Play Thing News

Langham Court Matching Donor Campaign: YOU DID IT!

May 30, 2020

Your generous donations to the Canadian Play Thing exceeded Langham Court Theatre's $500 matching campaign goal.

May 14-30, fans and friends of the Play Thing contributed $1,305 - for a total of $1,805 to support the Play Thing's online overhead costs. Every little bit helps move the Play Thing forward in its mission to support new work, new voices and to celebrate Canadian playwrights at all stages of their creative development.

Your donations mean a lot to us. If you like The Play Thing, please consider making a donation. Your support goes a long way in helping playwrights across Canada develop their underproduced works!

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YAM magazine speaks to instigator Janet Munsil in Victoria Art Checkup

May 27, 2020

Instigator Janet Munsil discusses the origins of The Play Thing, the importance of art in times of crisis, and more.


Playwrights and Gatekeepers

April 3, 2020

I was hoping to have a workshop of a new play of mine this spring. Obviously, that's off. Even gathering a bunch of friends together for a reading at home is off (it would be anyway, my dog attacks anyone who comes through the gate.)

As a playwright, I know how important it is to hear the words I've written spoken aloud in a reading or workshop as I move through drafts. It's illuminating, revealing things about the play I didn't even know I were in there. And it's motivating. Plays are meant to be heard aloud - that's how they come to life, and how you know if there's life in what you've written.

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Origins of The Thing

March 26, 2020

"The Canadian Play Thing arose out of this "I've been thinking" post I made on facebook two weeks ago. I still think the best idea was using the picture of my maniac dog."