Meanwhile in New Canada

Toronto’s SummerWorks would like you to know the following:

As the largest juried festival in Canada featuring predominantly New Canadian plays, SummerWorks looks to program a festival that uniquely reflects Toronto and Canada’s cultural zeitgeist.

I’m not quite sure what a New Canadian play is, but a friend of mine has written one, so I must pay attention:

[W]e all understand what it is to experience family dysfunction. Sometimes it is barely a ripple and fleeting, sometimes it’s a tsunami and seemingly neverending. But those waves, regardless of their intensity, are part of our most prized relationships.

Tanisha Taitt and I go back to the late 1990s, when we were trading musical ideas on Usenet. I said of a song collection of hers in 2004:

Think Joni Mitchell halfway between Blue and Mingus, then overlay with a streetwise Laura Nyro-esque feel for the language, and you have some idea of what Tanisha is about: strongly confessional, yet always giving the impression that there are secrets still to be revealed.

Shortly thereafter, she began working in Toronto-area theater in just about every capacity there is; this is the first play she’s written. I wish her the very best of luck.

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