Every Thursday at 10 pm, we'll be in the Rainbow Room at Menz & Mollyz Bar, reading some hot-off-the-presses (and some decidedly just hot) playscripts. Sex, love, betrayal, illusion and disillusion, with an occasional raunch-factor thrown in... grab a friend and cozy in.
LOCATION for LATE NIGHT: MENZ & MOLLYZ BAR, 2182 Gottingen Street
Thursday, October 8th, 10 pm
DOUBLE BILL of SHORTER PLAYS
The Line of the Heart by Trevor Poole
A waitress serves a mysterious woman in a cafe. Magic happens when the waitress tries her best to serve this woman. A surreal relationship develops between them that challenges their notions of love and illusion.
Trevor Poole is a Halifax native who enjoys creating magic and performance art for the theatre; he has performed multiple runs of a extended sold out show and received reviews in The Chronicle Herald, and The Coast, and he is working on fresh material for a near-future release (stay tuned); he comes from a background in graphic design and art, and has found another kind of creative family having been invited to design posters and programs for a theatre festival audience for the DaPoPo Theatre. He is actively writing and creating performance art with his friend Zach Faye, and they will be artists in residence for the 2015 DaPoPo Live-In.
A frosty hit-man shoved off the straight-and-narrow path struggles to withstand the heat of coming face-to-face with an innocent man convicted of one of his crimes. Will he do the right thing and confess? The right thing to do: that’s one of those long, tall, bony questions with lots of thick branches and deep-ass roots.
Jeremy Kehoe hears voices. These voices call him to create characters and place them on a quest. These characters heckle and haunt him – bantering and bickering and thrusting and parrying – until their voices muffle from roars to murmurs at the words “End Play”. Audiences have listened to Jeremy’s voices in theaters across the United States – from Los Angeles to New York. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and a former newspaper editor and reporter, where he earned awards from the NAACP and the New England Press Association. As a freelance writer he has published articles in newspapers including the Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Sacramento News & Review. Jeremy also strangled himself with a necktie as a PR executive for 10 years until the oxygen drained from his brain.
Thursday, October 15th, 10 pm
Family Play by Matt Fox
What is family? Is there such a thing as a 'normal' family? Family Play takes the idea of how a family should be structured and turns it on its head. Told through the eyes of a worldly-wise 8 year old, Family Play reveals the comedy and tragedy associated with all human relationships. Never shy to deconstruct a dramatic world, Matt Fox deals with the real and surreal in equal measure to reveal the subjectivity of truth behind all family units.
Matt Fox is a UK playwright, librettist & producer whose work has been performed throughout the UK, US and Australia. His best known piece of work is Swindon: the Opera, which was written with internationally acclaimed composer Betty Roe MBE, and performed in July 2012. His play 'To Sleep'was staged in the West End in September 2013 and toured the UK & Australia in 2014/15. Matt’s work is published by Roister Doister Publishing and Off The Wall Plays in the UK, and JD Drama Publishing in the USA.
Thursday, October 22nd, 10 pm
Ingrown (working title) by Ira Henderson
A domestic drama about the lies we tell ourselves about the secrets we keep from others, and the ways in which past traumas can leave us at once callous and tender. A husband, wife, and foster son circle, shun, and seek each other out, in order to obscure and reveal different aspects of themselves from and to each other. The play explores the emotional and social contortions resulting from repressed sexuality, addiction, depression, dysfunction, and hidden histories. Oh, and it’s a birthday party.
Ira is a local artist who studied at King’s, Dal, and Capilano Universities. He has been acting in Halifax for over a decade, and has also written and directed theatre and film. He is grateful to DaPoPo for giving him an opportunity to share this new work by including it in the awesomeness that is the Live In!
Thursday, October 29th, 10 pm
Tunnel of Love by Kevin Hartford
An atypical boy-meets-girl story, Tunnel of Love is a dark comedy about Claire and Frank, two strangers who meet under unusual circumstances - a car accident that kills them both. Claire refuses to believe her life is over, while Frank is all too eager to leave his behind. We join the two reluctant travel companions as they make their way toward the light, a journey that will force them to deal with each other as they try to sort out their own complicated feelings. Are they headed toward heaven? Or are they trapped in hell?
Kevin Hartford has been a contributor to the Halifax alt-weekly The Coast for three years. His short fiction has appeared in the Feathertale Review and the Dalhousie Review.