I am not a rabble rouser. I don't sign petitions or march in parades to support or protest against ideologies or political actions. I don't subscribe to any particular socio-political ideals but make up my mind based on how I see the reality of a specific situation. So why did I, along with a whole lot of people, head off to hear a reading of Homegrown by Catherine Frid, on the same night in eleven different locations across Canada?
It's simply because I think that the arts are vital in creating an intelligent, thoughtful, curious society, and new works will not be created and performed if financial support for the arts is not there. SummerWorks is a Festival of new works or experimental productions by young companies, that has been held in Toronto since 1991. Originally a Fringe-style format, it evolved into a juried festival, where a panel of theatre professionals evaluate the proposals and select the plays to be performed.