the 2017 playwrights
Our imaginative voices come from around the world and our own back yard.
josé rivera - Marisol (staged reading - mar. 4th)
Rivera was born in Puerto Rico in 1955. His family migrated when he was 4 years old, and moved to New York City. They settled down in Long Island, whose small town environment would be of an influence to him in the future. His family enjoyed telling stories and he learned a lot by hearing these stories. In 1968, when Rivera was 12 years old, he saw a traveling company perform the play "Rumpelstiltskin" at his school. Witnessing the collective reaction of the audience towards the play convinced the young Rivera that someday, he too, would like to write plays.
Jose Rivera is the author of Marisol, Cloud Tectonics, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, and Boleros for the Disenchanted, among many others. His screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Winner of the 1993 Obie Award, Marisol, a poetry-infused apocalyptic play, follows Marisol Perez as she navigates the war torn city that was New York. The angels have left to fight a war in heaven and all of Earth will suffer until the people rise up to join the fight. Rivera’s plea for compassion in a ravaged world, Marisol was described by the Village Voice as “angry, fearsome, fantastic, and poetically frenzied, without surrendering either its sanity or its mordant sense of humour.”
Edward Albee (The Play About The Baby - May 2017)
We are proud to celebrate the life and work of prolific playwright Edward Albee this spring. Albee was raised in Westchester County, New York. After bouncing around various private schools and attending a military academy, he enrolled at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut for a time before eventually breaking away from his adoptive family in the late 1940s and finding a community in the vibrant artists circle living in Greenwich Village.
In his long career, Albee received three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
The Play About The Baby is one of Albee's most daring Black Comedies. By turns funny, mysterious and disturbing, this play concerns a young couple who have just had a baby, and the strange turn of events that transpire when they are visited by an older man and woman.
"An invaluable self-portrait of sorts from one of the few genuinely great living American dramatists…BABY rockets into that special corner of theater heaven where words shoot off like fireworks into dazzling patterns and hues." —NY Times.
eliza clark - Recall (2017 Toronto Fringe)
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Clark received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 1985. She has also taught creative writing at Ryerson University, the Humber School for Writers and York University. Clark has had her plays developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse, The New York International Fringe Festival and Yale University. She also has written for television including AMC’s “Rubicon” and “The Killing.”
Clark’s Recall takes us to a grim, sci-fi world in which crimes might be prevented before they occur. Lucy makes people uncomfortable. There's something about her eyes. There's something about the way her mother's boyfriends keep disappearing. And there's something about the government agents on her trail. Radically imaginative and achingly plain, Recall explores our need to feel connected, understood and loved. No matter the damage, no matter the cost.
Future Theatre Festival (fall 2017)
We are now taking submissions for our first new Canadian works festival. In Fall 2017 we will present four new plays featuring artists within our mandate (Fantastic Realism). What does that include?
- Science Fiction
- Magical Realism
- Existential Theatre
- Deconstructed or meta-theatrical works
- Heightened characters
- Supernatural worlds
Four selected ensembles will work with Seven Siblings Theatre on a monthly basis from May to Oct to develop and shape original productions (90 minutes or less in length). Artists are also expected to rehearse independently to expand the pieces. The completed performances will receive world premieres at the Future Theatre Festival.
We encourage applications from all backgrounds, beliefs, and identities. To be considered, please submit a formal pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
- Who are you? Who are the core members of your ensemble? What is your process when devising theatre?
- What is your piece about? How does it reflect our mandate for Fantastic Realism?
- How would you benefit from working in our development sessions?
- A brief relevant biography or resume of each artist on your team.
- Previous writing samples of your work. If you create physical or non-traditional theatre, please submit or audio/visual recordings of your work.
Applications are due by 5pm on March 17th 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.