If you have stopped by Pulp Fiction Coffeehouse on Tuesday nights you might mistake it for a hopping weekend party pad.
The reason? New Vintage Theatre has been cultivating a special crop of original plays and even one new screenplay at the trendy artist hangout. This unique and diverse group of writers, which spans all age groups and backgrounds, has been working for the last three months developing their writing so that it can be heard by Kelowna audiences at New Vintage’s monthly play reading series, held on the last Tuesday of each month.
On March 26 it is Okanagan artists’ writing that will be the spotlight and it will be performed by the “who’s who” of Kelowna’s finest actors.
“It has been my pleasure to work with Annaya Temlar, Aliske Webb, Deb Nicholson, Geoff Millar, Barry Lanoif and Barb Miller developing these new scripts,” said New Vintage artistic director and Playwright’s Guild of Canada member Bonnie Gratz.
“Some of these works are adaptations from other writing done by this accomplished group and some are works entirely developed throughout the Hot House process,” Gratz said. “It is a thrill to have the actors in now, and for the playwrights to hear their work come to life. Audiences won’t want to miss this opportunity to listen to these fresh, original scripts.”
The free reading will feature a 15 to 20 minute preview of each work—one is a quirky comedy, others are very character-based, while the screenplay is an exciting spy thriller that you could see Matt Damon in the leading role.
Featuring the talents of such notable Kelowna actors as Chris Froese (Woman in Black), Michelle Hussey (A Streetcar Named Desire), Pat Burns (Shirley Valentine) and Janet Anderson (Becky’s New Car), the readings also feature young up and coming actors like Ashely-Nicole Del Mar, Hailey Sabourin, Ashley Lewicki and Graham Daley.
There are more than 30 actors who have volunteered their time to workshop the plays this month and read for the New Vintage Playwright’s Hot House final performance at 7 p.m. on March 26 at Pulp Fiction.
Audiences interested in attending this groundbreaking, free event are encouraged to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 22 as space is very limited. Pulp Fiction Coffeehouse is located at 1598 Pandosy St. in Kelowna.