by Erik Stefanyi

May 18th, 2018 | 2:00 pm
Actors Workshop Theatre | 900 McGill Road, Kamloops

WHAT: A Staged Reading of a play-in-progress by a local playwright.
HOW: Admission is free with a Hydra Performing Arts Festival Button.

Yes, Mistress follows a financial dominatrix through the modern trials of money and morality. A wealthy and enthusiastic client arrives, bringing enough cash to solve the financial woes of both herself and her ailing father. However, her sister, a sharp-eyed auditor, spots mud behind the client’s crystal smile, forcing a terrible choice between honour and opportunism. Cerebral yet sensual, suspenseful yet witty, Yes, Mistress explores the implications when your bank account becomes a kink. This play was written and refined as the final part of Erik’s theatre degree, as a directed study under award-winning playwright Robin Nichol.

With a commitment to the development of new Canadian plays, Chimera Theatre’s New Play Series will be presenting plays-in-progress by new and emerging playwrights. The selected playwrights will be provided with a chance to workshop their script with actors and a director, and have their play presented in a staged reading. This means an opportunity for playwrights to write, rewrite, experiment, and expand their work while providing audiences with a thrilling and intimate night of theatre.

Now in its third year, the New Play Series will present two newly crafted and workshopped script by local playwrights. After the staged reading of each script, there will be a talk-back session with the playwright, actors, and director about the script and the staged reading.



Erik Stefanyi is, in all aspects, a storyteller. As a writer, photographer, actor, magician, technician, and director, Erik frequently breaks convention and genre to deliver works that challenge familiarity, with a keen focus on those stories often left untold. At the first annual TRU 24-Hour Playwriting Competition, his play That One Time Mark Blew His Brains Out won first place. His work is no stranger to Chimera Theatre; his play Go Nuts for Donuts, co-written with Dan Ondang, was featured in a previous New Play Series workshop. Born in Ottawa, raised in Chilliwack, Erik now resides in Kamloops with his fiancée Emily.


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