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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Blyth Festival Artistic Director Honoured by Playwrights Guild of Canada

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Tuesday, August 10 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Blyth Festival Artistic Director Eric Coates was honoured recently by the Women’s Caucus of the Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC).

Mr. Coates is the recipient of the “Bra d’Or” award, which recognizes his efforts to support and promote the work of Canadian women playwrights. It was presented August 6, following the opening night performance of The Book of Esther by Leanna Brodie. Ms. Brodie presented the award on behalf of the Women’s Caucus.

Under his tenure, the Blyth Festival consistently features work by female Canadian playwrights. In the 2008 season, three of out four plays were written by Canadian women—all of them world premieres.

Marcia Johnson and Tara Goldstein, Former and Current Chair of the PGC Women’s Caucus, note that this is a great accomplishment for a theatre which produces for only three months each year.

“Eric Coates is helping to bring female Canadian playwrights into the mainstream,” say Johnson and Goldstein. “We applaud his efforts.”

Eric Coates pictured with Leanna Brodie.

Media Contact:
Heather Black
Interim Director of Marketing and Development
519-523-9300/1-877-862-5984 Ext 211
hblack@blythfestival.com

Keywords: Blyth, Blyth Festival, Canadian theatre, summer theatre, theater, Eric Coates, Bra d’Or, Playwrights Guild of Canada

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