Clean Sheets

CLEAN SHEETS 2016: INTERSECTIONS

This year, we rolled Clean Sheets into Q2Q: A Symposium on Queer Theatre & Performance In Canada, a landmark conference that we undertook in partnership with SFU.

The three selected plays dealt with the intricate intersections between race, culture and sexuality. Be prepared to be amused, disturbed and dazzled.

Clean Sheets 2016: Intersections took place at 8pm nightly from July 21st to 23rd, 2016 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings St), Room 4210.

READINGS:

CAMERA OBSCURA (HUNGRY GHOSTS)lesleyewangrayscale
Thursday, July 21, 8 pm
An artist, during a career retrospective, is visited by hungry ghosts from his past; the subject of his most celebrated piece and his former creative partner. These spectres force him to re-view his past actions, thus generating new understandings in the present, the release of old grief and a little bit of revenge.
By Lesley Ewen (Vancouver, BC/London, UK)
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin
In partnership with Itsazoo Productions (Vancouver, BC)

chrislamgrayscaleANDRE AND XAVIER BB FOR THE FIRST TIME
Friday, July 22, 8 pm
Andre and Xavier are unlikely sexual partners who engage in murder and tell ghost stories.
By Chris Lam (Vancouver, BC)
Directed by Jonathan Seinen

 

BUNA!
Saturday, July 23, 8 pmRehaset
A musical journey told through the popular Ethiopian buna (coffee) ceremony in English and Tigrinya (an Ethiopian/Eritrean language) by Senait, a diasporic ‘Afrikan’ with parents from warring tribes.
Written and performed by Rehaset (Toronto, ON)
Directed by Jajube Mandiela
In partnership with bcurrent (Toronto, ON)


Clean Sheets is the frank‘s new works event: original queer-themed plays by emerging and established Canadian playwrights. We put out an open, nation-wide call for submissions and select up to four scripts. Each of these scripts will be workshopped with a professional dramaturge and presented in a staged reading with professional actors.

Clean Sheets currently takes place every other year. The next intake for Clean Sheets submissions will be in 2018.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of Clean Sheets are:
– to promote and nurture the development of queer Canadian playwrights and original work
– to give theatrical form to issues that deal specifically with the lives of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgendered people
– to promote, through theatrical expression, compassion, empathy and understanding