What’s Online (Alberta): Script Salon Seventh Anniversary Play Readings

Seventh Anniversary Playwright Readings
April 11 at 7:30pm

We’re celebrating another year! April is our seventh anniversary, so we’ve gathered the following fabulous Edmonton playwrights to help us celebrate. Please welcome to our online stage: Belinda Cornish, Althea Cunningham, Blaine Newton, Liam Salmon, and the writing team of May Kharaghani and Eric Rice.

To receive a Zoom link for the readings email: [email protected].

In addition we’ll be saying thank you and best wishes to Tracy Carroll, who is leaving Script Salon after four wonderful years. Tracy is now co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre. We will miss you, Tracy!

These playwright readings are sponsored by and with thanks to the Play Connects program at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Belinda Cornish

Belinda is an actor and playwright based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Her previously produced plays include Little Elephants (Shadow Theatre) and Category E (The Maggie Tree Theatre, The Coal Mine Theatre), both of which won Sterling Awards for Outstanding New Play; Category E was subsequently published by Playwrights’ Canada Press. Her most recent play, The Garneau Block (based on Todd Babiak’s beloved novel) was due to be produced at the Citadel Theatre in March 2020, and is currently on hold – the set is still standing on the Maclab stage, waiting…She is currently working on a new play – Hiraeth – with director Rachel Peake, which will hopefully go into production later this year. Belinda is also the co-Artistic Producer of Teatro La Quindicina. In her spare time, she volunteers with WILDNorth wildlife rescue, and encourages you to check out their website – wildnorth.ca – they do amazing work!

Althea Cunningham

Althea Cunningham is a seasoned performer and graduate of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan University. She is an established actor with appearances in theatres across Canada. She also does television and film. She is interarts and works in; writing, acting, producing and music.

Sunkiss To Death, the (full length) version of Sunkiss. Sunkiss, was produced in Chicago at the Snapshots 10 minute play Festival in the summer of 2017. Sweet An Nice, is her other full- length work currently in development it’s had two readings. The first reading was at DaPoPo Script Series in Halifax, and the second reading was at Script Salon in Edmonton in 2017.

Her short plays Brown Suga and Colour Blind have been produced by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. Excerpts from Sweet An Nice and The System have been produced by Sarasvati Productions in Winnipeg between 2017 and 2019. The System is a (one act) play; the themes are marginalized youth and child care services. The System employs spoken-word poetry and hip hop as part of the narrative and is in development. Althea is also a contract playwriting and acting instructor.

2020 was the year of her first commissioned (2 Metres) play by Hip Hop In The Park. 2 Metres is about our global pandemic.

In 2010, she independently released a debut soul music ep On The Verge,which received international airplay and critical acclaim. You can visit her at nappyrootsconsolidated.ca.

May Kharaghani and Eric Rice

The Dance is the second play completed by playwriting and life partners Hengameh (May) and Eric Rice. Their first play, Anahita’s Republic, received professional development through Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, and was read at Script Salon in Edmonton and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Cross-cultural awareness is a critical part of their life and their writing projects, and both are deeply involved in a variety of theatre projects that promote inclusion and equity in theatre.

Blaine Newton

A playwright, sketch writer, actor, improvisor and sometime engineer, Blaine’s plays have been seen by well under a million people. Recent productions include Bravo (Shadow Theatre); The Thin Grey Line, (Cursive Writing Productions); Oral Fixations – co-written with Leslie Greentree (Ignition Theatre) and Five Stages of Death (Cursive Writing Productions). Several of his plays have also received readings through the Script Salon series.

As a performer, he is currently with the cast of Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre, although his most recent appearances have been at Safeway for the early-morning shopping, and in vaccine line-ups.

His writing has been described by the late Pope Benedict as “filled with warmth, particularly when burned.” His subtle “windmill” approach to physical comedy has won him the much coveted “Ichabod Crane of the Stage” award three years running.

Liam Salmon

Liam Salmon is a queer playwright, dramaturge, producer, and educator based out of Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) (He/Him, They/Them). They are a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and their works have been performed across the country. Most recently, Liam worked as a producer on the Alberta Queer Calendar Project (queercalendar.ca). Currently, Liam is playwright in residence at Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre working on the new works: Subscribe or Like, ARKANGEL, and others. (salmliam.com)