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Play development is an integral part of the work done at the Shaw Festival. Actors, stage managers and directors are put to work throughout the season in workshops and readings of works in progress. On occasion Secret Theatre will be a venue for some of this new work. At other times larger numbers of the company will be involved over longer periods of time. All script development is considered for season programming in one way or another.
The Shaw Festival’s first new play was Simon Bradbury’s Chaplin: The Trial of Charles Spencer Chaplin, Esq., produced in 2002. That same year, The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca played in a new translation by Richard Sanger.
Since then, The Shaw has premiered the following plays:
Under the artistic directorship of Tim Carroll, the play development focus at The Shaw follows these parameters: we develop translations and adaptations of classic plays “in-house”; we commission new Canadian plays by established playwrights; and last, but not least, we find Canadian plays that may have collected a bit of dust and whose time has come for a full-scale revival, as we did with the 2017 production of 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille, the 2018 production of The Baroness and the Pig by Michael McKenzie, and the stellar 2019 production of The Russian Play by Hannah Moscovitch.
Since 1995, The Shaw’s publishing initiative has produced scripts, theatrical memoirs and a commemorative book of the Shaw Festival’s Granville Barker series. In 2003 we published Susan Coyne’s commissioned translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and in 2005 we celebrated the premiere of Belle Moral: A Natural History by publishing the play.
We are not accepting unsolicited scripts at this time.