MONTREAL, November 7th, 2018. Every year Infinithéâtre seeks innovative and challenging new works by dedicated Québec and Indigenous playwrights. Plays developed by Infinithéâtre have been performed all over the island of Montréal and beyond, in Stratford Ontario, Toronto, British Columbia, in Ottawa at the NAC, New York, Tokyo, Cairo and Edinburgh.
For the past ten years, Infinithéâtre’s annual Write-On-Q! Québec playwriting competition has been the major source of original plays for its seasons’ repertoire, including recent successes Oren Safdie’s Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv and Unseamly; Battered by Arthur Holden; Michael Milech’s Honesty Rents By The Hour; and Conversion, Progress! and Trench Patterns by Alyson Grant. This year’s jury, chaired by Alexandria Haber, with Gerry Lipnowski, Patricia Saxton and Terry Smiley, is excited to announce the 2018 Write-On-Q! winners, two of which will be given a professional reading in the upcoming The Pipeline. Infinithéâtre offers the biggest English literary prize in Québec.
New this year: Write-On-Q!’s first prize has been renamed The Kevin, in memory of Kevin Tierney, renowned Canadian film producer, Gazette columnist & Infinithéâtre Board Member and tremendous supporter. As well, the theatre thanks Gabriel Safdie for sponsoring the inaugural Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) Awards’ Playwriting Prize, in conjunction with Infinithéâtre.
Write-On-Q! First Place Prize, The Kevin, $3000: Make Up by Alex Poch-Goldin
From the jury, “A provocative and insightful commentary on modern relationships with an emphasis on the use of technology and how it is affecting the way we communicate, particularly in our intimate relationships. Make Up has well-drawn and full characters in compromising situations.”
Write-On-Q! Second Place Prize $1500: Chained Woman by Lorne Svarc
From the jury, “This look inside the world of Hasidic women is original and touching, with strong female characters taking on non-traditional roles while maintaining their beliefs. Rabbi Benaroch as storyteller and important participant works well with the classical narrative style.”
Write-On-Q! Third Place Prize $500: Sanctuary by Tim Boland
From the jury, “An authentically voiced, grounded depiction of the proverbial, ‘nice guy’ wrestling with the history of the myriad of romantic failures he has lived.”
The first and second place winning plays, along with the winning QWF play (announced Nov. 20) will be read at Infinithéâtre’s “The Pipeline” 2018
Espace Knox, 6215 Godfrey Ave. in NDG
Fri. Nov. 30, 7pm
Sat. Dec. 1, 7pm
Sun., Dec. 2, 2pm
Discussion to follow each reading
By donation/$10 suggested
RSVP (limited seating)