2nd Annual Risk Theatre Tragedy Playwriting Competition

Langham Court Theatre
Victoria, BC


Edwin Wong

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Langham Court Theatre in Victoria, Canada announces that it is hosting the world’s richest competition specifically for the writing of tragedy: the 2020 Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition. At stake is $11,100 (CDN) in prize money. The winning play will be workshopped in Victoria, Canada. A travel stipend is available. In addition, the winning play may be fully produced by Langham Court Theatre as a special event. The contest closes June 1, 2020.

Thank you to the 182 playwrights from 11 countries who made the inaugural competition a resounding success. We are proud to offer this unique opportunity again. Congratulations to Brooklyn playwright Gabriel Jason Dean for winning the inaugural contest with his play In Bloom.

For more information, visit https://risktheatre.com/

The contest is based on Edwin Wong’s new book on storytelling, risk and drama. It’s called The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected and it’s been seen in London Review of Books and New York Review of Books.

“The author’s diagnosis and remedy for the current state of theater are imaginative and quite persuasive . . . An ambitious, thought-provoking critique of tragedy in the 21st century.”

“If you love literature—theater, film, novels, history, biography, opera, whatever—you need to read this extraordinary work . . . Read it—twice. You will never read another work of literature the same way.” Charlie Euchner, Columbia University

 written, original, and compelling . . . A new guide to the true nature of tragedy, an Aristotle for the 21st century.” David Konstan, Brown University

“An insightful and compelling read . . . Through the art of reinterpretation, Wong manages to present a bold, inventive new model of theatre through the lens of risk.” Broadway World UK

“The idea of ‘tragedy’ was wrapped in the mystique of motivations and nobility and flaws that put it out of reach for me as a playwright. This book strips away the mystique and makes the form available to me.” Donald Connolly, playwright and two-time Academy Award nominee


February 1, 2020 – June 1, 2020