Here are some highlights that have emerged out of the chaos.
Our Ghosts. My new script! Inspired by the true story of the disappearance of a jet and its two pilots, one of whom was my father. About a woman’s lifelong quest to find her husband; the ripple effects of his disappearance; and learning how to live with our ghosts. 2018 honours: semi-finalist, Ashland New Plays Festival; selected for presentation, Women Playwrights International Conference, Santiago, Chile; listed for publication, Scirocco Drama. Our Ghosts awaits its premiere.
Our Golden Years. My short and not-so-sweet dark comedy about love in the ‘golden years’ was named a semi-finalist in the 2018 Little Black Dress INK Festival which took it to Milwaukee. Still awaiting news on Festival finalists.
Polly and The Penthouse: A Spirited Musical. Thrilled to report that this musical is finally coming to life! I’m writing book and lyrics and Britt MacLeod is composing. Commissioned by Fugue Theatre, Polly and the Penthouse is in development with Fugue and Touchstone Theatre and the Penthouse Nightclub. On track to premiere 2019/20 at the Penthouse.
Spinning You Home. Delighted to direct my script for Spinners Collective at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and work again with actors Sarah Roa and Simon Webb. Both were on the team behind the 2016 Pick of the Fringe production of And Bella Sang With Us. Spinning You Home celebrates love that defies death, a haunting chapter in BC history and the power of storytelling.
Simon Webb Photo by Mits Naga
The Centurions Project. Autumn 2017 director Lynna Goldhar Smith and I embarked on an exciting new venture, working with a talented group of youth to explore possibilities central to my script Centurions in a community engagement project. We were awarded a Boca del Lupo Theatre Residency in the spring of 2018 and then offered a co-production and 2019 premiere at Evergreen Theatre and Cultural Centre. So grateful! Onward.
Syrah Khan Photo by Mits Naga
Underbelly. Working on a TV series pilot and season package which are inspired by Canada’s – and Vancouver’s – first women police officers and my play And Bella Sang With Us.