New Play Development at The Kings Playhouse
The Kings Playhouse was the incubator for a series of new play
developments in October.
A workshop of a brand new musical written by local resident Jack King
took place from October 15-17 with dramaturg Pamela Halstead and
musical dramaturg Robert Greene, plus five actors. The Yankee Gale
musical was workshopped with funding assistance from Innovation
PEI and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre(PARC).
“ This was an opportunity to work with Jack and look at the bones of
the play and to see the potential of a production in the future at the
Kings Playhouse.” says Interim Executive Director, Catherine O’Brien.
“ There is potential there, as the story is strong. The next steps are
more rewrites and workshops. More funding will be needed for future
The Yankee Gale is set during the 1851 storm that was the worst
maritime disaster to hit Prince Edward Island Shores. At least 74 ships
were destroyed and over 150 crew were killed. Actors who
participated in the workshop were Rob MacDonald, Kristen
Thompson, Melissa Mullen, Cameron MacDuffee and Catherine
The 3rd Annual Fresh From The Island Festival, in partnership with
Young at heart Theatre and PARC took place almost immediately
after, beginning on October 19th. Brynn Cutcliffe and Kris Williams
were two of the playwrights selected to workshop their plays over a
four day period.
Pamela Halstead was the dramaturg for Kris’ play, Elmsdale, and
Brynn worked with dramaturg Johanna Nutter on the play The
Weatherman. There was a public presentation of the first act of
Elmsdale on Sunday October 22nd at the Kings Playhouse.
The actors involved in the workshops were: Cameron MacDuffee,
Judy Marshak, Wade Lynch, Kristen Thompson, Marlane O’Brien,
Melissa Mullen, Ben Hartley, Melissa Kramer and the Stage Manager was Anne Putnam. The third playwright, Scott Parsons, worked with
dramaturg and playwright Beau Dixon remotely, and will be presenting
his work, And the Land Rested From War: Stories and Songs For My
Father on November 10th as part of the Legacy Projects with support
from Veterans Affairs Canada’s Commemorative Partnership
Program. (Top photo: Elmsdale play workshop participants from L top Cameron MacDuffee, Kristen Thompson, Anne Putnam, Pamela Halstead(dramaturg)Kris Williams(playwright), Melissa Mullen. Front: Ben Hartley, Ben(the dog), Wade Lynch).
Bottom photo: The Weatherman workshop participants: Melissa Kramer, Cameron MacDuffee, Anne Putnam, Marlane O’Brien,Judy Marshak, Brynne Cutlciffe( playwright), Johanna Nutter (dramaturg), Wade Lynch