Theater NorthWest continues Pride Play reading series in 2022

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Theater NorthWest will present “Swollen Tongues” in a new way.

The theater will set up a play reading for the play, as part of its Theater NorthWest Pride Play Reading Series.

“For the second year in a row, we have two live on-stage readings by actors from plays by Canadian queer playwrights,” said Julian Legere, Artist in Residence.

“After first moving to Prince George in 2020, I got involved in reading a play called ‘Botticelli and the Fire,’ which was one of my favorite plays I brought in reading, which is by Jordan Tannahill, who is a renowned and award-winning queer Canadian playwright.

Legere said Theater NorthWest artistic producer Marnie Hamagami came up with the idea to expand to do a series and do several readings, all by queer playwrights.

According to Anna Russell, who will be reading the role of Catherine, the play is about a brother and sister who are mentored by a poet, with aspirations of becoming poets themselves.

“So she loves poetry, she works on it, but she kind of lacks the life experience or the emotional depth to put something exciting in her poetry and ideas in her poetry,” Russell explains.

“While his brother may not be the strongest writer, but he has kind of a deeper emotional well, and it’s kind of about that relationship.”

Russell said doing play readings gives theater the ability to do things it normally wouldn’t do on stage.

“It would include maybe a bit more controversial pieces, things that are maybe more classical in nature as opposed to some of the contemporary works that are coming to the scene.

Theater NorthWest will present ‘Swollen Tongues’ on June 25, as well as ‘Dragonfly’ on July 9.

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