Harry S. Rintoul Memorial Award
for Best New Manitoba Play at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival
Harry S. Rintoul was a noted Manitoba playwright who died suddenly on Monday, January 14, 2002 at age 45. He is survived by his wife Dolores, and daughter Linnaea. The Alberta-born, but long-time Manitoban was the founding Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba, a Winnipeg company that has been dedicated to Manitoba plays and performers since 1990. He had been involved with MAP since 1984, including serving on the Board of Directors. MAP workshopped several of his plays including Life and Times, refugees, montana, Brave Hearts, Jack of Hearts, The Convergence of Luke, and Lake Nowhere.
His most widely produced play, Brave Hearts, is in the collection Making Out, published by Coach House. A fixture on the Winnipeg theatre scene for 20 years, Harry spent the last four years running a general store/post office in the Lake Audy area near Riding Mountain National Park in western Manitoba. He remained involved with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, running its Open Door playwriting program for the past four years.
The Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) has established a new award to honour his memory. The award reflects what Harry felt most passionately about: new playwriting in this community and the production of the work. Though Harry had workshopped and even produced a play or two before the first Winnipeg Fringe Festival in 1988, it was at the Fringe that he first made his mark on the theatre scene with the production of refugees. Harry believed the Fringe was a great showcase for emerging playwrights, and. new plays generally, especially by Manitobans. The winner of the Harry S. Rintoul Memorial Award will receive $500 from MAP and a SuperPass donated by the Fringe Festival. MAP will present the award on the last night of the festival.
To enter the competition: One must be in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, either at a Fringe venue, or a Bring Your Own Venue. The play must be a previously unproduced Manitoba play (a previous workshop presentation or reading is permitted). The play must be original, any genre, not an adaptation or sketch comedy. You must send the following information to MAP to be considered: name of play, author, venue, times of performances. Email, fax, or snail mail is acceptable. Do not send the script.
Contact the MAP office for more info.
2012: Scott Douglas, The Touring Test
2011: Jessy Ardern and Ariel Levine, Sigurd the Dragonslayer
2010: Muriel Hogue, Scar Tissue
2009: Joseph Aragon, Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare
2008: Daniel Thau-Eleff, Remember the Night
2007: Ross McMIllan, The Ingrates
2006 Stefanie Wiens, Max and Mirabelle
2005 Jason Neufeld, The Rise and Fall of Bloody Redemption
2004: Daniel Thau-Eleff, Three Ring Circus: Israel, the Palestinians and My Jewish Identity
2003: Joseph Aragon, The Unlikely Sainthood of Madeline McKay
2002: Kevin Klassen, Aftertaste