STATIONARY in the Cultch’s 2014/2015 season

Meaghan Chenosky, Mishelle Cuttler, and Kayla Dunbar.  Photo by Tristan Casey.Last night The Cultch announced it’s 2014/2015 season, and we’re happy to report that STATIONARY: a recession-era musical will be playing from April 21 – May 2 at the Historic Stage.  We’re incredibly grateful to Executive Director  Heather Redfern and Managing Director Cindy Reid for their wonderful support of our show.

Subscriptions are on sale now, and we gotta say it’s pretty  much the best deal in town.  Other shows in the Cultch’s season include works from Ronnie Burkett, Marie Clements, Theatre Replacement and Blackbird Theatre, and they start at $76.  Check it out at The Cultch’s website.

Three years after our first full-length incarnation of STATIONARY at the Neanderthal Festival (now the rEvolver Festival), we’re so excited to be returning to The Cultch stage.

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Write Minds – Public Readings

Delinquent Theatre concludes its Playwrights in Residence Program with Write Minds: public readings of new works. Two nights, two exciting double bills. Four vibrant new playwrights explore love, death, and what it means to be “okay”.

Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30, 7PM at Progress Lab 1422 (1422 William St) – admission by donation, cash bar.

The plays:

SATURDAY MARCH 29 at 7PM

Wolf by Sebastian Kroon

An investigation of the monsters that live in us. Did we contract them like a disease somewhere or have they always been here, hiding until now? When you have an evil inside you, you’re never truly alone.

Read by Genevieve Fleming

White Picket Fence by CJ McGillivray

One wistful springtime afternoon, a pair of teenagers break in through the window of an old and decrepit haunted house. Their suburban misadventure brings them closer to a lingering presence and an echoing voice who unknowingly whispers their darkest of family secrets.

Read by Daniel Doheny, Yoshié Bancroft, Mack Gordon and Genevieve Fleming

SUNDAY MARCH 30 at 7PM

Love is for Superbeasts by Mily Mumford

Love is for Superbeasts takes two psychopaths in love and explores the vast potential for caring, cruelty and passion that resides in all of us. They will push buttons and boundaries, but they are determined to have fun doing it.

Read by Mily Mumford and Matt Reznek

Quick Bright Things by Chris Cook

A weekend with the extended family wouldn’t be complete without burnt casserole, a dead deer, and a hallucination or two. A comic drama exploring mental health, and a father and son’s battle with schizophrenia.

Read by Marcus Youssef, Dawn Petten, Andrew McNee, Julie McIsaac, Matt Reznek and Amitai Marmorstein

No Rest for the Delinquent

Whew.  It’s been a busy few months, and it’s only just begun for the Delinquents.  Here’s what’s been keeping us busy:

PLAYWRIGHTS IN RESIDENCE

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Mily Mumford, actor Tara Pratt and Sebastian Kroon. Deep in thought.

Our Playwrights in Residence are hard at work following the first workshops of their new scripts.  Our first workshop was inspiring, challenging and madly entertaining.  We talked Star Trek, mental health, poison, peanut butter, blood, and many other topics essential to the dramaturgy process.  We are sure excited to see what the next drafts have in store for us.  Up next: a four-day retreat in Vancouver Island for an intensive period of workshops and rewrites.  We’re packing lots of snacks.

 

 

OUR TIME

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Studio A at Green Thumb. The ‘A’ might stand for ‘Awkward Photo’. We’re not sure.

Laura and Christine are excited to head back into the rehearsal hall with Our Time, a solo TYA show written and performed by Christine.  Our Time joins a girl on her graduation day as she wakes up and runs to her convocation ceremony.  Through vivid memories, she shares the journey of what has led her to this special day – and why everything will change when she crosses that stage.  We are excited that Green Thumb Theatre is graciously supporting our rehearsals – we are LOVING their beautiful new facilities! We’ll be building a brand new production with scenic and video design by Lauchlin Johnston and sound design by Mishelle Cuttler, and will be visiting a few GVRD high schools to test-drive it.

 

 

 

AND MORE…

We have a few exciting announcements coming up, including the cast and dates for the public readings of our Playwrights In Residence plays.  Between now and then?  We’ll be drinking lots of coffee.

Introducing our Resident Playwrights

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Laura and Christine spent many happy hours reading the 40 excellent plays and play pitches Delinquent Theatre received from our call for submissions.  That was followed by many excruciating hours spent trying to select our Resident Playwrights.  We were utterly thrilled by the high calibre of writing we received from all applicants and intrigued by some common trends; We received plays about feminism, greek tragedy, and urban enniu, slam poetry, musicals, and even some screenplays.   We most definitely received more worthwhile submissions than we have the resources to support, and hope that all applicants find great success with their work (we have no doubt they will!)  We thank everyone who submitted for their wonderful talent.

While we initially set out to choose two playwrights, we ended up selecting four.  We are immensely excited to introduce our four Resident Playwrights – Christopher Cook with his family drama Quick Bright Things; CJ McGillivray with memory play White Picket Fence; Mily Mumford with twisted two-hander Love is for Superbeasts; and Sebastian Kroon with solo show Wolf.  Stay tuned for hot gossip from our upcoming workshops, and our announcement of the final showcase of these new works at the end of March.  If you’d like to support our program, Delinquent Theatre gratefully accepts donations here.

 

CHRISTOPHER COOK

Christopher’s writing credits include The Better Parts of Mourning, presented as a staged reading in the 2011 Clean Sheets Festival (The Frank Theatre Company), his one man show, Compassion for Killers (Whirlwind Productions), and You’ll Probably Come Back, presented as part of the 2010 Cultivating the Fringe Award hit Wicked Shorts (Alley Theatre). Christopher received his theatre training from Concordia University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

CJ MCGILLIVRAY

As an emerging playwright, actor, musician and composer, CJ is in her final year of studies at Capilano University in the Acting for Stage and Screen diploma program. She has produced over eight plays including the raunchy comedy Blood Orange Scotch Seawater which garnered her 1st place in the 2012 IGNITE! Playwriting Competition. Her latest psychological thriller Pity, Old Flame was awarded a scholarship of special recognition by Arts Club panelists Bill Millerd, Hiro Kanagawa, and Elaine Avila as part of the 2013 LEAP Playwriting Intensive. In the realm of film and television, CJ was featured at the 17th Annual Vancouver Amnesty International Film Festival for directing the short documentary, An Occasional Inconvenience. She is sincerely thankful to the support of her incredible mentors and to the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company for awarding her the 2011 Darlene S. Howard Award for Excellence in the Arts and Outstanding Work in Theatre. Selected stage credits include Portia in Julius Caesar (Two Gentleman of Vancouver), Mary Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (EXIT 22), Balm in Gilead (Arbutus Studios), The Vagina Monologues (EXIT 22), and Onomatopoeia (IGNITE!). Upcoming productions include her freshly intimate dramatic comedy, Somehow Here Before as performed by the graduating theatre students of Capilano University and her original short drama, Rogue Horizon which will be featured at the 2014 Pull Festival with Sum Theatre this coming January.

MILY MUMFORD

Mily Mumford is a Victoria based emerging playwright who has been writing and producing work under the company name “Determined Illusions” since 2010. She has been a sketch writer and performer with the Victoria based Atomic Vaudeville since August 2008, and has been fortunate to work with other such companies around Victoria as Puente Theatre , Theatre Skam, Intrepid Theatre and  Theatre Inconnu as a performer. She is also a recent ‘graduate’ of One Yellow Rabbit’s Summer Creation Lab (2013) in Calgary, Alberta, which focuses on theatre and movement creation for artistic professionals.

Past productions of her own work include two one act plays for the Victoria Fringe Festival Pretty Monster (2010) and Love is for Superbeasts (2012), a one act play for Puente Theatre’s Work/Play festival Korsakoff’s Hourglass (2012), and several short plays for Theatre Skam’s Bike Ride Festival: Post-Apocalyptic Picnic (2011) and Artist is a Dying Language (2012), the latter went on to Firehall Theatre’s BC Buds Festival in May 2013.

SEBASTIAN KROON

Sebastian Kroon is a theatre artist, based in Vancouver for the last 10 years. He has appeared on stage for the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Felix Culpa, Firehall, Gut-wrench, Hardline Productions, National Arts Centre, No Bells and Whistles, Pacific Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, RealWheels, (r)evolution theatre, Studio 58, and the Vancouver Playhouse. He is one of the original members of the Honest Fishmongers, and was a founding member of the We Make Creatures collective. He has co-written The Night of the Red Hot Lovin’, Journey to Meatballs, Other People’s Pain, Honeysuckle, Skunk’d, Hardline’s 24 PP, and After the End. For his own company, Cabbage Under Heavy Fire, he wrote and performed Circus, and toured the Canadian Fringe Festivals.

Call for Submissions

Writing is scary.  Writing is hard.  Writing is also awesome.  We here at Delinquent Theatre suspect there are a lot of hot ideas or killer first drafts out there gathering dust, and we want to help you get to the next step.  We love new plays, and we have a feeling we will love your new play.  We’re starting a new program to help writers move forward with their work, and we’re offering some sweet incentives and hard deadlines.  Do you want to finish your script, prepare it for festival submissions, or get it ready for production?  Let’s make it happen.

Click HERE to download submission details.  Deadline: Monday November 4, 2013.  So get on it!