Fri. November 23, 2012, 7pm
Directed by Guy Sprung
Unseamly - Inspired by sexual harassment allegations brought against nationally known clothing companies, Unseamly focuses its attention on an industry that has become synonymous for pushing the boundaries on sexuality while inflaming debates as to what is socially acceptable.
Born and raised in Montréal, Oren attended the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University before turning his attention to playwriting and screenwriting. He is a playwright-in-residence at La MaMa E.T.C. Works include off-Broadway/London hit Private Jokes, Public Places and La Compagnie, which he developed into a ½-hour pilot for Castle Rock/CBS. “Like the play, I hope the audience questions whether the sexualization of our youth leads to greater freedom of expression or a deterioration in society's social fabric.”
Sat. November 24, 2012, 7pm (Write-On-Q! winner)
Directed by Guy Sprung and Susann Hochgräf
Disappeared - Disappeared explores 4 young people and an elderly man who are all in the process of disappearing in some way. Scott can’t express how he feels. Mr. Richardson suffers from Alzheimer's. Alex slaves away at his PhD but feels his work is of little importance. Sylvia hates herself so much that she attempts to transform into a childhood friend. Cate spends her days playing x-box and living off cheques from her father who ‘disappeared’ years ago.
Leah Jane Esau
Disappeared was Leah Jane's graduating project at the National Theatre School, dramaturged by Emma Tibaldo and directed by Sophie Gee. Other shows include Shed, (SummerWorks Theatre Festival 2010), Waterfront: The Blessing (SummerWorks 2011) and The Death of Ashley Smith (PROTESTIVAL!). “I can't wait to work with Infinithéâtre- a company dedicated to producing new Canadian work. Drama is about understanding people you might not otherwise understand or care about. I want the audience to sympathize with these young people as they try to sort out their lives, feeling as if they make no impact or difference in the world, as if they’re disappearing.”
Sun. November 25, 2012, 2pm
Directed by Susann Hochgräf
A Place in the Country- Taryn Hepburn finds herself at odds with her father after she attempts to forge a relationship with her birth mother, a former prostitute. As the country debates a new law that would redefine the rights of prostitutes in society, Taryn finds herself with divided loyalties after her uncle disappears - and it becomes evident that her birth mother may have been involved.
Joel Fishbane is an author of fiction and theatre. His plays have been produced/workshopped in New York, Ohio, the United Kingdom, Montréal and Toronto. His work has been honoured as finalist or semi-finalist in a number of competitions, including second place for this year’s Write-on-Q!. “Infinithéâtre gave me my start in Montréal - back in 1999, they helped me produce my first play. Guy Sprung has also continued to be an avid champion of my work. I couldn't be more thrilled to have A Place in the Country included in this year's Pipeline Series.”