ReACT: New Plays in Progress
Don’t miss this opportunity to look behind the scenes as we prepare new works for the stage. Experience live public readings and be part of the process as some of Canada’s most talented actors, directors, dramaturgs, and playwrights bring new scripts to life. After each reading, audience members are invited to take part in a discussion with Bill Millerd (Artistic Managing Director) and/or Rachel Ditor (Literary Manager), and the artists. Comment, ask questions, and learn about the process of script development.
2016 ReACT Public Readings
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
By Raul Inglis
Thu, Oct 27, 7:30 PM
Based on the Orson Welles film, The Stranger is a tense film noir set in 1946. A United Nations war crimes investigator, Mr. Wilson, tracks down Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler, who is hiding in plain sight in an idyllic New England town. Can Wilson expose Kindler’s identity as a murderous monster before his true nature reveals itself?
You Are It
By Deborah Williams and Sherry Yoon
Fri, Oct 28, 7:30 PM
What does friendship mean, and what is it worth? How do we construct our relationships, and do they serve us? In this reading, women come together and explore such questions, exposing the drama and comedy inherent in all our relationships.
Thanks for Giving
By Kevin Loring
Sat, Oct 29, 7:30 PM
John and Marie-Anne are twins but they couldn’t be more dissimilar. Not intending to steal each other’s thunder, they’ve chosen this Thanksgiving to disclose their personal truths to the family, but old wounds endure even as new ones are inflicted. The table is set and the main course is historical trauma, but the dessert is pumpkin pie. Let the war begin!
By Marjorie Chan
Sun, Oct 30, 4 PM
Inspired by the classic 1935 play Sunrise, by Cao Yu, a pioneer of Western-style naturalistic drama in China, Lady Sunrise is a contemporary re-visioning that imagines the women of the original in a Canadian context, tightening the lens on the female characters and recasting them as diasporic Asians in Vancouver who struggle to survive at all costs.