Queer Reading Series 2020 *Postponed to a later date*

March 17 update – COVID-19:

It is with great sadness that Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and Centaur Theatre announce that the Queer Reading Series is postponed to a yet-to-be determined date, effective immediately, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19. While this has been a difficult decision to make in these rapidly changing circumstances, the health and safety of everyone in our community continues to be our top priority. It is the right decision at this time, what is best for our patrons, staff, artists, and community at large.

We are grateful for your patience, understanding, and continued support during these difficult times, and we will let you know when new dates are decided.


Presented by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit and Centaur Theatre. Festival Director Jesse Stong.

The series of staged public readings showcasing emerging Canadian Queer Playwrights is back for a second year!

Space is limited. Admission to all readings is free, and audiences are invited to join the discussions following each performance. 

CONTENT WARNING: These plays feature sexually explicit conversations.

VENUE: CENTAUR THEATRE

453, rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC  H2Y 2T1
Venue is wheelchair accessible (please let us know if you require a wheelchair space so we can make adequate provision).

For inquiries regarding the reading, please contact Jesse Stong at jesse@playwrights.ca.

Calendar

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit and Centaur Theatre present the Queer Reading Series. This reading series will feature three exciting new plays exploring themes of queer identity from very distinct and compelling points of view.

APRIL 2, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Lenny

Lenny is a singer-songwriter based out of Montreal, Canada. Raised in British Columbia, Lenny picked up the clarinet at age 11, guitar at 15, and has been singing since before she could speak.

8PM

WAITING FOR JANICE

Welcome to an absurd world that leads two characters to question their sexuality, labels, and identities. While waiting for the answer to all of their queries, Janice, cycles and patterns start to appear.

About the playwright

Kate Hammer is a writer, performer, producer, and general good guy in Montreal. They created the long-running show INFEMOUS, which has sprouted into several triple-nominated Fringe shows and sketch collectives. Kate is passionate about stories, challenging the classics, and bringing different voices to the front of the stage. 

Follow them on Instagram @katethehammer

Cast and Crew

Jesse Stong

Director | Dramaturg

Kate Hammer

Gabriella

Katharine King So

Princess | Phoenix | Girl

Joy Ross-Jones

Deirdre


APRIL 3, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Silk Tits

Silk Tits is a Rave’n’Radio DJ and the host of ‘Tender Grooves’ on N10.AS radio, 4th Sunday of every month 3-4pm EST.

8PM

A SONG OF FICTION

“A hopeful singer-songwriter moves to the big city to find his voice, finds love instead…” Max and Aaron aren’t sold on the synopsis of their musical, but it’s the best they can do, having just one day to put together a hefty submission for a new works festival. As they create their show from scratch, they begin to discover the underlying truths of their partnership and that sometimes it’s best not to “write what you know.”

About the playwright

Trevor Barrette [Book, Music, Lyrics] is a Montreal-based actor, director, playwright / composer and stage manager. In 2011, he founded the award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal, for which he has directed their ten productions including four original musicals and the Fringe hits: Captain Aurora I & II and Memento Mori. As an actor, he has had the pleasure of performing with the National Arts Center, Centaur Theatre, Geordie Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Scapegoat Carnivale and in readings and workshops with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Infinitheatre and Teesri Duniya Theatre. His work has been presented at Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival, PlayShed Theatre’s WRK’N’PRGRSS and the Segal Centre’s Academy. He has proudly served as President of the Montreal English Theatre Awards as well as Vice President of the Quebec Drama Federation.

Follow him on Instagram @trevorkbarrette

Cast and Crew

Fatma Sarah Elkashef

Dramaturg

Luce Bélanger

Arranger

Jonathan Patterson

Director
Musical Director

Jacob Sheffield

Max

Oliver Price

Aaron

Patrick Park

Mason

Kaden Forsberg

Jesse | Jeremy


APRIL 4, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Mars

Mars is an experimental-folk singer, songwriter, harpist, and performer currently living and working on Tiohtiá:ke also known as Montreal. Using voice, harp, loops, and her imagination, Mars strives to create a dreamlike state in which to tell soothing stories and bring nightmarish shadows into the light. 

Mars has JUST RELEASED her first full length album. This album, Music for the Moon, explores themes of time, nature, and the intersections and dissections of body, mind, and spirit.

8PM

Still Gay When I’m Not In Love

Ada wants to have a baby but unfortunately the planet is set on fire. Now she’s stuck in limbo with her best friend and her worst enemy and must reckon with a bureaucratic Angel who will determine her fate. Set on the evening of a (gay) wedding turned apocalyptic disaster, three flawed heroes navigate the complexities of relationships, love, queerness and family values.

About the playwright

Adjani Poirier is a multidisciplinary theatre creator who at times likes to experiment with sound art and radio. Her work is focused on principles of queerness, feminism and the destruction of white supremacy. She is thrilled to have performed, written and curated work presented at the Montreal Fringe Festival (I like Cowboys)  Revolution They Wrote (ACOUS!,  Still Gay When I’m Not In Love) and The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival (Permanence /Impermanence, Experimental Radio Hour). She is the co-creator of On Life and Living, a documentary theatre and oral history project exploring the history of AIDS Community Care Montreal. Adjani is currently part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program in playwriting and is an alumnus of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit.   

Follow her on Instagram @fo_fanny

Cast and Crew

Jesse Stong

Dramaturg

Sarah J Culkin

Director

Adjani Poirier

Ada

Sophie-Thérèse Stone-Richards

Kal

Sarah Nairne

The Angel of Death

Gabe Maharjan

Stella

9PM

Post-SHOW Event
THE VIOLET HOUR

The Violet Hour, Montreal’s queer reading series, takes over the bar lounge of the Centaur Theatre! Come discover emerging and established LGBTQ writers and artists.

This special edition of the Violet Hour will showcase a roster of short readings by LGBTQ writers.
With Eloisa Aquino, Cait Cooke, Steve Galluccio, Louis Negin and Russell Parkway.
Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo


PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP MONTRÉAL AND CENTAUR THEATRE BELIEVE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING YOUNG THEATRE ARTISTS TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING AND SHOWCASING THEIR WORK.

The Young Creators Unit was not created as a queer-specific program, but over the past three years has become a vibrant space for self-discovery and political/personal creation. I am so proud that we’ve gained a reputation for being a supportive space for emerging queer artists to be bold, dive deeply into the intersections of their identity, and make work for the stage that reflects their unique existence in our contemporary world.

JESSE STONG
Festival Director and
Young Creators Unit Leader

Centaur Theatre is so happy to collaborate with PWM’s Young Creators Unit by supporting the process of bringing the voices of the next generation of Montreal’s diverse artists to the stage. They are the future of theatre.

EDA HOLMES
Artistic Director of Centaur Theatre

About the Young Creators Unit

Thanks to generous funding from Canadian Heritage and the Zeller Family Foundation, and the dedicated mentorship of PWM dramaturg Jesse Stong, the Young Creators Unit has become a mainstay for young Canadian playwrights. Since its beginnings in 2015, YCU has supported more than a hundred young artists as they take risks, develop their voices and find their place in Canadian theatre.

Click here to find out more about the Young Creators Unit.