A forum for new plays, theatre texts and performance pieces
From the Daily Bulletin (Feb 4, 2004):
"UpStart 2004 -- a unique festival to be launched today by the department of drama and speech communication -- will feature eight short theatre pieces ranging from a punk rock opera to a play based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
"Designed to give up-and-coming artists the opportunity to produce work in a non-juried arena ... to showcase dramatic creations by students and staff across campus, as well as high school students and theatre artists from Waterloo Region."
A Room of One's Own by Lindsay Alston
A dramatic reinterpretation of Virginia Woolf’s lectures on women and fiction given at Gerton College in the 1920s.
Almost Sisters by Robyn Gmeindl and Tara Velanoff
Almost Sisters is a journey of life, love and friendship through the eyes of two young women.
Carte Blanche by James Barr and Sean Collins
Carte Blanche is a punk rock opera, a musical expose of life, love and cynicism. Inspired by the work of Tennessee Williams, it is a story relevant to anyone with a high-stakes relationship.
Savage/Love by Tom Leslie
Savage/Love is a sequence of elliptical poems and speech culled from improvisation exercises on abstract themes of ‘lovers and love’ -moments, and climbing into those moments- real or imagined.
Deus ex Machina by Nathan Bender
Based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Deus ex Machina creates a society where there are no families and Ford is God. As the play unfolds, the characters realize that there is a hope in this hopeless world that even Soma cannot simulate.
He by Nick Cumming
Ophelia has survived, barely. He is a literary fantasia; a post-Hamlytic monologue between Ophelia and the Prince.
Chronic Deficiency by Luc Kedzior
The disease that overthrew a generation of youngsters (but why should we care?).
The Queen of Bingo by Jill Smith & Co.
The Queen of Bingo is a look at the lives of two people whose support for each other and love of bingo help them to deal with their insecurities and desires for purpose.