Choir! Choir! Choir! at Centaur Theatre

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Four cities will livestream a national singalong as part of foldA (Festival of live digital art)!

JOIN THE SIGNALONG IN MONTREAL AT CENTAUR THEATRE ON JUNE 12 AT 7PM.

FREE. Confirm your participation by contacting Centaur Theare’s  Box Office by phone 514-288-3161 or email boxoffice@centaurtheatre.com.

You get a lyric sheet at the door, and Choir! Choir! Choir! leader Nobu Adilman (DaBu) teaches you the vocal arrangement for Hallelujah: The Great Canadian Songbook via live feed video from Kingston. Hubs in 4 Canadian cities will learn and sing the song at the same time. The event will end with a National singing of song!

 

Choir! Choir! Choir! is produced by SpiderWebShow Performance
Satellite events with Centaur Theatre in association with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and PLANK (Montréal), Crow’s Theatre (Toronto) and Neworld Theatre (Vancouver at Progress Lab 1422)

 

ANNOUNCING THE 2019 PARTICIPANTS

Who's at Tadoussac?

Lire l’annonce en français.

From June 12 to 22, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, in partnership with the Cole Foundation, and with the support of donations in the memory of the great Canadian theatre artist, Bill Glassco, will host the 16th edition of the Glassco Translation Residency, taking place in breathtaking Tadoussac, Québec. 

Under the mentorship of award-winning dramaturg Bobby Theodore, playwrights and translators will immerse themselves in an extraordinary 10-day retreat, creating new translations of works that will be produced on stages across the country.

This year’s residency welcomes four Canadian plays that will be translated into three different languages that include English, French, and Tagalog.

THE PARTICIPANTS

Play to be translated (English into French):
One Discordant Violin

MARYSE WARDAMARYSE WARDA, TRANSLATOR

Maryse was born and raised in Egypt. In 1991, Pierre Bernard, artistic director of Théâtre de Quat’Sous, gave her a first shot at translation – Cindy Lou Johnson’s Brilliant Traces.

Since then, she has translated more than 60 plays. She was instrumental in bringing the works of English Canadian writers such as George F. Walker (Suburban Motel cycle), John Mighton (Possible Worlds and Half Life), Daniel Brooks (Insomnia), and Morris Panych (Vigil) to francophone audiences. She has also translated works from American and British playwrights such as Howard Barker, Margaret Edson, David Greig, David Hare, David Mamet, and Philip Ridley. Her translations are celebrated for being faithful to the original, while making effective yet unostentatious use of the Quebec idiom. Her translation of Walker’s Suburban Motel series earned her a Masque award in 2000 from the Académie québécoise du théâtre. In 2011, her translation of Greg MacArthur’s The Toxic Bus Incident earned her a Governor General’s Literary Award.

In 2018-2019, she did the translations of Erin Shields’ Unit B17-17, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Simon Stephens’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Tom Schulman’s Dead Poets’ Society, and Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, among others. Many of her translations have benefited from the Tadoussac residency, such as Douglas Maxwell’s Promises, Promises.

 

ANTHONY BLACKANTHONY BLACK, PLAYWRIGHT

Anthony ​is a versatile artist who for 20 years has worked as a writer, director, actor, designer and as artistic co-director of Halifax’s internationally acclaimed 2b theatre company.

His projects with 2b include: ​Invisible Atom​, (writer/ performer) which toured for over a decade across Canada and around the world, in both English and French; ​When it Rains,​ (writer/ director/ performer), which has played across Canada and around the world- he also directed a Spanish Language version of the show in Buenos Aires; Homage​ (writer); The Observed Flight of Birds (co-director/ lead writer);​ Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel​ by Michael MacKenzie (director); ​Rebecca Reads Nora Reads Molly – text by James Joyce (concept/ direction) ​The Story of Mr. Wright​ (co-director/ co-creator);​ One Discordant Violin​ (based on a short story by Yann Martel – adaptor/ do-director/ performer/ set design)

Anthony’s work has won awards and critical acclaim around the world and has traveled to some of the world’s most prestigious arts festivals and venues, in cities across Canada.

Anthony is leader in the artistic community in Nova Scotia, mentoring artists, advocating for the sector, and provoking artistic discussion through 2b’s Colloquium series – a program dedicated to fostering better conversations about art-making. 


Play to be translated (French into English):
Dehors

LEANNA BRODIELEANNA BRODIE, TRANSLATOR

Leanna Brodie is a Vancouver-based writer, actor, and the translator of numerous Québec playwrights, including Hélène Ducharme (whose Dora-winning Baobab continues to tour internationally after more than 600 performances), Catherine Léger, Louise Bombardier, Larry Tremblay, and Christian Bégin (5 Vancouver Jessie Award nominations and two wins for Ruby Slippers Theatre’s After Me). You Are Happy, Opium_37, and My Mother Dog are published by Playwrights Canada Press. Her translation of Olivier Sylvestre’s The Paradise Arms was the winner of the 2018 Safewords National New Play Prize.

Current projects include: Rébecca Déraspe’s Gamètes; Philippe Soldevila’s Tales of the Snow; David Paquet’s Wildfire and The Shoe; and Olivier Sylvestre’s Le Désert. The 2019-20 season will see the world English-language premieres of Sébastien Harrisson’s From Alaska and one other play (yet to be announced) in Vancouver, as well as productions in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, Chicago, and Montréal.

Brodie’s own plays and operas have been produced across Canada as well as in the UK, USA, and New Zealand, and on CBC Radio. She is currently an Associate at Playwrights Theatre Centre, co-writing Salesman in China (a play about Arthur Miller directing Death of a Salesman in Beijing in 1983) with Jovanni Sy.

 

GILLES POULIN-DENISGILLES POULIN-DENIS, PLAYWRIGHT

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Gilles is an actor, playwright, director, translator and dramaturg. His first full-length play Rearview was presented in both French and English versions in Sudbury in the fall of 2016. This was Rearview’s third production, after being produced in Saskatoon in 2009 and Brussels in 2013. Rearview is published by Dramaturges Éditeurs and was nominated in 2010 for the Governor general’s literary arts award. Wajdi Mouawad named Gilles as one of the resident playwrights at the National Arts Centre’s Théâtre français from 2008 to 2012, where he developed his play Dehors. Dehors was published by L’Instant-Scène in 2017. Gilles has collaborated on numerous devised pieces such as ishow, Après la Peur and Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show. Gilles is the artistic director of Productions 2PAR4 and currently lives in Vancouver.

 

 


Play to be translated (French into English):
Fiel (Venom)

NADINE DESROCHERSNADINE DESROCHERS, TRANSLATOR

Nadine’s translations include four plays by Sarah Berthiaume, two of which, The Flood Thereafter (also, Talisman Theatre, 2010) and Yukonstyle (published by Playwrights Canada Press, 2014 and produced by Talisman Theatre in 2016) were part of the 2013-2014 season of Canadian Stage. She has also translated two plays by Marilyn Perreault, Rock, Paper, Jackknife… (Talisman Theatre, 2009 and Playwrights Canada Press, 2010) and Bus Stops (Théâtre I.N.K. at Centaur Theatre, 2016) and created supertitles for a third, Fiel (Venom). Her other translations credits include Billy (The Days of Howling) by Fabien Cloutier (Talisman Theatre, 2014; A Play, A Pie and a Pint, Traverse Theatre/Òran Mór, Scotland) and L’effet Médée (The Medea Effect; hotINK festival, New York, and Talisman Theatre, 2012), by Suzie Bastien, which won the 2013 META prize for Best New Translation.

 

MARILYN PERREAULTMARILYN PERREAULT, PLAYWRIGHT

Marilyn Perreault is an actor, writer, and director, as well as the co-artistic director of Théâtre I.N.K. and Théâtre Aux Écuries. She has directed Fiel, Jusqu’au sang ou presqueLignedebus, and La beauté du mondeHer works include Fiel, Lignedebus (Bus Stops), Britannicus Now (Louise-LaHaye award winner produced by le Théâtre du Double signe and performed 76 times as well as published by Lansman Éditeur), Roche, papier, couteau… (published in French by Lansman Éditeur and in English as Rock, Paper, Jackknife… by Playwrights’ Canada Press and produced by Talisman Theatre), Les Apatrides (published by Dramaturges Éditeur), Nobridgetown, and Entre A et C il y a B. She has also written dialogue for the Théâtre de la Dame de cœur. Les Apatrides, presented during the FTA in 2005, received the Masque Révélation de l’année. Bus Stops has had 62 performances, in French at Théâtre Aux Écuries and at the Frontenac and Ahuntsic Maisons de la culture, and in English at the Centaur Theatre and the NDG Maison de la culture. It was also nominated for the META Best Production award.

 


Play to be translated (English into Tagalog):
A Taste of Empire

CARMELA SISONCARMELA SISON, TRANSLATOR

Carmela is a Filipino-Canadian artist based in Vancouver. She graduated from the University of Alberta’s esteemed BFA Acting program in 2010 and has since worked with various companies in Western Canada. Select theatre credits include Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Arts Club Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach), A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre), Dead Metaphor (Firehall Arts Centre), Sultans of the Street (Carousel Theatre), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (The Belfry Theatre), Consent, Are We There Yet?, Paper Song, Under Cover, The Bully Project (Concrete Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary), Cowboy vs. Samurai (Chromatic Theatre). Her 15 minute play, Lolo’s Soup, was workshopped as part of The Sprouts Festival by Concrete Theatre in Edmonton, AB in 2012.

In 2016, Carmela was the Associate Artist at The Firehall Arts Centre where she served as artist liaison, community outreach development coordinator, and audience outreach coordinator. From 2017-2018, she was a co-producer of The Virago Play series (now Killjoy Theatre), which develops new plays by female identified or non-binary playwrights. In 2018, she took on the position of Interim Venue Coordinator for Boca del Lupo and is currently the Front of House Coordinator and Social Media Manager.

 

JOVANNI SYJOVANNI SY,  PLAYWRIGHT

Jovanni is an actor, playwright, and director. From 2012 to 2019, he was the Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre. At Gateway, Jovanni directed productions of Harvest by Ken Cameron, Closer Than Ever by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, Valley Song by Athol Fugard, and Yoga Play by Dipika Guha. He acted in the world premiere of Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees. And Jovanni also wrote Nine Dragons (Winner of a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding New Play).

Prior to Gateway, Jovanni was the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects. In 2010, his one-man play, A Taste of Empire, was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play. A Taste of Empire was subsequently remounted by Boca del Lupo Theatre in Vancouver in 2014 and 2015. Later, with the assistance of the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac (2016), Derek Chan translated A Taste of Empire into Cantonese. Rice and Beans Theatre produced 食盡天下 and it was nominated for a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award.

Jovanni’s directing credits include Sarena Parmar’s The Orchard (After Chekhov) for Arts Club Theatre; God of Carnage, Antigone, and Blackbird (Theatre du Pif in Hong Kong); and Clifford Cardinal’s award-winning play Stitch for Native Earth Performance Arts.


The Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac is made possible through our partnership with the Cole Foundation’s Intercultural Conversations Program, the dedication of Residency Producer Briony Glassco, and the support of donations in the memory of the great Canadian theatre artist, Bill Glassco. We are also grateful to Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their ongoing support.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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Announcing the recipient of the Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators

David Gagnon Walker

David Gagnon Walker was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators.

David will be translating Gabrielle Chapdelaine’s La retraite with the dramatical support from Maureen Labonté.

 

David Gagnon Walker

David is a playwright, performer, dramaturg, and emerging translator from Edmonton working across Canada. His plays prioritize formal experimentation, integrating text-based drama with other modes of contemporary performance. They include: The Big Ship (winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award), Premium Content (Calgary, Major Matt Mason Collective, 2018), Pink Moon (winner of the 2017 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition, developed with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal), Productive Time (Edmonton, Found Festival, 2017), One of Us Must Know (Edmonton, Chinook Series, 2016), and the libretto for the operetta Little Urban Green (Toronto Laptop Orchestra, 2015). Recent writing projects have focused in one way or another on the intersections of human experience, technology, and ecology. Devising new theatrical forms for staging this stuff in all its complexity is the core of David’s ongoing artistic search.

Dramaturgy includes The Observed Flight of Birds (Montréal, 2b Theatre/NTS, 2017), Trying to Listen While not Giving a Fuck, (Montréal, Surreal SoReal/Zone Homa, 2018), and the contemporary circus show Particle # B (Grenoble, France, 2018; 2019 tour to Australia and Finland). David’s translation of Jean Genet’s posthumously published play «Elle» received a public reading in 2017 with support from Maureen Labonté and the National Theatre School of Canada, and is in development with Toronto- based director Harrison Thomas. He also sometimes works as an actor and arts educator.

David is the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence with Halifax’s 2b Theatre Company. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and is in the final year of the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montréal.

Find him online at www.davidgagnonwalker.com

 

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Public presentation of A Brief History of Time: Astrophysics and Object Theatre

A Brief History of Time: Astrophysics and Object Theatre
Lire l’annonce en français : www.playwrights.ca/presentation-publique-de-a-brief-history-of-time

 

A PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT
Written and performed by Antonia Leney-Granger

Date: April 4, 2019 at 6:30PM
Location: PWM, 7250 Clark, Suite 103, Montreal
Admission is free. Donations welcome at the door.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

This solo show has been touring Quebec for three years in its original French version. The artistic support for the original creation in French is by Francis Monty and Olivier Ducas at Théâtre de la Pire Espèce. Antonia Leney-Granger joined PWM’s Young Creators Unit this season to work on the English translation.

The aim of this public presentation is to share the first version of the translated work with an audience, in order to obtain feedback that will help the playwright refine the show before its official English-language premiere, presented by Théâtre du Renard, at Montreal Fringe in June.

Synopsis:

Inspired by the work of astrophysicist and science popularizer Stephen Hawking, this dazzling one-woman show, uses a hundred or so objects to convey with wit and precision the great ideas that have shaped the history of modern science. Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Einstein and Hubble are sung, rapped, recounted and made relevant again. This is your chance to understand (at last!) the theory of relativity, the expansion of the Universe, and the meaning of the famous E=mc2.

About the playwright:

Antonia Leney-Granger

 

Antonia Leney-Granger is a Montreal-based puppeteer, director and educator specializing in object theatre and visual storytelling. In 2015, she founded Théâtre du Renard, an object theatre company. Antonia also works as an educator in puppetry for children and teens as well as artistic collaborator and assistant director for a few companies (Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, Belzébrute, Théâtre de la Petite Marée, Libre course, Rencontre Théâtre Ados). 

Antonia’s passion for transdisciplinarity drove her to undertake a master’s degree at Concordia University in 2018 to work on a research-creation project around two art forms: puppetry and comics. She holds a B.A. in Western Culture and Civilization from the Liberal Arts College at Concordia University and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (Production Program). 

Public reading of Baggage

Baggage by Sarah Segal-Lazar

A NEW PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT
by Sarah Segal-Lazar

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Location: PWM, 7250 Clark, Suite 103, Montreal
Admission is free. Donations welcome at the door.

Thank you to all who reserved your spots for the public reading of Baggage by Sarah Segal-Lazar: Please note that it is now a FULL HOUSE!

Featuring:

Amir Sám Nakhjavani, Anna Burkholder, Gabe Maharjan, Joy Ross-Jones, Kate Hammer, Letitia Brookes, Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha, Michelle Rambharose, Stephanie Costa, and Stephanie Mckenna

Synopsis:

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside those trunks?

In a world where heartbreak takes the form of literal baggage, Jill is drowning in the deodorant, LPs, and beer bottles of her failed relationships. Not to mention the suitcases’ accompanying personalities. Through magical realism and the sardonic and heartbreaking tone that she’s known for, Sarah Segal-Lazar’s newest play examines the attempt to move on while still being bogged down by the tangible memories of past relationships.

Sarah Segal-LazarAbout the playwright:

Sarah Segal-Lazar is an award-winning actor, director, playwright, and composer. She is a graduate of Dawon College’s professional theatre program and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her play The Barely Wives Club was named a finalist for Red Bull Theatre’s 2012 Short New Plays Festival, Off-Broadway. Her experimental musical Talk, Mackerel, which she wrote, composed, directed, and starred in, had four exciting runs (New York/Montreal), including the 2014 Wildside Festival at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre. Sarah’s site-specific musical In Memoriam was named one of the top plays of 2014 by the Montreal Gazette.

Sarah’s latest creation, Don’t Read the Comments, an immersive bouffon show about the “grey areas” of sexual encounters and consent, won the Segal Centre’s award for Montreal’s Most Promising English Company. The show was remounted at the Segal Centre this March.

Sarah is the Artistic Director of Sermo Scomber Theatre and the Founding Festival Director of The Island Fringe Festival on Prince Edward Island.