Cafe Daughter, SOUND OFF, Playwrights, #writesofpassage  
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CAFÉ DAUGHTER at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa for Canada Scene! 

It's true! The profound and touching production of Kenneth T. Williams' play CAFÉ DAUGHTER will be a part of Canada's 150th birthday celebrations, as part of the National Arts Centre's Canada Scene. 

Canada Scene features over 1000 artists from across Canada, and more than 100 events, including CAFÉ DAUGHTER, June 16-18 in the NAC Studio! If you're planning a trip to our Nation's capital this summer to be a part of the on-going celebrations, we hope you'll take in a performance by Tiffany Ayalik, as the CAFÉ DAUGHTER! Directed by Lisa C. Ravensbergen, designed by T. Erin Gruber, and stage managed by Betty Hushlak. 

About the play: Nine-year-old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café. She’s incredibly smart but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour. Her mother has charged her with a secret – to never tell anyone she’s part Cree. Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.

Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre is proud to be beginning the touring show of CAFÉ DAUGHTER at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa! Stay tuned for more tour dates, including a tour to Yellowknife, NWT in September! 

Tiffany Ayalik as Yvette Wong, in Kenneth T. Williams' Cafe Daughter. The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, part of Canada Scene, our Nation's 150th birthday celebrations! 

One of Workshop West's most popular programs remains our student playwrighting course #writesofpassage, sponsored by TELUS! 2016-17 was a growth year for the program with seven Edmonton elementary, junior, and and high schools participating. Hats off to Londonderry Junior High, Elizabeth Finch Elementary and Junior High, Victoria School for the Arts, Old Scona, J. Percy Page High School, Ross Sheppard High School, Inner City Youth for a great year! 
From left to right: Janna Hove, Marian Brant (GM WWPT), Chris Dodd (Sound Off), the Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Culture & Tourism, Nicole Sander (NICA), Vern Thiessen (AD WWPT), Louise Casemore, Jennifer Spencer
Big support for the SOUND OFF! Festival
By now you've heard great things about The Chinook Series, the winter theatre festival that took place in February 2017. In conjuction with Fringe Theatre Adventures and the Expanse Festival, WWPT's own Canoe Festival featured performing artists from around the world. 

We also hosted Alberta's first Deaf Theatre Festival, SOUND OFF! curated by Deaf theatre artist Chris Dodd, the blend of performance, dance, comedy, and workshop drew hundreds of people, hearing and Deaf, for the five day festival. 

American Sign Language (ASL) made it possible to bridge between hearing and Deaf audiences and performers alike. We are thrilled that support from Alberta's Minister of Culture and Tourism came through, granting WWPT and the SOUND OFF! festival $50,000 for ASL Interpretation. Teaming up with the Network of Interpreters, Consultants & Advocates (NICA) WWPT was able to supply interpreters for all events. 

Thank you to the Honourable David Eggen and Culture & Tourism! 

At WWPT we continue our commitment to Canadian playwrights! Pictured below are some of the playwrights we're working with to create new plays for the stages of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the world. Top row: Meiko Ouchi, Meg Braem, Kenneth T. Williams: Middle row: Darrin Hagen, Collin Doyle, Beth Graham; Bottom row: Josh Languedoc, Nicole Moeller, Conni Massing. 

Watch for new plays from these commited and talented Canadian playwrights!
We're very excited about our 39th season at Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre and we hope you are too! Our season announcement will be made sometime in the Spring, so STAY TUNED! 
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