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Sudbury, ON P3E 3E7

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The PlaySmelter Northern New Works Theatre Festival is celebrating our Seventh Annual Festival this May!

This year, Sudbury’s only festival of new Canadian theatre is proud to present a variety of original work from Northern creators near and far. Platforming work at all different stages of development, and celebrating collaborations with companies both local and national, reserve your tickets early to Pat the Dog’s most exciting series to date!


Workshop Presentations:

WROL (Without Rule of Law) by Michaela Jeffrey | $12
April 30th: 8pm
In the garage of her suburban duplex, twelve-year-old Josephine makes apocalypse preparedness videos and posts them to YouTube. Vic takes Jujitsu. Maureen encrypts her text messages and hordes matches (because lighters fail). Sarah stuffs her knapsack with extra socks, granola, water filtration tablets and Tolkien novels, because “you don’t know where you’re going to be… when it happens… you might not be at home.” Michaela was a recent finalist for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s RBC Emerging Playwright Award (2016) for her play The Listening Room, as well as recipient of the 2015 national Enbridge Playwrights Award (Emerging Category) for her developing play, Going West. This season she’s honoured to return to the beautiful big skies of her home province for a second season as part of Alberta Theatre Projects’ national Playwrights Unit.


FROG SONG by Taylor Marie Graham and William Rowson | $12
May 1st: 8pm
Frog Song is a new and magical modern-day, fairy tale opera for children! Join Navdeep, Wyatt, and the rest of the sensational singers at Camp Songbird for a wild journey full of joy, growth, and song. Watch as each character learns to find their true voice in this beautiful new opera which explores important themes to children today including identity, female empowerment, and community! Taylor is the proud recipient of the George Ryga Award for Excellent in Playwrighting from York University, celebrated playwright Judith Thompson named Taylor as the “up and coming playwright to watch” in the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s The Playwright Applause campaign, and her opera The Virgin Charlie, created in collaboration with composer William Rowson, was nominated for a Dora Award for best new opera / musical.


SHOTS by Garrett Carr | $12
May 2nd: 6pm
Inspired by the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Shots is an interview-based play that explores how a tragic event can affect people thousands of miles away. A stunning new LGBTQ work by and for our community. Garrett is an actor, director, and playwright, who recently graduated from the theatre program at Thorneloe University. While at Thorneloe he played leading roles in productions of Road, Drag Queens On Trial, and Mixed, and has worked with local companies Awkward Owl Productions and Impact Theatre. Garrett is currently directing the Sudbury Theatre Centre’s Students On Stage production of The Wind in The Willows.


REMAINS by Sarah Gartshore | $12
May 2nd: 8pm
Remains is a script that finds it’s home within Shkagamik-Kwe’s Project Uncle. Project Uncle is, at it’s heart, a celebration of Indigenous men. What you will see this evening is how playwright Sarah Gartshore is attempting to find balance with male and female energies in the creation process. Remains is song, celebration, and a low rumbling. We have all experienced loss but it is not always easy to identify what was lost, cut or ripped from our lives. To begin their healing journey Dust and Bone must rumble with their truths and identify the remains. Sarah Gartshore is a playwright, director, actor and teacher who makes her home in Sudbury Ontario. Gartshore’s work offers a platform for voices from the margins as well nurtures those voices within the theatre space as future theatre creators. Aware of the power of theatre as a space of Story Telling and reclamation of human rights, Gartshore uses the medium as a space for community building in marginalized communities.


LETTERS TO THE MAN IN THE MOON by Kim Fahner | $12
May 3rd: 6pm
Kim Fahner’s Letters to the Man in the Moon is the story of how one young girl deals with the death of her father in a tragic mining accident. Beyond the immediacy of grief, and of exploring the bond that exists between fathers and daughters, Letters asks us to consider how we are inextricably woven into one another’s lives, and how we manage to navigate those emotional ties when they are tangled in complex ways. It is a play that speaks to the tenacity of the human spirit, and to the ways in which love can transcend time and space. Kim Fahner is a writer and teacher who lives in Sudbury. She has published five books of poems, the latest of which is These Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019). Kim was the fourth Poet Laureate for the City of Greater Sudbury (2016-18) and was the first woman appointed to the role. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Union of Canada.


AVIATRIX by Matthew Heiti | $12
May 3rd: 8pm
Aviatrix is a black-comic fantasy about the final, mysterious flight of Amelia Earhart. In 1937, the famous pilot embarks on a record-breaking round-the-world trip. Dashing through exotic ports-of-call with her trusty navigator Fred, a cranky disembodied voice, Amelia races against time and the spectre of a demonic red plane. Aviatrix is a play about mortality and what we leave behind us in the wake of our lives. Matthew Heiti is a writer, actor, director and teacher working in Sudbury, North Ontario. He holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. He has published a novel, The City Still Breathing (Coach House Books) and a play Black Dog: 4 vs. the wrld (Playwrights Canada Press). His other works for the stage include: Receiver of Wreck (PlaySmelter), Mucking in the Drift (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Plague: a [sic] love story (Crestfallen) and Aviatrix (Lunchbox Theatre). He has served as Playwright-in-residence with the Sudbury Theatre Centre and Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, working with emerging writers. He writes at harkback.org and explores new work in strange places with Crestfallen (crestfallentheatre.com). In his spare time, he is usually working.


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