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KNOXFRA Dinner 2016


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Purchase your tickets today for the annual KNOXFRA Dinner at Knox College: Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Featuring award-winning Canadian playwright Dave Carley (Knox resident ’73-’75): Why I Write (In Seventeen Minutes).

5:30 p.m. Residence tours
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Also at the dinner, the Rev. Dr. William J. Klempa will receive the KNOXFRA Award of Honour.

Tickets are $100 (or $50 for current residents and for alumni who moved out of the residence between 2011 and 2016). Purchase tickets from KNOXFRA Executive members, online, or by calling 416.978.6228.


Playwright Dave Carley


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“It’s a miracle the place is still standing,” says playwright Dave Carley of the residence at Knox College. “We had massive water fights – buckets and buckets hurled about, resulting in waterfalls from the top floors. I’m sure that’s not allowed anymore! And of course those terrazzo floors would become very slippery, and people would go flying.”

Carley lived at Knox from 1973-75 and remembers it fondly. “It was a friendly place,” he says, “just generally a good place to be. Coming from a smaller town like Peterborough, I found Toronto and the University of Toronto bewildering in size and rather impersonal. Knox was the antidote. It was a real home.

Carley appreciated the mix of students at Knox – theologues, music students, some international students – and made a few friendships that he’s carried on through the years. After his time at Knox, Carley went to law school, then spent time as a journalist before being bitten by the playwriting bug.

“I’m addicted to theatre,” Carley says, “and constantly exploring different ways and styles of writing and producing.” He enjoys the give-and-take, the collaboration, that’s part of playwriting. “I don’t know how novelists do it with no outside contact. I love getting into the rehearsal hall to interact with other people; I’ve found the right kind of writing for me.”

These days, Dave Carley is a Toronto-based playwright with over 450 productions across Canada and the United States to his credit. His plays include Writing With Our Feet (Finalist, Governor General’s Award), Taking Liberties, Conservatives in Love, and an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Edible Woman. A drama about the death penalty, Twelve Hours, recently premiered in Columbus, Ohio. It was hailed by the Columbus Dispatch, which said, “Twelve Hours packs a lot of humanity into ninety minutes of gripping theatre.”

Knox College’s Former Residents’ Association is honoured to host Carley at this year’s annual dinner on Saturday, November 5. In his lecture, “Why I Write (In Seventeen Minutes),” Carley will balance tales of shenanigans at Knox with an exploration of faith in the workplace: How do people of faith use the arts? Do we have special responsibilities, special opportunities?

Purchase your tickets here for the KNOXFRA dinner on Saturday, November 5. For more on Dave Carley, visit www.davecarley.com.