Marcus Youssef, Christine Quintana, and other Vancouver talents take part in Playwrights Guild seven-hour reading relay March 27

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      Several of Vancouver's well-known stage names are taking part in tomorrow's (March 27) seven-hour online play reading relay hosted by the Playwrights Guide of Canada.

      Siminovitch-prize-winner Marcus Youssef (who penned Winners and Losers and King Arthur's Night) at 12:45 p.m. EST, Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine and The Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical) at 5 p.m. EST, Christine Quintana (Selfie and Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical) at 5:30 p.m. EST, and C.E. Gatchalian (Falling in Time and Motifs & Repetitions) at 5:45 p.m. EST are just some of the local playwrights taking part.

      Between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, 29 playwrights coast-to-coast will livestream 10-minute readings from their scripts via Zoom; you can find the link to click at the PGC website, where you can also find out the full schedule.

      The guild recently posted that it had expanded its Zoom capacity from 100 to 1,000 people for the event.

      The event finds a creative way to mark the 2020 World Theatre Day at a time when no one can gather at traditional stage spaces.

      Viewers are encouraged to donate to PGC as a way to acknowledge the work playwrights are doing, and the challenges they will now face.

      The guild promotes Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and reached out to its community of over 850 stage writers to fill reading slots on a first come, first served basis.