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Nov 19

2017 An amazing year. Highlights.

 

We are really proud of all that we have contributed to the Vancouver Theatre scene since we launched Wet Ink in 2012– and  we are celebrating by letting you in on the highlights of 2017.  

We asked Founding member Susinn McFarlen to compile a list and we are thrilled to post it here and invite you to share it.

Further to the incredibly successful year we had in 2016, 2017 has been a banner year for the members of WET INK COLLECTIVE in the city of Vancouver.

Working out of the The Arts Club Theatre for the last five years , many of our members have procured readings and productions for their efforts.  Some of the hightlights of the year are:

SALLY STUBBS who wrote and re-worked  her play AND BELLA SANG WITH US  was picked up by the Firehall Arts Centre in January of 2017 and nominated for 2 Jessie Awards!

JILL DAUM, who wrote and workshopped her new play FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW with us, was then selected for inclusion at the Arts Club REact festival and is soon to be opening her play at the Belfry theatre and The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre In March!

MELODY ANDERSON workshopped her play ME AND YOU with Wet Ink. This play was also selected for inclusion at REact and will be presented at the Goldcorop Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre in April!

BEVERLEY ELLIOTT workshopped her new play SINK OR SWIM with Wet Ink and then toured the show in BC in 2017,  landing a run at Presentation House Theatre and the Richmond Gateway Theatre in November!

JENN GRIFFIN won a spot at the Arts Club Theatre’s REact new play festival with her play HOUSE AND HOME!

CRYSTAL VERGE workshopped her new play FOR THE LOVE OF GRACIE with Wet Ink, was offered a workshop with GCTC in Ottawa and there are plans for an upcoming production at Presentation House Theatre in the new year.

YUMI JOHNSON workshopped her new play, JAPANGLISH PART 2 with Wet Ink and has been picked up for further development by VACT, The Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre!

LORETTA SETO workshopped her new play THE ONES WE LEAVE BEHIND and has been picked up for further development by VACT!

MANAMI HARA DUECK workshopped her new play with Wet Ink and had a subsequent reading with VACT.

Sylvia’s Hotel, written by DEBORAH VOGT and BRITT MACLEOD, was workshopped in one of our intensives, and ran at the Waterfront theatre in Nov.

What a Year!

Wet ink Collective is the brain child of LYNNA GOLDHAR-SMITH, LORETTA SETO and SUSINN MCFARLEN. Working as tireless volunteers for the last six years, and with the support of the Arts Club Theatre Company and people like RACHEL DITOR, JANE HEYMAN , MINDY PARFIT,  and PEGGY THOMPSON this writing collective has made a huge contribution to the theatre landscape of the city. Wet Ink Collective runs two playwriting writing intensives a year and has just successfully completed their first screenplay writing intensive.

We also want to send out congratulations to all  our members for the work they did in our groups and elsewhere and to remind you all to keep writing. We need your stories.

2018 is just around the corner and we are ready to launch our new season in January so stay tuned.

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Jul 03

WET INK COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES NEW SCREENPLAY FALL INTENSIVE WITH PEGGY THOMPSON

Wet Ink Collective is excited to announce a new screenplay intensive for Fall 2017, facilitated by award-winning screenwriter and esteemed UBC Professor Emerita Peggy Thompson (writer of Canadian classics “The Lotus Eaters” and “Better than Chocolate”). This intensive is open to female screenwriters and will run for 9 weeks every Saturday from Sept.30 – Dec. 2 (no session Oct. 7), 10 AM – 2 PM, location TBA (Vancouver). Cost is $400 (plus $10 membership to Wet Ink Collective). For more info on how to apply, please click here.

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Jun 03

2nd Annual Spring Reading Series.

We hope you will join us on Tuesday June 6th and Wednesday June 8th to hear two wonderful new plays. Ditto by Melody Anderson and Hey Doris by Susinn McFarlen.  Here is the event page with all the details. It’s been a great year at Wet Ink and we are ending our season with readings of new work by two of our community members.

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Feb 24

Reving the engines

Wet Ink is launching a new season with our Spring Writing Intensives.

We also have lots of wonderful plans for 2017 so stay tuned.

There are a few spaces available in Mindy Parfitt’s evening group at the Arts Club BMO Centre, so for all the info click here 

If you want to read more about us click here

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Sep 22

Congratulations

duskyAs 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. 

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Jun 19

CALLING ALL FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS

Wet Ink Collective is now accepting applications for its Fall 2016 Intensive with Mindy Parfitt.

 

unnamedThis 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.

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Jun 12

What a year!!!!

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

Rachel DItor and of course Bill Millerd

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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. 510852658_1280x720 (1)

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

Maureen Robinson

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and Rosemary Rowe.

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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:

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and Chirag Naik. 13116089_1209119095779345_6605789645519040226_o

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.

The Wet Ink workshop of Rosemary’s play was directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith

featuring the incredible talents of Marissa Emma Smith

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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  

 

 

 

 

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Apr 26

Wet Ink Collective First Annual Spring Reading Series

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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 DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT).”

Synopsis:

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 DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT).”

Synopsis:

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

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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

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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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Dec 23

Spring Workshops spaces available for new members

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 To apply for a spot in our up and coming spring workshops–

Click here to download an application

If you have trouble downloading the application–

please email us at wetinkcollective@gmail.com

and we will send it to you.

Once you’ve filled it out– attach it to an email and send it to us

here’s the email again

wetinkcollective@gmail.com

If you do not wish to apply at this time but would like to stay in touch please join our Facebook community and you will get all our posts

Here’s the link

 

 

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Jul 12

Exciting news.

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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.

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