Screaming Weenie’s annual Clean Sheets play workshop returns presenting three queer-themed plays as part of the 2010 Queer Arts Festival.
The three plays, selected from an open, nation-wide call for submissions will perform over two nights at the Roundhouse Community Centre on August 8th and 9th.
First up is Galatea by Lawrence Aronovitch (pictured left) on Sunday, August 8th at 3pm. A fresh look at the Pygmalion legend from a gay perspective, Galatea sees Harry, a middle-aged painter, falls in love with Eli, the young model who poses for him. The play also tells the story of Georgie, Harry’s lover of some thirty years. Georgie wants to get married but is tired of Harry’s flirtations; he also discovers a common bond with Eli’s new boyfriend, Freddie.
Following Galatea at 5pm on August 8th is Deirdre Walton’s (middle) Inna di Wardrobe which tells the story of a Jamaican-Canadian woman coming out to her family by bringing her lesbian lover home for a holiday feast. As the food hits the fan, we find out that there’s more to this immigrant family than meets the eye. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, this story pits intergenerational family dynamics and shifting social mores against the skeletons inna di wardrobe.
The next day, Vancouver’s Jan Darbyshire (pictured left) presents her Turkey in the Woods on Monday, at 7:30pm which she describes as Lesbian friendly a “burnt comedy for those with a certain type of humour”. Hale’s lover, Peaches wants to tie the knot. Hale wants to throw in the rope. On the advice of her questionable therapist Hale, hoping to solve some of her commitment ‘issues, decides to go home to her family for Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time in ten years. Hale’s mother decides not to have the dinner around the dining room table but outside in the woods, just like the pilgrims. The tract of land she choses for the festivities is surrounded by a rifle range.
8 & 9 August 2010
Roundhouse Community Centre
An annual event of original queer-themed plays by both emerging and established Canadian playwrights. Visit http://www.screamingweenie.com for more information.