Easter Island short-listed for the Alberta Playwriting Competition by David van Belle

At the 30th Anniversary Sterling Awards in Edmonton, the Alberta Playwrights Network announced that Easter Island has been short-listed for the $5000 Grand Prize in the Alberta Playwriting Competition.  The winner will be announced at the 20th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards ceremony in Calgary on August 21.

The short list:

The Takeoff by Collin Doyle
A Beginner's Guide To Floating by Nicole Moeller
Easter Island by David van Belle
The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir
Premium Content by David Walker
Do This In Memory of Me by Catherine Walsh

Congratulations to all!

Liberation Days book launch on May 8 at Audrey's Books! by David van Belle

May 8 at 7pm, Audrey’s Books (10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton)

Join Scirocco Drama and me as we launch the published version of Liberation Days.  The launch features scenes from the play read by Edmonton actors, as well as light refreshments.  Liberation Days premiered at Theatre Calgary in 2014 and has since been produced across Canada.  The play has been nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award (Calgary), a Robert Merritt Award (Nova Scotia) and has been short-listed for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Prize in Playwriting (Alberta).  Set in the Netherlands during the months immediately following the end of World War II, Liberation Days follows Emma, a Dutch woman who seeks liberation through a relationship with a young Canadian soldier. 

Velvet Revolution to be read at Script Salon on May 7! by David van Belle

May 7 at 7:30pm, Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue, Edmonton)

In 1989, 40 years of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia were ended in ten days, when a spark of protest initiated by drama students was fanned into flame by the Czechoslovak theatre community. By the end of the year, a playwright, Václav Havel, had been elected President.  Velvet Revolution uses high theatricality to tell the story of these remarkable events, and then examines the even more remarkable actions of a new artist-led government.  A meditation on the ability of the theatre to effect political change… and on the ramifications of getting everything that you’ve asked for.

Read by Emma Houghton, Nimet Kanji, Natasha Prasad, Julian Arnold, Clinton Carew, Oscar Derkx, and Nicole St. Martin.

SCRIPT SALON showcases some of the most talented theatre writers in the region with new plays ripe for production read by professional actors in the elegant setting of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Presented the first Sunday of every month with a different play by a different playwright featured every time, SCRIPT SALON is a bounteous buffet of sizzling comedy, drama, romance and adventure forged by the power of imagination.

http://holytrinity.ab.ca/script-salon-may-7/

Liberation Days nominated for 8 Merritt Awards by David van Belle

Two Planks and a Passion's excellent 2016 off-the-grid production of Liberation Days netted 8 Robert Merritt Award nominations including:

Outstanding Production

Outstanding Direction--Ken Schwartz

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (female)--Jamie Konchak

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (male)--Graham Percy AND Jeff Schwager

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (female)--Burgandy Code AND Stephanie MacDonald

Outstanding Costume Design--Jennifer Goodman

More details here:  https://www.localxpress.ca/local-arts-and-life/tale-of-ns-boxer-post-war-romance-and-disney-musical-top-merritt-award-nominations-553491