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Join Theatre Prospero and Thousand Faces Festival for their New Mythic Works Series on July 8 and 9, 2022 at 7:30PM at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, 8426 Gateway Boulevard NW.
The Thousand Faces Festival put out a submission call to Edmonton playwrights for short (10-20 minute) plays based in and around mythology. A blind jury then selected 5 plays and are so excited to be presenting workshop productions of each play for Edmonton audiences!
Changeling by: Liam Monaghan
A contemporary reimagining of an ancient Irish myth, Changeling tells the story of Simon, a nine-year-old child who is beginning to discover their queerness in the world of make-believe. Encouraged by a progressive young teacher, Simon starts using gender neutral pronouns, a change which angers and frightens their conservative father. A rift opens up in the small family, and the fairies, infamous for stealing children, see their chance to wreak some mischief—though of course, what feels like mischief and danger to some, feels like celebration and freedom to others…
Homeric Hymnn of Demeter, Kind Of by: Samantha Fraughton
It is no ordinary weekday at the sleepy Willingdon Law Office when Demeter, the scorned goddess of agriculture, enters seeking a lawyer to help her retrieve her daughter Persephone.
Iphigenia by: Liam Salmon
With the air thick with the anticipation of blood, Iphigenia looks on from a moonlit terrace. She is to be sacrificed to the sea god so her father’s fleet can sail safely off to war. As she awaits her death, her mother Clytemnestra visits her one last time.
Mango of the Dead by: Kijo Gatama
When life gives you mangoes, make a romantic tale that tangoes. Between the line of simple lies and a greater sweeter reward lying ahead of you. Ask yourself what is your most unforgivable lie, and did you get away with it? Mango of the Dead, follows a spectacle inspired by a Senegalese tale of Truth and Falsehood. The two sisters, Sister Truth, and Sister Falsehood are faced with the choice to either live in poverty for the rest of their lives or scheme their way into riches.
Sisyphus, Happy by: Calla Wright
The year is the Unspecified Future. Humanity has been all but wiped out. In a lonely little spaceship drifting through the cosmos is Beff Jezos, Earth billionaire and the last living human. With only an AI for company, Beff reflects on how he became the last of his kind, and what that means for his future.
Meet the Jurors:
Amanda Samuelson Amanda Samuelson is a writer, actor, and producer currently based in amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton. She was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where her passion for theatre began. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts BFA program, with a major in Theatre and a minor in Creative Writing. She spent the majority of her time at NYU in the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, where she first discovered her love of playwriting. Her full-length play, Pressure, received an honourable mention for Fire Exit Theatre’s Scripts on Fire New Play Competition in 2020 and will receive a reading at NextFest in June, 2022, and will be produced at the 2022 Edmonton Fringe Festival.
Marina Mair-Sánchez is an immigrant performer/creator originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, currently residing in amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton. Growing up her main mode of artistic expression was dance, she trained in ballet achieving Grades II-VII in the British Royal Academy of Dance system, and competed in national festivals in contemporary dance and jazz across Mexico. She immigrated to Edmonton to pursue her BFA in Acting degree from the University of Alberta. Since graduating, she has had the pleasure of being a part of the Edmonton theatre community, mostly as a performer, for many companies including The Fox Den Collective, Grindstone Theatre, Catch the Keys Productions, Theatre Yes, and the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre among others. She has also written a number of short plays including “Rooftop Murmurs,” which was selected as a winner of the inaugural EdmonTEN festival, as well as four of the episodes of the upcoming Nextfest show “What's Next? A Choose-Your-Own-Audio-Journey.”
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