We’re proud to announce that two of our Scriptwriting students, Laura Brown and Katrina Tortoricci, have been shortlisted for this year’s “Youth Infringement Festival.” If picked, they’ll be given intensive, professional mentoring during the upcoming Ottawa Fringe Festival and see their plays professionally produced.
Laura Brown, who is from Smiths Falls, recently graduated from Queen’s University for Drama and English this past spring. She took several playwriting courses while she was in university and had a play that was selected and actually produced on campus in 2011. The play Laura has been shortlisted for is a short comedic play called Classic Horror Movie Mistakes, where a professor explains to two children the most common mistakes made in horror movies in order to survive the current zombie apocalypse. While he explains these mistakes, the movies are re-enacted beside the three of them in a ridiculous, parotic horror movie way. “I’m very excited to work with an experienced dramaturge in Ottawa,” remarked Laura. “ Even if my play isn’t chosen for the Festival I am grateful for the experience to make my work better and submit to other festivals in the city. My classmates have been incredibly supportive and I’m very happy Katrina and I will be going through the workshop together”.
Katrina Tortoricci‘s play is called Lottery Tickets and Meatballs. It is a one-act play that runs approximately 30 minutes and takes place on a regular evening, during which a noisy family of six argues extensively about a hypothetical situation that involves distributing Lotto Max winnings, leading to a violent outburst at the dinner table. The argument takes place throughout the entire play – revealing the hilarious dynamics of the characters – until the very moment the mother verifies the winning numbers online. The story was inspired by a similar discussion I had with my own family. “We can get fairly loud and crazy, and I couldn’t help but think, “Hey, this would make a pretty funny scenario. It deserves to be written down.”" We wish them both the best of luck!