About love – Festival of Short Plays 2016 has ended and we couldn’t be more excited by the results.
Every performance was sold out! The energy and excitement each night existed both in the audience and on the stage. It wasn’t just theatre, it was an event!
Our Wednesday night performance was dedicated to one of our actors, Jeff Hoffman, who lost his family home in the recent fires that devastated Fort McMurray. We are happy to report that we were able to offer him $730.00 as the proceeds from that evenings ticket sales.
One of the writers, Ronit Rubinstein, was able to attend the during the week and the cast were thrilled to be able to meet their writer and discuss their experience with her script.
Notable actors and notable directing were not initially going to be awarded a cash prize. However, a very enthusiastic audience member stepped forward and donated $150.00, or $50.00 for each of those who were recognized.
The judges had a very lively discussion and choosing, and their effort was deeply appreciated.
Notable performance by an actor
Susan Backs for her role as Mary, in Richard Manley’s, Tell Me What You See.
Meghan Somerville as Younger Woman, in Ronit Rubinstein’s, Anniversary.
John Dickinson for his work with Square Footage by Jessica Moss
Square Footage by Jessica Moss
How About Love works
8 short plays will be performed every night from June 14th to 18th.
Each night audiences will be asked to vote for
Closing night, June 18th, in addition to the audience vote, our panel of Judges will make the final decision on
Best Play (1 selection)
Notable Performance (2 selections)
Notable direction (1 selection)
Where did we get our plays?
An open call for submissions was announced.
198 plays from 6 countries were submitted between January and March 2016. 16 readers read each and every play and made a short list. Our Directors reviewed all the plays on the short list to determine the 8 selected.
About love – a message from our artistic director
The genre of the 10-minute play requires character development, convincing story lines and conflict resolution in the time it takes many of us to find our seats. Some writers specialize in 10-minute genre and many famous writers use this genre to explore characters and ideas. For directors, this genre tests the ability to tell stories without the luxury of time. They work to ensure that an audience sees a full story arc delivered in a compelling and entertaining way. A bit like speed dating; the actors have to get their character across to the audience in minutes and then convincingly follow through as sudden storyline changes occur.
If this is your first time exploring the world of ten-minute plays, don’t be afraid, it’ll be over soon, too soon in fact. Audience members are invited to vote for their favourite play and notable performance by an actor. On June 18th, Judges will tally the votes, determine the winning play, select two actors for their performance, and recognize a notable director.
It has been a great pleasure working with these 8 emerging directors.
Selected from over 200 submissions, these 10-minute plays are now being premiered in Vancouver. The professionalism and energy each director has brought to the process has made this experience deeply satisfying. I hope that you will see sparks of the future of theatre when you come.
Artistic Director, Tomo Suru Players
June 14th TUE to 18th SAT 7:30PM (7PM DOOR OPEN)
1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
Ticket available at Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets are on a sliding scale.
You choose the price that fits your budget.
Tuesday | Sold Out
Wednesday - Tickets are $10, $15, $20, $25, $30
Thursday | Sold Out
Friday - Tickets are $15, $20, $25, $30
Saturday | Sold Out
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FREE RUSH tickets for students
10 FREE RUSH tickets will be available EVERY NIGHT.
One ticket per person, per current ID.
First ten people in line get a ticket!
Line up begins at 6pm in front of Havana theatre.
Please be respectful of the Havana space if arriving very early.
A night to help out...
June 15th all proceeds will go to one of the actors in our show whose family home was destroyed in the recent fires in Fort McMurray. This is a small token of our support for him, and his family. Theatre is about community, bringing people together, and acknowledging life that exists around us.