(Story by Michael Sobota)
The Seventh Annual 10x10 Showcase was presented on April 12 and 13 at Magnus Theatre. The showcase is a presentation of ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights. But 10x10 is much more than the showcase itself. The 10x10 team (Sheena Albanese, Jessica Krasnichuk, Nicholas Palinka, Jelena Psenicnik, and artistic director Cathi Winslow) offer playwriting workshops, followed by a script submission deadline in January, play and director selection, auditions, casting, rehearsals, and marketing. It is, in a very real, supportive sense, vibrant community animation. And Thunder Bay has responded enthusiastically, participating at all stages in the process and supporting the final showcase with sold-out performances.
For practical reasons, it is impossible to critique all 10 productions. I will highlight here some of the strengths in this year's showcase.
Susan Rogers, a returning playwright, asked several profound questions in her bright comedy Worth Less. What do we want? What are we worth? Perhaps even, who are we? ...
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Announcing the Audience Favourite Awards for 2019:
Thanks to our audience for three sold-out performances of the Seventh Annual Showcase--over 700 voters. Congratulations to all ten plays for a consistent high standard of theatrical storytelling.
Here is how the audience voted:
FIRST PLACE: Clicket (written by Amanda Doig; directed by Alison Miecznikowski; starring Tara Rowe, Christiana Joy Goetz Fidler, Jordan Blaxill and Dennis Dubinsky)
SECOND PLACE: Worth Less (written by Susan Rogers; directed by Janis Swanson; starring Sheena Larson, Kelsey Agnew, Colin Stewart and Donna Simon)
THIRD PLACE: Poor Yorick (written by Bronson Carver; directed by Thomas McDonald; starring Chris Jason, Mary Davis, Eric Laughton and Kirk Maurer)
Clicket will be performed at the NOWW LitFest Awards Gala on Saturday May 11th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Alison Miecznikowski, Christiana Joy Goetz Fidler, Dennis Dubinsky, Tara Rowe, Amanda Doig, Jordan Blaxill,
Nadia Cheechoo directorial debut in upcoming
10x10 is a year-round theatre creation project in Thunder Bay, Ontario, featuring the 10x10 Play Showcase, our annual production of original ten-minute plays by regional playwrights, developed and performed by local directors, actors and technicians.