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LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY! October 1st Line-up

Toronto Cold Reads welcomes you back to The Social Capital on Sunday October 1st for the Fall 2017 season

We’re starting things off with another iteration of THR33FEST!

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!

October 1st scripts were written by:
Zoe Alexandra, Tim Cadney, and Scott Walker

Plus we’ll be tuning back into the latest episode of David Healey’s Flashman radio drama!

Musical guest Sabrina Soares will play at the beginning of the show and after intermission.

Woman plays guitar with text "Sabrina Soares Plan A (ep out now)"

Sabrina Soares is an Australian singer/songwriter with Brazilian folk/pop stylings, recently arrived to Toronto.

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!

Fall 2017 season begins on October 1st

Did you miss us?

Let’s pack the stage AND the seats on the opening night of our Fall 2017 season:

OCTOBER 1st!!!

The official line-up is coming soon. We’ve got some great new initiatives coming as well as the return of weekly musical guests and Thr33fest.

If you’re a writer, take a look at our submission guidelines here and submit your writing to torontocoldreads@gmail.com for consideration this season.

Our writer’s group also has weekly meet-ups to help you hone your craft and get your words on the page. Check them out here at meetup.com. After all, writing is REwriting.

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.

May 21st Line-up: Thr33fest part 3

For our PENULTIMATE Cold Reads of Spring 2017 we bring you the THIRD installment of…

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 scripts were written by:
Zoe Alexander, Winter Rowan and Sheila Toller

Plus writer’s challenge by David Straus.

And musical guest Mark Martyre will be joining us as well.

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.

Finale Announcements

May 28th is the spring finale of the 2017 Toronto Cold Reads. Which means–

  1. We FEAST! Bring a dish, if you can, to contribute to the potluck.

Table covered in Thanksgiving dishes of food.

2. Past musical guests will be returning for a musical collaboration! Come hear a short MUSICAL script in addition to the amazing scripts we always perform.

3. Come with your pitch ready. The Toronto Cold Reads may pause for the summer months, but our community keeps making, attending, and supporting great writing. Want the Cold Reads crew to come see your Fringe show or Summerworks production? TELL US.

Plan ahead, invite your friends–it’s going to be a night to remember.

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!

May 7th Line-Up

If you know what’s good for you, you’ll join us at the Toronto Cold Reads this Sunday May 7th.

50s style woman holding sign "Mother Knows Best"

We will be taking a break on May 14th. Which is why your mom is telling us to all be there this Sunday.

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

  • How Long? by Simone Stock and Shawn Tanaka
  • It’s a Blast by David Healey
  • Size 7 (with Insoles) by Genevieve Adam
  • Writer’s Challenge by Eric Peterson

We’ll be back on May 21st with the third edition of Thr33fest!
Only 3 cold reads left until the fall!

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!

April 30th Line-Up

Caption this!

3 women sitting on stools Stage with man holding guitar, man in center pointing dramatically to man in plaid shirt to his right

Come see what antics are in store at April 30’s Cold Reads–only 4 more left until September!

 

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

  • Act One by Natasha Backlin
  • The Furies by Barb Scheffler
  • Gertrude by Nick Sturges
  • Writer’s Challenge by Winter Rowan

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!

April 23rd Line-Up

We’re Back!

Movie cover of We're Back--3 dinosaurs walking in a parade down New York City street

No, not like that… or will there be dinosaurs? Come on Sunday to find out!

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

  • The Birds Aflutter by Oliver Georgiou
  • Bloody Sunrise by Joanne Latimer
  • Immigrant Story by Jarrett Rusnak
  • Writer’s Challenge by Ron Fromstein

And this week’s musical guest: Jordan Paul

Young man with long hair on boardwalk in front of lake

Jordan Paul is an unstoppable force of fluid emotion. Equipped with a voice that leaves audiences breathless, his live show is a must-see. A clever songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at only 24, Paul has a ghostly style all his own. Citing Nina Simone, Dylan Thomas, Greek Mythology, and Indian Raga among his creative influences–his music is as eclectic as it is spiritually intelligent. Born in Kingston, Ontario, Paul now lives in Toronto–where he is recording his debut studio release—out on Leesta Vall Records (Brooklyn, NY) this fall. ‘Rain’ features Andrew Scott of Sloan on drums–and will be available on a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl; hand-pressed on a Sun Records era lathe.

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!

April 9th Line-up

April showers bring… stupendous scripts?!?

Yellow and blue umbrella and rain clouds

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

  • Buying the Farm by Shelley Hoffman and Stephen Sparks
  • Doula by Liane Balaban
  • Ill Conceived by Lawrence Aronovitch
  • Writer’s Challenge by Jamie Johnson

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.

REMINDER: No Toronto Cold Reads on April 16th.
Blame the Easter bunny. See you again on April 22nd!

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!

April 2nd Line-Up: THR33Fest Part 2

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!

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!