Writing

"This is a play that lingers after the lights come up."                     - Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

" Tsitsias writes a tale that will leave the audience both squirming and thinking."          - Toronto Star

        "As a metaphor for embracing and living life to its fullest, Unstuck succeeds in spades"

                                                                                                              - Gay Vancouver                                                                                                              

"Evan Tsitsias' smart, acerbic comedy"

                                        - Now Magazine

"Aftershock is one of those rare shows that combines an intelligent, dramatic examination of our society, genuine witty dialogue and gruesome moments, almost cinematic in their realism, that makes the audience wince."

                                                                      - Twisi Theatre

 

This story felt very real...  The issues of monogamy, sex and love was brought up right to the forefront to provoke us to examine what we think is “normal”

                                         - Vancouver Observer

"From the first words uttered onstage, I was elated. The rhythm and timbre of the dialogue suggested a lost Michel Tremblay play, with gorgeous repetitions and layered character conversations. "    - Plank Magazine

Writing is my obsession. I've been working on several plays and films over the last few years. It's terrifying and exhilarating and compulsive. I wrote and produced the short film BAGGED (CBC-Canadian Reflections/DC Shorts Film Festival/ WIFT). My plays Aftershock (nominated for the Tom Hendry Award - Best New Comedy) and Strange Mary Strange both premiered at the Summerworks Festival. My play Unstuck was part of the Foundry Theatre series, the Clean Sheets Festival and had its world premiere in Vancouver with The Frank Theatre Company. My latest play, The Murmuration of Starlings was part of the New Works Festival in Edmonton, placed 2nd in the Pat the Dog Competition and was a finalist in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition.  

In Germany I co-created/co-wrote I am Invisible (published) with Bluespots Productions in Augsburg (also performed at Amnesty International in Karlsruhe), co-wrote/created Berlin Bound with Sisyphos, Der Flugelefant at Kater Holzig in Berlin and wrote We Are The Play to commemorate the 25th year of the fall of the Berlin Wall that was performed as a site specific piece at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Germany.  I've also created the devised pieces Interrupted, The Breakfast Variations and Grarya that premiered as part of WWL: A Director's Feast at Irondale in Brooklyn, NY and Echo at the Apollo Theatre in Syros, Greece.  I was a member of the 2011 Tarragon Playwright's Unit and a proud member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Two monologues from Unstuck were published in the anthology Hashtag: Queer by QCommunity.  A scene from Aftershock is published in the anthology Refractions:Scenes by Playwrights Canada Press and my book The Directors Lab has also been published by the Press.  Links to purchase below. 

PLAYS/FILMS

Director: Rob Ceballos

Starring: Patrick Garrow, Lynne Griffin, Allana Harkin, David Mackett, Catherine Rainville, Amy Rutherford

 

Produced by : Theatre on The Verge as part of the Summerworks Festival. 

 

*Best of Summerworks - Now Magazine

 

*Tom Hendry Nomination - Best New Comedy

Director: Esther Jun and Evan Tsitsias

Starring: Sarah McVie, Catherine Rainville and Emma Mackenzie Hillier

 

Produced by: Theatre on the Verge as part of Summerworks Festival.

 

*Best of Summerworks

 

*Critics Pick

 

* Oustanding Direction, Ensemble and Production - Now Magazine

 

The Murmuration of Starlings

 

Director: Donna Marie Baratta

 

Produced By: New Works Festival

 

Starring: Sven Miller, Tatyana Rac and Holly  Cinnamon

 

*2nd Place- Pat the Dog 24hr Playwriting Competition

 

* Finalist - Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition

 

*Grant Recipient- Toronto Arts Council and Theatre Creators Reserve

 

 

Director: Michael Dobbin

 

Starring: Sean Oliver Harris, Ari Solomon and Kevin Kreussler

 

Produced by: Frank Theatre Company

 

*Shortlisted - QPlays International Playwrighting Competition

 

* Part of the Clean Sheets Festival - Vancouver

 

* Part of the Foundry Theatre Reading Series

 

*Jessie Nomination- Sean Oliver Harris/Best Supporting  Actor

BAGGED - short film

Director: Lisa Baylin

 

Produced by: Outside Edge Productions

 

Starring: Kristin Booth

 

*Aired on the CBC as part of "Canadian Reflections"

*Screened at WIFT

 

Directors: Petra Leonie Pchler, Alice Bever and Evan Tsitsias

 

Produced by:  Bluespots Productions - Augsburg, Germany

 

* Published -

Written by: Evan Tsitsias

 

Co-directed by: Evan Tsitsias and Chang Nai Wen

 

Starring: Jonathan Aikins, Kristin Becker, Sonja Chan, Dilan Gülmez, Para  Kiala, Lara-Sophie Milagro and Larius Phoulivong

 

Produced by: Sysiphos Der Flugelefant and English Theatre Berlin.

 

Performed as a site specific, immersive experience at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Germany. 

Co -Directed By: Chang Nai Wen and Evan Tsitsias

 

Produced by: Sisyphos Der Flugelefant  and Thin Skin Theatre  in  Berlin, Germany

 

Performed at: Kater Holzig

 

Starring: Ana Mena and Sarah Jane St. Clair

 

 

 

ECHO

Written by: Evan Tsitsias, Chang Nai Wen and Laura Tesman

 

Co- Directed by : Evan Tsitsias, Chang Nai Wen and Laura Tesman

 

Starring: Iphigenia Grivas Aristea Stafylaraki, Irene shoulder, Katerina Drakopoulou Thanos Foskolos, John Harbatsis Stavros Giannouladis George Kissandrakis, James Mindrinos & Tali Custer

 

Performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in Syros, Greece. 

Two monologues from my play "Unstuck" are published in this anthology. 

This is a book I created and edited with Playwrights Canada Press released in 2019.  It is based on my experiences running the Directors Lab North in Toronto and attending the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Chicago Lab. It's full of interviews, master classes, information, techniques, and a manual perfect for directors, actors, designers or anyone interested in theatre creation. 

So thrilled that a scene from my play "Aftershock" is included in this anthology.  Filled with other amazing scenes from Canadian writers.

Photo Gallery of Shows I've Written

Video Promos 

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