The Miles Nadal JCC (Toronto) and The Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Montreal) present A Between Stages Playwrights’ Reading of the winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition:“The jury members all agreed that The Great Divide was a powerful and moving story, an accomplished and nuanced script, and a play most worthy of winning the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. Though inspired by a historical tragedy, it's full of wit and charm, and boasts a huge heart. I loved that the play features so many rich and complex female characters, and that it offers so much theatrical freedom in its staging. Alix has crafted a story that moves fluidly and beautifully. In short, the play is an actors' and director's dream!”
The Great Divide, by Alix Sobler (The Secret Annex)
With generous support from The Asper Foundation.
-Caitlin Murphy, Dramaturg-in-Residence, Segal Centre; Jury Member for the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwiting Competition
On Saturday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 pm, someone started screaming “Fire!” on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on the lower east side of Manhattan. Within 10 minutes, 146 workers, most of them young women, most of them recent immigrants from some of the most oppressed countries in the world at the time, lay dead, either on the floor of the sweatshop, or on the street eight stories below. The Great Divide tells the story of just a few of these doomed workers, the lives they led and the lessons they learned during their time in the American garment district.
2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition
The Secret Annex's playwright, Alix Sobler, is the winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition!
This competition, a program of the Miles Nadal JCC in Toronto, in partnership with the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, is generously supported by the Asper Foundation.
Alix's win was a delightful coincidence since jury members read and evaluated scripts “blind,” with no knowledge of playwrights' identities. Her name was only revealed once jury members had agreed that her script, The Great Divide, should be declared the competition's winner.