“Entertaining Shorts 2014 provides an opportunity for local playwrights and actors to showcase their creative work to patrons in the intimacy of the new contemporary Black Box Theatre at QEPCCC” said Micki Clemens, BOTG president. “I am thrilled to say that this year Entertaining Shorts will feature four short plays written, directed and acted by local residents. One of the plays, The Weekend Project, is both student written and directed. This event celebrating local writing and acting talent is a not-to-be-missed event”!
THE EREBUS AND THE TERROR (30 min.)
Written and directed by Michael Brown
This historical play uncovers the personal story of Sir John Franklin, the famed Arctic explorer, who embarked from England to search for the Northwest Passage. This play looks at the unique and affectionate relationship between Sir John, dubbed The Erebus, and his dynamic wife, Lady Jane Franklin, nicknamed The Terror.
Led by director Michael Brown (Oakville resident), The Erebus and the Terror features Jim Curley (Mississauga resident) as Sir John Franklin, Cynthia Dempster (Oakville resident) as Lady Jane Franklin, Jane Pokou (Oakville resident) as Eleanor Franklin and Peter Coffey (Oakville resident) as Captain Francis Crozier.
A PRESCRIPTION FOR TENDERNESS (20 min.)
Written by Linda McCready and directed by Angie Fyke
Emma and her colleague, Graham, need to be energetic and joyful to perform their jobs working with children. Sometimes, however, as Emma discovers, one’s own child needs counseling and understanding. A warm and charming play that touches on relationships and change.
Led by director Angie Fyke (Toronto resident), A Prescription for Tenderness written by Burlington resident Linda McCready, features Wendy Oughtred (Burlington resident) as Emma, Philip Zabel (Ancaster resident) as Louis, and Rod McTaggart (Mississauga resident) as Graham.
THE WEEKEND PROJECT (20 min.)
Written and directed by Eddie Mines, Oakville Trafalgar H. S. and Streetwise Theatre Group
Four teenagers get together to work on a school project. The task is simple: prepare a 5 minute presentation on a Shakespearean play. Only there’s a BIG problem: Rachael and Danny (who used to be best friends) won’t talk to each other. Alfred is a completely reluctant participant. In order to get the project done, Kim has to fix the problems between them all, which is not as easy as it sounds.
Led by playwright and director Eddie Mines (Oakville resident), The Weekend Project features Sherman Gill (Oakville resident) as Danny, Samantha Rideout (Oakville resident) as Rachael, Shaumar Turner (Oakville resident) as Alfred and Mimi Han (Burlington resident) as Kim.
GALLOWS END (20 min.)
Written and directed by George Marciniak
An ambitious man travels from Boston to the backwoods of Georgia to find a celebrated witch to grant him what he most desires. He wants to strike a bargain to ensure he and his family find great wealth and power. Secrets re revealed and the visitor discovers more than he bargained for. A dark, satirical comedy with a “surprise” ending!
Led by playwright and director George Marciniak (Burlington resident), Gallows End features Ron Gauthier (Oakville resident) as Guide, Robert Laszcz (Oakville resident) as Visitor, Madeline Leon (Mississauga resident) as Annabelle Lee and Rod McTaggart (Mississauga resident) as Demon.
Entertaining Shorts 2014 ticket information and performance dates/locations:
Tickets: $15 / $10 for groups of 10 / $5 students (with ID)
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre – Black Box Theatre
2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 3L5
Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 at 8pm
Sunday, May 25 at 2pm.
Buy tickets online at botg.ca or at the door (cash or cheque only)