Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Workshop ... Day One

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Yesterday I launched into a workshop at Tarragon Theatre for a new play I’m writing. Two actors, a director and me in a room for three weeks. I’ll take my play apart scene by scene, action by action, beat by beat then word by word looking to find greater clarity in it than when we began. There’s always a danger I could dismantle my play past the point of return; that I’ll no longer be able to find my way through it clearly. The dream is that the play comes together and I write a draft I can take into the first day of rehearsal (whenever that might be).

Before the end, things will get messy and frustrating and I will go through more than one spell of hating my play. I’ll have to cut bits I love and write new bits that feel so new they’re difficult to hear. Our Public Readings are November 9th and 10th.

Wish me luck.

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Erin Shields

Erin Shields is a playwright and actor who most recently won the Governor General's Award for her play If We Were Birds (Playwrights Canada Press). She is a founding member of Groundwater Productions through which she creates, develops and produces much of her work.

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