Prismatic Arts Festival

Play Reading Series

Play Reading Series

Anne-Marie Woods: Aug 21 (6pm), Juanita Peters: Aug 22 (6pm), Sherada K. Eswar: Aug 23 (6pm)
The Dart Gallery

She Said / He Said — Written By Anne-Marie Woods — August 21

Anne-Marie Woods is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and her new play She Said/He Said takes a dramatic, comedic and painful look at Black male/female love relationships from the woman’s perspective. Using music, monologues, scenes, spoken word, and song, this show examines different scenarios and perspectives of painful experiences and asks the question, can black men and women actually come together? Woods’ aspirations for the script is that it will encourage what she views as much needed conversation between men and women. The experiences in the script are relatable by all who have experienced love or heartache, no matter what their location or cultural background.

The Playwright

Anne-Marie headshotAnne-Marie Woods, aka Amani, is the 2013 recipient of the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, creative consultant, playwright producer and director.

Anne-Marie is known as “the Contemporary Blues Poet,” but got her start as a professional actor/singer earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Dalhousie University and singing for 12 and ½ years with Nova Scotia’s own Four The Moment.

Four The Moment had the honour of opening up for Dr. Maya Angelou in Toronto on two separate occasions. Her first CD as a solo artist; “Amani the Words, the Rhythm, the Music” was released in 2007 at Innis Town Hall to rave reviews.  Thanks to funding from Ontario Arts Council she just finished recording her new CD called “Poetree Huggin” which will be released in the Fall of 2014.

In 2013 she was hired as the Production coordinator and Creative Director of The Journey “The Living History of Regent Park.” Woods does arts education work in schools, through motivational assemblies and literacy workshops. She has presented in Canada, the UK and Trinidad, West Indies. She produced and directed 3 WORD UP!!! youth spoken word and theatre shows and she has also performed in many one woman comedies including “Waiting To Explode” and “I’m Just Sittin at the Derbee Waiting for my Ship To Come In”.

The Mother’s Club – written by Juanita Peters – August 22

An original play by director Juanita Peters, The Mother Club is produced by San Family Productions in association with Onelight Theatre.

It is a story of danger, courage and love, about a family of women who are midwives and farmers in rural Nova Scotia in the 1930s and are forced to deal with a rape in the family.

The PlayWright

Juanita PetersJuanita Peters is a maritime writer/actor/playwright whose career has spanned 30 years. In the early 80’s Peters began as a radio host on the Annapolis Valley Radio Network in Kentville and Digby, Nova Scotia. She later became the afternoon news anchor and reporter for CHSJ Television in Saint John, New Brunswick before moving on to CBC Television.

In 1996 Peters moved to Halifax, where she opened her own production company. Her first documentary film I Made A Vow was nominated for two golden sheaf awards. Her next film Hannah’s Story was winner of the Most Inspirational Film award at the Reel 2 Real Festival in Vancouver and Best Short at the Bermuda International Children’s Festival.  She is also the writer/director of Africville: Can’t Stop Now, which was produced and presented to honor the stories of Africville descendants on the 40th anniversary of their relocation.

Over the years Juanita Peters appeared on television as the host of CBC’s documentary series, Doc Side and has appeared in more than 30 movies and television series.

In 2013 Peters made her playwrighting debut with the world premiere of The San Family, and in 2014 The Mother Club; both of which she wrote, directed and co-produced.

Peter’s is a member of Actra and served as diversity chair. She and is also member of the Writers Guild of Canada and PARC. She is a founding member of Women in Film and Television Atlantic.

The Sword of Jhansi – Written By Sharada K. Eswar – August 23

The Sword of Jhansi is the dramatization of the story of the relentless, ravishing and India’s most celebrated warrior queen, Rani Lakhshmi Bai and her mutiny against the the British Empire —  in particular against Lord Dalhousie, son of George Ramsay, Governor of Nova Scotia.

Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi was not only an embodiment of valour and nationalism but the icon of empowerment of women and the celebration of the girl child. Today, 155 years after her death, she still stands for woman power and courage.

Set against the mileu of warfare, it is the story of 22-year old Rani Lakshmi Bai who dies a hero, a martyr for the cause of freedom.

The Playwright

394884_421088147969111_94677635_nSharada’s passion for words, both spoken and written, began at an early age. She hosted her first Children’s Program on All India Radio when she was 11. Since then this love for words has found expression in diverse ways. A trained Indian classical musician (Carnatic School), she was part of the team representing India at the India Abroad show in Paris and New York. She was also one of the three chosen by the Centres Culturels des Lions Clubs de Paris to present Indian culture in Normandy, France.

Her work has been produced by Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Toronto, Why Not Theatre, Toronto and Theatre Direct, Toronto to name a few.A published children’s author (Ram’s Caps & Patang) she is currently working on an integrated arts project – Singing River with Juliet Palmer, The Draupadi Project with Nova Bhattacharya, Butter Chicken, a play commissioned by Soulpepper Theatre and The Sword of Jhansi, commissioned by Onelight Theatre, Halifax. She can be next seen on stage at the Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver as one of the duo representing The Blue God and the Serpent.