All the world’s a stage for Cape Breton University student Kyle Capstick, and he’s writing the story. Capstick recently received second place in the Playwrights Guild of Canada National Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition for his play,I Miss, Not Just, Your Eyes, receiving a prize in the amount of $750.
Capstick, a Bachelor of Arts (honours) English student who is also completing his Theatre Arts Certificate, won one of two top prizes in the national competition. The competition is open to full-time students at any Canadian institution.
The play is a memory play about intimacy set in a hotel room somewhere in Cape Breton. The script for I Miss, Not Just, Your Eyes was originally written for production in last year’s Atlantic Fringe Festival, and was further developed through the Playwriting II course taught at CBU by Scott Sharplin. "Along with being excited, I'm also very grateful to all of the people who helped shape the play into the work it is today, especially, Scott Sharplin and the CBU Department of Language and Letters," says Capstick.
Capstick has had an interest in theatre for most of his life. He began acting when he was thirteen through the UCCB Youth Drama Group and became serious about writing two years ago when he had his one-act play, All My Love, produced through the Elizabeth Boardmore One-Act Play Festival. During the same year, Capstick’s play, Clunk, was produced through the Acadia Theatre Company’s Minifest, where it won Best Play. Last year, his play titled Her Body was produced in the Boardmore One-Act Play Festival where it was awarded Best Play and Best Ensemble Cast.
"Kyle, like many other students, brings to CBU a great deal of raw artistic talent and enthusiasm. But in a collaborative medium such as theatre, students need interactive feedback and developmental support to reach their full potential. The Theatre Arts Program provided Kyle with workshops, staged readings and one-on-one dramaturgy with playwriting experts — all while he was simultaneously earning credits towards his degree program, and preparing the groundwork for graduate studies in the arts," says Sharplin.
Since the Atlantic Fringe Festival, I Miss, Not Just, Your Eyes has undergone extensive alterations. Kyle is hoping to produce this award-winning play in the Elizabeth Boardmore Festival this spring.