Save the date Monday, March 27 to celebrate World Theatre Day in Vancouver with MC Jenn Griffin, and directors Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Lynna Goldhar Smith, and an outstanding group of actors in a fundraiser for the CASA AWARD— a ground-breaking initiative supporting women playwrights in South Africa— at Playwrights Theatre Centre 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
The CASA Project is a collaboration between the Playwrights Guild of Canada Women’s Caucus and the African Women Playwrights Network in South Africa- working to raise $7000 to support and mentor a mid-career South African woman playwright- who would benefit from financial and dramaturgical aid, allowing her time to write. To date, we have raised a good portion of the $7000 goal for this incredible project so if you can’t join us at the Vancouver event on the 27th, please help us get over the top by making a donation at Canada Helps here.
If you are coming to celebrate with us– come early and enjoy a glass of South African wine. It’s going to be a wonderful evening. Doors open 7 pm. Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio, 202 – 739 Gore Avenue, Vancouver.
We want to get the word out so join the event page here.
We will keep you updated and informed about all the wonderful playwrights from Africa and details about the CASA AWARD.
Look forward to seeing you there. What a great way to celebrate Theatre at home and around the world.
PTC’s address again is #202 – 739 Gore Ave.Vancouver, BC
We also have lots of wonderful plans for 2017 so stay tuned.
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Hope that everyone had a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season and that 2017 is off to a good start.
2016 was a pretty crazy year for a lot of folks–
but for Wet Ink it’s been fantastic and we just have to celebrate.
Here are a few of the highlights:
•We just completed another round of The Wet Ink Fall Intensives with our much loved and respected Jane Heyman and our newest facilitator Mindy Parfitt, who did an amazing job–and we welcomed lots of talented new members to our community.
The sessions were held at the beautiful new Arts Club Goldcorp Stage
Last spring we also ran two Intensive sessions at the Arts Club Granville Island with Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty who also organized the BC Buds presentation with our newest members.
Big congratulations to all the new and returning playwrights who attended our intensives this year.
•Wet Ink had a great showing at the Fringe 2016, and were especially thrilled to discover that 3 out of the 5 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe shows this year were Wet Ink Collective playwrights. Beverley Elliott, Sink or Swim, Sally Stubbs–And Bella Sang with Us, and the talented young writers Debra Voght and Britt McCloud Carry On The Musical So proud of you all.
•And Congrats to the Wet Ink member playwrights with shows in the Fringe that enjoyed rave reviews and almost sold out runs. Yvette Dudley Neuman The F Words and Veronique West Marrow.
Last Spring we presented our first ever reading series at the beautiful Goldcorp stage, which was a great success featuring Rosemary Rowe’s award winning script The Good Bride and Maureen Robinson’s beautifully intense, funny and oh so sexy A Kitchen Pas de Deux
There was also a showing of Wet Inkers at the Firehall Theatre’s BC Bud’s Festival of new work. Thanks to Liesl Lafferty for organizing that event in the studio with our newest playwrights. Thanks Donna Spencer for your generous support of Wet Ink and inviting us to participate for the past 4 plus years.
We can’t forget Loretta Seto’s Dirty Old Woman returned to the Cultch as part of the 2016 season after winning the Cultchivating the Fringe award and Pick of the Fringe in 2014. Co-produced by VACT the remount of this show starred Wet Ink member Susinn McFarlen and featured Wet Inker Alison Kelly along with Emmelia Gordon and Howie Lai and was directed by another Wet Inker Lynna Goldhar Smith.
We are planning to celebrate all the Wet Ink playwrights who had their work produced, workshopped or who self-produced their new work in public readings or festivals etc. in 2016.
Please send us any info that you think we might not know about. We’d love to hear from you.
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Hope to see some of you try one of our writing intensives or return to do another one.
Here’s to another year of celebrating– and supporting women playwrights to support themselves. Yay!!!!
As we head into a new season of Wet Ink Collective we are proud to announce that this year 3 of the 5 winners of the Pick of the Vancouver Award went to shows written by Wet Ink Collective members. Congratulations Sally Stubbs for AND BELLA SANG WITH US, Beverley Elliott for SINK OR SWIM and Debra Vogt for CARRY ON THE MUSICAL
Tickets and information for the encore performances at Performance Works can be found here.
Wet Ink Collective is now accepting applications for its Fall 2016 Intensive with Mindy Parfitt.
This 10-week workshop will run from Sept. 27 to Nov. 29, Tuesday evenings, 6:00-10:00 PM, at the Arts Club (exact location TBA). During the workshop, writers will have the opportunity to develop new work, or work on an existing piece already in progress. Please note, this workshop is not an introduction to playwriting, but rather for playwrights with previous experience, theatre artists transitioning into a writing practice, and writers with experience in other genres.
Participants are expected to present their work to the group every other week and to also provide feedback, support, and community to fellow participants in a safe, professionally facilitated environment. The cost for the 10-week workshop is $310.00, which includes membership to Wet Ink Collective. If interested, please click here to apply Deadline for applications: July 10, 2016.
It was a fantastic year for Wet Ink Collective. We completed two rounds of Intensive workshops led by Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty. We welcomed back returning playwright members and many new members. Our community is growing.
Our season ended with our first annual Spring Reading Series generously sponsored by The Arts Club at the Goldcorp Stage-BMO Centre, and the same week, our newest playwright members read selections from their new plays at the Firehall Theatre Centre’s annual BC Bud’s Festival under the direction of Liesl Lafferty
We are incredibly grateful for the amazing support that Wet Ink Collective has received from the Arts Club. Special thanks to Rachel Ditor
We also want to thank Donna Spencer at the Firehall Arts Centre for her ongoing support of our work. We are very grateful to these amazing leaders in our community for their generosity and encouragement.
Our first annual reading series was a huge step for our company as the event was a fully professional Equity workshop. It was a wonderful event at the Beautiful Goldcorp stage and well attended by an incredibly supportive audience. This year we featured two of our talented playwrights
and Rosemary Rowe.
Maureen Robinson’s play A Kitchen Pas de Deux is a smart dark comedy that asks a lot of interesting questions about love and lust, loyalty and betrayal, truth and lies– and is filled with laughs, plot twists, and plenty of food for thought.
The workshop was directed by Jane Heyman
featuring talented Vancouver actors:
A Kitchen Pas de Deux was a finalist at the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition under the simpler title of Kitchen Party; it was produced at the Vancouver Fringe, where it received very positive reviews. Since then, the script has been workshopped through the Wet Ink Collective, a Colleen Murphy masterclass, and a reading Wet Ink looks forward to whatever is coming next for this wonderful playwright and her script. We’ll keep you posted with what Maureen is up to.
Rosemary Rowe’s play The Good Bride is a hilarious, thought provoking theatrical investigation of a world that few of us will ever come to know. Inspired by a true story, The Good Bride is a nuanced exploration of faith in the context of modern religious fundamentalism. Developed through the Wet Ink Collective’s playwriting intensives in 2014/15, The Good Bride opened Northern Light Theatre’s 40th season in Edmonton in October of 2015.
“. . .The Good Bride is among the most sharp, funny scripts about faith you’re likely to find.” – Vue Weekly
“A complex funny/sad affair, horrifying and touching.” – Edmonton Journal
BTW–We are thrilled to celebrate with Rosemary the fact that the Northern Light Production in Edmonton has been nominated for a Sterling Award. Rumour has it that it’s going up in Calgary soon. More on that anon. Congratulations and tons of love.
featuring the incredible talents of Marissa Emma Smith
So as you can see we are very proud of our accomplishments this season and are gearing up now for the fall of 2016 with two new Fall 2016 Intensive workshops facilitated by Jane Heyman and Mindy Parfit. Hope that some of you will join us. If you are interested in participating in workshops in the fall applications are here and info about the workshops–here
Please join us for our first annual Wet Ink Collective Spring Reading Series, featuring two of our member playwrights. 2 plays! 2 nights! Details are below – hope to see you there!
Date: May 3 & 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0H6
Admission: FREE – donations welcome.
Tuesday May 3 @ 7:30p.m.
A Kitchen Pas de Deux
Written by Maureen Robinson
Directed by *Jane Heyman
Featuring *Jillian Fargey and *Chirag Naik
** “The participation of this Artist is (these Artists are) arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT).”
A young man breaks into a lakeside cabin late at night and gets more than he bargained for when the cabin’s lone inhabitant, a mature woman, takes extreme steps to defend her property. Over the next 24 hours, their story unfolds like an intricate and dangerous pas de deux. Who has the upper hand? Who is leading whom? A fiercely funny two-hander, A Kitchen Pas de Deux is about grief, trespassing, and those fleeting connections that remind us we’re alive.
A Kitchen Pas de Deux was a finalist at the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition in 2001 under the simpler title of Kitchen Party; it was produced at the Vancouver Fringe in 2003, where it received very positive reviews. Since then, the script has been workshopped through the Wet Ink Collective, a Colleen Murphy masterclass, and a reading; the story has evolved through the process into its current form.
Wednesday May 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Good Bride
Written by Rosemary Rowe
Directed by *Lynna Goldhar Smith
Featuring *Marisa Emma Smith
* “The participation of this Artist is (these Artists are) arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT).”
Every night from 3pm to midnight, 15 year old Quiverfull Christian Maranatha puts on her wedding dress and hopes that today will be the day her 28 year old groom Pete comes to claim her. Daddy, the pastor, sent her to the Pullmans’ house to wait until God tells him it’s time for her marriage. Maranatha is so excited to submit to Pete’s godly leadership and fill his quiver with arrows for Christ. But as her pre-wedding wait wears on, Maranatha finds herself confronted with questions her faith may not be able to answer. Is condemnation more righteous than compassion? If she has “hot shivers” for someone other than her fiancé, is that adultery? Is she making an idol of her nightly Chick-Fil-A shake? Inspired by a true story, The Good Bride is a nuanced exploration of faith in the context of modern religious fundamentalism.
Developed through the Wet Ink Collective’s playwriting intensives in 2014/15, The Good Bride opened Northern Light Theatre’s 40th season in Edmonton in October of 2015.
“Rosemary Rowe’s The Good Bride is among the most sharp, funny scripts about faith you’re likely to find.” – Vue Weekly
“A complex funny/sad affair, horrifying and touching.” – Edmonton Journal
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Maureen Robinson is a lapsed playwright inspired back into the writer’s fold by the Wet Ink Collective. Working at the long table of the Wet Ink Collective, with so many talented writers and with Jane Heyman’s supportive leadership, was motivation enough to grease the grinding gears of creativity and kick her in the proverbial ass. Back in the 90’s, her plays Nitebooth and My Mirror Myself were produced by the New Play Centre (now Playwrights Theatre Centre) as part of their Springrites Series. She also won an award from the Theatre B.C. National Playwriting Competition for her play Rye and Shine, and numerous other honourable mentions.
Rosemary Rowe is playwright, essayist, blogger and performer whose plays, cabaret pieces and occasional donut performance art have been produced on stages across Canada. Most recently, her play The Good Bride had its world premiere, opening the 40th Season of Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre; her Camp Victoria received its world premiere at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, where it was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play; one of her oldest plays, No One Showed Up for the Anarchist Rally, was staged as part of Theatre Network’s Nextfest 20th Anniversary Showcase. Her short play “Anne and Diana were TOTALLY DOING IT” was published in Queering the Way: The Loud and Queer Anthology and her essay “Aspiring Lesbian Aunt” was published in the LAMBDA Literary Award nominated anthology A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. Rose is currently collaborating with composer and lyricist Cameron Northey on a musical version of her Edmonton Fringe hit Alice Didn’t Have Those Mondo Ears. She’s…pretty sure they’ll change that title.
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We at WET INK COLLECTIVE, are honoured to be amongst the nominees for this years Bra D’Or Award from the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Thanks so much to the Women’s caucus for all that you do to support female playwrights.
This award is presented annually to individuals who have supported the advancement of Canadian Women Playwrights.
From our humble beginnings of three playwrights coming together to learn to self-produce at a Block P Workshop at Playwrights Theatre Centre, we have gone on to found an organization that now includes 30 other female playwrights.
Wet Ink receives no funding and relies solely on its artistic directors Susinn McFarlen, Lynna Goldhar Smith and Loretta Seto, its talented facilitators, Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty, its playwright members, and its wonderful board of directors.
In the beginning we wanted to form an organization that would help writers show up for their work. To this end, we designed writing intensives and hired Jane Heyman to act as our mentor. However, in the five years since WET INK COLLECTIVE has come together, we have built a writing community, initiated a salon series where we celebrate women writers who are being produced in our city– (some past salon guests have included Yvette Nolan, Meghan Gardiner and Lucia Frangione), we have run two masterclass workshops facilitated by Colleen Murphy, and we are in the process of building a partnership with the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT).
With so much growth and activity, we had to hire an additional mentor – Liesl Lafferty, and are now in preparations for our Spring Workshops.
As a result of our Playwright Intensive Workshops, we are proud to celebrate our members who have had productions and/or are in development with professional theatres and theatre organizations such as: Presentation House Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Ruby Slippers Advance Theatre: New Works by Women Festival, The Cultch, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Centennial Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Winnipeg’s FemFest, Vancouver’s Art’s Club ReAct Festival, Vancouver’s Alley Theatre, and Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre .
We also encourage and support all our members in their endeavours to self-produce.
We are expanding our vision for the coming season and look forward to what’s next for our thriving and growing company.
Talented Actor-Writer and much loved
Wet Ink Collective member–
Jill Daum, of Mom’s the Word Fame–
has had her script “Forget About Tomorrow”
selected by Ruby Slippers, for their
Advance Theatre Series, New Works by Women.
As a response to the under-representation of women in theatre,
the Advance Theatre Series will showcase dramatic readings
of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights
over five days during the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Jill’s reading, directed by Pam Johnson, will be Sept 18th at 1:30 pm.
We will let you know about the venue as soon as we have that info.
Forget About Tomorrow is a dramatic/comedy that weaves together the experiences of Jane, Tom, and their two ‘adult children’, in the months following Tom’s diagnosis with Early Onset Alzheimer Disease. Each family member struggles with their own personal fears, questions about love, memory, and life’s purpose. But when Jane questions the meaning of being loyal to a man who will ultimately forget her name, the family’s unity is put into peril.
Congratulations Jill We are so glad to have participated in the development of your play.