Play Date

Read a play with us each month

Monthly play reading activity aiming to spread awareness, and increase appreciation of playwrights and playwriting from around the world. Anyone is welcome to join, and read regardless of play reading or language skills. The session will be followed by a discussion led by a professional theatre artist to spark conversations about the themes, style, form, and current world issues related to the selected play. 

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May 19th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Gianina Carbunariu is a Romanian playwright whose work focuses on political issues that face the world. For example, one of her shows 20/20  is about ethnic class issues that took place in March of 1990 between the Romanians and Hungarians in T. Mures, Transylvania. Her play, Sold Out revolves around the “selling” of German citizens from Romania to the German state in the 1970s and 80s. She is known to take a lot of political issues and make them into plays making a political statement in an impactful and memorable way. She is the manager of Teatrul Tineretului and the Curator of the Theatre Festival in Piatra Neamt, Romania since 2017.

ABOUT THE PLAY

The play follows Madalina who, with her boyfriend, is moving to Dublin to start a new life. She ends up working in a Kebab shop until her boyfriend, Voicu, suggests there is a better more well-paying job they could do. This new career starts with a Romanian art student, Bogdan. Together they try to make a rich living until Madalina has to decide between the two men. 

Kebab is a story about the harsher realities new immigrants can face and explores what a person is willing to do to make a better life for themselves.

Six Characters in Search of An Author by Luigi Pirandello

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT 

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. Pirandello’s works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his almost magical power tot urn psychological analysis into good theatre”. Pirandello plays inspired the Theatre of the Absurd, a style of theatre that became popular after WWII. Notable Theatre of the Absurd plays include Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco. 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Reading a play is like venturing into a new world.

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FAQ

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No, there is no need to purchase the play in order to participate in the play reading, although we strongly encourage you to supporting the livelihood of playwrights by purchasing their published work. For the purpose of Play Date read, we have obtained a permission of the playwrights to read their work and you will be provided with access to it on the day of the read. Please do consider supporting playwright by either purchasing the play, attending a show in the future or donating. Thank you.

Absolutely! If you would like to join us for one session just to see how it goes, feel free.

You are trying something new! Yay! No need to prepare anything, we will explain how things go during our event. If you have any special requests, or accessibility needs, please e-mail us at: info@cranecreations.ca

Of course you can! Join us for a Play Date, and enter your suggested play in the survey at the end of the session. Our team will read the play, contact the playwright (if the play is still under copyright) and add find a way how to add it to the schedule.

Each Play Date we share the roles based on how many characters are in the story, and how many participants we have. 

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