Play Readings

Festival Players Play Reading Series 2017

Join Festival Players company members and special guests as they read scripts-in-progress penned by local playwrights. Grab a pint and a snack, hear some fresh work, and provide feedback to help shape the scripts! All events are PWYC at the end of the reading, but we encourage you to RSVP in order to guarantee a seat!

Our 2017 Cold Read Series includes:

Philanthropy by Marianne Ackerman and Brian Tannenbaum – August 14th
Stars on Her Shoulders by Stephen Massicotte – August 21st
The Plan by Krista Dalby – August 28th


by Marianne Ackerman in collaboration with Brian Tannenbaum

A Saturday afternoon in June, the Rosenbaum family gather at the patriarch’s summer home in the Laurentians to celebrate his honorary degree from McGill University. Is Max planning to give them his entire fortune? A comedy about the emotional content of money, generational alliances and long-festering wounds.

Monday August 14th – 7:30 pm
Drake Devonshire
24 Wharf Street, Wellington, Ontario, K0K 3L0


MA at Wellington beachBorn in Belleville, Ontario, Marianne Ackerman was educated at Carleton University, the Sorbonne and University of Toronto (MA 1981). She lived in Paris in the late 1970s (pictured here), and moved to Montreal in 1981. From 1998 to 2004, she lived in La Roque Alric, France. She is married to Gwyn Campbell, research professor of history at McGill University. Her daughter Fiona Ackerman is a painter in Vancouver. She has one grandchild, Oskar.

Marianne has published seven books, including plays, novels and short fiction. Her play Triplex Nervosa premiered at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre in April of 2015. A comedy about art and real estate in Mile End, directed by Roy Surette, it was a critical and box office success. Venus of Dublin premiered at the Centaur in 2000 and received four subsequent productions in Ontario.


Stars on Her Shoulders

by Stephen Massicotte

Le Treport, France, first week of June, 1918. A group of Nursing Sisters, Canadian Army Medical Corps, arrive at a hospital farther behind the lines. They’re ordered to convalesce from fatigue and the various wounds suffered in the recent bombing of their own hospital nearer the front, in which 32 were killed—including three of their number.

When the news arrives that two of the Sisters will receive the Military Medal for their bravery on the night of the bombing, a controversy arises. Nursing Sisters of the CAMC are officers, and therefore the appropriate decoration isn’t the MM, but the Military Cross. The suffragette of the group protests and a campaign to be awarded the MC begins. Will she bring about progress with her stand, or will she simply be put down as an example of female impertinence—an embarrassment to herself and women?

While awaiting the ruling from General Headquarters and their new postings, the women (unaccustomed to idleness) try in vain to rest. In a time before PTSD, when shell shock was treated in men to get them back to the front, the women must rely on each other to heal their haunted selves. Together they confront the effects of their wounds (both physical and mental) on their damaged ideals and beliefs, their grief, and their ability to salvage hope in their lives.

Monday August 21st – 7:30 pm
Drake Devonshire
24 Wharf Street, Wellington, Ontario, K0K 3L0


Massicotte, Stephen. Headshot, color.Stephen’s play Mary’s Wedding premiered in 2002 at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites Festival and was the winner of the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award, and the 2003 Alberta Book Award. Mary’s Wedding has received upward of a hundred productions, has been translated into French, and has been adapted into an opera by the Pacific Opera Victoria. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion premiered as a co-production between the Tarragon Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and was a hit off Broadway. It won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Award for Best English Language Play and the 2007 Alberta Book Award for Drama. His most recent play, The Clockmaker, premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2009 playRites Festival and won the 2009 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play and the 2011 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best English Language Play. Stephen wrote the feature films The Dark and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning for which he won the award for Best Script/Drama over 60 Minutes at the 2004 AMPIA’s. He also wrote the award winning short film June and, most recently, Historica Canada’s Winnipeg Falcons and Nursing Sisters Heritage Minutes.


The Plan
by Krista Dalby

Set during World War II, The Plan is the story of two young airmen stationed at Camp Picton, where they are training to fight overseas with the Royal Air Force. Hailing from different backgrounds and circumstances, their friendship grows as the specter of war looms ever closer.

Monday August 28th – 7:30 pm
Maison Depoivre Art Gallery
Loch Sloy Business Park Barrack #3,
343 County Road 22, Picton


This reading made possible with the support of the Picton Recreation Committee

Krista Dalby headshot small B&WKrista Dalby has been a part of Festival Players since moving to the County in 2010. Most recently she was co-creator/designer for The Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County (2016) and writer/director of Unjustly (2015). Krista is the director of The Firelight Lantern Festival, chief brain behind the Creative Rural Minds networking series, board member of The Prince Edward County Arts Council, and in 2016 received an Arts Recognition Award from the Quinte Arts Council. Her pride and joy is Small Pond Arts, which she operates with her husband, painter Milé Murtanovski; it’s an art farm that hosts artists in residence, a gallery, and many joyous creative events, including the annual Scarecrow Festival.