Robert Chafe. — Submitted photo
Playwright Robert Chafe has been named the 2013 writer-in-residence at Memorial University.
Chafe is artistic director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and author of close to 30 stage scripts. His plays include “Oil and Water,” “Fear of Flight,” and “Afterimage,” which won the Governor General’s Award for English language drama in 2010.
During his time as writer-in-residence at MUN, Chafe will write two plays: an opera libretto and a stage version of writer Wayne Johnston’s “The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Chafe said in a written statement. “I have a long and deep connection to the university from my days as
a student, right on up to my frequent stints as an instructor of playwriting with the English department.
“This residency will allow me to deepen my relationship to the university and its students and community, while offering the much-prized time and space to work on my own projects in development. I’m looking forward to an exciting and busy time this fall.”
In his first official event as writer-in-residence, he will give a public reading on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Suncor Energy Hall at MUN’s School of Music.