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					Volume 4 Edition 4                                                                                                                                  Spring 2005

    IN THIS ISSUE:                  SPRING COMES FAST UPON US
                                    by Ben Henderson
  President’s Report         2      Dramaturg, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre
  Sage Hill Scholarship      2
                                           Another      winter      you all a feel for it. So if you’re an emerging writer wanting
  24-Hour Playwriting        3      survived, the snow melts,       to dip a toe in the water and get started, or if you are a
  Competition                       the plays are all in full       seasoned scribe looking to get that latest germ of an idea
                                    bud. You would think            off and running, 24 Hour has proved in the past to be a
   Spring Festival           4      living and creating in the      great starting place for a long list of successful work.
                                    most prairie of all                   And speaking of successful work, from the
   Playwright in             5      provinces that we would         germination end of the creative process through to the
   Residence                        understand the rhythm of        advanced tending of the mature crop close to harvest,
   Wendy Lill                6      the seasons. At SPC we          two weeks later we dive in to the Spring Festival.
                                    seem determined to do it              This year we are in Saskatoon. Long time and noble
   Notes from Regina         7      all backwards. Maybe it is      champion of the SPC, DD Kugler is returning as Festival
                                    out of our great need to        Dramaturg, an exciting list of playwrights is primed and
   Member news               7      fill our winter months with     ready to go, and an impressive roster of directors is
                                    creation to make up for         warming up as I write.
our stifled urge to till our more earthly soil, but somehow               The plays and playwrights you probably already know
or other we toil away all winter and seem to reap our major         from our December newsletter. The four main pieces are
harvest in the spring.                                              Peaches and Cream by Jennifer Wynne Webber,
       As I write this we are in the final flurry of activity       Prelude to Munich by James Trettwer, The Evil Among
setting up our two big public events, our 24-Hour                   Us by James Misfeldt, and Biting the Hand by Mansel
Playwriting Competition and our Spring Festival of New              Robinson. Our two extra projects this year will be Whore
Plays.                                                              by Rob Van Meenen and Cherise Arnesen, and
       It has been a busy winter. A number of our past              Valentines Day at Bathurst Station by Trenna Keating.
projects burst into the full flower of premiere productions               On deck are directors Bill Lane of Factory Theatre
and news came of a number of others that are on the                 and the CBC, Rachel Ditor from the Vancouver Arts Club
playbills across the continent for the next year. As well           and numerous other Vancouver theatres, Yvette Nolan
the variety, quantity and quality of the work submitted to          from Native Earth Theatre in Toronto and our old friend
us continues to amaze.                                              Stephen Heatley from UBC in Vancouver. And it is all being
       To all of you out there still waiting to hear from me        ably co-ordinated by Will Brooks.
with response on your script I promise I’m coming, I just                 So come one come all. There are readings to hear,
got a bit overwhelmed by the exciting deluge of                     conversations to be had, a round table conversation to
submissions.                                                        participate in, our après reading social events to hang
       Both festivals come on a pace. The 24 Hour                   out at, and if you just want to sit in on a workshop and see
Competition moves back to Regina and we are determined              how it all works you are more than welcome.
this time to get the same numbers we have been getting                    And then it’s on to summer and we start it all over
in Saskatoon. Blayne George has taken on the challenge              again. So keep those scripts coming. If spring is our harvest
of co-ordination and is leading our Regina contingent who           time it is also the time to begin the germination process
are determined to outdo their northern counterparts.                for our future year.
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Already we are getting a nice flood of entrants.                            Sage Hill Playwriting Lab news
       For those of you still interested, at time of writing                                                                                            Pages 2 & 6
there is still space. We’ll keep taking entrants until it’s full.
And if you’re intrigued but uncertain, Kelley Jo Burke will
be leading a how-to session a few weeks before to give
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AHHHH SPRING!                                                     WEB CITY, HERE WE COME
by Dan Macdonald                                                  SPC launches members pages on website
President, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre                        by David Sealy
      Ahhh Spring. When a young (not so young, old,                      I don’t know about you, but every so often I Google
young at heart) playwright’s fancy turns to…festivals! It is      myself just to see where I rank, w.w.w. wise. I don’t have
such a fertile time, is it not? Those little offspring we’ve      my own website (although I am building one for my cat at
got cooking in our hearts and souls start to spring to life       his request), so my web presence is minimal -- much like
the moment the snow turns to mud, the birds go from               other SPC members, I suspect. This is all about to change,
magpies to robins and the Playwright’s Centre starts to           however, thanks to... the SPC Members Catalog pages!
frantically round up actors, directors, interns, judges and              For those inclined to surf, point your browser toward
especially writers!                                               the SPC website www.saskplaywrights.ca. When you get
      Yes the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is just             to the SPC home page, click the link “Members Pages”
around the corner and around that corner (almost the              and have a look around. Hopefully, most of what’s there
same corner – just a little further on) is the “mother of all     will be self-evident. There is an alphabetical listing of
festivals”…Spring Festival of New Plays. If you aren’t an         playwrights on one page, an alphabetical list of plays on
official part of the festival, it’s never too late to become an   another. Each SPC member gets their own page, their
unofficial part. Come on out and cheer on your favourite          plays are linked and cross-referenced and the whole site
writer, actor…dramaturg (cheer on a dramaturg?). Read             is searchable.
on in this issue for details. We can always use your                     So far the completely fictional Gerry Alberts and the
support as a spectator or volunteer.                              incredibly real Cheryl Jack are the only two playwrights
      On another note…we are conducting a review of               listed, but with your help, that’s all about to change. I
people who remain on our SPC database but have not                invite, encourage, and exhort members to go to the
been paid members for several (we’re talking 2 –5) years.         “Create a profile” section and submit their information. It
Suffice it to say, this may be your last newsletter. OR you       won’t cost you anything -- not one thin dime. Operators
can renew your membership.                                        are standing by. Well, I am anyway, at dsealy@sasktel.net
      By the time you read this, I will have returned from               But Dave, what’s in it for me? you might ask. This is
NYC where, as I write, they are holding AUDITIONS actors          just another way to spread the word to the world at large
to workshop my play Velocity. That’s right. They audition         about the incredible variety and quality of Saskatchewan
actors for a freakin workshop! I’m telling ya, we got it good.    playwrights. Your play need not have had a professional,
Happy Festing!                                                    full production, but if Kevin Spacey just happens to surf in
                                                                  one day, who knows... (Not like I’m promising anything.

            SPC OFFERS
                                                                  Every since I told Kev he was too old to play Bobby Darin,
                                                                  he hasn’t been returning my calls.)
        SAGE HILL SCHOLARSHIP                                            Anyhoo, after you submit your information, I’ll do up
                                                                  a page for you and let you have a gander in case I’ve
                                                                  made a typo or two before I publish you on the world wide
        In 2005, the Sage Hill Writing Experience                 web.
  takes place from July 25 - August 4. A partial                         Even if you’re not ready for the web yet, I’d appreciate
  tuition scholarship ($500) is being offered by the              any comments or corrections you might offer. My plan is
  Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre to an SPC                       to remake the entire SPC website using the Members
  member who is planning to participate in the                    Pages template, as long as my style sheets continue to
  Playwriting Lab.                                                cascade in an orderly fashion.
        Interested applicants can download
  scholarship application forms at the Sage Hill                    Want to stay current with events in our community?
                                                                    Have some news you want to share?
  website www.sagehillwriting.ca                                    Make sure we have your current contact info to take
        More Sage Hill information, including an                    advantage of the SPC:



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  interview with facilitator Wendy Lill, can be found                                        ~ E-zine
  on page 6.                                                                                 ~ Newsletter
                                                                                             ~ Discussion group
                                                                                             ~ Members pages
                                                                   For info, email dsealy@sasktel.net or phone: 546-2427
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    SPC Board of Directors 2004-05                                 A PLAY IN A DAY
                 President: DAN MACDONALD                          SPC 24-Hour Playwriting Competition
                     macdan@sasktel.net                                  What a difference a day makes! You enter a
                           522-5098                                computer lab with one page of notes and 24 hours later
                Vice-President: SKYE BRANDON                       you emerge from one very quirky cocoon with a bright,
                 skyebrandon@hotmail.com                           elusive butterfly -- a play.
                       (306) 653-2114                                    The metamorphosis begins at the Riddell Centre,
                                                                   University of Regina campus. Contestants in the SPC 24-
                   MEMBERS AT LARGE                                Hour Playwriting Competition write from 4 pm Friday, April
         WILL BROOKS williamallenbrooks@yahoo.ca                   22 to 4 pm Saturday, April 23. We will provide a computer,
                     (306) 341-4089                                printer, food, and coffee.
               CHERYL JACK jack.mckay@sasktel.net                        The event consists of two categories -- open and
                         (306) 668-8039                            student. The first prize in each category is a new-to-you
                                                                   laptop computer. Second and third prizes will also be
          TRENNA KEATING trennakeat@yahoo.com                      awarded. There is a $24 entry fee, which includes a 1-
                      (306) 525-4484                               year membership in the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre
               DAVID SEALY dsealy@sasktel.net                      and a ticket to the Awards Brunch on Sunday, April 24.
                      (306) 546-2427                                     Registration will be taken on a first come-first served
                                                                   basis. Slots fill quickly, so act now. A waiting list will be
                 DRAMATURGICAL COMMITTEE                           kept.
      Chair: BYRNA BARCLAY brynabarclay@hotmail.com                      A distinguished panel of judges will read the plays
        Members: Ben, Dan, Skye, and Kathryn Bracht                on Saturday evening and winners will be announced at
                           STAFF                                   the awards brunch. Excerpts from the top plays will have
                 Dramaturg: BEN HENDERSON                          a book-in-hand reading by local actors.
                    lbbh@telusplanet.net                                 The event is co-sponsored by the City of Regina
                                                                   and the University of Regina Theatre Department, with
                Administrator: Sheila Angelstad                    additional support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and
                  sk.playwrights@sasktel.net                       the Canada Council for the Arts.
                                                                         Registration forms are available at:
        SPC Ph: (306) 665-7707 / SPC fax: (306) 244-0255                 - The Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre office, Room
                        Mailing address:                           719 of the Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon.
                          PO Box 3092                                    - www.saskplaywrights.ca (SPC website)
                     Saskatoon, SK S7K 3S9                               - By email: sk.playwrights@sasktel.net
                                                                         - By mail: 24-Hour, Box 3092, Saskatoon, SK, S7K
                email: sk.playwrights@sasktel.net                  3S9
                Website: www.saskplaywrights.ca
                                                                                      24-Hour Updates
               CALL FOR NOMINATIONS                                 Free Return Ride to Regina from Saskatoon
         Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre                 SPC is cheaper than STC! Free transportation for
                                                                    24-Hour contestants from Saskatoon to Regina and
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         The 2005 Siminovitch Prize will be given to a              University of Regina Campus
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    playwright who advances Canadian theatre through a              Learn the essentials and get it done! This free
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                SPC Spring Festival of New Plays
                       May 9 -14, 2005
All events take place in the John Mitchell building, University of Saskatchewan Campus and are free to the public.

               Round Table Discussion                                            Prelude to Munich
               Facilitated by DD Kugler                                          by James Trettwer
                       Topic TBA                                            Directed by Stephen Heatley
                Monday, May 9 8 pm                                          Wednesday, May 11 8 pm

                                                                     In times of crisis, everyone is faced with choices of
                       Whore                                    submitting to a higher cause; a higher power. Prelude to
        by Rob van Meenen & Cherise Arnesen                     Munich examines the decisions one man has to make
                Directed by Bill Lane                           during the Munich Crisis of 1938.
             Tuesday, May 10 8 pm
                                                                     James Trettwer lives and writes in Regina.
‘True Love’ means acceptance of all that is ,has been, will
be, and will not be.                                                               Evil Among Us
This is not that story.                                                           by James Misfeldt
‘Whore’ examines the known & unknown things we seek,                          Directed by Yvette Nolan
the choices we make, and the cost of doing business.                          Thursday, May 12 8 pm
The bottom line...everything is for sale, but what are you
really willing to pay?                                               An inquiry into police wrongdoing finds Waters
                                                                responsible for the death of a native man whose body
MAN                                                             was found in the back alley behind the Empire.
Some people want what they cannot have but we are not                According to Water’s story, he was set up by
some people.                                                    Inspector Materson to take the fall. To clear his name,
WOMAN                                                           Waters sets out on his own investigation.
No, we are not.
                                                                       James Misfeldt, writer and playwright. He lives a
                                                                half-block from the lake at Regina Beach with his wife,
Warning: Mature language and subject matter.
                                                                artist Betty Tomasunos Sellers. He is struggling with works-
      Rob van Meenen is perhaps better known as a               in-progress, the plays, The Crabapple Tree and One-Eyed
mattress salesman and would-be actor. But he has been           Jacks. By fall, he hopes to have finished the revisions on
secretly rewriting his sales pitches & characters’ dialogue     his short story collection, Necessary Fictions.
for years. This is his second play of note... the first being
his co-authored grade 12 Variety Night script which caused
an outright cancellation, rioting, and a near expulsion.
His hopes for Whore are even bolder.
      Thank you Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre for the
24hr spur in the butt, Cherise for putting my lines on a T-
shirt, and Amy for getting me a puppy. PS. Tell me what
you really think!
                                                                   The Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre
      Cherise Arnesen has always loved the written and
                                                                     would like to thank the following
spoken word. In the past, she has written screenplays
and poetry. She has also acted in live theatre, improv,               organizations for their support:
musicals, TV commercials, films, and dinner theatre.                Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund,
Cherise has even dabbled in directing. Presently, she’s                      City of Saskatoon,
consumed with writing stage plays and ESL texts for a                   University of Saskatchewan,
publishing house in Taiwan. Cherise is proud to be self-                    Canada Council and
employed, a natural redhead, and married to the light of               the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
her life, Quentin.
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                 Peaches and Cream                                               Biting the Hand
             by Jennifer Wynne Webber                                          by Mansel Robinson
              Directed by Rachel Ditor                                         Directed by Bill Lane
               Friday, May 13 8 pm                                           Saturday, May 14 8 pm

      Peaches and Cream unfolds on a warm summer                    Guns, drugs, booze, border patrols and dangerous
night in Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley in 1963. Or         women – just a normal road trip for two Saskatchewan
does it? As Josie McClung and Lois Kisby don peach            writers. Biting The Hand is a satirical take on playwrights,
ballgowns to vie for the Peaches and Cream Cotillion prize    critics, friendship and moose.
money, we eye that fateful night through the fallible lens
of memory – and the future through the rosy lens of what           Mansel Robinson’s plays include Collateral
could have been. N.A.S.A. lunar landings in mini-skirts?      Damage , Colonial Tongues , The Heart As It Lived ,
Betty Friedan on the moon? Peaches and Cream is a             Downsizing Democracy, Spitting Slag, Ghost Trains and
hilarious look at fateful choices, love and friendship, the   Street Wheat. Picking Up Chekhov was presented at
rising tide of feminism, and the pure joy of “girl power.”    Spring Festival 2004 and is scheduled for production at
     Jennifer Wynne Webber is the author of Beside            Alberta Theatre Projects playRites Festival in Calgary.
Myself, a play published by Scirocco Drama, and Defying       Scorched Ice, also a Spring Festival alumnus, will, knock
Gravity, a novel, published by Coteau Books, which was        on wood, be produced by Last Exit Theatre (a member of
nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards,                 Live Five) in Saskatoon next fall. Mansel is scheduled to
including Book of the Year.                                   be Writer in Residence at the Regina Public Library in
     An actor as well as a writer, Jennifer has played in     2005/06.


                                                              PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE POSITION
Hamlet, The Alchemist, and Merry Wives of Windsor for
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, as well as The Weir
for Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre. Jennifer is proud to       University of Regina
be the Saskatchewan representative for the Playwrights
                                                              Deadline for application: Friday, April 15
Guild of Canada.
                                                                    The University of Regina invites applications from
        Valentines Day at Bathurst Station                    Canadian writers for a ten-month Playwright-in-Residence
                by Trenna Keating                             position beginning August 15, 2006.
          Directed by Stephen Heatley                               The successful candidate will devote much time to
            Saturday, May 14 1 pm                             personal dramatic writing projects but will also spend 14
                                                              hours/week working with the community-including local
      Daily events take on a new meaning in this birds-       writers and members of the general public as well as
eye view of an atypical day in Toronto’s Bathurst subway      students and faculty at the host institutions. This work
station. Hope is lost, hope is found. Love is recognized      may involve one-on-one dramaturgical consultations,
and cast away. Valentines Day at Bathurst Station is a        community/school/class visits, participation in the activities
humorous examination of the quirky traits of individuals      of the Centre for the Study of Script Development (eg.
that surround us every day.                                   the Regina Playwrights Reading Circle and the Playwrights
                                                              Reading Series), other public readings, workshops and
      Trenna Keating is a graduate of the University of       seminars. This position will not, however, involve regular
Regina’s Theatre Department. She has been an active           teaching duties.
member in Saskatchewan’s theatre and film community                 Anticipated remuneration will be $40,000 plus
for the past five years. She has been a key player in         benefits, although salary and length of term are dependent
several site-specific projects including The Museum of        on Canada Council funding.
Miss Fortune and The Weyburn Project. Trenna has been               Apply to:
studying clown intensively for the past three years and             Playwright-in-Residence Selection Committee
has performed her two-person clown show, Stuck In The               c/o Faculty of Fine Arts University of Regina
Middle, for various festivals.                                      Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2
      Most recently, Trenna has been working in film. Her           Terms of employment are based on Canada Council
film credits include Tideland, Just Friends and The Tommy     guidelines. We value diversity in the workplace. For further
Douglas Story. Trenna is a member of the SPC and has          information visit the University of Regina website (Human
been an actor for several years with them. She is making      Resources section) at www.uregina.ca or contact Mary
her playwriting debut at this year’s Spring Festival with     Blackstone,           Department          of       Theatre
Valentines Day at Bathurst Station.                           (blackstm@uregina.ca).
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“THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR JUST DOING IT”
   an interview with Wendy Lill
For the first time in two years, the Sage Hill Writing           What advice and/or encouragement would you give an
Experience is offering a Playwriting Lab. Facilitator            emerging playwright?
Wendy Lill is a four-time nominee for the Governor                    My advice to emerging writers is to write. There is no
General’s Literary Award for Drama. In addition, she             substitute for just doing it. It’s important to find one or two
served as the NDP MP for the Dartmouth constituency              people who you trust and who will give you positive
from 1997 -2004. In addition to her playwrighting and            constructive feedback on what you are writing.
political career, Ms. Lill has experience as a community
development worker, historian, and journalist.                    Do you have any observations from your time as a Member
                                                                 of Parliament?
                                                                       Being a Member of Parliament was a mental and
What originally attracted you to playwriting? What keeps         physical workout every day. I urge all writers and artists to
you coming back?                                                 get involved in their communities and their legislatures.
      The first play that I saw that had a lasting impression    People working in the arts are by definition communicators;
on me was Carol Bolt’s Red Emma when I was 25 years              they care deeply about ideas and humanity and what they
old. I was searching for something to do with my life and        see going on in the world around them. Who better to be
when I saw that, I thought theatre was where I wanted to         representing you in government?
be. There was just so much passion, so much humour,
such an immediacy and such a deluge of ideas coming at           What are your plans for the Sage Hill workshop?
me! I was hooked! I loved it.                                          I look forward to working closely with a small group
      I sat down after that and wrote my first play - in about   of writers at Sage Hill, on individual scripts and in a
six months. It was called Three Star. It was a parkbench         collective environment. I will work closely with each
play - about a Marxist Leninist baglady in Allen’s Garden        participant to decide what it is they want and need to
and a cocktail waitress from Sudbury working in a bar on         accomplish. No two writers are ever in exactly the same
Yonge Street. It received a workshop at Phoenix Theatre          place in their writng process. Everyone however benefits
in Toronto. It was pretty bad but you’ve got to start            from positive timely interraction with other writers. That’s
somewhere!                                                       the balance that we will strive for at Sage Hill.
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NOTES FROM REGINA                                                               MEMBER NEWS
by Mary Love
                                                                MAYBE NEXT YEAR by Doreen Bleich
      Mary Blackstone, former board member of the SPC,          Thursday, April 21 - Sunday, April 24
organizes the Playwrights Reading Series, an excellent          L. P. Miller School (Phone 862-4671)
program which brings well-known playwrights to Regina.          Nipawin, SK.
This February, the 7th, I believe, the legendary Paul
Thompson (former A.D. of Theatre Passe Murailles, co-           The Nipawin Centennial Players present their
creator of Maggie and Pierre and The Farm Show and              production of “Maybe Next Year” a play written by
many other collective creations which have meant a lot to       Doreen Bleich of Nipawin.
Canadians) read from his work and answered questions
in the Shu Box Theatre.                                         The fictional play, which has 13 characters, is based
      Since the SPC sponsored Paul’s reading, I thought         on Bleich’s great-grandmother who came to
it would be fun for members to hear a little bit about it.      Saskatchewan from Europe in the early 1900s as a
      Not only did Paul read from several works (I’m afraid     widow with five children to begin a new life for her
I misplaced my notes!) but he also had invited Ted Johns        family.
from the original production of The Farm Show to read
with him. It was fantastic to listen to. One thing I learned    The play also has music performed by the local
from that particular passage and what Paul said about it        group, Windy Strings.
is that collective creation can have just as many layers of
voices as a traditional, one-writer play.                       ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
      The other thing that has survived my absent-minded
                                                                HOPE AND FURY by Will Brooks
notes is that when preparing a collective creation the actor-
                                                                May 20-22 and May 26-29
creators can only work intensively on the project for a few
                                                                The Refinery
hours a day. The rest of the time they need to soak up
                                                                609 Dufferin Avenue
the place they’re in, how the people there talk, and just
                                                                Saskatoon, SK.
generally recharge their creative energies for the next
day’s work.
                                                                Come out and see the world premiere of one of the
      Mr. Thompson is a gregarious, funny and energetic
                                                                plays workshopped at last year’s Spring Festival!
man with a grey ponytail. He’s spending a lot of his time
                                                                Hope & Fury is written by Will Brooks, a current
working with students these days. He was off to Brock
                                                                member of the SPC’s board of directors and is
University in Ontario after his trip here to work on a
                                                                being produced by Flux.
collective creation they’re doing there. The day after his
Shu Box reading, Thompson visited Marie (Mendenhall)
                                                                Hope and Fury is a quirky, and sometimes dark,
Powell’s dramaturgy class in the Theatre Dept., where he
                                                                show about two sisters dealing with their mother’s
made a big hit with the students, affirming and extending
                                                                death. Throw in a few dark secrets from the past, a
their study of collective creation.
                                                                lot of gin, a long-lost teddy bear, an ex-boyfriend, a
      Mary Blackstone also started the Playwrights
                                                                riding lawnmower, and a few kumquats and you get
Reading Circle, which serves Regina playwrights very well.
                                                                one wild ride!
We are indebted to Mary who helps the playwrights find
actors to read for them, and we’re indebted to the
                                                                Hope and Fury is being produced in conjunction
generosity and skill of these local actors. There’s also a
                                                                with Tough Choices for a New Century by Theatre
core of three or four playwrights who keep the circle going.
                                                                Ecstasis.
We’re all SPC members.
      Last month we heard part of two very exciting scripts,    ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
one about a modern selkie, the other set in northern
Saskatchewan, and just this week actor June Mayhew read         Congratulations to Amy Matysio, winner of the
Marie (Mendenhall) Powell’s new monologue/character             City of Regina Emerging Artist Award.
study and I was lucky enough to have June Mayhew and
Graeme Bell read from my new play which started life at         This event will be held annually as part of the
last year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition.                    continued support by theCity of Regina to the Arts
                                                                and Business communities.
     For more information on the Regina Playwrights
Reading    Circle,    please    email   Mary     at             Five other awards were handed out to individuals
luckymarushka@hotmail.com                                       and organizations who support the arts.
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            Mailing address:
              PO BOX 3092
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                Office address:                       TIME to enter...
      7th Floor, Delta Bessborough Hotel
          Saskatoon, Saskatchewan                       Friday, April 22
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        Phone: (306) 665-7707
          Fax: (306) 244-0255                         Riddell Centre University of Regina
    E-mail: sk.playwrights@sasktel.net
                                                     To Register/ E: sk.playwrights@sasktel.net / P: 665-7707
    Website: www.saskplaywrights.ca
                                                   Entry Fee: $24 plus a FREE SPC membership for one year
                                                   First Prize: a laptop computer plus second prize, third prize and more...

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