New Play Development Series

Join us for these FREE staged readings of works in progress...happening in the Community Events Area beside the mainstage...

  Lear - Adapted by Bob Wicks and Company
  Saturday July 23rd @ 3pm

This presentation partners two Saskatoon theatre companies, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre and La Troupe du Jour, in a work-in-progess exploration that translates elements of King Lear through the lens of Plains Cree and Fransaskois world views and languages. We are working towards a fully re-worked, trilingual, multicultural, Saskatchewan-focused version of King Lear that speaks to the lived experience and traditional cultural knowledge of the Plains Cree and Fransaskois peoples. The material thus far generated has been created by multiple artists as a collective, provoked by the project’s initiator, Bob Wicks.


 Wardo by Jimmy Blais
 July 30th @ 3pm

Wardo follows an Indigenous adolescent boy Dylan into his 17th foster home. He is hardened and shut down, his guard is up and seemingly impenetrable until …his new, charmingly eccentric mom Dottie finds her way in; Shakespeare. Using the child welfare system as a metaphoric parallel, Wardo examines the complexity surrounding our admiration of Shakespeare’s work and puts into question the significance of the space and time we dedicate to what many consider to be cultural imperialism.


 The Dark Lady* by Jessica B. Hill
 August 8th @ 7:30pm 

Emilia Bassano, the probable Dark Lady of Shakespeare's sonnets, was a published poet in her own right. She was also  trilingual, multiracial, and a talented musician. The Dark Lady brings these two poets intimately together as they wrestle with artistic collaboration, ambition, envy and love: an entanglement that will profoundly shape both their lives and their work. *in co-development with Shakespeare in the Ruins (Winnipeg)

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