This is much more than a review. It's a bit of a gush-post. I was invited, graciously by the good people of Workhouse Theatre to read at an event that I shamefully had never heard of. WORKplay is a curated gathering of works that are written by established and emerging writers. One after the other, each work is read and received by an audience of peers. Last night was the fourth instalment of Workhouse's WORKplay series.
This year, acclaimed artists including Jason Maghanoy, Litmus Theatre, and Peter Genoway shared their work with the room. The works varied in stages of development. Each one was drastically different from the next.
The room was packed with artists which made the event a great networking opportunity for everyone. I could tell there were people in the room who have been returning to WORKplay for years. Workhouse has created a community of artists, it seems, who get together regularly to explore and develop new works. They are a leading example, for Newborn, of artists who work for and with other artists. They were also, consequently, the nicest room of people I've ever walked in to.
Workhouse Theatre is premiering Gwen Powers, a piece by Michael Goldlist, at The Theatre Passe Murraille backspace this coming March. For more information on WORKplay and their 2013 season, visit their website: http://www.workhousetheatre.com/