Call for Submissions



Call for Submissions

10-Minute Plays 

2013 Evening of Short Plays

Our next production will run in mid to late August, 2013 (final dates to be announced), and we have openings for four, ten-minute plays (ten pages in standard play format) which will be selected based on a blind adjudication.

Our motif for the 2013 production is "Two Chairs". Each play must incorporate two chairs and only the two chairs are permitted as props, aside from accessories and costuming.

Please refer to the following link for an example of standard play format: writersroom/scripts/stageus.pdf

To bind your submission, include a detached title page with your name, contact information and play

title and staple the remaining play pages together, ensuring that the title appears on the first page of the play. One submission per playwright.

Each winner is responsible for the production of their play, including casting, costuming and directing.

Attendance at It's Alive Playwrights Meetings is mandatory, including the introductory meeting on January 20th at 7pm.

Our four winners will be announced in January 2013.

Deadline: Postmarked by December 28, 2012

Act Now: First 25 submissions considered

Mail to: Box 404, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0

Questions: Email

Three Nights of Magic



(scene from “Old Fools” with actors Jon Allen and Chris Anderson, sorry for poor quality of image)

Three nights of magic in the imaginary world of the theatre ended last night with another standing ovation. It’s Alive Theatre Company concluded it’s first production of An Evening of Short Plays with three sold out nights of performances. I find it difficult to express all my feelings, so I will just recap the highlights. I am overwhelmed by the talent of our cast of actors, who gave so much time to rehearsals and magically transformed a bare stage with only a few props into sets and scenes. I am amazed by the talents and skills of our stage manager and crew who choreographed the set changes and made sets appear as a dance. I am grateful for our MC, who brought energy and enthusiasm for the project and broadcast it through interviews and live during each evening. I am humbled by the talent of my fellow writers, who created works of imagination and brought them to life on the stage. They inspire me to continue creating. I am thankful for you, my friends and neighbors, who stepped out of their normal lives for an evening and joined and encouraged us by your attendance and ovations. I am happy for the support of our local community and the sponsors who stepped up to fund our experiment before it was proven a success. I am hopeful for the future because of the requests we are already receiving from others who want to sponsor our upcoming productions.

Thank you All:


Jon Allen, Chris Anderson, Pierre Bachand, Mark Cruickshank, Dan Jaworski, 

Bruce Jollymore

, Jullie Knowles, 

Pamela Segger

, Shannon Sponagle, Saundra Vernon, and Cynthia Walker.


Liesha Wagner Letson


Shannon Campbell

 and Michelle Graves


Nancy Wilson


Gus Web


Merrill Heubach, Alistair Jarvis


Susan Cruckshank, Rick Myers, Pamela Segger, 

Alison Smith

, and Lloyd Williams

New Theatre Company in Lunenburg



Five local South Shore playwrights started It’s Alive Theatre Company in Lunenburg to highlight local writers and actors in original plays.

Our first production, An Evening of Short Plays will be October 11–13th at the Lunenburg Cultural Centre.

We hope you will join us for an evening of great entertainment.


Event: An Evening of Short Plays

Date: October 11, 12, 13

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: The Lunenburg Cultural Centre, 114 Fox Street

Cost: $10 (great deal for an evening of entertainment)

Includes: Live music, six short plays (two dramas, two comedies, and two surreal (a little something for everyone).

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Ticket Info

Tckets on sale at THE SHOP ON THE CORNER in Lunenburg or call Pamela at 527–9094 to reserve.

Please come and invite your friends.

Seating limited so please buy your tickets early.

Venice, Italy


Entering Venice

23 May 2012

The Crown Princess glided into Venice just after noon. The view from our 15th floor balcony gave us a panoramic view of the city and sights. We stepped ashore around 1:00pm and caught a water shuttle to San Marco (St. Mark’s Square).


San Marco Square

We enjoyed a club sandwich at the Cafe where Byron, Proust, and Dickens frequented, while listening to one of the two orchestras that play all day and into the evening.


We walked the streets west of the square for couple of hours and ended at he Opera House that was restored after being destroyed by fire several years ago. The restoration is amazing. We stopped at Harry’s Bar for the most expensive cocktails we have ever drank (€14 each). This was Hemingway’s haunt.


Harry’s Bar

I remember know how much I disliked Campari. We returned by water shuttle to the ship for our late meal with our writing group. The twelve writers averaged 54 pages each during the eleven days, with only four sea days. I finished a third revision of my play. Cynthia compressed her lectures to fit the four days available. She hopes to come to Lunenburg for the It’s Alive Theatre Company’s three nights of short plays on October 11-13. If she comes we will host a writing workshop with her.

Tonight the Venice Chamber Orchestra played on board. We disembark tomorrow morning and will stay over for the next three days to enjoy more of Venice.


Night Time Gondola View


Venice you will be missed…

Sea Otter for Easter



Pamela knows I love sea otters and gave me this cute puppet for Easter. Otters seems to have more fun, all the time, than any other animal. If I come back around again, I hope it is as a sea or river otter.

We had a lovely day in Halifax yesterday. brunched at Heartwood Bakery and Cafe, spent the afternoon at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, had dinner the Alexander Keith’s Red Stag Tavern, and an evening at Neptune Theatre enjoying La Cage Aux Folles. It was a good day.

Distillery Delights

August 25, 2010 Toronto, ON

With every visit to Toronto we beeline to one of our favourite areas in the city: the distillery district.

Is it still a beeline when we get stuck in rush hour?

This is better than last time. Last time most of the traffic lights downtown went on the fritz. However, we were thoroughly impressed with the locals who took it upon themselves to direct heavy traffic at every light-less intersection.

Back to the main attraction, as far as we're concerned: Soulpepper Theatre. We caught "What the Butler Saw", a zany farce by Joe Orton, and "Doc", an award winning drama by Sharon Pollock about a relationship between a daughter and father. The latter had a unique set. The designer divied up the stage into four "rooms" using sheets of clear plexiglas set perpendicular to the stagefront and with body shapes cut out that served as entrances and exits for each character. There was also a gauzy backfrop. Unusual overall. Moody and dense with shadow and refracted light.

We like a pre-play dinner at Mill Street Brewery by the huge copper vats (or whatever you call them when it's beer), but not under the skylight if it's pouring out, unless we are in need of a little misting. Then we take time to peruse the distillery district and wander through the cobblestone lanes by the forty-seven Victorian industrial buildings that have been revamped and repurposed.

Creative types and business types coexist, as do old and new: old material, new green technology. The village created and its galleries, boutiques, eateries, theatres, cafes are meant to be sauntered and savoured.

A massive metal sculpture outside the market and adjacent to the A Taste of Quebec cheese shop that we pretend doesn't exist, for the benefit of our wallets and waistlines:

More mega scultpure outside of Balzac Coffee. Balzac's is great coffee, but the espresso at the fine food market is perfect.

Great place to chill.


Fortress of Louisbourg

August 12, 2010 Lousibourg, Cape Breton, NS

Louisbourg RV Park on the waterfront:

From the wharves we can see the Fortress of Louisbourg looming over the sea.

Louisbourg is the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America.

The French came to Louisbourg in 1713 after loss of territory to the English in Newfoundland and Acadia (Nova Scotia) in the War of the Spanish Succession. Louisbourg soon became France's most important stronghold and seaport in the Atlantic on account of trade and the thriving fishing industry.

In addition to arms and imported goods, livestock and gardens were integral to the community's health and survival.

By 1760 the English ruled and the fortifications lay in ruin. The reconstruction and reenactments are based on life as it was in 1744.

Red Coat and Blue Coat interpreters march, pipe, drum and fire off a cannon.

Lloyd buys bread the size, and half the weight, of a cannonball. And about the equivalent in flavour.

Jay's workout for the day: cannonball presses.

The crier reads aloud from a scroll which states that the guy in white stole a bottle of wine. The French officers will parade him through the streets, drumming all the way, then fasten him to a pole with an iron collar where he will serve his time: 2 hours a day for several days. In fact, he served five minutes before the interpreters ignored the unsympathetic crowd and let him go.

Jay writes his name with a quill pen next to the recently freed thief.

Since we couldn't elect Eric for public punishment we ordered him into the lime kiln for a time out. ;)

Back at the campsites, the boys strum it up. It's difficult to see, but Jay and Eric each trade a hand to play: Jay's left hand plays Eric's fretboard and vice versa (their right hands strum their own guitars).

In the evening we attended a ceilidh next door at the Louisbourg Playhouse featuring Jason Kempt, Beverly MacLean, Erin Martell, Lyndon MacKenzie, and Troy Young. Celtic music is expected and oatcakes hoped for, but this ceilidh included a box drum called a cajón and comedic costumed sketches too.

In the morning we had time to enjoy the sun and cereal by the sea.


Toronto Fringe Festival

July 4-7, 2010, Toronto, ON - Fringe Festival

More Theatre: 1. "How Coyote Was Swallowed by the Sandia Mountains" a thought provoking look at the suicide death of a sibling. Minimal set and good acting.

2. "Short Story Long" outstanding performance by two women actors that twisted and turned through their lives following the death of novelist husband and lover.

3. "Jitters" Soulpepper Theatre performance of David French's comedic behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a play.

4. "Raven for a Lark" by Elise Newman was a provocative study in the transformative nature of influence. Two actors get sucked into the twisted world of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy.

5. "Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen" by Tali Brady was disappointing. Rather than a play it was more like a museum docent presentation on the life of Austen. There were some interesting facts about her life.

6. "Jersey Boys" at the end of its two year run in Toronto (longest ever for the Theatre) this outstanding evening is a music filled tour through the joys and heartaches of four boys from NJ. A great performance with many talented players. Glad we saw this.

7. "Lucky 9" by Fringe favorite TJ Dawe. This monologue was an autobiographical journey through his discovery of Enneagrams and their impact on his family and friends. He is talented and enjoyable. This was time well spent.

8. "Brothers and Arms" by Steven Jackson. The potential here was unrealized. The acting was weak, the directing must have been uncritical, and the script was on the nose and needs several rewrites. The theme is important and the storyline was innovated, just poorly executed.

9. "A Month In The Country" by Ivan Turgenev adapted by Susan Coyne. This was good but the adaptation was lacking continuity, seemed more like little vignettes. The physical acting with hammock, water hose, tire swing, were all innovative but distracted from the text which seemed limp and without energy. I read another of her adaptations and it too seemed to lack a vital energy necessary to sustain interest.

Our expectations were low and we were pleasantly pleased with the quality of the Fringe performances. We have always enjoyed Soul Pepper and Jersey Boys was just a treat. -L


June 27-July 4, 2010 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON - Shaw Festival

Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of our favorite small towns. It influenced our decision to move to Nova Scotia. If you have not heard that story ask me sometime, I will be happy to tell you the tale. The town includes three wonderful theatres, a great bookstore, and many fine restaurants. We stayed a few mile out of town at the Shalamar Lake Campground, recommended only for its convenient location, being only a few kilometers from town.

We saw the following plays: John Bull's Other Island - GB Shaw Cherry Orchard - Chekov Ideal Husband - Oscar Wilde Women - Claire Boothe Luce Half an Hour - JM Barrie Harvey - Mary Chase Touch of Venus - musical Doctor's Dilemma - GB Shaw

This was a great season and we look forward to returning next year. -L

Winter's Tale and Gibson Custom Les Paul

Saturday, June 26, 2010 - Stratford, ON

Last day in Stratford. We saw Winter's Tale earlier in the week to finish out our theatre time in Stratford. Today we enjoyed Stratford Blues Festival. They raffled a Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty and though we bought a large number of tickets we unfortunately did not win, but still had a great day of music.

The Bard is Alive in Ontario

Saturday, 19 June 2010, Stratford, ON We decided to spend the entire month of June in the Stratford area to enjoy the Shakespeare Festival. Several years ago we stayed in Niagara-On-The-Lake for the Shaw Festival. We have heard such wonderful things about the theatre here we thought we would try to see as my of the plays and musicals as possible before heading to Nova Scotia.

The highlight so far was The Tempest starring Christopher Plummer. He is here for his tenth season and the production was visually outstanding.

Last night we saw Evita starring Chilina Kennedy as Eva Peron and Josh Young as Che. Both had extraordinary voices and enjoyed them earlier in other productions.

Brent Carver starred in As You Like It and Jacque Brell Is Alive And Well In Paris. Brent became one of our favorite Canadian actors, after seeing his performance in Elizabeth Rex the Timothy Findley play that is now available on DVD.

We also saw Kiss Me Kate earlier in the week. The three theatres offer wonderful venues for these amazing players to perform. We still have further nights to come in the following weeks: A Winters Tale, Peter Pan, and more. If you have the opportunity and you are in Western Ontario please avail yourself of the these Canadian treasures. -L

Play Time in Key West

March 3, 12, 17 & 31, 2010 If you know us well, you know we love live theatre.

"Shirley Valentine" is a delightful and quirky one-woman play about an English housewife, Shirley Valentine, who trades her life for a journey of self-discovery via an adventure in Greece. Joan O’Dowd performed the comedy at Red Barn Theatre, a small theatre in an old red barn--surprise!--that was built as a carriage house in 1829.

We caught "At Last Light", locally written and produced and performed at the chic Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. "At Last Light" is about a woman who returns home to make peace and in doing so, uncovers secrets about herself.

Next up: "The Full Monty" at the Waterfront Playhouse but this version, a racier version that opens with a stripper, takes place in New York. Yes, they do go the full monty and, yes, they do blind you with a hundred blazing white lights so you can hardly see a thing. Hardly.

Source: Waterfront Playhouse site

We spent our last night at the hilarious "Bitch Slap!", also at the Waterfront Playhouse, a first rate venue.

"Bitch Slap!" stars Christopher Peterson as Bette Davis, Randy Roberts as Joan Crawford and Vanessa McCaffrey as Hedda Hopper. Yes, Christopher, a man, plays a gruff and surly Davis while Randy, a man and a real beauty as Joan, plays an ultra poised movie star.

"Their show-biz feud over roles, billing, Oscars and men was legendary. So what would happen when the two screen queens agree to appear together in "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" Enter Hedda Hopper to record (and manipulate) the diva smackdown. "BitchSlap!" and its three stars brilliantly capture the behind-the-scenes theatrics during the filming of the movie."

Source: Waterfront Playhouse site

Christopher and Randy can also be found at LaTeDa Crystal Room, in various personae.

It turns out there's a recipe for a Bitch Slap!

Bitch Slap

1 oz  vodka 1 splash 7-Up 1 oz gin 1 oz Everclear alcohol 1 oz light rum fill with lemonade

Mix vodka, 7-up, gin, everclear and rum together over ice in a highball glass. Fill with lemonade, and serve.
When in Key West go, go, go to the theatre!