Easter Island opens Friday May 23, 2018! by David van Belle

After three years of development, Easter Island is ready for the stage!  Running March 23-31 at Motel in Arts Commons in Calgary.

Featuring Natalie Gauthier in a virtuosic performance.  Directed by Jamie Dunsdon.  Designed by Erin Gruber.  Dramaturged by Vicki Stroich.  Stage Managed by Kelly Goutsis.

More info and tickets here.

Read a preview article in the Calgary Herald here.

Creative Team for Easter Island by David van Belle

Really excited to get my new play Easter Island into rehearsals in just a few weeks for the premiere!  Verb Theatre has been a fantastic, supportive partner in the show's creation.  Here's who's making it happen:

Directed by Jamie Dunsdon

Performed by Natalie Gauthier

Designed by Erin Gruber

Easter Island runs March 22-31, 2018 at Verb Theatre.  Presented at Motel in Arts Commons, downtown Calgary.


Tomorrow's Child tours British Columbia in March by David van Belle

Tomorrow's Child, the show I co-wrote with Matthew Waddell and Eric Rose, adapted from Ray Bradbury's awesome retro-futurist story, will be presented in Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts March 14-17.  The show then moves to Victoria to the Belfry Theatre's Spark Festival March 20-24.


You can find out more about the Burnaby run here, and the Victoria run here.

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.


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