The 2012 Young Playwrights Festival premieres three original one-act plays, written, directed, and performed entirely by youth. The three shows are running in repertory in the VanCity Culture Lab throughout The 2012 IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival, May 14th-19th.
Written by Andrew Wade
Directed by Mika Laulainen
A naive self-tracker prepares for love at first sight, as a neurotic, a nostalgic, and a lost soul launch into a love triangle. An ex-wife confronts her depression while her ex-husband deals with his guilty conscience for having left her. A relationships comedy (yes, comedy) akin to Love Actually, The Romantics is a character-focused play that theatrically explores how these people grapple with relationships and love.
Written by Josephine Mitchell
Directed by Kaylin Metchie
Assistant Directed by Dakota Shelby
Johnny, a lost 20 year old, has forgotten how to light a campfire and Stella, a veteran sex worker, has never lit anything but a cigarette, but they’re camping in the approaching dark and between the two of them some sort of fire needs to light. Both in the middle of the woods for different reasons, Johnny and Stella reveal how their worlds overlap into intimate territory. Territory where neither assumed they’d end up.
Written by Lyndsey Bourne
Directed by Jenni Raine
Henry Bartlett is a bitter and cantankerous professor, longing to see passion in the eyes of his students. In walks Jamie, a naïve and determined nineteen-year-old who questions Henry’s theories on teaching, literature and humanism. As their relationship progresses the line between mentor and student is blurred. Tensions rise as Henry’s influence over Jamie becomes that of an obsessive father, struggling to maintain relevance in the face of a new generation.
Monday, May 14th @ 6PM:
Making Light / The Romantics
Tuesday, May 15th @ 6PM:
The Education of Jamie Stewart / Making Light
Wednesday, May 16th @ 6PM:
The Romantics / The Education of Jamie Stewart
Thursday, May 17th @ 6PM:
Making Light / The Education of Jamie Stewart
Friday, May 18th @ 6PM:
The Romantics / Making Light
Saturday, May 19th:
2PM - TRIPLE BILL – The Education of Jamie Stewart/The Romantics/Making Light
6PM – The Education of Jamie Stewart / The Romantics