2016 Provincial Drama Festival

Award Winners

“Camina” – NL Government Drama Festival Award for the best presentation of a full-length play
Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook - “Cherry Docs”

Harvey Rose Bowl for the best visual presentation
Avion Players, Gander - “Painting Churches”

Neala F. Griffin Trophy for the best direction
Jordan Stringer - Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

Chrissi Andrews Memorial Award for the best performance by a woman
Michele Dove - Avion Players, Gander

Honorary Chairman’s Award for the best performance by a man
Jacob Bradbury - Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

Sarah McDonald Memorial Award for the best supporting performance by an actress
Karla Abbass - Mokami Players, Happy Valley·Goose Bay

Reg Harte Memorial Award for the best supporting performance by an actor
Val Oliver - Mokami Players, Happy Valley·Goose Bay

Thompson Trophy for the best actress or actor under the age of 21
Jamie Felsberg - Mokami Players, Happy Valley·Goose Bay

Stage Managers Award for excellence in stage management.
Lynn Sooley - Avion Players, Gander

Newfoundland Herald Audience Appreciation Award
Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook - “Cherry Docs”

Margaret Doyle Trophy for depicting the true spirit of the Festival
Courtney Croucher - Carol Players, Labrador West

Allan R. Hillier Award for costume that most enhances interpretation of overall production
Jeanne Collins - Avion Players, Gander

Elizabeth F. Ireland Award for the acquisition of the most effective and/or innovative properties
Brenda Chaytor - Avion Players, Gander

Hans Tode Memorial Trophy for innovative and imaginative set design
Neil Robbins, Jordan Stringer & Troy Turner - Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

Allan Power Memorial Award for excellence in lighting design
Neil Robbins - Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

OZ-FM Award for imagination and excellence in sound
Troy Turner - Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

D.A. Matthews Memorial Scholarshipp
Jamie Felsberg - Mokami Players, Happy Valley·Goose Bay

2016 Provincial Drama Festival

Hosted by: Carol Players & Northern Lights Theatre Company - Labrador West, NL
March 29th-April 2nd, 2016

Adjudicator: Greg Malone     (Press Release)

The Drowning Girls

by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic

Tuesday, March 29th – 8:00 PM

Northern Lights Theatre Company, Labrador West

Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are all married to George Joseph Smith, and they are all dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs in which they were drowned, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.

“…3 murders, told with style.” — Toronto Star.

“…a morbidly funny and sometimes wistful trip through the minds of women who paid the ultimate price for trusting the wrong man.” — The Chiago Tribune.

“…Theatrical collaboration at its finest!.” — The Fourth Walsh.


by William Mastrosimone

Wednesday, March 30th – 8:00 PM

Carol Players, Labrador West

Marjorie is home alone when Raul enters through her unlocked door and attempts to attack and rape her. The tables turn when Marjorie is able to subdue Raul and keep him tied up in her fireplace. When Terry and Patricia, Marjorie’s roommates, come home they are shocked and begin discussing how to handle the situation: call the police or take matters into their own hands?

“A white knuckle psychological thriller.” — USA Today.

“…its emotional heft can’t be denied.” — Star Tribune.

“It is hard to imagine anyone unmoved…or unshaken by the tough questions the play raises.” — Talkin’ Broadway.

Painting Churches

by Tina Howe

Thursday, March 31th – 8:00 PM

Avion Players, Gander

Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and they with her. Mags triumphs in the end as Fanny and Gardner actually step through the frame and become a work of art ineffable and timeless.

“Beautifully written … A theatrical family portrait that has the shimmer and depth of Renoir portraits.” — NY Times.

“A radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play … distinctly Chekhovian. Howe captures the same edgy surface of false hilarity, the same unutterable sadness beneath it, and the indomitable valor beneath both.” — Time.

“… Howe has written poignant solo moments for each of her fondly observed characters … ‘Painting Churches’ is still a stunner …” — Variety.

Cherry Docs

by David Gow

Friday, April 1st – 8:00 PM

Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

A neo-Nazi skinhead is charged with murder, and Legal Aid has assigned him a Jewish lawyer. Over the course of developing a defense for the skinhead, the lawyer is forced to examine the limits of his own liberalism, and the demons underlying it. An unblinking examination of hatred, the explosive effect it has on our society, and the hurdles that confront us as we set about eradicating it.

“… earnestly confronts bigotry in several forms …” — LA Times.

“Rarely do I leave a theater feeling I’ve seen a play so overwhelming and important that I have to tell friends they shouldn’t miss it.” — New York Theatre Wire.

“Doing time, like facing the hangman’s noose, can focus the mind wonderfully” — Montreal Gazette.

A Guide to Mourning

by Eugene Stickland

Saturday, April 2nd – 7:00 PM

Mokami Players, Happy Valley·Goose Bay

A father’s death reunites Deirdre with her three adult children. The eldest, Rex, is homeless. Lewis is the fussy middle child with an unhealthy attachment to expensive running shoes and their sister, Sandra, shuns emotion for designer dresses. Together they attempt to plan their father’s final passage with what one would hope to be a sense of tender urgency and intimacy. But in a play that is at once unsettling and hysterical, both bleak and hopeful, the family is so consumed with serving their own needs first that the actual funeral seems doomed from the start.

“… an honest and intelligent attempt to come to grips with the human drama at the base of grief.” — Canoe JAM Theatre.

“This play is all about family dynamic, and it is excellent that way.” — Daily Herald Tribune.

“Stickland also deftly examines sex roles, organized and “New Age” religion, the incompatibility of values within families, and the entrenchment of social and psychological status quos.” — Robert W. Melton, University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Greg Malone – 2016 NL Drama Festival Adjudicator


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Greg Malone is a cynic philosopher in the tradition of Diogenes and Lenny Bruce and, as one of the original founders of CODCO, is perhaps best known for the CODCO TV series and his wicked impersonations of political icons like George Bush, the Queen and, of course, Barbara Frum. He has received many awards for writing, performing and directing, including a dozen Gemini Awards.

Greg was born in St. John’s on October 19, 1948 and was educated at St. George’s School, St. Bonaventure’s College. Gonzaga High School, and Memorial University where he graduated with a BA in English. In May 2000, Greg was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from Memorial in recognition of his achievements and contribution to the artistic and academic communities.

Besides the sixty-three, award winning CODCO TV shows, Greg wrote and performed in forty-three WGB shows for CBC television. His work includes films, many television specials, radio programs, countless stage shows and international theatre tours. He directed and edited the popular and award-winning docudrama film, The Untold Story of the Suffragists of Newfoundland, in which he also appears as Sir Richard Squires. His wildly funny one-man Comedy Channel special, Pocket Queen, picked up the Gold Award for Comedy at the Houston International Film and Television Festival in 1999.

In 1995 Greg wrote and directed the award-winning, Sex Drugs and HIV to raise awareness of the impediment prejudice is to the health care of persons living with HIV or AIDS. As a political activist, he is recognized across Canada for his part in the campaign that successfully stopped the privatization of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and his consistent efforts to protect the

In recent years he has been a Motivational Speaker to many groups across the Country on topics such as Globalization, Privatization, AIDS, Sex, Spirituality and of course the Environment. His presentations are inspired and hilarious, peppered with impersonations of famous characters. Greg is Finn in the popular drama Republic of Doyle. In February of 2009 Greg’s first book, a memoir, You Better Watch Out was published by Random House Canada. His latest book, Don’t Tell The Newfoundlanders, about the international collusion that brought Newfoundland into the Canadian Confederation, is a national bestseller and was released in paperback January 2014. In 2015 Greg played Donald Rumsfeld in Stuff Happens at the National Arts Centre. He is
currently working on a new book and a new stage show.

Greg is a dedicated amateur theologian, spending endless hours trying to reconcile the new cosmology with a medieval Catholic education. In his spare time he enjoys scriptural exegesis, historical reading and writing and, of course, is an avid eater.