Every year for the past three years, the Red Sandcastle Theatre, headed by Rosemary Doyle, has staged the 1000 Monkeys Play Writing Festival. Writers who have registered for the event gather at the theatre, and write for up to 24 hours, creating a plethora of new scripts. Food is provided for the playwrights by some of the finest restaurants in the Leslieville area. There are also mattresses so attendees can nap, if they wish.
The following day, the scripts are given a reading. Usually, one play is selected out of all the scripts and professionally produced at the Red Sandcastle.
I’ve attended all the events and I can tell you, they are SO MUCH FUN. What is really inspiring is that many accomplished actors show up and volunteer to read the scripts. It’s also a networking opportunity for many in theatre. The Red Sandcastle Theatre is now over 5 years old, and has become a pioneer and key player of the independent theatre movement.
I urge all playwrights, producers, and theatre artists to come to the 4th Annual 1000 Monkeys Event, either to write or to help read the nicely-bound scripts (usually 20 – 30 of them). The schedule is as follows:
The writing begins:
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Scripts are read on:
Sunday evening, July 31 at 7:00 pm
and Monday afternoon, August 1, 2:00 pm