New Mythic Works Series
The Thousand Faces Festival put out a submission call to Edmonton playwrights
for short 10-20 minute plays based in and around mythology.
A blind jury selected 5 plays from the submissions.
Workshop performances of these 5 plays will take place on July 8th and 9th, 2022.
Tickets Now On Sale!
July 8th and 9th, 2022 - 7:30pm
Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre
8426 Gateway Boulevard
$16 for Adults | $11 for Students
All 5 plays will be performed both nights!
The Chosen Plays
Homeric Hymn of Demeter, Kind Of
Mango of the Dead
by Liam Monaghan
by Samantha Fraughton
by Liam Salmon
by Kijo Gatama
by Calla Wright
Meet the Playwrights!
Liam Monaghan is a writer, theatre artist, and educator. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre Practice at the University of Alberta, where his research-creation has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Previous productions of his plays include How to Leave (Theatre Outré, Lethbridge), The Boy in the Chrysalis (Queer Acts Festival, Halifax; Hapax Theatre, Victoria Fringe Festival) and The Compass of Our Longing (New Works Festival, Edmonton). His publications have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, Alberta Views Magazine, and Ploughshares.
Homeric Hymn of Demeter, Kind Of
Samantha Fraughton is an articling student, who will complete her studies and begin working asa lawyer later this summer. Originally hailing from Fort Saskatchewan, she currently resides in Edmonton on Treaty 6 land. Prior to studying law, Samantha graduated with a BA in drama from the University of Alberta. Some of her recent theatre credits include acting coach for Eurotrumpet’s production of the opera .Gabriel at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe, the role of Princess Fiona in the U of A Faculty of Law’s production of Shrek: Law and Ogre in January
2020, and serving as co-executive director of the Faculty of Law’s 2021 production of Scooby Doo: Long Paw of the Law. Most recently, she has been revising her play Talk Treaty To Me with co-playwright, Theresa Cutknife. In her spare time, Samantha works part time as a model in Edmonton and Calgary.
Kijo Eunice Gatama is an Edmonton-based theatre performer, actor, clown, dancer, and emerging artistic director. Co-curator and producer of Fear The Festival , a horror film festival centring around elevating explorations by self-identifying members of IBPOC artists, as well as co-founder of Shakespeare’s Hunnies, an emerging artist blog. As a playwright, Gatama is strives to create theatre that explores more Folklore, and Queer Afro-Canadian experiences and story-telling. She is delighted to have her second go at writing debut with Thousand Faces!
Mango of the Dead
Liam Salmon is an award-winning queer playwright, dramaturge, producer, and educator based out of Amiskwakahegan, colonially known as Edmonton, Alberta (They/Them). They are a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting program and their work has been produced across the country. Their work focuses on queer experiences, deconstructing gender, concepts of family, science fiction, horror, and exploring and exploding forms of theatre including classical greek, and interdisciplinary/intermedial forms. Liam was a co-producer of the Alberta Queer Calendar Project during the pandemic, and have been Playwright in Residence at Workshop West since 2020 where they've worked on their youtube-millenial-centric play, Subscribe or Like which was later read as a feature in the 2022 revival of the Springboards New Play Festival. They have worked with Alberta Playwright’s Network as in-room facilitator for the Edmonton chapter of Youthriot, and serve as a regular guest/substitute instructor for the Citadel Young Playwriting Company. Their 10 minute play trilogy - Iphigenia / Clytemnestra / Electra received top awards at the National Newmarket Play Festival across three years, and the Thousand Faces Festival marks the first time Iphigenia will grace Edmonton stages. Liam's upcoming work FAGS IN SPACE will be presented this year at the Edmonton fringe. (Website: salmliam.com)
Currently located in Edmonton, Calla holds a BFA in Playwriting from Concordia University in Montreal. Select writing credits include: One Song (co-written with Daniel Belland, Edmonton Fringe 2021) Spiral (Montreal Fringe, 2021) Home Again (The Alberta Queer Calendar Project) Home Again (Short Film, Vicarious Playground Productions, 2020) Witts: Ballad of Queer Cowboys (2017 Ergo Pink Fest, Edmonton Fringe 2019) The Wright Sisters Present: The Wright Brothers (Edmonton Fringe 2019, Saskatoon Fringe 2020) Christmas Play (Dammitammy Productions) One Too Many (Montreal and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, 2017) The Blood Harmonic (We Are One) Pig By Roger (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 2014) and ; the musical (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 2011). She won the 2015 Kit Brennan Playwriting Award for her play The Wind and the Rain, which went on tour to the 2018 Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.
Meet the Jurors!
Creator, Juror, Dramaturg
Amanda Samuelson is a writer, actor, and producer currently based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton, Alberta. She was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where her passion for theatre began.
She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts BFA program, with a major in Theatre and a minor in Creative Writing. She spent the majority of her time at NYU in the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, where she first discovered her love of playwriting.
Amanda’s plays have received recognition in festivals and competitions locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2020, her 10-minute play, Gate D98, was selected for the first annual EDMONten, a festival of 10-minute plays. It was also selected out of 100 submissions for PEP Productions’ 10-minute Play Festival in New York, NY, and out of 800 submissions for Fusion Theatre’s THE SEVEN Festival of 10-minute plays in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2021, her short one-act play A Visit was selected for Little Lion Theatre Company’s New Play Series and performed in London, England. Also in 2021, her 10-minute play, My First Greek Sunset, was selected as part of the second annual EDMONten, and was also performed at the Thousand Faces Festival’s String of Mythic Pearls. Her full-length play, Pressure, received an honourable mention for Fire Exit Theatre’s Scripts on Fire New Play Competition in 2020. An excerpt of Pressure was read at Workshop West’s Springboards Festival in March, 2022. The full play will receive a reading at NextFest in June, 2022, and will be produced at the 2022 Edmonton Fringe Festival.
New work development is one of her passions and she is so excited to be a part of this New Mythic Works Series!
Marina Mair-Sánchez (she/her) is an immigrant performer/creator originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, currently residing in amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) colonially known as Edmonton.
Growing up her main mode of artistic expression was dance, she trained in ballet achieving Grades II-VII in the British Royal Academy of Dance system, and competed in national festivals in contemporary dance and jazz across Mexico.
She immigrated to Edmonton to pursue her BFA in Acting degree from the University of Alberta. Since graduating, she has had the pleasure of being a part of the Edmonton theatre community, mostly as a performer, for many companies including The Fox Den Collective, Grindstone Theatre, Catch the Keys Productions, Theatre Yes, and the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre among others.
More recently, she has been exploring her artistic expression through creation and writing. She’s interested in theatre that crosses boundaries and blurs the lines between different disciplines while incorporating multiple languages. Examples of her work include “Frida y Su Reflejo” (“Frida Through the Looking Glass”) about the life and death of Frida Kahlo, as well as “El Funeral” (“The Funeral”) a found space, bilingual, movement-based show which is a celebration of life and death, what it means to be away from those you love in important moments, and how people stay together against unimaginable odds and kilometers away from everything they know.
She has also written a number of short plays including “Rooftop Murmurs,” which was selected as a winner of the inaugural EdmonTEN festival, as well as four of the episodes of the upcoming Nextfest show “What's Next? A Choose-Your-Own-Audio-Journey.”
Our Mission is to foster the creation of mythic stories at the root of our cultures and share those stories with culturally diverse audiences so we may find we are all connected at the root.
“Myth basically serves four functions. The first is the mystical function,... realizing what a wonder the universe is, and what a wonder you are, and experiencing awe before this mystery....The second is a cosmological dimension, the dimension with which science is concerned – showing you what shape the universe is, but showing it in such a way that the mystery again comes through.... The third function is the sociological one – supporting and validating a certain social order.... It is the sociological function of myth that has taken over in our world – and it is out of date.... But there is a fourth function of myth, and this is the one that I think everyone must try today to relate to – and that is the pedagogical function, of how to live a human lifetime under any circumstances.”