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Inspired by the desire to create opportunities for Canadian playwrights to strengthen their skills for storytelling in a digital space, timeshare performance, with the support of the Canada Council, presents Digital NOW! a festival for weary hearts, a fundraiser for PAL Canada Foundation. Created by Briana Brown & Janelle Hanna, this free four-day festival runs from February 10 to 13, 2022 at www.afestivalforwearyhearts.com with a suggested donation to PAL Canada, an organization working to alleviate the consequences of poverty, isolation, and housing challenges among elder members of Canada’s arts and entertainment community.
With playwrights of all ages, from teenagers to more established artists, Digital NOW! a festival for weary hearts features five short theatre pieces (15 – 30 minutes) performed for a live digital audience. With a focus on curiosity and experimentation each piece explores the state of relationships through the lens of the past two years of the pandemic.
Featuring the time and talent of 25+ artists and artsworkers including: DANIEL KROLIK (Box 4901, Stag and Doe), ROB KEMPSON (AP Capitol Theatre, Port Hope), JANELLE HANNA (Miss Caledonia, Prairie Nurse), LAURA ANNE HARRIS (Pitch Blond, Destiny, USA), BRIANA BROWN (Bad Baby Presents…, The Way Back to Thursday), RACHEL BLAIR (A Man Walks Into A Bar), LIZ DER (Soulpepper Academy), FRANCES KONCAN (theatre whynot ThisGen fellow, Musical Stage Company Noteworthy writer) and alumni from the Paprika Festival and Young People’s Theatre Writer’s Bloc program.
A monologue about a senior woman choosing the path less travelled, and a terrible dinner guest. Written and performed by Celeste Sansregret, directed by Laura Anne Harris.
The 3 H’s and their big L
Three teenagers use a purposeless club to find their purpose. Written by Naila Katekyeza, directed by Rachel Blair, dramaturged by Briana Brown.
A poignant portrait of the effects of addiction on a long-term relationship… and a talking dog. Written by Kenneth Collins, directed by Jacob Kay, dramaturged by Andy Cheng, performed by Alex Aoki, John Wamsley, and Liz Der.
When the climate crisis becomes personal, a couple is pushed to the brink. Written by Laura Anne Harris, directed by Tom McHale, performed by Daniel Krolik & Chris Leveille.
Colin & Coffee & Lennox & Kleenex
A couple celebrates their anniversary while the objects in their Zoom backgrounds seek romance. Written by Briana Brown & Janelle Hanna, directed by Rob Kempson.
Commissioned Land Acknowledgement - Frances Koncan
ABOUT TIMESHARE PERFORMANCE
Timeshare Performance is specifically an un-company: a vessel for the creation of a multiplicity of styles and forms that need not fit neatly into a traditional mandate. Simply by creating work, we add to the potential of our goals and objectives. Comprised of professional Indie theatre makers from Toronto, timeshare performances’ most recent production Box 4901 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre was a near sell-out, earning 4 NNNNs from Now Magazine’s Glenn Sumi.
ABOUT CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
The Canada Council for the Arts contributes to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and supports its presence across Canada and around the world. The Council is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to “foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.” For more information, please visit canadacouncil.ca
ABOUT PAL CANADA FOUNDATION
PAL CANADA is a national Charitable Foundation that works to “create caring communities and support programs, which allow senior members of Canada’s arts and entertainment industry to thrive.” PAL Canada Foundation is the national “umbrella” organization that represents and supports 7 individual PAL chapters across the country. For more information, please visit palcanada.org
Digital NOW! a festival for weary hearts
When: February 10 – 13, 2022
Festival Schedule: 8pm EST on Feb 10th (Program A) & 11th (Program B), Feb 12th & 13th 6pm & 8pm EST (Programs A & B run each night)
Approximate running time: Each program runs approximately 1 hour
Where: Online (www.afestivalforwearyhearts.com)
Price: FREE with a suggested donation of $20 to PAL Canada Foundation
For all media inquiries, contact Janelle Hanna - Festival Producer
firstname.lastname@example.org / 416-728-1306
By joining PAL CANADA you are:
- making a difference by helping this national organization continue to provide its “Supporting Cast” program, the root and heart of the organization. Support Cast includes virtual programming and in-person socialization events that help to alleviate isolation among seniors, like "Check in and Chat", "Zoom Game Days", "Virtual Tea Time", "Book Pals" and more. It also consists of a group of volunteers who may offer personal assistance to PAL members so that they can continue to lead meaningful, independent lives in their own homes.