Enbridge PlayRites Festival
The Enbridge PlayRites
Festival of New Canadian Plays is dedicated to developing and
producing original theatre productions in Calgary. The festival, named
after Enbridge Inc. (who became the title sponsor under a three-year
agreement) was piloted in 1987, and stages four new plays a year in
Alberta Theatre Projects' Martha
Cohen Theatre. Designed to seat 480 people, rows of semi-circles allow all
audience members an intimate view of the stage. The theatre is located in
the EPCOR Centre for the Performing
Arts, in downtown Calgary.
Spanning six weeks in winter, the Enbridge PlayRites
Festival debuts four new plays and hosts many other interesting events.
Workshops, short skits, public readings, and panel discussions provide
something of interest to a variety of people. Constantly evolving and
changing, the festival often incorporates interesting attractions to help
involve people by allowing them to observe performances and give feedback.
"Platform Plays," an event offered at the 2004 festival features three
full-length plays that are being considered for the following year's
festival. Individuals may observe the plays over the course of three
weekends and then offer feedback to enhance the development of the
production. "Brief New Works" is an event which offers the chance to watch
brief 10 minute plays performed by actors appearing in the festival and
written by Canadians. Theatre critics can gather together for "Koffee
Klatsch," an informal panel discussion punctuated by delectable snacks.