Montréal, November 25th 2016 – Every year Infinithéâtre proudly presents Québec’s newest discoveries in THE PIPELINE, the annual, popular series of free public play readings where the audience takes centre stage. Guy Sprung, Infinithéâtre’s artistic director, invites the public to be part of the excitement of The Pipeline’s 11th year, and to share their views from Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4 at the beautiful Rialto Theatre’s Infinite Studio. On offer will be the three winning plays from the 9th annual Write-On-Q! playwriting competition, which boasts the largest English literary prize in Québec.
In its ongoing mandate to discover new Québec works to bring to the stage, Infinithéâtre initiated an annual play writing contest, Write-On-Q!, which accepts submissions of scripts from all corners of the province. New for the 2016 competition, all First Nations writers whose unceded territory falls within the outline of Canada were eligible to submit plays. First Nations (Ojibway, Curve Lake) writer Drew Haydon Taylor’s short-listed play, Heat Lighting, made the final round of jury selections.
Joining produced playwrights are unknown writers, including students in writing programs at universities and theatre schools, along with plays coming from CEGEP & university professors, journalists, editors, actors, screenwriters, directors, novelists and various literary award-winners. The winning and runner-up scripts are selected by an independent jury, chaired this year by Governor General award-winning playwright Kent Stetson, along with Montreal English Theatre Awarded actor Anana Rydvald, and long-time theatre supporter Gerry Lipnowski. The 40 submissions this year were deemed the best overall quality since the competition’s inception.
The Pipeline readings include the winner of the first place Write-On-Q! $3000 Pam Dunn Prize: Michael Milech for The Nutritional Value of Anger; Second Place Prize, $1500: Alexandria Haber for Alice and The World We Live In; and Third Place Prize, $500: Alyson Grant for Conversion.
Fri. Dec. 2, 7pm (Write-On-Q! Third Place Prize Winner)
Directed by Guy Sprung
Conversion by Alyson Grant – Conversion’s four family members get together for what is supposed to be a straightforward supper, but familiar patter and patterns quickly devolve into a collision course of identities—race, class, gender and religion. This is the night that secrets explode, ugliness gets to its ugliest and the bonds of love and blood get twisted and tested. Though all four are left standing at the end of the action, each is left more alone. Some dark laughs help get you through…
Sat. Dec. 3, 7pm (Write-On-Q! First Place Pam Dunn Prize Winner)
Directed by Howard Rosenstein
The Nutritional Value of Anger by Michael Milech – On a cold January night, a young woman pitches her sleeping bag outside a small grocery store and harangues passersby who don’t give her change. The Iranian immigrant who owns the store harasses the young woman for hassling her customers. A young man chats on his cell phone and shops for soup. As the night gets colder and darker, The Nutritional Value of Anger examines anger’s beneficial side, as well as the effort involved in repressing it, and the effortlessness of walking right past it.
Sun. Dec. 4, 2pm (Write-On-Q! Second Place Prize Winner)
Directed by Dean Fleming
Alice and Whe World We Live In by Alexandria Haber – Alice and The World We Live In is a non-linear play that follows the lives of Alice and several other characters who have been affected by the random bombing of a neighborhood grocery store. The play explores the unique ways in which each of the characters cope with the aftermath of the event as they attempt to move on with their lives.
THE PIPELINE 2016 AT THE RIALTO
Friday, Dec. 2- Sunday, Dec. 4, Fri. and Sat. at 7:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
At Rialto Infinite Studio, 5711 Parc Ave.
Admission is donate-what-you-can ($10 suggested donation), limited seating, reservations highly recommended