Does the idea of crafting a play intrigue you? On Thursday, January 17, Muskoka Authors Association hosts, Playwright and Screenwriter, Hannah Rittner, who will discuss how she discovered playwriting (or rather how playwriting found her) and how her notion of feminist theatre has evolved. She will be sharing segments of her plays The Life and Death of Ana Petrovna *a feminist/queer re-imagining of Chekhov’s, Ivanov, The Passion (or How the Rose Blossoms) *inspired by Clarice Lispector’s short story, One Hundred Years of Forgiveness, and Cassandra (the Tree Play) based on Hannah’s love affair with nature and the Niagara Escarpment. For each reading she will give context on why she feels these works are relevant right now and what she hopes to achieve with them.
Hannah Rittner is an award-winning Playwright and Screenwriter originally from Toronto, Ontario. In 2018, her play, Three Women Mourn the Apocalypse, was a finalist for the Safewords New Canadian Play Prize. Her screenplay, Desire, won the award for best Canadian short screenplay at the 2018 Hollywood North Awards. Ms. Rittner graduated from NYU’s MFA in Dramatic Writing with distinction (Chair’s Award and NYU-wide President’s Award in leadership) where she studied under the guidance of Annie Baker and Eduardo Machado. Her works have been developed by leading Canadian and US institutions including The University of Calgary, The Stratford Festival (2016 Playwright’s Retreat), Nightwood Theatre (2016-17 Write from the Hip), Theatre Passe Muraille, Play by Play, The Old Globe Theatre, LunaSea Theatre, Neptune Theatre, and Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Center.
Two of her plays (Love & Exile; The Unbelievers), were nominated for the internationally celebrated Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; and she was a semi-finalist for the inaugural 2018 Ellen Ross Stuart Award.
Ms. Rittner’s company, LACE Productions, produced The Unbelievers at the 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival which gained national attention from The Globe and Mail for its ability to merge theatre with social change.
Ms. Rittner is the 2018-19 playwright-in-residence at the Heliconian Arts Club in Toronto.
Location: St. Thomas Anglican Church, 4 Mary Street, Bracebridge. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
Fee: MAA Members: Free, Non-Members: $20