New Works Festival, 2012

Alberta's future leading playwrights and thespians are tapping their in-training talents in an annual Fringe-esque fest

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

The 12th annual New Works Festival runs Feb. 7-12.
IT'S almost like the Fringe's little brother, a theatrical occasion thrown together every February by the University of Alberta's Department of Drama. It's called the New Works Festival, and it's now in its 12th year hosting live theatre that'll help develop young actors, directors, designers, and dramaturges.

A half-dozen productions will make up the 2012 season, including Ben Dextraze's A Fire in Their Eyes, Lisa Lorentz's Sitter, Priscilla Yakielashek's Felix and Max (all part of 'Night A'), Evan Tsitsias' Murmuration of Starlings, Sydney Gross' Laundry Cycle, and Bevin Dooley's The Playmates (all part of 'Night B').

"For the past 12 years, the New Works Festival has been committed to helping emerging playwrights develop and stage their work, all of which at varying stages in the process of creation," reads a NWF statement. "What audiences will see at the festival is works in all stages of development; some staged readings, some full productions, some 3 months-old work, some year-old work, and all of it, very exciting."

The 12th annual New Works Festival kicked off last Tuesday at 7:30PM, and runs until Feb. 12 (Sunday), at the Second Playing Space at the Timms Centre for Arts (112 St. & 87 Ave.). Tickets are just $10 for the night, or $5 per individual show, and are available at the door (cash only please).

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