Celebrated playwright, director, theatre co-founder and Portia White Award recipient Mary Vingoe will headline Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre’s 4th Annual Salon de PARC. An intimate evening of readings and conversation, this year’s Salon will again take place at the charming and historic Women’s Council House, 989 Young Avenue at Inglis Street in south-end Halifax, at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 7th. The Salon features readings of Vingoe’s work by well-known local actors, including Joanne Miller, Alexis Milligan, Caroll Godsman, Jenny Munday, Hugh Thompson, Lesley Smith, Buddy Doucette, Anthony Black, Tara Lee Reddick, Lucky Campbell and John Dartt. There will be live music by pianist GaRRy Williams, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, and a selection of Nova Scotian wines and Maritime craft beers offered during this unique opportunity to engage with one of Canada’s foremost playwrights. Sponsors of the event include the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Playwrights Canada Press, DISH, Garrison Brewing, and Sobeys.
A major annual fundraising event of PARC since 2010, Salon de PARC has previously hosted three distinguished Atlantic playwrights: Wendy Lill, Catherine Banks and Robert Chafe. This year PARC is honoured to host guest playwright Mary Vingoe, well-known throughout Canada for her role in founding many enduring theatre companies, as well as her impressive body of produced and published works.
Mary Vingoe is founding Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, a co-founder and past Artistic Director of Toronto’s feminist Nightwood Theatre, a co-founder and past co-Artistic Director of Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro and co-founder and past Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax. She has directed for major theatres across the country and has acted and written for stage, radio, TV and film.
Vingoe most recently directed Wendy Lill’s THE GLACE BAY MINERS’ MUSEUM for The National Arts Centre and Neptune theatres. Other recent productions include, Mary-colin Chisholm’s TO CAPTURE LIGHT for Mulgrave Road/Lunasea Theatres, (Merritt nomination, Best Director,) the premiere of Colleen Wagner’s HOME at the Busstop Theatre in Halifax, Bev Brett’s OUT THE MEADOW (Merritt nomination Best Play) for Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro and ALDEN for Notable Acts in Fredericton, NB. Her published scripts include HOOLIGANS with Jan Kudelka and LIVING CURIOSITIES, recently published by Playwrights Canada Press.
In 2009 Vingoe was awarded the Portia White Prize, Nova Scotia's highest award for artistic excellence. In 2011 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. From 2010-12 Vingoe was Crake Fellow in Drama at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. At Mount Allison she directed productions of Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and Ann Marie MacDonald’s GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA, GOOD MORNING JULIET.
Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) is a member of the National Network of the Playwrights’ Development Centres of Canada (PDCC), and serves playwrights throughout the Atlantic region. PARC is committed to fostering the creation and development of Atlantic Canadian plays and playwrights through its programs and services. Its membership is open to established and emerging playwrights, dramaturges, translators, academics, regional Artistic Directors, theatre companies, students, and lovers of theatre and theatre writing.
This exclusive event has a limited seating of 50 tickets, offered at $50 each, in support of PARC, Atlantic Canada's premiere organization devoted to writing for the stage.