Awarded by the Canadian Association of Theatre Research
“The Committee has unanimously decided to give the award this year to Boca del Lupo, an anthology of Plays2Perform@Home. The Boca del Lupo play package is a time capsule of the present moment, not only capturing our society as it grapples with issues of race and identity, but the anthology is tailored to address the limitations of enacting and staging creative work during a pandemic. It is made to be performed at home, with family or as you look over the fence of your backyard and read the roles out with a neighbour or two. The collection of works is quirky, playful, creative and imaginative, which brilliantly crosses the line between theatre and play. The contributions in this anthology are by a diverse group of playwrights, who offer a smart play on characters and unusual situations, some weaving in race relations in a clever but not too obvious way. The topics explored are carefully shaped and framed, where each piece can be seen as an object, as well as a play, as well as a game, all created to address our moment of crisis.”– Committee Members: Yasmine Kandil (Chair); Kim Solga; Yvette Nolan; Nikki Cesare Schotzko; Michelle Macarthur
A heartfelt thank you to the the Committee. We are thrilled to receive the 2021 Patrick O’Neill Award for Best Play Anthology: Plays2Perform@Home:Western Box Set
During a time when our doors were shuttered and we couldn’t experience live theatre together, Plays2PerformHome brought theatre makers and lovers joy and hope. We’d like to also thank playwrights Tara Beagan, Hiro Kanagawa, Karen Hines, Jovanni Sy, and designer Valerie Thai/Cabin + Cub for all of their hard work and artistic brilliance during the early stages of a world-wide pandemic.