Mani Soleymanlou will host the virtual Siminovitch Prize gala

Mani Soleymanlou will host the virtual Siminovitch Prize gala

The virtual Siminovitch Prize ceremony will be hosted by Mani Soleymanlou on November 26th.

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Yves Bergeras Le Droit Mani Soleymanlou has been chosen to host the next Siminovitch Prize ceremony, considered the most prestigious award in the Canadian theatrical world. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Prize will be presented digitally, said the National Arts Center (NAC), which unveiled details of the event on Thursday, November 12.

Due to the pandemic, the award ceremony will take place digitally, recalls the CNA. The ceremony will be held Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

The public is invited to view it online, on the NAC website.

The Siminovitch Prize is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“Inclusive and interactive”, the evening will bring together Canadian creators and theater lovers. A tribute will be paid to the five finalists, all playwrights, promises the performing arts broadcaster.

Two Quebecers, Martin Bellemare and Annick Lefebvre, are among the list of the five finalists, which also includes Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver), Tara Beagan (Mohkintsis / Calgary), Karen Hines (Calgary / Toronto).

Mani Soleymanlou will host the virtual Siminovitch Prize gala

Playwrights Karen Hines, Carmen Aguirre, Annick Lefebvre (top, left to right), Tara Beagan and Martin Bellemare are the five finalists for the 2020 Siminovitch Prize. Courtesy, NAC

Quebec actor, playwright and director Mani Soleymanlou will be the next artistic director of the NAC French Theater. He will take office in September 2021.

Artistic director of the Montreal company Orange Noyée, Mr. Soleymanlou wonders about community identity “and” social interactions “throughout his shows (Un, Deux, Trois; Ils ont quatre, Cinq à sept, 8; Nine and the recent Zero, presented last fall in Montreal and Ottawa.

A grant of $ 75,000 accompanies this award which recognizes the importance of mentoring by encouraging the support of emerging talent; thus, the winner must choose a “protégé”, who inherits $ 25,000.

The prize owes its name to the “values and achievements” of scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife, Elinore Siminovitch, “avant-garde playwright”, recalls the CNA.

Marcus Youssef, Olivier Choinière, Joan MacLeod, Daniel MacIvor, John Mighton and Carole Fréchette are the previous winners of the Prize, for the dramaturgy component.

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