, Modern Love (Next Stage) and Polly Polly (Toronto, Edmonton Fringe). She has also contributed to the collectively created Swoon! (Toronto Fringe), and TEASE (Crows’ Theatre East End Performance Crawl). Her work has also appeared at Lab Cab, the Festival of Ideas and Creation, TPM’s Crapshoot!, and in darkened back rooms all over Toronto. Sometimes she gets to be in plays, and some of these have been To Kill a Mockingbird (YPT), The Clockmaker, Alice in Wonderland (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Was Spring (Tarragon), and Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel).
Friday, June 19th at 7pm
Anthony MacMahon is a theatre artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Previously staged works include Wild Dogs on the Moscow Trains (Summerworks), The Frenzy of Queen Maeve (Summerworks, Live-Five/CAFF), Litany, Losing Reykjavik (Hardly Art), Eglinton (New Ideas), and AstroNOTs (Saskatoon Fringe). His plays have been workshopped at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. As an actor he has worked with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Cart/Horse Theatre, and Live-Five Theatre in Saskatoon. Anthony is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in Drama, and is a current member of the 2013-2015 Soulpepper Academy.
Friday, June 19th at 9pm
Daniel Karasik is a writer of plays, poetry, and fiction. A graduate of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers Programme in London, UK, he's an incoming playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre and holds a commission from the Stratford Festival. His plays have been produced across Canada, in the US, and frequently in translation in Germany; most recently, his play Little Death was staged at The Theatre Centre and published by BookThug. His other books include two volumes of plays published by Playwrights Canada Press, a poetry collection with Cormorant Books, and a short story collection forthcoming in 2017 from Guernica Editions. A past winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, he writes about art and politics at danielkarasik.com.
The winner of the 2015 SAFE WORDS New Canadian Play Award is DANIEL KARASIK for
"For its bravery and authoritative vigour in exploring systems of power."