East of Berlin and Palace of the End recognized with honours

Two of last season’s featured playwrights have recently been honoured for the plays we produced. Young Torontonian Hanna Moscovitch has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award (English-language Drama) for her Play East of Berlin. Touchstone co-presented The Tarragon Theatre’s beautiful production of this work, with the Firehall Arts Centre and The Chutzpah! Festival. This evocative mystery of a script follows young Rudi as he tries to find out the truth about his father’s wartime past. Vancouver playwright Kevin Loring is also nominated in the same category for his play Where the Blood Mixes. In late August Judith Thompson was awarded the 2009 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for Palace of the End. This award recognizes productions of excellent artistic merit that build understanding and engagement of human rights. Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, John Watson – Amnesty International Scotland’s director said, “It’s a truly formidable piece of work – three absolutely stunning pieces that together encompass the range of consequences of political decisions.” Palace also won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was nominated for a 2008 Governor General’s Award and a Dora Award.

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