Playwrights

MEET THE TEAM

We are ecstatic to present six 10 minute plays written by Vancouver-based playwrights in the Or Festival 2 this year. Their plays were anonymously selected from a high volume of submissions by our fabulous curatorial squad.

In mid-March, the professional team at the Cultch Historic Theatre will film the plays over the course of two days: three plays on day 1 and three plays on day 2, with half an hour between each. They will be recorded in a manner that adheres to the most recent Provincial Health and Safety Regulations. Following post-production, the recording of these plays will be livestreamed through the Cultch on April 2nd & 3rd at 7:30pm. Each night, we will celebrate the world premiere of their spectacular 10 minute plays anew. We want to thank the playwrights for sharing their voices in the community.

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SAMANTHA WALTERS

SAMANTHA WALTERS

Playwright of “Hazard Pay”

Samantha Walters (she/her) is a performer, writer, and creator working and residing on the unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She is in the third year of her BFA in theatre performance at Simon Fraser University and is currently interested in interdisciplinary work exploring post-human identities. 

HAZARD PAY

A chance encounter in a run down convenience store brings two people together before they both run out of time.  

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LESLI BROWNLEE

LESLI BROWNLEE

Playwright of “Everyone Loves Dick”

Lesli Brownlee is an actor and writer. She is a graduate of Capilano University’s Creative Writing Program. Her fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in The Liar, Bread Magazine and SADMAG. Her one act dark comedy, The Long Distance Between aka Jungle Jungle Whatever, was a part of the 2019 Revolver Festival Reading Series and was created with dramaturgical support from Playwrights Theatre Centre and Wet Ink Collective. She is working on her first full length play, a real time dramatic comedy about a family’s struggle to cope with crisis over Zoom. Other plays include a mini tragedy, But I’m a Nice Person and the ten-minute short comedy, Everyone Loves Dick.

EVERYONE LOVES DICK

A heartbroken John and his wingman Tyler meet a strange woman reading a strange book in an airport lounge. Could this woman and her book hold the key to John’s misery?

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FAIRLITH HARVEY

FAIRLITH HARVEY

Playwright of “Seven Minutes ‘Till Heaven”

Described by Link Magazine as the ‘Nerd Queen of Burlesque’, Fairlith is an award-winning dreamer, creator, and writer. In 2012, she founded Geekenders, for which she has written and conceived of over 60 original dramatic works, burlesque plays, musical parodies, cheeky variety shows, and immersive productions including her 2019 Fringe hit, ‘Alice in Glitterland’. Fairlith’s work with Geekenders has been experienced by over 100,000 Canadian audience members and over 10 million YouTube viewers (and over 20,000 subscribers). Her work has been described as having a ‘cult following’ in Vancouver (Vancity Buzz). Fairlith mixes glitter, inclusivity, warmth, and irreverent humour to create a dreamy onstage world examining perspectives that have been repressed. Additionally, Fairlith hosts Rocky Horror at The Rio and is never going to stop.

SEVEN MINUTES ‘TILL HEAVEN

Two shy botanists researching hydroponics on the surface of Mars have to think quickly when the Martians that had been biding their time below the surface of the red planet attack suddenly, causing the self-destruct function of the base to trigger a deadly countdown. In this piece, the author challenged herself to write totally non-gendered characters.

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KATIE GARTLAN-CLOSE

KATIE GARTLAN-CLOSE

Playwright of “The Fluff In Our Walls”

Katie Gartlan-Close is a Vancouver-based, queer identifying playwright and theatre artist. She has an MSc in Playwriting from the University of Edinburgh and a BFA in Theatre Performance and Communications from Simon Fraser University. Her passions lie in playwriting, dramaturgy, clowning, and physical theatre. She is a proud participant of The Arts Club’s 2021 Emerging Playwrights Unit. Most recently, she has had her play Cocoon featured with The Canadian Plaything and at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh with Pride Plays 2020. While in Scotland, she worked as an archivist with the feminist theatre company Stellar Quines. She was also a student judge for the James Tait Black Playwriting Award.  Some of her previous works include: Bean & Hat (Pull Festival 2019), They’re Simply Eyes (rEvolver Updrafts Reading 2018) and Living Cardboard Projects (a series of devised creations and public performances throughout Vancouver).

THE FLUFF IN OUR WALLS

Iris lives alone, stuck in the same endless loop day after day. Then one day she hears a voice coming from her walls, and everything changes.

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CRYSTAL WELTZIN

CRYSTAL WELTZIN

Playwright of “Annual Couple’s Debate”

Crystal Weltzin has been acting, directing and writing for the past ten years. She has written several plays including “Old Testament” (2013), “The Eleventh Hour” (Co-Written with Matchstick Productions, 2017), “Something Borrowed, Everyone Blue” (2018) and “Alice in Wonderland: The Pantomime” (Hopefully 2021). She is very excited for the opportunity to display her work with the OR Festival and work with professional artists. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program from Capilano University and Douglas College.

ANNUAL COUPLE’S DEBATE

Is “putting a ring on it” costly, extravagant and outdated, or a necessary expense on the road to happiness? In the middle of this pandemic, long-term common-law couples are either uniting or splitting. It could go either way in Jessica and Tom’s traditional annual debate.

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CAMERYN CHEW

CAMRYN CHEW

Playwright of “Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Not Even Me”

Camryn Chew (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist and recent graduate of the Acting for Stage and Screen program at Capilano University. She currently serves on the board of directors for Coffeehouse Theatre Society, a theatre company made by and for emerging artists. A few of her favourite onstage roles include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (CapU Theatre), Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (Coffeehouse Theatre Society), and Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Equinox Theatre). They are super passionate about making theatre a safe, innovative, and creative space for all!

SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I’M NOT EVEN ME

Winifred and Chad – two Hollywood A-listers with a sizzling history – unexpectedly reunite at an inpatient rehab centre when Winifred overdoses and Chad begins his new job as a nurse. Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Not Even Me is an absurdist comedy that explores identity and the ludicrous aspects of trying to be an artist within a world grounded in celebrity culture.

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DRAMATURGS

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MATTHEW WILLIS

MATTHEW WILLIS

Festival Dramaturg

Matthew Willis is a multi-talented, award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and story editor from Vancouver, BC. He works as a script doctor on local MOWs (Hallmark, Lifetime), has sold scripts to Marvista Entertainment, and has won awards for his original pilot teleplays (Los Angeles International Screenwriting Awards and the Wild Sound Film Festival). Matthew has recently entered the video game writing world as a Narrative Designer for mobile game studios KANO Applications and East Van Games (Idle Distiller).

EVELEEN KOZAK

EVELEEN KOZAK

Festival Dramaturg

Eveleen Kozak likes naps, Korean spas, and long walks in the mountains with her dog. Sometimes she is an interdisciplinary artist.  She has an interest in filmmaking, dramaturgy, multi-disciplinary documentary work, and learning how to incorporate different artistic practices in a theatrical context. She enjoys connecting to playwrights through their relationship with their stories. She acknowledges the unceded traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations by collaborating with and supporting the work of Indigenous artists.