PLAY READING SERIES - THE PIPELINE
Infinithéâtre proudly presents the winners of our Write On-Q! playwriting competition in our annual The Pipeline reading series. Audience feedback takes centre stage as Infinithéâtre invites the public to catch the excitement and share their views on plays that in many cases end up as part of our future repertoire.
Write On-Q! draws in submissions from first-time playwrights, students and from established writers including Québec's most celebrated playwrights. For Infinithéâtre’s Artistic Director, Guy Sprung, The Pipeline reading series has become a vital step in the process of developing new plays and making programming choices for Infinithéâtre's upcoming seasons. "Audience reaction is absolutely key to this event. Where else can Montréalers participate in the creative process as we continue to produce relevant, Québécois theatre?" says Sprung.
The Pipeline gives the public a unique opportunity to voice their opinions and directly influence Montréal’s cultural landscape through the lively talkback discussions following each reading. These sessions provide invaluable input for the playwrights and the talkbacks allow the audience to address questions or issues that the texts generated in a relaxed, open forum with the authors, directors and actors.
Photo credit Aminah Bahri
Audience at Alyson Grant's Progress! on December 3rd.
PIPELINE 20161st Place Pam Dunn Prize Winner ($3,000) - The Nutritional Value of Anger by Michael Milech
On a cold January night, a young woman pitches her sleeping bag outside a small grocery store and harangues passerby who don’t give her change. The Iranian immigrant who owns the store harasses the young woman for hassling her customers. A young man chats on his cell phone and shops for soup. As the night gets colder and darker, The Nutritional Value of Anger examines anger’s beneficial side, as well as the effort involved in repressing it, and the effortlessness of walking right past it.
2nd Prize ($1,500) - Alice and the World We Live In by Alexandria Haber
Alice and The World We Live In is a non-linear play that follows the lives of Alice and several other characters who have been affected by the random bombing of a neighbourhood grocery store. The play explores the unique ways in which each of the characters cope with the aftermath of the event as they attempt to move on with their lives.
3rd Prize ($500) - Conversion by Alyson Grant
Conversion’s four family members get together for what is supposed to be a straightforward supper, but familiar patters and patterns quickly devolve into a collision course of identities, race, class, gender and religion. This is the night that secrets explode and the bonds of love and blood get twisted and tested.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the playwrights who submitted their work to the 2016 Write-On-Q!.