WORLPLAY 2012 SCHEDULE

Date posted: February 10, 2012

Puente Theatre’s Worldplay returns for the next three Sundays. Here’s their line up.

February 12 @ 8pm
Paz
by Alicia Payne
Directed by Ana de Lara

February 19 @ 8pm
Nocturnal
by Juan Mayorga, Translated by David Johnston
Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

February 26 @ 8 pm
How Can I Explain a Thing so Beautiful
by Elizabeth Pringle
Directed by Will Weigler

Where – The Belfry Arts Centre, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Avenue Victoria, BC.

Entrance by donation

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February 12 @ 8pm
Paz
by Alicia Payne
Directed by Ana de Lara

Paz A child goes missing after her nanny is fired. The missing child’s mother confronts the nanny in a park. Featuring an ethnically diverse cast, the answer to the question “Who’s child is this?” takes on expanded meaning. In many Canadian communities, nannies and live-in-care-givers abound. Many of them have left their homes and work in foreign lands. They’re more than an employee but not a relative so when it comes to their employer’s family structure, where do they fit in?

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February 19 @ 8pm
Nocturnal
by Juan Mayorga, Translated by David Johnston
Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

Nocturnal (Animales Nocturnos) When you’re alone in a big city, how far would you go to make a new friend?_Two men meet in a restaurant. The smaller of the two blackmails the other into becoming his friend. Unless the one does what the other says, he will be turned into the authorities as an illegal immigrant. Nocturnal is a brilliant new satire about obsession, insomnia, and blackmail by one of the most important Spanish playwrights working today.

Juan Mayorga is one of the most important Spanish playwrights of his generation. His first play, Siete hombres Buenos (Seven Good Men), was awarded second place in the Marques de Bradomin Prize in 1989. Since this first accolade, Mayorga has won a series of national awards, most prominently, Spain’s National Theatre Prize, which he was awarded in 2007 for services to Spanish theatre. Mayorga’s work has been translated into many languages and performed widely throughout the world. In addition to his role as playwright, Juan Mayorga has adapted versions of classical dramas for the Spanish stage. In January, 2007 he provided a version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People for Madrid’s Centro Dramatico Nacional (CDN), for which he also adapted King Lear in February, 2008. He was a founding member of – and continues to collaborate with – the El Astillero theatre company that was established in 1993. In 1998 he began teaching dramaturgy, history of thought, and sociology at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico in Madrid.

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February 26 @ 8 pm
How Can I Explain a Thing so Beautiful
by Elizabeth Pringle
Directed by Will Weigler

How Can I Explain a Thing so Beautiful is an encounter with the 16th-century Spanish mystic Carmelite nun Teresa of Ávila as she talks to herself, to a fish she’s eating for supper, to a mouse who has moved into her convent, and (in her imagination) to her imprisoned friend Juan de la Cruz, her mother, her Inquisitors, and God. It is a wonderfully funny, touching and spiritual one-woman play that is rich with hope.

Elizabeth Pringle is a playwright, director, actor, and arts & media producer/educator. She has written plays, musicals, opera and zarzuela adaptations, operettas, articles, poems, websites, grants, a film and more. She loves working with language and image to discover meaning and hopefully make art. She has taught emerging playwrights and actors in DC (Theatre Lab, Kennedy Center, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Young Playwrights) and beyond. Elizabeth is also the creator/director of The Shortie Awards: International Film and News Festival, celebrating and promoting youth-made media.

WORLDPLAY

PUENTE has presented staged readings of over 50 plays from around the world, from countries such as China, Japan, Chile, Kenya, Nigeria, Italy, Holland, Russia, Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, USA, Lithuania, Russia, South Africa, India, Cameroon, Syria, the Philippines and Barbados, as well as several plays with multicultural content by Canadian writers.

All participants in WORLDPLAY, actors, directors, managers, translators, musicians and presenters, are volunteers. PUENTE pays only the playwrights, who receive their royalties. Donations at the door contribute to the space rental costs. Thank you!

We can truly say WORLDPLAY is a community effort.

All WORLDPLAY staged readings of plays from around the world are performed at the Belfry Arts Centre, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria.