THE ninth annual Carol Shields Festival of New Works kicks off Thursday with a gala that includes a performance by singer/songwriter Keri Latimer, short dance and theatre pieces and an address from Toronto playwright Colleen Murphy.
As the keynote speaker, Murphy, the author of the Governor General's Award-winning drama The December Man (l'homme de d©cembre), will offer some personal perspectives on rage and love in theatre. The following day she will be the focus of a meet and greet at 5 p.m. in the PTE Lounge before readings from her two new plays, Armstrong's War (7 p.m.) and Pig Girl (9 p.m.) take place on the mainstage.
On Saturday, the festival will offer two readings, starting at 7 p.m. with budding playwright Kevan Bowkett's script Times Fancy, in which he poses the question: What if King Henry V had lived long enough to meet Joan of Arc? At 9 p.m. Winnipeg actor Carson Nattrass introduces his first full-length play, Dances with Daughter, which explores the relationship between aboriginals and the police in Winnipeg after a father confronts a cop who shot his daughter.
Tickets to the gala, which includes a catered reception, are $25, while all the other festival events are free.