ANNUAL COMPETITION: WRITE-ON-Q!
Infinithéâtre organizes a Québec playwriting competition every year and the competition is onto its 10th edition! Infinithéâtre receives many innovative and exciting new plays from a lot of talented playwrights across Québec and a jury of professionals choose the winner of the Pam Dunn Prize ($3,000).
From left to right: Michael Milech, Louise Arsenault, Michaela di Cesare, & Gerry Lipnowski
President of the Infinithéâtre Board of Directors, Gerry Lipnowski, presents the 2017 WOQ! Winners with their prizes!
1st Place Pam Dunn Prize Winner ($3000) - Extra/Beautiful/U by Michaela di Cesare
2nd Place ($1500) - Strange Fire by Louise Arsenault
3rd Place ($500) - The Ugly Seahorse by Michael Milech
The winning script, as well as two or three additional plays, comprise the line-up of the annual reading series, The Pipeline, which is an animated weekend of free public play readings. After each Pipeline reading, Infinithéâtre takes its cue from the audience at talk-backs involving the actors and the playwright. These discussions provide valuable feedback for future programming and script rewrites.
Plays developed by Infinithéâtre have been performed in and around Montreal, Stratford (ON), New York, Tokyo, Cairo, Toronto and in Ottawa at the NAC!
Some past successes include:
Conversion by Alyson Grant, to premiere with Infinithéâtre this February!
Honesty Rents by the Hour by Michael Milech, Directed by Matt Jacobs premiered in 2016 in the Montréal Fringe Festival, won Best English Text and was remounted with Infinithéâtre in 2017.
Progress! by Alyson Grant, premiered with Infinithéâtre October 2015.
Unseamly by Oren Safdie, premiered with Infinithéâtre February 2014.
Trench Patterns by Alyson Grant, premiered with Infinithéâtre 2012.
The Elephant Song by Nicholas Billon premiered at the Stratford Festival.
GAS by Jason Maghanoy premiered with Infinithéâtre in 2008, was remounted in Toronto (2009) and later translated for a 2010 Japanese production in Tokyo.
Blessed Are They by Bruce M. Smith premiered with Infinithéâtre and won two MECCAs (Montreal English Critics Circle Awards) in 2009 for Best Production and Best Actor.
Rabbit Rabbit by Amy Lee Lavoie tied for the 2010 MECCA - Best Text. Ms. Lavoie won the esteemed Revelation MECCA that year as well.
Father land by Arthur Holden, winner in 2008, premiered with Infinithéâtre in 2010.