Our Playwrights. Our Stories.
Part of TNB’s mission is to create extraordinary theatre while celebrating New Brunswick’s best theatre artists and content. Emerging and established New Brunswick playwrights are invited to submit their short opening act plays for New Voices for consideration for production or further development by Theatre New Brunswick. TNB partners with NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) on the development of selected submissions.
2012 New Voices selections
Playfair’s Letter by Sheldon Davis and Darla Biccum
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the 104th Regiment in the War of 1812 through the eyes of Colonel A.W. Playfair who reminisces on the march 50 years later. This will be part of TNB’s special Remembrance Day event.
Turcotte’s Triple Crown by Robbie O’Neill
It’s June 9th, 1973 and all eyes are on New Brunswick jockey Ron Turcotte and Secretariat as they pursue racing’s elusive Triple Crown. This will be the Opening Act for the holiday production It’s a Wonderful Life, The Fredericton Playhouse (Dec. 6-9), James M. Hill(Miramichi) Dec. 15, Imperial Theatre (Saint John) Dec. 16 and Capitol Theatre (Moncton) Dec. 17.
Submissions should be inspired by a New Brunswick story past or present. They may incorporate intimate and domestic themes or subjects large in historic scope.
LENGTH: 10 – 12 Minutes
CAST: 2 – 4 actors
SUBMIT: Email script submission and cover letter to email@example.com
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2012
In addition to New Voices Opening Acts, we always welcome the submission of one-acts for young audiences or full-length plays from New Brunswick playwrights. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past New Voices Opening Act productions
LaTour by Norm Foster
The story of Charles and Lady LaTour defending against their archrival Charnissay. This great epic tale of Lady LaTour emerging as one of Canada’s first heroine’s is worthy of being an opera, a feature film or mega musical… but this look at 16th Century Acadia is done in a fast, fun and uproarious way!
Premiered: October 1-4, 2009 | The Fredericton Playhouse
Bad Water by M. Anne Mitton
An Irish family, separated by famine, struggle to reunite by immigrating to New Brunswick – only to find more strife in quarantine on Partridge Island.
Premiered: March 25 – 28, 2010 | The Fredericton Playhouse
The Truth is a Hard Flat Surface by Bruce Allen Lynch
This hard-hitting, fist-flying drama recreates Yvon Durelle’s 1958 bid for the Light Heavyweight Boxing Championship, and how he got there from Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick.
Premiered:September 30-October 3, 2010 | The Fredericton Playhouse
The Marketeer by Step Taylor
It takes place early one Saturday morning as an active, hungry Frederictonian, eagerly introduces a visiting friend from Western Canada to the Boyce Farmers’ Market. The meeting, however, does not go as planned…
Premiered: December 2-5, 2010 | The Fredericton Playhouse
The Smokey Mokes by Rick Merrill
The Smokey Mokes takes us backstage during the controversial ‘black face’ minstrel group’s final performance at The Fredericton Playhouse, as they come to terms with why it was time to take the make-up off.
Premiered: October 13-16, 2011 | The Fredericton Playhouse