Right Here, Write Now
Andri Snær Magnason
Makambe K Simamba
Dec. 7, 8 & 11
YPT’s YouTube channel
Age recommendations TBC
Right Here, Write Now, a new play festival introduced in June, returns with its latest series of live-streamed readings, featuring contemporary playwrights responding to these extraordinary times. The series includes playwright/actor Jeff Ho (YPT’s Antigone:方; Ophelia in Why Not’s Prince Hamlet); Icelandic playwright/author Andri Snær Magnason (YPT’s Blue Planet); and playwright/actor Makambe K Simamba (Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, b current performing arts; Artist in Residence, Tarragon). The Festival takes place Dec. 7, 8 & 11 at 7PM. A recorded version will be made available to schools with optional pre- and post-show workshops.
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Jeff Ho is a Toronto-based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong. Favourite acting credits include: Hana’s Suitcase (Tour: Toronto/Montreal/Seattle/YPT); trace (Factory Theatre, NAC); Box 4901 (Buddies in Bad Times); Ophelia in Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre National Tour: Canadian Stage, PuSh Festival, National Arts Centre); Unknown Soldier (lemontree/Architect Theatre); Murderers Confess at Christmastime (OutsideTheMarch); Kim’s Convenience (CBC); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Orphan Black (BBC America).
As a playwright, his works include Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land), produced by Saga Collectif; Antigone: 方, produced by YPT; and trace, produced by Factory Theatre/b current performing arts/National Arts Centre. He has held residencies with the Stratford Festival, Nightswimming, Cahoots, the Banff Playwrights Lab, Factory Theatre and Tarragon Theatre. His works are published by Playwrights Canada Press.
Jeff is the Company Dramaturge with OutsideTheMarch. He is grateful to have been honoured with a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play (Iphigenia); nominated for four Dora Awards, thrice for Performance (Box 4901, Prince Hamlet, Hana’s Suitcase) and once as a Playwright (Iphigenia); the Bulmash-Siegal Playwright Award (Tarragon Theatre); the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Award for a Young Canadian Playwright, and a Harold Award (House of Nadia Ross). He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Andri Snær Magnason
Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer, born in Reykjavík in 1973. Andri has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and films. He is known for his imagination, humour and activism and as a popular public speaker. Magnason’s latest book, On Time and Water, is coming out in 22 languages soon. His book, The Casket of Time was published in English in 2019 by Restless Books. The Casket of Time won the Icelandic Literary Award and was nominated as the best fantasy book in Finland 2016, along with books by Ursula K. le Guin and David Mitchell. His novel LoveStar got a Philip K. Dick Special Citation, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France, and “Novel of the Year” in Iceland. The Story of the Blue Planet was the first children’s book to receive the Icelandic Literary Award and has been published or performed in 35 countries. His book Dreamland, a self help manual for a frightened nation, has contributed to a new energy policy in Iceland and the vision of the Highland National Park in the Central Highlands of Iceland. He also directed Dreamland, a feature-length documentary film based on the book. Known for his unusual approach, his second book of poetry, Bónus Poetry is one of the most sold volumes of poetry in Iceland, published by Bónus Supermarkets. Andri appears in the Oscar Award winning documentary “Inside Job” by Charles Ferguson. Andri Snær Magnason also ran for president in Iceland in 2016 as an independent candidate and came third in the election. He currently lives in Reykjavík with his wife Margrét, and four children.
Makambe K Simamba is a Dora Award-winning playwright and actor for her solo work, Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (b current performing arts). She recently co-directed inVISIBLE (Too) at the University of Lethbridge. Selected acting credits include Winners and Losers (Chromatic Theatre); A Chitenge Story (Handsome Alice); GIANT (Ghost River Theatre); Bea (Sage Theatre); SIA (Pyretic Productions); inVISIBLE (Handsome Alice); Burn Your Maps (Cinelou Films); Grand Army (Netflix); and Young Drunk Punk (Citytv). Makambe is a national award-winning playwright whose work includes Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, A Chitenge Story, Makambe Speaks, MUD and The Drum Major Instinct. She is the 2020/21 Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre. Makambe is a proud Zambian whose intention is to be of service through her ability to tell stories.
Program & Study Guide
7 Ancestral Teachings
- School and Groups