IT’S BEEN A CRAZY COUPLE OF YEARS
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.
Here’s a snapshot of my writing year in 2015/2016 .
There, I was honoured to be a playwright delegate with my script, Centurions, and co-present a workshop–“Sculpting Plays from True-Life Stories”–with Toronto playwright Beverley Cooper.
It was a rich and inspiring adventure. And then there was the safari!
The presentation of my script Centurions in Cape Town created quite a stir. Many of the women in attendance from countries around the world actually believed that Canada was beyond issues like violence and rape. Centurions helped to set them straight. I am excited that the script is being read in Scotland, Norway and Australia.
In the Fall I spent a thrilling week in St. John’s, NL with the wonderful c2c theatre team workshopping and presenting stage and video elements of Centurions in preparation for an upcoming production. I can’t wait to get back there.
And, as the 4th Annual City of Richmond Writer in Residence in the Fall, I worked on my new play, Our Ghosts, read manuscripts and led writing workshops for older adults, youth, and adults with children five to seven years old. Thanks Richmond! It was a blast.
UP AND COMING 2016 and beyond.
I am thrilled that my work will be featured in two Festival productions in September 2016.
OUR GOLDEN YEARS—a short and not-so-sweet comedy, that takes a surprising peek at love in the ‘golden years, debuts in Winnipeg at Sarsavati Productions’ FemFest.
OUR GOLDEN YEARS has also been chosen as a semi-finalist in Vancouver’s Cold Reading Series Short Play Competition. If it moves forward it will be part of the 2017 Cold Reading Series Short Play Festival.
AND BELLA SANG WITH US—a drama with humour and song and inspired by Canada’s first women police officers–is at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
“This script is nuanced, darkly funny and action packed.” Jacqueline Russell, Past Artistic Producer, Urban Curvz Theatre.
I also have three major writing projects on the go. More information on those coming soon.
It really has been an amazing time. I have so many people to thank, and so I’ve created a special Kudos Page where I acknowledge the many organizations and people who help me do what I do. Click here.