On September 23rd, 2019, the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto hosted the second annual Tom Hendry Nominee Gala, a special lead-up event to the Tom Hendry Awards ceremony (in October) produced in collaboration with Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Storefront Theatre’s Sing For Your Supper.
The shortlisted nominees for the 2019 Tom Hendry Awards were announced live at the event. Readings of excerpts from the following plays nominated for the RBC Emerging Playwright Award were coordinated by The StoreFront Theatre’s Sing For Your Supper:
Hallelujah It’s Holly by Jesse LaVercombe
Andrea Irwin Brown
Harmony Mall by Gillian Clark
*An actor of South Asian descent was originally cast for the role of Saskia, however, due to last minute illness, she was replaced by a non-South Asian actor in order to proceed with the reading. The Playwrights Guild of Canada wants to recognize that representation is of critical importance to the artistic integrity of each work, and honour the intent of this work to question allyship and white guilt.
The Cole Porter Suite by Elyse Friedman