Starting Up Paprika 2013: 24 Hours Until First Training Day

(Month 2 of  Rosamund being Associate Director…) Now I finally know what goes on behind the very exciting closed doors of Paprika Executive meetings. The answer is scheduling, scheduling, scheduling, and then sometimes we schedule things.  We also meet the roommates/partners/families of whomever’s living room we have taken over as office space on any given… Read more »

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Paprika’s Playwrights-in-Residence

I feel energized and old at the same time.  Energized by the talent, drive, and enthusiasm of so many young artists.  And old when I realize I’m a decade older than them.  But I just want to be their friend because they’re so cool. This week marks the start of the 11th annual Paprika Festival, ‘Toronto’s only… Read more »

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Shackles – A Push for Perfection

Upon the sudden realization that one has only a single week left to perfect their production, it is not uncommon for them to wish they were heavily skilled in the art of sorcery. However, as medicine, mathematics, and that old thorn in the side physics constantly reminds us, sorcery is usually considered useless when paired… Read more »

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Short Rehearsals, Peanut Galleries, and Six Weirdos We All Can’t Stand

Coleen/Reality: Hi, I’m Reality, but I’m sometimes called Coleen. Kealin/Possibility: And I’m Kealin, also known as Possibility. Coleen/Reality: And we’re in a play, a delicate balance where we all know the true reality, Kealin/Possibility: But are also here to explore the possibilities. The play is titled, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and it revolves around a seventeen year-old… Read more »

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Instructions for Use: A Blog Post

Hi there, this is the blogger checking in from the Instructions for Use team. Hopefully this blog will give you an inside look on the Paprika process. Instructions for Use, written by Aviva Philipp-Muller, is built around the character Emmanuel, who makes his living writing instruction. He, the family next door, and a door-to-door blender… Read more »

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Exploring the Creative Process: Drafts

Hey there fellow Paprikans, just thought I’d check in with you guys and keep you guys in the loop as to the sort of things we’re trying to do here at Drafts.  As it’s a very movement oriented piece, we’ve done numerous exercises trying to explore just that, movement.  What you’re seeing below is an… Read more »

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The Playwrights’ Progress

Hello Internet, I’m Wesley Colford, one of the four playwrights-in-residence that Paprika is supporting this year. This is a great program because it allows playwrights to create new work in a supported environment without having the pressure of a production impeding on the work. Like all Paprika programs, each Playwright is given a mentor (usually… Read more »

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Inviting Smiles From Social NOTworking

Why hello there, You have just stumbled upon the Social NOTworking blog; we will do our best to make your stay here an enjoyable one. Now you may be asking yourself who I am referring to as ‘we’, well, that is a wonderful question. ‘We’ consists of our 8 person cast, which includes our two… Read more »

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The Resident Company and Evan Vipond

2012 marks the introduction of a new program to the Paprika Festival, called the Resident Company.  The Resident company brings together independent artists, actors, directors, designers and stage managers and casts them in a play previously produced in the festival.   This year’s show is Always Wear a Rubber by Evan Vipond.  Evan has worked… Read more »

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