This Sunday April 2nd brings back…

THR33Fest!

The number 3

Here’s how it works:
Each of these three writers started a script, then handed it off. The next person wrote a few more pages. Then handed it off. By the end, they had created three complete short scripts written in part by three different human beings!

This week’s three fest scripts are:
Mary Moore’s Cooking, South Field, and What to do in a Drought.

Written by: Chantal Cadeny, Jamie Johnson, and Ted DeMarsh.

Plus the second installment of Some Kind of Happy by Scott White and Peter Fenton.

As well as musical guest: Shawn Clark

Shawn Clark, man in colorful coat

Shawn William Clarke has long been a sideman with acts like the gypsy-folk collective Olenka and the Autumn Lovers and Arts & Crafts recording artist Timber Timbre. But a few years ago, the Toronto musician branched out to pursue a solo career, putting himself squarely in the spotlight. His debut album “Like Birds Too Tired To Fly” was called “one of the best Canadian albums of 2010” by Snobs Music blog and now has a follow up, Clarke’s sophomore album, “William”.

http://www.shawnwilliamclarke.com/bio/

What? When? Where? and How?

Actors should arrive to sign up at 7:00 pm with the show to start at 8:00 pm. Our home is The Social Capital, located at 154 Danforth Avenue. It’s above the Black Swan Tavern just east of Broadview station on the Danforth.

How can you get involved?

Join our writing group for more encouragement, camaraderie, wisdom, and shared get-down-to-business writing time. We’d love to help you get new scripts ready to be shared at the Cold Reads… and beyond.

Show up to read a role, laugh/cry/applaud/listen as an audience member, join our writing group, and submit your writing at torontocoldreads@gmail.com–everyone is welcome!

March 26 Line-up

Spring is here… but the “Cold” in Cold Reads only means they are new scripts, you know?

"Spring is coming soon" with birds and flowers on a tree with snow

Scripts by the following playwrights and/or screenwriters will be featured at this Sunday’s Cold Reads:

  • All Quiet Along the Niagara by Dave Healey
  • Kill Woman by Judith Johns Fiore
  • The Westerners by David Ralph
  • Writer’s Challenge by Donald Carr

As well as musical guest: Abigail Lapell

Abigail Langel with guitar, black and white

Toronto’s Abigail Lapell draws freely from folk-roots, indie and punk rock traditions. She received the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council, and NOW Toronto called her a “musician to watch” in 2017. Lapell has toured across North America, Europe and the U.K., performing on vocals, piano, harmonica and finger style guitar. Hide Nor Hair, her sophomore CD/LP, is out now via Coax Records.

https://www.abigaillapell.com/home

What? When? Where? and How?

Actors should arrive to sign up at 7:00 pm with the show to start at 8:00 pm. Our home is The Social Capital, located at 154 Danforth Avenue. It’s above the Black Swan Tavern just east of Broadview station on the Danforth.

How can you get involved?

Join our writing group for more encouragement, camaraderie, wisdom, and shared get-down-to-business writing time. We’d love to help you get new scripts ready to be shared at the Cold Reads… and beyond.

Show up to read a role, laugh/cry/applaud/listen as an audience member, join our writing group, and submit your writing at torontocoldreads@gmail.com–everyone is welcome!

THIRD Musical Guest: Lara Martin

In addition to Thr33fest scripts we welcome the Cold Read’s 3rd musical guest:

Lara Martin and picture of woman in field of flowers

Lara Martin is a singer songwriter and lover of art and artists.  She has toured across parts of Europe, and has opened for The Young Novelists on an East Coast tour of Canada. Her first full-length album, “When We Were Light”, co-produced with Graydon James (of The Young Novelists) will be released in the coming months.

Come to this Sunday’s Cold Reads Thr33fest to hear Lara Martin–along with four brand new scripts.

7:00 p.m. casting, 8:00 p.m. show at The Social Capital Theatre

Threefest! March 19th Line-Up

It always happens in three’s… For the third Sunday of the month the Toronto Cold Reads presents

THR33Fest

The number 3

Here’s how it works:
Each of these three writers started a script, then handed it off. The next person wrote a few more pages. Then handed it off. By the end, they had created three complete short scripts written in part by three different human beings!

This month’s three fest scripts are: Bowlodrome, Come Out and Say It, and Liquor Strike

Written by: Jarrett Rusnak, Tim Cadeny, and Adam Tomlinson

Plus this week’s writer’s challenge by Joanne Latimer.

Come cheer on these 3 writers on this and the other THIRD Sundays of each month.

What? When? Where? and How?

Actors should arrive to sign up at 7:00 pm with the show to start at 8:00 pm. Our home is The Social Capital, located at 154 Danforth Avenue. It’s above the Black Swan Tavern just east of Broadview station on the Danforth.

How can you get involved?

Join our writing group for more encouragement, camaraderie, wisdom, and shared get-down-to-business writing time. We’d love to help you get new scripts ready to be shared at the Cold Reads… and beyond.

Show up to read a role, laugh/cry/applaud/listen as an audience member, join our writing group, and submit your writing at torontocoldreads@gmail.com–everyone is welcome!

March 12th Line-Up

It’s about to get cold again… like with the 2nd round of the 2017

TORONTO COLD READS!

Scripts by the following playwrights and/or screenwriters will be featured at this Sunday’s Cold Reads:

As well as musical guest: Jeffrey Straker

Musician Jeffrey Straker head shot in armchair

Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. He’s recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much More Music TV and has toured internationally playing pianos in places as far away as Mexico, Chile and Peru. His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club & theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts with Canadian Symphony Orchestras. His 2015 album “North Star Falling” climbed into the iTunes singer-songwriter top 10 charts in Canada and his next recording is scheduled for release in May 2017.

What? When? Where? and How?

Actors should arrive to sign up at 7:00 pm with the show to start at 8:00 pm. Our home is The Social Capital, located at 154 Danforth Avenue. It’s above the Black Swan Tavern just east of Broadview station on the Danforth.

How can you get involved?

Join our writing group for more encouragement, camaraderie, wisdom, and shared get-down-to-business writing time. We’d love to help you get new scripts ready to be shared at the Cold Reads… and beyond.

Show up to read a role, laugh/cry/applaud/listen as an audience member, join our writing group, and submit your writing at torontocoldreads@gmail.com–everyone is welcome!

Musical Guest for March 5th: The Young Novelists

The Toronto Cold Reads are getting MUSICAL!

young novelists, folk band man and woman

Welcome the Young Novelists!

They are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their second full-length album, ‘made us strangers’, they’ve been touring Canada and the US relentlessly, earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named finalists at the NewSong Music Competition.

And they will be bringing their music to the Toronto Cold Reads on March 5th.

7:30 p.m. casting, 8:30 p.m. show–note the time change!

2017 Premiere: Line-up

The Oscars are over, Valentine’s Day and Family Day have passed… what more is there to look forward to?

The 2017 premiere of the TORONTO COLD READS!

Scripts by the following playwrights and/or screenwriters will be featured at this Sunday’s Cold Reads:

  • Badminton House by Sheila Toller
  • Flashman #5 by David Healey
  • Fear From Within by Brian Kennington
  • Some Kind of Happy by Peter Fenton and Scott White

Actors should arrive to sign up at 7:30 pm with the show to start at 8:30 pm. Our home is The Social Capital, located at 154 Danforth Avenue. It’s above the Black Swan Tavern just east of Broadview station on the Danforth.

Academy Award

How can you get involved?

Join our writing group for more encouragement, camaraderie, wisdom, and shared get-down-to-business writing time. We’d love to help you get new scripts ready to be shared at the Cold Reads… and beyond.

Show up to read a role, laugh/cry/applaud/listen as an audience member, join our writing group, and submit your writing at torontocoldreads@gmail.com–everyone is welcome!

March 5: Toronto Cold Reads ROARS into 2017

We’re coming back at the beginning of March!

Angry lion with lamb biting its tail.

https://eatandrunthis.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/running-thrills-march-in-like-a-lion/

The Toronto Cold Reads Spring 2017 kick-off will be March 5, 2017.

Mark your calendars now. We’ll be back at The Social Capital (154 Danforth) on the first Sunday in March. 7 pm for casting, 8 pm for the show. PWYC–all contributions go back into the event and supporting new script development!

But what am I to do in February?

  • Go see a show! You never know when you’ll see a fellow TCR member in the audience, up on stage, or working behind the scenes.
  • WRITE–and send us your work. We’re still programming the upcoming season. Check out the Submissions page for guidelines on what to include.
  • Join our Writer’s Group. Weekly meet-ups to read full scripts, shut up and write, talk about the craft, and commiserate/celebrate with other writers happen all the time, even when the Toronto Cold Reads is dark. Check out the website to find out when the next one is!

December 4th Line-Up: Fall 2016 Finale!

Join us for a feast, a toast, a cheers to celebrate the final Toronto Cold Reads of 2016!

Scripts by the following playwrights and/or screenwriters will be featured at this Sunday’s Cold Reads:

  • Clandestine by Jarrett Rusnak
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Wedding by Marcia Johnson
  • The Lesson and New You by Thomas Saunders
  • Safe Room by Ron Fromstein
  • Writer’s Challenge by Glenn Clifton

Actors should arrive to sign up at 7 pm with the show to start at 8 pm. Our home is The Social Capital, located at 154 Danforth Avenue. It’s above the Black Swan Tavern just east of Broadview station on the Danforth.

Leave early as the subway is closed with shuttle buses running between St. George and Pape stations.

 

How can you get involved?

Join our writing group for more encouragement, camaraderie, wisdom, and shared get-down-to-business writing time. We’d love to help you get new scripts ready to be shared at the Cold Reads… and beyond.

Show up to read a role, laugh/cry/applaud/listen as an audience member, join our writing group, and submit your writing at torontocoldreads@gmail.com–everyone is welcome!

November 27th Line-Up

The PENULTIMATE Cold Reads of 2016.

Scripts by the following playwrights and/or screenwriters will be featured at this Sunday’s Cold Reads:

  • Office Hours by Glenn Clifton
  • Soccer and Haircuts by Norm Reynolds
  • Twenty-two Ways to Read the Tarot by Phoebe Tsang
  • Who You Callin’ Black, Eh? By Rita Deverell
  • Writer’s Challenge by Jamie Johnson

Actors should arrive to sign up at 7 pm with the show to start at 8 pm. Our home is The Social Capital, located at 154 Danforth Avenue. It’s above the Black Swan Tavern just east of Broadview station on the Danforth.

Mark your calendars now for December 4th’s finale and potluck FEAST.

Hogwarts dining hall with Christmas decorations.

Hogwarts Christmas… no, it won’t be that epic…

Join us for a festive final Cold Reads of 2016. It’ll be a great night of scripts for all, plus for an extra treat we’re hosting a potluck.

You are welcome to bring, bake, buy, or cook something for us to share and all are welcome to enjoy.

How can you get involved?

Join our writing group for more encouragement, camaraderie, wisdom, and shared get-down-to-business writing time. We’d love to help you get new scripts ready to be shared at the Cold Reads… and beyond.

Show up to read a role, laugh/cry/applaud/listen as an audience member, join our writing group, and submit your writing at torontocoldreads@gmail.com–everyone is welcome!