LANGHAM COURT THEATRE PRESENTS THE 2019 RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LANGHAM COURT THEATRE PRESENTS THE 2019 RISK
THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION


Langham Court Theatre announces that it is inaugurating a major new
playwriting competition, the world’s richest competition specifically for
the writing of tragedy: the all-new 2019 Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy
Competition. At stake is $10,000 in prize money. The winning play will be
workshopped in Victoria, BC. A travel stipend will be offered to the winning
playwright. In addition, the winning play may be fully produced by Langham
Court Theatre as a special event.

Risk theatre is a model of tragedy developed by critic Edwin Wong. In risk
theatre, gambling acts lead to unexpected low-probability, high-consequence
outcomes. Chance and uncertainty reign supreme. Risk theatre aligns tragedy
with modern conceptions of chance by dramatizing the impact of the highly
improbable.

This annual competition challenges intrepid playwrights to write 90 - 120
minute plays and closes on March 29, 2019. Entries cost $45. Full
competition details can be found at risktheatre.com. Please distribute this
release to your members to help spread the word about this exciting
opportunity.

For 89 years, Langham Court Theatre has presented nearly 3000 performances
with 4000 actors in over 500 shows to 250,000 guests. Established in 1929,
Langham Court Theatre is one of Canada’s most successful and longest
running community theatres. The theatre seats 177 and is located a ten
minute walk from downtown Victoria in the historic Rockland neighbourhood.

Wong believes that the time is right to reboot tragedy. After reading
Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, he developed risk theatre
to align tragedy with modern concepts of chance and uncertainty. The result
is a tragic stage where every dramatic act is a gambling act and risk runs
riot. He is currently working on a book Tragedy is Risk Theatre: Gambling,
Drama, and the Unexpected. His thoughts on theatre can be found at
melpomeneswork.com. Wong received a MA in Classics from Brown University
where he concentrated on ancient theatre.

Contacts:
Michael Armstrong, Competition Manager
Edwin Wong, Sponsor
Keith Digby, Langham Court Theatre
via: tragedycompetition@gmail.com