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News (Calgary): “Never Give Up” premieres at King’s Shorts Festival – James Hutchison

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News (Calgary): “Never Give Up” premieres at King’s Shorts Festival – James Hutchison

James HutchisonCalgary Playwright premieres 10 minute short at Nova Scotia Play Festival!

Never Give Upa ten minute comedy about going after your dream, by Calgary playwright James Hutchison, will premiere at the 2016 King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia June 17th to 19th. All plays presented at the festival are original, never having been produced in any form.

SYNOPSIS: Nigel Davenport is a playwright who has been entering the Short Cuts Playwriting Festival for years. He’s never won, in spite of submitting hundreds of plays. When Nigel gets a call from Artistic Director Todd Sparks, he thinks his luck has finally changed, until he meets with Todd and Todd tells him that they’d like him to stop submitting to the Festival because he’s a terrible playwright. In fact, three members of this year’s reading committee resigned, two were treated for depression and one tried to commit suicide all because of Nigel’s plays. But instead of giving up, this only inspires Nigel to try harder and figure out how to write an award winning play that will win the festival.

Never Give Up by James Hutchison

  • Directed by Ron Wesman
  • Simon Bonnington as Nigel
  • Blaine Schumacher as Todd

Never Give Up was workshopped through the Alberta Playwrights Network Wordshed program with the participation of Trevor Rueger, Christopher Hunt, Elinor Holt and Julie Orton. The Alberta Playwrights’ Network assists in the development of both plays and playwrights through a number of different development programs.

James Hutchison is a Calgary playwright specializing in comedy, romance, and mystery and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Alberta Playwrights Network, Theatre Alberta and the Playwrights’ Center. You can follow James on Twitter @lifeisanact or visit his web site at where he blogs and occasionally interviews other actors, writers, and directors about theatre.

For more information about the King’s Shorts Festival, or to read the complete news release, Never Give Up.

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