June is here in two days which means I’ve officially been at SummerWorks for a month. I’ve encountered tough love, crazy commuting, and hilarious personalities throughout this internship so far; it doesn’t seem like it’s going to end any time soon but I’ve survived! Any one want to send me a congratulatory basket full of goodies?

On to real business:

As of recently, Clutch PR is looking for a publicity intern. Clutch PR handles publicity for many fabulous organizations, with SummerWorks being one of them. If you are creative, outgoing, and have a wonderful personality, please contact Daniela Syrovy at daniela@clutchpr.com and start exploring the world of public relations in Toronto. Please visit the SummerWorks News section for more information on how to be involved in this amazing opportunity ASAP.

Best of luck to all the applicants applying for the internship position with Clutch PR!

Charlotte

More Fabulous Things

Don’t forget! SummerWorks’ annual Launch Party is happening on Saturday June 18 2011 at the Edward Day Gallery and MOCCA. I personally went to the venue yesterday with some of the amazing folks of SummerWorks and I can already tell you, it’s going to be amazing with everything we have planned for you, Toronto!

Some exciting things happening in and around town:

YICHUD (Seclusion)

Our amazing Artistic Producer, Michael Rubenfeld, is a part of YICHUD (Seclusion) brought to you by Theatre Passe Muraille in producing partnership with Covergence Theatre (Toronto, Ontario). Written by Julie Tepperman and directed by Aaron Willis and Richard Greenblatt, Yichud (Seclusion) revolves around the story of Rachel and Chaim. Here is a little snipet from the Magnetic North Theatre website:

YOU ARE INVITED TO RACHEL & CHAIM’S WEDDING!!

Rachel & Chaim are Orthodox Jews living in Toronto.

They have requested an arranged marriage and today is their wedding day. The “Yichud Room” is the place where the bride & groom go to be alone together immediately following the wedding ceremony. In the case of Rachel & Chaim, who’ve only had a handful of chaperoned dates, this is the first time they have ever been alone together. In another part of the Synagogue, tensions rise between the groom’s older brothers Ephraim & Menachem, rival Torah scholars who haven’t seen each other in four years. Meanwhile, the bride’s parents Mordechai & Malka are secretly planning to divorce after the wedding. In a last attempt to woo her back, Mordechai takes some unorthodox measures. YICHUD (Seclusion) directly confronts the tensions that exist in the Orthodox Jewish world between tradition and modernity, powerfully dramatizing issues of love, sex, marriage, faith, religion, respect, honour, and duty. The setting is specifically Jewish; the story is universal and life-affirming.

Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? As Michael Rubenfeld says, “Yichud come to YICHUD tonight!”

YICHUD (Seclusion) is playing right now at Theatre Passe Muraille until May 29 2011 before going on tour at the Academic Hall at the University of Ottawa from June 3 – 6 2011. Tickets for the last few Toronto shows can be purchased through the Arts Box Office or in person at Theatre Passe Muraille. For information about tickets for the Ottawa shows, please visit Magnetic North Theatre for more details.

Please follow @MNTF on twitter and visit the show’s official Facebook Event page!

Casting Call – Long Dark Night

Long Dark Night, appearing in this year’s SummerWorks line-up, is still looking for 2 castmembers.

SKIP TRACER
30’s. Male. A gritty private detective and high-functioning alcoholic. Constantly writing in his notepad, Skip narrates his life story in long passages of dramatic purple prose. He’s every dramatic leading man from the 1940s.

TUESDAY MAE
40+. Female. Tuesday Mae III is the robust and ribald owner of the Tit Tat Club, a smart and sassy Mae West/Sophie Tucker type who knows her game and never backs down.

Long Dark Night is a new original musical comedy spoofing the film noir oeuvre, written and directed by Mark Shyzer and with music by Mark Shyzer and Jeff MacLean. If you are interested, please send your resume and headshot to longdarknight@shyzer.ca.  

They thank all the applicants for their interest, but only eligible candidates will be contacted for an audition. Candidates will be asked to prepare a 1 to 2 minute comedic monologue and 16 bars of a jazz standard or traditional Broadway song. All parts require strong singing voices and comedic chops. As this is a new work in progress, they are looking for a cast that can contribute to character development and bring unique qualities to the work.

Deadline to apply is Friday June 3 2011.

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you had a spectacular long weekend indulging in barbequed foods, icy cold drinks, and sunshine. Isn’t it a wee bit sad that we all have to return to our real lives?

Here’s the scoop on SummerWorks this week:

SummerWorks Launch Party 2011

Our Launch Party is officially less than a month away! We are so excited to put together a night of dancing, entertainment, and mingling at the Edward Day Gallery and MOCCA on Saturday June 18 2011. For those who are interested in coming to the VIP Dinner beforehand, please visit http://summerworks.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets or to donate to our fabulous Launch Party.

Start walking through malls or on Queen Street! Obviously you don’t want to clash outfits and have a circa-2005 prom incident with 2 people wearing the same dress……………….

I’m kidding!

Any Night

Any Night, a DualMinds Production created by Daniel Arnold, Medina Hahn, and Ron Jenkins is premiering in New York at the LABA Theatre for a limited engagement from June 2 – 19, 2011. Any Night premiered 3 years ago at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, B.C. on February 26 – March 1, 2008 and was invited to join the National Series of SummerWorks Festival the same year. During their time at SummerWorks, Any Night received the Jury Prize for Outstanding New Play, five Toronto Now Awards including Outstanding Production, and a mention among their Best Plays of 2008. The play has been published by Playwrights Canada Press, and is in development as a feature film withfinancing from Movie Central.

If you are in New York, take the chance to swing by the LABA Theatre and watch this amazing play unfold! Any night now!

Visit AnyNightThePlay or follow them on twitter @DualMinds

Calling all SMs!

For folks who are interested in doing a small Stage Managing job this summer, please forward your resume to me at charlotte@summerworks.com and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Have a happy Tuesday, folks!
Let’s all hope Mr. Sun gives us some lovin’ this week.

Charlotte

Yale Drama Series 2012 and more

Yale Drama Series

Jennifer Kiger, the Associate Artistic Director for the Yale Repertory Theatre, was very kind to contact SummerWorks to tell us about the Yale Drama Series Competition.

One winner is selected annually and will receive the David C. Horn Prize of $10, 000 and a publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, along with a reading at Yale Rep. The winning play this year will be selected by John Guare. Artists can submit one manuscript each year for consideration, and submissions will be accepted by Yale University Press from June 1, 2011 to August 15, 2011. Previous winners include Shannon Murdoch’s New Light Shine (2011), Virginia Grise’s blu (2010). Frances Ya-Chu Cowhing’s Lidless (2009), Neil Wechsler’s Grenadine (2009), and John Connolly’s Boys from Siam (2007). Both Edward Albee and David Hare have served as series judges.

For more information about the Competition, please visit Yale Drama Series‘ website or the David Charles Horne Foundation website or email yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Toronto Public Library Spaces

This year, the Toronto Public Library is offering 45 free spaces to any artists or small to medium sized arts organization wishing to present activities for Culture Days. They are open to any activities in all artistic disciplines including theatre. It’s a great way for theatre groups to build relationships with new audiences and also with the Toronto Public Libraries. For more information, please visit the Culture Days website.

Culture Days celebrates arts and culture from coast to coast to coast this year on September 30, October 1, and October 2, 2011. Visit their website again here or follow them on twitter at @CultureDays.

Happy Thursday everyone! I wish the best to all artists submitting works to the Yale Drama Series Competition, and kudos to those who want to participate in Culture Days!

From your favorite blogging Intern,
Charlotte

And The Adventures Begin!

Hello everyone!

First of all, I’m very very very excited to be a part of SummerWorks this summer and I can’t wait for the Festival this August! As someone who is completely new to SummerWorks and have never heard of it until six months ago, I can not believe how much talent and work is actually put into this 11-day extravaganza on Queen West that includes music, plays, and everything else in between. And second of all, HELLO AGAIN! I’m really looking forward to posting on a tri-weekly basis (does that even exist? tri-weekly?) and filling you guys in on my step by step journey with SummerWorks in the next couple of months leading up to the Festival.

Now let’s get down to business…

Here are some important dates for y’all to remember:

SummerWorks is entering it’s 21st year as a Festival and we are having a Launch Party on Saturday June 18th 2011 at the Edward Day Gallery and Museum of Canadian Contemporary Arts. The Launch Party consists of a VIP Dinner, Silent Auction, live music from both present and past participants of the Festival, and a party in the courtyard between the Edward Day Gallery and MOCCA.

Click here if you’re interested in coming to the VIP Dinner or donating to our amazing Launch Party.

The “party” portion of the Launch Party will begin around 9 PM, with a PWYC policy and a suggested minimum of $10. I can already tell you that it’s going to be fabulous and I’ve decided that my friends and I will be purchasing new dresses just for this occassion. So wear your snazziest outfit and come out for a night of fun and drinks!

Other than that, the Festival is scheduled for August 4-14 2011, more updates to come once I know more so I don’t fudge the details for you now!

Keep updated with SummerWorks through our twitter @SummerWorks, and follow us to get in the loop of what’s going on!

Bring an unbrella or don a raincoat today; the weather is disgusting and we should all be staying in and drinking coffee and thinking about the beautiful summer that is coming ahead.

Charlotte