SONNET SHOW: Call for Artists
The Humber River Shakespeare Company is currently looking for
actors, writers, directors and volunteers to contribute
their time and talent towards the seventh annual…
Sonnet Show: A Night of 14
A Fundraising Event for the
Humber River Shakespeare Company
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015 Venue: Montgomery’s Inn, Etobicoke
What it is:
Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke, Ontario will play host to 5 new Canadian short plays, each one of them written, produced, rehearsed exclusively for this event.
Each play will be inspired by one of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
How it will work:
Five writers will arrive at the Inn FOURTEEN days before the event. At that time they will be given a writers kit that will give them all the “rules” for their new script.
The kit will contain: the sonnet whose themes and images will inspire the play, the number of characters to be in the play, and the room assignment in the Inn where the play is to take place. The writers will then have an opportunity to see the rooms in which their plays will be set, and what historical props may also be used.
At this point the writers will have FOURTEEN days to take a FOURTEEN line sonnet and transform it into a FOURTEEN minute play.
At the end of FOURTEEN days the writers will then submit their scripts for copying and distribution to the performers and directors who arrive at the Inn at 9am on May 22. Over the course of the day they rehearse, memorize and edit the pieces until 6:00pm.
Guests arrive soon thereafter for a reception and to get their play schedule for the evening. Each piece is then performed 5 times with audience members going from room to room promenade-style. After the plays the audience gathers again in the reception area to meet the artists, and enjoy some “cakes and ale”.
Everything is wrapped up by 10pm.
If you are interested in helping out and having a great time,
please send an email to and indicate your preferred role (Writer/Director/Actor).