“Right Here, Write Now”

3 Playwrights Respond to our Altered World
“Right Here, Write Now”
YPT’s New Online Play Festival
May 25-29, 2020

“…we are in for some
WONDERFUL THEATRE RIGHT IN OUR HOMES.
Please if you have [a] young person
it would be wise to watch with them.”

– OnStage Blog

YPT’s “Right Here, Write Now Festival” is a series of live-streamed readings of short new theatrical works created specifically to be performed online. Written by award-winning playwrights Kevin Dyer, Anita Majumdar and Christine Quintana over the past two months, these new plays in development respond to the challenges faced by young people living in a world altered by a global pandemic.

“Part of YPT’s programming vision is ensuring we create artistic works that speak to the contemporary lives of young people,” said Artistic Director Allen MacInnis. “This rapidly-created, online play festival responds to that need for relevance. We are in the midst of a time of enormous change and the writers of these short plays have all been asked to consider what might we make of this moment?”

Each play, detailed below, will be read live online on YPT’s YouTube channel – May 25, 27 & 29 at 7PM – and then made available for viewing throughout the month of June.

Monday, May 25:
The Girl, Her Mum and The Raccoon With No Name
Is it worse to be stuck alone or trapped together?
Written by Kevin Dyer
Directed by Stephen Colella
Featuring Nina Lee Aquino & Eponine Lee
Recommended for Ages 9-13

Click here for the play synopsis, discussion questions, activities and more.

“…what a way to kick off a new online play festival.‘The Girl, Her Mum and The Raccoon with No Name’ is a smart introduction to the Right Here, Write Now Festival…a fantastic story of a young person dealing with life during quarantine. If this is any indication of what is to come, we are in for some wonderful theatre right in our homes.”OnStage Blog

Wednesday, May 27:
Flower Girl
Saving the planet is more important than a really great party, right?
Written by Anita Majumdar
Directed by Stephen Colella
Featuring Nicco Lorenzo Garcia & Anita Majumdar
Recommended for Ages 14 & Up

Click here for the play synopsis, discussion questions, activities and more.

Friday, May 29:
hey you
Be how others perceive you or be…just you?
Written by Christine Quintana
Directed by Stephen Colella
Featuring Rhiannon Collett
Recommended for Ages 12 & Up

Click here for the play synopsis, discussion questions, activities and more.

The Playwrights

KEVIN DYER

Kevin Dyer

Kevin Dyer lives in Wales. He is Artistic Associate at Farnham Maltings and Associate Writer for Action Transport Theatre. He writes, directs, leads writing courses, is a poet and a story-teller. He has been awarded the ‘International Inspirational Playwright Award’ by ASSITEJ at their World Congress in Cape Town, won the UK Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young People, and has been shortlisted a dozen times for other awards. His adaptation of The Hobbit won the UK Theatre Awards ‘Best Production’. He has a long association with YPT. He wrote The Monster Under the BedMinotaur and Under the Stairs for them. YPT is currently developing his latest play The Fixing Girl – an adventure in a shed with pirates, buttered toast and a man who isn’t there.

ANITA MAJUMDAR

Anita Majumdar

Anita Majumdar is an acting graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia in Theatre, English and South Asian Languages. A student of kathak, odissi and bharatanatyam classical Indian dances, Anita has danced and choreographed contemporary hybrids of these forms for over two decades alongside her playwriting work. As a playwright, Anita was awarded Canada’s Governor General’s Protégé Prize in playwriting where she was mentored by John Murrell and was one of 50 artists invited to celebrate the Canada Council for the Arts 50th Anniversary. She has also been a writer in the Tarragon Writer’s Unit, the Cahoots Hot House Writer’s Unit, playwright in residence with Nightswimming and been invited to attend the Banff Playwright’s Lab on multiple occasions. Her most produced and toured work, the Fish Eyes Trilogy, is published with graphic illustrations by Playwrights Canada Press and in 2017 she completed her Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. As well, she was the recipient of Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance (Boys with Cars, Nightswimming/Young People’s Theatre) that same year. Recently, Anita completed a recording of the Fish Eyes Trilogy for CBC Radio’s PlayME. Currently, Anita is working with Nightswimming in Toronto where she is commissioned to write a new work, The Exercise Play.

CHRISTINE QUINTANA

Christine is a playwright, actor, and co-artistic director of Delinquent Theatre (delinquenttheatre.com). She has recently appeared on stage for Electric Company Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, and Theatre Replacement. Christine is currently working on plays for Young People’s Theatre, Neworld Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, the Belfry Theatre and the Arts Club Theatre Company. She is a founding member of CALTAC, graduate of UBC’s BFA Acting Program and the 2017 Siminovitch Protégée Prize winner for Playwriting. christinequintana.ca.