B.C. musical and comedy shortlisted for national Playwrights Guild awards
Three creative minds from British Columbia have had their works shortlisted for 2012 Playwrights Guild of Canada awards.
Aaron Bushkowsky’s After Jerusalem is a finalist for the Carol Bolt Award, a $3,000 prize for best new work by a guild member from the past year. Bushkowsky’s play is a comedy about a school teacher looking for love in Israel. Vancouver’s Solo Collective Theatre presented the one-act play in December 2011.
Meanwhile, Tom Pinkerton: The Ballad of Butterfly’s Son, by Hiro Kanagawa and David MacIntyre, is a finalist for the New Musical Award. The $5,000 prize is awarded for the best musical work by a guild member that has yet to premiere. The musical drama Tom Pinkerton is a sequel to the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly.
The Playwrights Guild of Canada, a national advocacy group, announced the finalists in a news release on October 1. The winners are to be announced at an awards event in Mississauga, Ontario on October 22.