Queer Reading Series 2024


Produced by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal in partnership with Centaur theatre, the Queer Reading Series continues for its 5th year showcasing the works of emerging Queer playwrights. Taking place on April 5th and 6th at 7:30PM at Centaur Theatre, and curated by Jesse Stong, this two-day event will feature public readings of two works in progress by Tyson Fraleigh and Corbeau Sandoval. A community panel discussion with panelists Kyng Rose, Murdoch Schon, and Mael Cheff, exploring the interplay between 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ identities and art-making, will take place April 6th at 5PM.

Both readings will be presented with live captioning, and the panel and talkbacks will be presented with auto-generated captioning, for accessibility purposes.

The Queer Reading Series is offered free of charge. Donations are accepted at the door.

Join us to celebrate the power of queer storytelling in the theatre and support emerging Queer artists.


Friday, April 5th at 7:30PM:

The Mentorship
by Tyson Fraleigh (they/them)
Directed by Jesse Stong

With Anna Morreale, Johanna Nutter, and Andromeda Wang.

A queer director on the rise is invited to dinner with a legendary female filmmaker.  An innocent interview dissolves into an evening of intense psychological abuse.

Content warning:
This play contains depictions of antisemitism, discussions of the Holocaust, abuse perpetrated against and abandonment of queer folx, forced abortion, and violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

Saturday, April 6th at 5:00PM:

Queer Leadership Panel

Why We Need Transgender Stories.

A community-paneled discussion with panelists Kyng Rose, Murdoch Schon, and Mael Cheff, exploring the interplay between 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ identities and art-making. Moderated by Jesse Stong.

Saturday, April 6th at 7:30PM:

It Sticks to the Ryver
by Corbeau Sandoval (he/they)
Directed by Joshua Bilbao

With Ravyn R. Bekh and Symantha Stewart.

The Person and The Other graze over a pristine field.  In the distance, waves crash and a phone rings, unanswered. Two bodies rest against each other- a story about burnout, unmasking, and sandwiches.

This reading is designed to be neuro-divergent friendly. Please feel free to bring and wear noise cancelling headphones during the performance if this will enhance your comfort and enjoyment of the reading. Some quiet stim toys will be made available for the reading.

Letter from QRS Curator Jesse Stong

Welcome back to Centaur for our Queer Reading Series!

This year, we’re thrilled to present two captivating plays crafted by former participants of the Young Creators Unit at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. These playwrights are truly gems—bringing beauty, sensitivity, and plenty of food for thought to the table.

Get ready for a double dose of plays delving into the intricacies of contemporary relationships and the diverse tapestry of our queer experiences. They may approach it from different angles, but both promise to captivate and provoke thought in equal measure.

Witnessing the talent and care poured into these creations, I can’t help but feel hopeful about the future of queer theatre. So, a heartfelt thank you for joining us in celebrating queer stories and nurturing emerging talent! 

About the Playwrights

Tyson Fraleigh (they/them) is a writer and playwright based in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Their work focuses on the mundane horrors that fill our day-to-day lives and how to survive them. Their artistic pillars are research-informed creation, social commentary (satirical and serious), and making fun of the stupid things that we are forced to endure because of powerful people.

Corbeau Sandoval (he/they) Born, raised, and based in Tiohtiá:ke (colonially known as Montreal), Corbeau Sandoval is a queer neurodivergent multidisciplinary theatre artist of mixed heritage. Throughout their budding career, they’ve had the chance to expand their creative skills in a number of positions on both the performance and production sides of the entertainment coin. With abundant joy, they are excited to present their newest play It Sticks to the Ryver alongside Tyson Fraleigh’s The Mentorship for this year’s Queer Reading Series.

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