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About Love

How About Love works


8 short plays and music will be performed each night from June 13th to 17th, & Matinees June 17th and 18th 2017.

Audiences will be asked to vote for

  • Best Play

  • Notable performances


Closing night, June 17th, in addition to the audience vote, our panel of Judges will make the final decision on

  • Best Play (1 selection)

  • Notable Performance (3 selections)

  • Notable direction (1 selection)

Where did we get our plays?


An open call for submissions was announced and playwrights are asked to submit their plays between January and March 18th, 2017.  For playwrights, please see here for more information.

Thanks to everyone who came to see About Love: A Festival of Short Plays. the work of the directors, actors and playwrights is deeply appreciated. 
Judges' Awards were presented to


Melina Cermeno - Paul and Petandra

Haris Amiri -
Carrots, Baby

Taylor McMillia - Miserable -
A tale of Love and Happiness


Tricia Trinh - Small and Almost Honest



Ashleigh Hicks - Small and Almost Honest


This year two special awards were given in recognition of audience votes.

Justin Anthony for his direction of Carrots, Baby

James W. Challis for his role in Carrots, Baby.


Congratulations to the winners.

About Love in 2018 will be from June 26 to July 1st. Come back and see what's going on About Love!

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 will be invited to vote for their favourite play and notable performance by an actor. Judges will tally the votes, determine the winning play, select two actors for their performance, and recognize a notable director.
Gerald Williams
Artistic Director, Tomo Suru Players


A Free Preview show is May 28th, 2017 at the Havana Theatre. It begins promptly at 2:30. Latecomers will not be seated for this performance.  Anyone wishing to kick in $5 to help pay for the theatre for this show is more than welcome.


<Show Dates>
une 13th to 18th.

  • Tuesday June 13th 7:30pm

  • Wednesday June 14th, 7:30pm

  • Thursday June 15th, 7:30pm

  • Friday June 16th, 7:30pm

  • Saturday June 17th, 2:30pm

  • Saturday June 17th, 7:30pm ***Official Judging night***

  • Sunday June 18th, 2:30pm


Havana Theatre

1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

V5L 3X4



How Much
Ticket available at Brown Paper Tickets

Ticket prices


Tickets are on a sliding scale.

You choose the price that fits your budget.


Tuesday - Tickets are $10, $15, $20, $25, $30

Wednesday - Tickets are $10, $15, $20, $25, $30

Thursday - Tickets are $10, $15, $20, $25, $30

Friday - Tickets are $15, $20, $25, $30

Saturday Matinee - Tickets are $10, $15, $20, $25, $30

Saturday Evening - Tickets are $20, $25, $30

Sunday Matinee - Tickets are $10, $15, $20, $25, $30


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FREE RUSH tickets for students


5 FREE RUSH tickets will be available EVERY NIGHT.

One ticket per person, per current ID.

First five people in line get a ticket!

Line up begins at 6pm (1pm for Matinee) in front of Havana theatre.

Please be respectful of the Havana space if arriving very early.




Adam Da Ros

Adam Da Ros is a stage director, music director, and performer from Dawson Creek, B.C.  He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, and has worked at several opera festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recent credits include stage direction for The Barber of Seville with Fraser Lyric Opera, Terrence McNally’s Master Class with Opera Mariposa, and Madama Butterfly with Burnaby Lyric Opera, as well as music direction for Tommy with Renegade Arts Company, and Ragtime, Murder Ballad and CATS with Fighting Chance Productions. Adam currently works in the Artistic Planning department at Vancouver Opera.

Amy Fox

Amy Fox creates and facilitates media that redefines "normal." She is best known as Showrunner on "The Switch: A Transgender Sitcom." She writes, serves as a story editor, and works as a line-producer. Her past accomplishments include serving on non-profit broads with a strong record of turning around shrinking societies and leading projects to achieve goals that were up until then considered impossible. She is also a proficient bronze sculptor and tutor.

Davey Samuel Calderon

Davey Samuel Calderon is an actor, director and theatre maker based in Vancouver. He has his BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University. Co-founded New(to)Town Collective, an emerging theatre collective focused on theatre training and interdisciplinary works.


His last performance as an actor was Pipef@%! (The Uninvited Guests Collective) for Vancouver Fringe Festival 2015. Last directing credits include: KIND (Child): A Staged Reading for BC Bud’s Festival 2015 and Donut Holes in Orbit by Prince Gomolvilas (New(to)Town Collective). Currently in development, through the support of Playwrights Theatre Centre, is his first play: The D.A.V.E.Y Project.

Henry Beasley

Henry is thrilled to be making his directorial debut with Tomo Suru, one of his favourite companies in Vancouver. Henry was born and raised in New Westminster, BC and attended Capilano University's Musical Theatre program. He is an OVATION award winning and CTC nominated actor, singer, dancer, musician, composer, writer, theatre administrator, and cook. Henry loves Star Wars, and his favourite smell is campfire. Recent creative team credits includeParade - Assistant Director (Fighting Chance) and The Wizard of Oz - Assistant Director (Gateway). Some favourite performance credits include Georg in Spring Awakening (Tomo Suru), Billy in Crazy for You (Gateway) and Augustus Pappenberger in Barkerville's Theatre Royal.

Justin Anthony

Justin is an Alberta-born artist and alumni of the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive. His favourite roles to date are Eugene in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and the title character of "You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown." Most recently he appeared in Fighting Chance Production’s Canadian Premiere for "Now or Later" by Christopher Shinn and as Hanschen in Tomo Suru Player's "Spring Awakening." Justin’s proudest endeavour thus far is as co-writer, producer and actor in the Leo Award nominated sci-fi action film (now web series) "Soldiers of Earth," an official pick of Vancouver Web Fest 2017. He is represented by the wonderful and always-supportive Melissa and Shannon of da Costa Talent. Thanks to them, Daniel, Mom, Dad, the cast/crew and to you for supporting the arts.

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Lucia Forward

Lucia Forward is thrilled to make her debut as a director in Vancouver in the About Love Festival.  Lucia is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario and loves large fluffy dogs, drinking craft beer, and above all, sitting around talking about theatre for excessive periods of time.  Recent credits include: Spring Awakening (Tomo Suru Players), The Rocky Horror Show (Geekenders), 7 Stories (Sour Dog Productions), and Stuff Happens (Randolph Academy). Lucia is a CTC award winner and Ovation Award nominee her portrayal of Mungojerrie in Cats! (Fighting Chance Productions).  She would like to thank Lin-Manuel Miranda for proving to her that the coolest people are multifaceted and dip their toes in way too many pools.

Nicholas Yee

Nicholas is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre. Though primarily trained in acting, Nicholas has worn the directing cap on original projects from Victoria’s workingclasstheatre, such as assistant directing the double bill of “Waiting” by Tristan Bacon and “Savage in Limbo” by John Patrick Shanley. He also directed and wrote separate pieces of the episodic live sitcom “Cafe Soap Operas,” which premiered in Victoria’s 2016 Fringe Festival.

Tricia Trinh

Tricia is an acting graduate of the University of Victoria's Theatre department. Since graduation Tricia has had the pleasure of working with theatre companies such as Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Puente Theatre, Impulse Theatre, Seven Tyrants, Button String Theatre, Not The Mermaid Theatre. One of Tricia’s greatest acting highlights include working with Daniel MacIvor on the world premiere of, “Inside.” Most recent film credits include The Fear of Dreaming [Juxtaconundrum Film Co.], Hot Pink Shorts: The Bonus [Out T.V]. Also an aspiring writer/director Tricia premiered her first One Act on the Arts Club stage in 2007 [LEAP Playwriting Program]. November of 2010 Tricia wrote & directed her second play, “The Ethical Six-some” [UVic SATCo.]. November of 2012, “The Ethical Six-some” went on to have its international premiere in South Oregon. Tricia is ecstatic to be joining Tomo Surus' team of Directors for this years, "About Love" festival!

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Our Judges

Brittanny Downey-MacDonald

Vancouver based artist, writer and editor Brittanny Downey-MacDonald is the owner and chief designer at Off You Go Paper Co., founder of the Judy Jamieson Foundation and an active board member at the Community Arts Counsel of Vancouver (CACV). She held positions with Calgary Magazine (Red Point Media) and Transcontinental Media before striking out on her own as a freelance copywriter and editor. She has worked on projects ranging from short fiction and screenplays to legal textbooks and PhD dissertations. She studied Literature and Creative Writing at UBC.


Brittanny has a reputation for making copious amounts of raspberry jam and often succumbs to fits of uncontrollable laughter. She is an avid patron of the arts, particularly theatre and dance. 

June Whitaker

June Whitaker, studied with Sanford Meisner in his professional class in 1968 , June taught in London England and New York and was the first person to bring his technique to Vancouver. Some of Junes students have gone on to be huge stars in film and televison. Jason Priestly, Bernie Coulson, Martin Cummins, Barry Pepper and Christian Hirt to name a few. June has worked with some of the biggest actors in North America Jane Fonda, Ben Kingsley, Mickey Rooney, Mike leigh and Elaine Stritch. June has worked on Broadway and the West End in London.

Marc Gaudet

Has been a working union actor in Vancouver for over 15 years having appeared in such TV shows as The Flash, iZombie and The Killing. He is the founder of Actorvan where he teaches and coaches at Shoreline Studios. His theatre experience includes a director’s stint at the McGill Drama Festival in Montreal as well as on stage in the lead role as Shannon, a defrocked priest in Tennessee Williams'  Night of The Iguana (White Rock Players). He is excited to be part of the Tomo Suru About Love Festival.



Paul Larocque

Paul Larocque assumed his post as President & CEO of Arts Umbrella in the spring of 2016.  With this new appointment, Paul is returning to Arts Umbrella where he previously held senior management positions in the late nineties and early 2000s.


Prior to his return to Arts Umbrella, Paul held the position of Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery for more than a decade where his portfolio included administration, fundraising, government relations, strategic planning, education, and the Gallery’s relocation efforts.  


With over three decades of involvement in the cultural sector, Paul is committed to promoting the importance of the arts and art education in our communities.  He is an active member of Vancouver’s cultural community and is a member of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, as well as having participated on the boards of several organizations.

Shannon Teat

Shannon Teat’s love for performing began at an early age. While growing up in Vancouver, she trained at the elite studios Danzmode, Harbour Dance, and was a member of The Source Dance Company its very first year. She trained in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, singing, modern, partnering, lifts, and ballroom. Shannon enjoys teaching and has choreographed for studios and workshops across Canada. She has appeared in commercials, television shows, music videos, film as as well as doing motion capture for video games with EA Active. Shannon was a member of the Vancouver Grizzlies Dance Team and kept busy working industrials and live performances across Canada. Longing for travel, Shannon was selected and began working for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines as a dancer and singer travelling all over the world and being fortunate enough to meet her husband who was also a performer! Later she began working as rehearsal director and assistant in auditions tours for Royal Caribbean. Shannon has a love and passion for Musical Theatre and will take any opportunity to see live theatre. Her most memorable theatre experiences have been getting to see London’s best in the West End. She also toured through North Africa performing for the military and all over China in Vegas style revue show creating incredible memories and friendships. It was around that time Shannon found a love for the other side of performing as well. She began crossing over to working more audition tours, adjudicating, as well as being invited to sit on casting selections for various projects. Two years ago, Shannon was fortunate enough to be offered a new opportunity with da Costa Talent Management and become their newest Vancouver agent representing the West Coasts best singers, dancers, and actors. Shannon’s love of the entertainment industry is evident and feels extremely lucky to get to do what she loves.

Joanna Garfinkel

Joanna Garfinkel started new play development collective Universal Limited in August 2011, after a dozen years of working in theatre creation. Previously, she co-­created and directed the pedicab adventure ​Tour ​for HIVE 3 with the Electric Company, Universal Limited, and the Cultural Olympiad. That site­-specific escapade went on to the Firehall, was award­-winning at the Fringe, and has since been reinvented for Victoria (Theatre SKAM), and Toronto (SummerWorks). She is currently co-creating a site-specific piece about the Japanese Canadian Internment to premiere at Hastings Park in September 2017, in a collaboration between Universal Limited and the Nikkei National Museum. Other credits include co-­curating, dramaturging and directing the Northern Play Reading Series in Yellowknife, NWT (Akpik Theatre).  She was awarded the Pure Research grant for Nightswimming Theatre (Toronto), was nominated for the Jessie award for Innovation (​Letters from Lithuania​/Mortal Coil), and has received the Sidney Risk award for directing. She often works as a freelance writer and dramaturg for playwrights and companies in Vancouver. She moved to Vancouver to get her MFA in directing at UBC, and her focus since has been primarily in new play development, multidisciplinary, and site­-specific work. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York.

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​Adam Szudrich

Adam Szudrich is an award-winning writer whose work has featured in major festivals throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, The United Arab Emirates, the UK and America. His plays have been selected for 30 festivals and have won 11 awards. He's excited to make his Canadian debut with his short comedy “One Night Stan”.

Camille Intson

At twenty years old, Camille Intson is a playwright and theatre creator studying English Literature and Performance Studies at Western University. Her festival submission, Road, was originally workshopped at the Grand Theatre in London Ontario with support from Jeff Culbert, Megan Watson, and dramaturge Lisa O’Connell of Pat The Dog Theatre Creation. Her work will also be appearing at the NewMarket National Ten Minute Festival in July as one of twenty-four artists commissioned to produce work in honour of Canada's 150th. Recent credits include: The Stock (Playwright - 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, dir. Raffie Rosenberg, ALTC); Blood Lines (Playwright-in-Residence - 17th Annual Paprika Festival); Antigone (Anouilh/Galantiere) (Director - The ARTS Project, London ON), The Boy Who Bled (Playwright - Purple Shorts One-Act Festival), Anonymous (Playwright/Director - Purple Shorts One-Act Festival). Camille works seasonally as a Tour Leader in Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal, and is a Hamilton Music Award-winning singer-songwriter and freelance writer when she isn’t in school or in rehearsal. Biggest of love, as always, to friends and family. 

​Teri Foltz

Teri Foltz is a retired high school teacher who began writing plays in 2011. Her first full length play "The Faculty Lounge" has been produced twice in Kentucky and will be produced at Oil Lamp Theatre in Glenview, IL. Her short plays have been performed in  NYC, San Diego, CA., Louisville, KY., and Cincinnati, Ohio. She lives in Fort Thomas, Ky with her musician husband. 

Vishesh Abeyratne

Vishesh Abeyratne is a Montreal-born Ottawa-based playwright, actor and director. His work has been performed for audiences in Canada, the United States, and Australia. He writes with a keen focus on black comedy and satire, with occasional dips into the speculative genres of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. 

Deanna Kruger

Deanna Kruger is a playwright from Guelph, Ontario. She is currently part of Nightwood Theatre's 2016/2017 Write From The Hip script development program. Deanna's recent productions include Paul and Petandra (InspiraTO Festival), The Council (Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival), and Rendering (Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival).

Allyson Fournier

Allyson graduated from Capilano University in 2015 with a degree in Motion Picture Arts. She is currently a member of the Wet Ink Collective where she is developing her first full-length play at weekly sessions with local director and playwright Mindy Parfitt. On stage, she recently appeared in "American Idiot" as Heather (Fighting Chance Productions) and "Songs for a New World" as a Canadian soldier, the Flying Home soloist (Fabulist Theatre). In March she directed four short plays as part of UBC's Brave New Play Rites Staged Reading Series, and in September she will be directing Laura Wade's riotous black comedy "Posh" as a part of Fighting Chance Productions' upcoming season. "Carrots, Baby" is her first locally produced play; she hopes you have as much fun watching it as she did writing it. Big love to the family for the support, and to Simon, who puts up with her busy schedule.

Brandon Waldenmayer

Brandon Waldenmayer- Originally from Canton Michigan, Brandon has had his plays for both child and adult audiences produced in the United States and Canada. After studying at Eastern Michigan University towards his degrees in Public and Non Profit Administration as well as Studies in Children's Literature and Theatre for Young Audiences, Brandon has put his schooling to use at Horizon Performing Arts in Ypsilanti Michigan where he serves as their Artistic Director. Brandon has also Produced, Directed, and Music Directed several plays and musicals throughout the Michigan area.

Ashleigh Hicks

Ashleigh Hicks is an emerging theatre artist currently based in Edmonton, Alberta. Primarily a playwright, her recent credits include Tempting (Edmonton Fringe, upcoming), Garnish (NextFest 2017), and Wolves (NextFest 2016). As a performer, she has been featured in Everyone We Know Will Be There: A House Party in One Act (Tiny Bear Jaws), The Odyssey (University of Alberta), and hollow lungs ([sift]/University of Alberta). Ashleigh is also a co-founder of Wig Kickers, a theatrical collaboration between herself and fellow emerging artist Franco Correa, focused on fun, failure, and physicality. Works with Wig Kickers include Unweaving the Window (Edmonton Clown Festival 2016) and Pressing Flowers (NextFest 2017). She is entering her fifth and final year of the University of Alberta’s BA Honours Drama program this fall.

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Unity Yoga for their support

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