Western Edge Theatre’s New Waves Festival went online for 2021 and was streamed live on our YouTube channel in February, And now it’s available to watch for free!
Read about the Festival below, or head straight to our YouTube channel to watch four new plays by mid-Island playwrights, presented as readings or staged readings This link will take you there:
Join us on a digital, theatrical adventure!
WESTERN EDGE PIVOTS TO ONLINE FOR 2021 NEW WAVES FESTIVAL
(published Jan. 24, 2021)
Western Edge continues to seek out new ways to present theatre safely during the pandemic with our 2021 New Waves Festival – Online!, to be streamed live from Harbour City Theatre on February 6 and 7.
This year’s Festival features four new one-act plays by central Vancouver Island playwrights, selected from our recent Mid-Island Playwrights Initiative. The productions will be safely presented. The plays feature small casts of 2 to 4 actors and will be presented as readings, to minimize rehearsal time. Physical distancing will be maintained in rehearsal and performance, and no audience will be present at the theatre. Provincial Covid-19 guidelines and requirements will be followed.
First up on Sat., Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm PST is a double bill of Benefit by Gordon McInnis and I Feel Everything by Jenna Morgan both of Nanaimo. In Benefit, an aging actress and a young musician meet backstage at a fundraiser, and an unlikely connection is forged. In I Feel Everything, a young woman in a town where emotions have been eradicated takes a pill that allows her to experience feelings. The results are both happy and heartbreaking.
Benefit will be presented as a staged reading and I Feel Everything will be presented reader’s theatre-style.
That’s followed on Sun. Feb. 7 at 2 pm PST by another double bill. In Curling Season by Charlie Whelton of Qualicum Beach, a retired filmmaker grapples with her husband’s deepening Alzheimer’s, and her own mortality. In Mourning in Room 243 by Daniel Puglas of Nanaimo, three family members gather in a motel room after a funeral. As the “mourning” begins, the spectre of alcohol in their lives finally becomes too much for one of them.
Curling Season will be presented as a staged reading and Mourning in Rm. 243 will be presented reader’s theatre-style.
Complete cast and director details follow.
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There is no charge to watch, but donations to help sustain Western Edge during the pandemic will be welcome (and may also be made in advance at https://westernedge.org/donate).
Production teams for the New Waves Festival – Online!
Benefit by Gordon McInnis, directed by Brianna Wiens. Featuring Owen Vaags and Patricia Zogar.
I Feel Everything by Jenna Morgan, directed by Daniel Puglas. Featuring Ravah Clermont, Whitley Dunn, Kole Massick, and Tom Rokeby.
Curling Season by Charlie Whelton, directed by Brian March. Featuring Diane Korol and Gordon May.
Mourning in Room 243 by Daniel Puglas, directed by C.J. Rice. Featuring Damon Mitchell, Tara Morris, and Susan Warner.
Festival dramaturg: Frank Moher. Streaming supervisor: Justus Pounds. Ticket Manager: William Anderson. Safety Supervisors: William Armstrong, Michelle Crowley, Frank Moher.