Happy (Belated) 2018, folks! The not-so-new year has kicked off with all kinds of exciting news:
Carmilla: The Movie had its day (had, in fact several days) in theatres Canadian theatres, and is now merrily making its international festival tour, with screenings happening in Australia (MGFF18), the UK (BFI Flare), and Venezuela (FCI), where we won Best Feature, and the lovely Elise Bauman picked up a best lead actress nod! I couldn’t be prouder of Alex, Steph, Spencer, Mel, and our whole amazing team.
Meanwhile, in playwrighting news, Samuel French is publishing How to Survive an Apocalypse! (I am still boggling at finding myself on a list that includes Caryl Churchill, Steve Martin, and Suzan-Lori Parks, among others. And yes, I am fangirling hard.) Huge thanks are owed to Playwrights Theatre Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, and Touchstone Theatre, our amazing original cast and crew, and dramaturg extraordinaire Kathleen Flaherty.
The fall and winter workshops for Rate of Loss—which Mind of a Snail and I have now retitled A Brief History of Human Extinction—went swimmingly (otter pun very much intended). The Snails and I are continuing to develop the visual and narrative vocabulary of the show, and are now deep in the process of devising the final evolution for its premiere with Up in the Air Theatre at the Cultch this fall.
I’m also incredibly excited to be taking How to Survive an Apocalypse to the Women’s Work Festival and Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland, for a pair of readings with the support of PGC’s Playconnect Program. In April I’ll be headed to the 2018 Earth Matters on Stage Festival in Anchorage Alaska to talk about my work with the 2017 Climate Change Theatrical Action. I’m also mentoring a pair of exciting young playwrights for this year’s Ignite! Youth Festival at the Cultch—I hope those of you in Vancouver will come on out to support the future of the art!
And with that, it’s time for me to get back to work!
Image: Claire Hesselgrave & Lindsey Angell Jespersen, How to Survive an Apocalypse, Touchstone 2016. Photo Credit: Tim Matheson (David Roberts (Set), Christopher David Gauthier (Costumes), Adrian Muir (Lighting)).