Press Release: Second annual Indie 6ix Playwright’s Festival

Top Row: Harmonie Tower, Gord Rand, Scott Garland Bottom Row: Kate Werneburg, Ben Hayward, Marcia Johnson  photo © John Gundy

Top Row: Harmonie Tower, Gord Rand, Scott Garland
Bottom Row: Kate Werneburg, Ben Hayward, Marcia Johnson
 photo © John Gundy


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Second annual Indie 6ix Playwright’s Festival brings together emerging and established talent in a weeklong showcase presentation at The Storefront Studios

The Storefront Arts Initiative is proud to continue its commitment to supporting and developing new Canadian work and present the second annual Indie 6ix Playwright’s Festival. Under the wing of dramaturg Emma Mackenzie Hillier (The Numbers Game, The Pulp Collective; Chasse Galerie, ROTC; He Left Quietly, Theatre Heteratae) the handpicked playwrights have spent the past year developing and workshopping new plays. Their residency will culminate in a full week festival of staged readings, presented at The Storefront Studios.

Monday, June 5th – Suffragette City, by Harmonie Tower (director: Fake Nerd Girl, Springworks Festival; actor: Contractions, Red One Theatre Collective), directed by Molison Farmer. Dark Comedy: Four down and out ladies plot to rob their hermit neighbour. Naturally, everything goes wrong.

Tuesday, June 6th – Jumping Ship, by Marcia Johnson (plays include: Courting Johanna, Blyth Festival; Late, Obsidian Theatre; Say Ginger Ale, SummerWorks; Binti’s Journey, Theatre Direct Canada), directed by Leah-Simone Bowen. Historical Romance: In 1904, a Scotsman and Jamaican fall in love and find they have much in common, despite their cultural differences.

Wednesday, June 7th – Search for the Last Earthling, by Scott Garland (plays include: A Madhouse Dramedy; Half a League; actor: Three Men In a Boat, Pea Green Theatre), directed by Tom McGee. Sci-Fi: In the not so distant future, an intergalactic preservationist crew heads for pre-cataclysmic Earth in the planet’s final days. Their mission: to save the last Earthling, no matter how many things go wrong...

Thursday, June 8th – Joys and Splendors, by Kate Werneburg (co-creator: Elizabeth – Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Campbell House Museum; actor: King John, Shakespeare BASH’D; Lemon Bucket Orkestra, SummerWorks), directed by Tanya Rintoul. Psychological Thriller: A spy and a soldier meet again by chance; racing between a war zone and the safer climes of Germany, Nina and Patrick discover terrible secrets, and learn to ask ‘Who should you trust’?

Friday, June 9th – Kink, by Ben Hayward (plays include: Faith; Pathetic; Sometimes; Think Tank; Assistant Director: Brantwood, Sheridan/Mitchell Cushman/Julie Tepperman), directed by Emma Mackenzie Hillier. Drama: A beloved comedian has a sex scandal. The people around him try not to fall apart with him.

Saturday, June 10th – Proxy Fight, by Gord Rand (plays include: The Trouble with Mr Adams, Tarragon Theatre; Pond Life, Fringe Festival; as actor: 8 seasons at The Shaw Festival; Oedipus Rex, Stratford; Hamlet, Necessary Angel/Worldstage), directed by Dylan Trowbridge. Comedy: A decadent family meets to decide who gets control of their corporation. Disguises, dirty jokes, and mistaken identities abound, all in the name of using the corporate takeover to settle old scores.

Top talent such as Ted Dykstra, Hardee Lineham and Maggie Huculak join Storefront favourites Tim Walker, Sedina Fiati, Karine Ricard and many more to make this an unforgettable week of brand new work!

The Indie 6ix Playwright’s Festival The Storefront Arts Initiative

June 5th – June 10th
Monday – Saturday, 8pm
Tickets: $10 advance/$30 package for all shows/PWYW at door
The Storefront Studio – 296 Brunswick Ave
For more information, to schedule an interview, or to receive a press pass to any of these events, please contact Claire Armstrong (