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Award-winning NL playwright Meghan Greeley, formerly of Corner Brook, will be working with the Stephenville Theatre Festival in doing interviews towards a new script for a play focusing on the Stephenville Americanization and effects it had on young women of the day.
Award-winning NL playwright Meghan Greeley, formerly of Corner Brook, will be working with the Stephenville Theatre Festival in doing interviews towards a new script for a play focusing on the Stephenville Americanization and effects it had on young women of the day. - Contributed

Corner Brook native Meghan Greeley is looking forward to spending time on her newest project with the Stephenville Theatre Festival.

The award-winning playwright, in conjunction with the Stephenville Theatre Festival’s Heather Braaten, will be conducting research and holding interviews with anyone interested in sharing their stories relating to the former Ernest Harmon Air Force Base.

Greeley said they are particularly interested in stories people have to share about leaving as young women and later returning, and those who remember life in the base’s heyday.

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While she has been doing residencies in Toronto, she said this work is going to be different because her work has never involved interviewing people before for script development.

“So I’m excited to hear the stories of how people were affected by the American influence in Stephenville,” Greeley said.

She is aware there has already been some interest expressed by women in being interviewed for this project, so she’s now looking forward to coming to Stephenville with Braaten to carry out the interviews in early December.

Greeley originally met Braaten through Renée Hackett from the Burin Peninsula, an actor/writer/filmmaker. This will be Greeley’s first time working with Braaten, who is heading into her third year as the festival’s artistic director.

She said growing up in Corner Brook, her mom would take her to see productions at the Stephenville Theatre Festival.

Greeley did her undergrad in Fine Arts (acting) at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, then went on to York University in Toronto, Ont. to do a Masters in Screenwriting, which she said is still a work in progress.

While she still does some performing, she’s also writing a lot now.

Her first residency was with Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, involving the development of a new script entitled “China.” That one was a one act show with three actors.

Her second residency was with Nightwood Theatre in Toronto, the oldest professional women’s theatre in Canada, where she scripted the one-woman show “Jaw Bone.”

Another script that Greeley wrote, entitled “The Blue Castle” was commissioned by Donna Butt of Rising Tide Theatre in Trinity. This one had its first run this past summer.

The 30-year-old has being living two-thirds of her time in Toronto and comes to Newfoundland when she can to work.

Her parents Wanda and Neville Greeley still live in Corner Brook and she has two brothers, Mitchell and Ryan, who both live in St. John’s.

During 2018 and 2019 the Stephenville Theatre Festival is embarking on this new project with the support of ACOA and Canada Council for the Arts.

Greeley said whether or not this piece of work becomes a mainstay for the Stephenville Theatre Festival depends on what sort of show it evolves into.

“There are lots of plays around the province focusing on a region’s culture and Stephenville has a rich history that’s unique to Newfoundland with its American influence,” she said.

Stephenville Theatre Festival New Play Development

Exploring the story of Stephenville’s Americanization

Exploring outmigration of brides to American servicemen in context with resettlement

Appointments Dec. 2-11

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

To schedule an interview email: stfgeneralmanager@gmail.com

Source:  Stephenville Theatre Festival

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