Took part last night in the 18th annual Canadian Play Festival put on by the Arts Huron Regional Arts Program. It was great! One school, six student directed plays, all Canadian. Of mine they did Tuna Fish Eulogy. The director, Michael Halfin is very adamant on that – he told me they have over 500 Canadian plays in their library. Makes me proud to be a Canadian playwright…
The school also tries to schedule the playwrights to come and do a reading during the festival. It’s an excellent way to give students make a concrete connection between the plays they’re working on and the playwrights themselves.
Not only that, they get an adjudicator to come in to evaluate the plays. (I know John reads this blog – Hi John! Nice to meet you this weekend!) Each play gets public and private comments on the production. I left at 10:30 and know that they didn’t get done till the wee hours of the morning.
I especially like that the plays are student directed. It takes a lot of work to put a production together, it’s something that everyone should do once. Some, of course, were more successful than others. But in the end, all the plays I saw last night had promise in them. And I’ll always take a production with promise (and some flaws!) over a production that is lacklustre and without effort.