It may not be very surprising to hear that in response to the latest COVID-19 developments, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal will be postponing all our workshops and events of the next 30 days to later dates.
We will contact participants over the next few days to update them individually on their specific situation.
Moreover, the PWM team wants to help with the global effort in flattening the curve through social distancing. As of now, we are suspending office operations and closing our office to the public until further notice.
This means that as of March 17, 2020, all our non-essential staff will work from home. As we will function at reduced capacity, we ask for your patience in getting back to you.
We all have a role to play to fight against this pandemic, and this is ours. Be well 💓. We will check back in soon.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sarah J Culkin
The Angel of Death
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.
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020 Time: 7 PM Venue: PWM Studio, 7250 Clark St Suite 103, Montreal, QC H2R 2Y3 Please note that Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is not located in a fully accessible building. Our space is located above street level and is only accessible via a flight of stairs (nine steps). More info here.
This is a FREE event. Donations are welcome at the door.
Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) explores the life of Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, a Japanese picture-bride turned ‘underground’ business woman in 1930’s British Columbia. It delves into her history, not as a clichéd dragon-lady madam (although at times, perhaps she is), nor as a dutiful daughter (although at times, perhaps she is), nor as a submissive and sexualized female Asian body (although at times, perhaps she is), but as a valuable member of Canadian society who had to fight against expectation, and for autonomy and recognition every step of the way.
“What fascinates me about Kiyoko is that she broke EVERY SINGLE RULE and expectation of culture, gender and society.”
Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) was developed with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal through a variety of programs, including the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency and the EstérELLE Writers-in-Residence.
Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) was the recipient of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre’s inaugural More than a footnote commission, and received financial support from the Cole Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Sexual References, Mature Language
About the Playwright
Julie Tamiko Manning is an award-winning Montreal actor and theatre creator.
Selected acting credits include: Sin in Paradise Lost (Centaur), Annie in Jean Dit (Théâtre D’Aujourd’hui), and Elena in Butcher (Centaur).
Her first play, Mixie and the Halfbreeds (with Adrienne Wong), is a play about mixed identity in multiple universes, first commissioned as a radio play by CBC, then adapted for the stage for Neworld Theatre in Vancouver. Her second play, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives (with Matt Miwa) is a one act verbatim play about the Japanese Canadian internment camps during WW2, which recently toured to Montreal (Centaur), Toronto (Factory), Vancouver (Firehall) and Ottawa (Prismatic Arts Festival/GCTC).
This play is currently in development.
Play by Julie Tamiko Manning
Dramaturged by Emma Tibaldo
Featuring Deena Aziz, Brenda Kamino, Kyungseo Min, Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha, Annie Yao
Coming up from February 24th to 27th 2020, join us and delve into the history of English Montreal theatre!
WHAT: Chez Nous: A Staged-Reading Series Showcasing English-Language Drama in Québec (1930-1979) WHEN: Monday, February 24 – Thursday, 27 February at 7 P.M. WHERE: Moyse Hall, McGill University – 853 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal H3A 0G5
Chez Nous: A Staged-Reading Series Showcasing English-Language Drama in Quebec (1930-1979) is a collaboration between Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and professor Erin Hurley (Department of English, McGill University), with the artistic collaboration of four of Montreal’s English-language theatres: Black Theatre Workshop, Centaur Theatre, Imago Theatre, and the Segal Centre. The event will spotlight influential writers like Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton, Mada Gage Bolton and more, including PWM’s founders Carol Libman and Aviva Ravel, who helped shape Montreal’s English-language theatre tradition.
The series, which is free and open to the public, runs from Feb. 24 to 27, 2020 in McGill University’s Moyse Hall at 7 p.m. Each evening will be followed by a talk-back with the director, cast, and research team. The research team is composed of Alexis Diamond (playwright and translator) and Alison Bowie (dramaturgy and PhD candidate at Concordia), along with Emma Tibaldo (Artistic and Executive Director of PWM).
Feb. 24:Theme: “A Question of Class” – Rethinking the ‘good life’ during the Depression and WWII.
*COVID-19 UPDATE* The level of uncertainty around the Coronavirus and travel restrictions, make it difficult for us to continue the selection process. We have therefore decided that the most responsible course of action is to delay selection until more reliable data is available. We will be in touch late April with all updates.
The Glassco Translation Residency invites playwrights and translators from across Canada and beyond to come together for ten days in Tadoussac, Quebec, to work in-depth on their translation projects.
The chosen participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on their projects and to share expertise in a retreat environment. Translations into all languages are welcomed. Over the past 15 years we have offered space, time, and dramaturgical expertise to over 63 translation projects into languages such as Cantonese, Catalan, Cree, English, French, Innu-aimun, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog and Urdu.
This season we welcome award-winning translator Maryse Warda, who will serve as residency host and translation dramaturg.
We are now accepting submissions of plays that are slated for translation. Please note that we do not fund the translation. The play should ideally have had a production in its original language. At least one component of the project needs to be Canadian. We strongly encourage Indigenous artists to apply.
To apply, please send us:
A description of the project which includes the name of the translator and playwright, an indication of how the Residency will benefit the project, and any details on production interest;
Biographies of both the playwright and translator;
A copy of the play in its original language.
One of the selection criteria for translation projects will be the availability of both the playwright and the translator to attend the residency together.
An honorarium of $750 is offered to each participant. In addition, all costs for travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
Submission deadline: March 2nd, 2020
Please email submissions (PDF format, 1 file only) to email@example.com with the subject line: 2020 Glassco Translation Residency application.
The residency is in Tadoussac, Québec in an 18th century log home. There are 8 steps down to the entrance of the house. The bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.
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 the friends and family in 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.
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 Time: 7 PM Venue: PWM Studio, 7250 Clark St Suite 103, Montreal, QC H2R 2Y3 Please note that Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is not located in a fully accessible building. Our space is located above street level and is only accessible via a flight of stairs (nine steps). More info here.
This is a FREE event. Donations are welcome at the door.
Detached from family and friends, Parifam Mana draws and paints in her private studio—a place where memory and inspiration are in a continuous battle.
Parifam’s world is turned upside down when her childhood friend Ramak re-enters her life. Parifam and Ramak grapple with the hidden truths that linger in their past—soon to be revealed in an exhibition at a museum they built together.
Description of rape
About the Playwright
Aki Yaghoubi is an Iranian-Canadian theatre and film artist involved in writing, directing and acting. Dedicated to the arts for over 18 years, she was trained by iconic Iranian director and drama professor Hamid Samandarian at Kanoon, where she received two awards in Film and Theater Acting & Directing, and Film Script Writing.
Aki has worked alongside many great writers and directors such as Bahram Beyzai and Mohammad Rezaeirad, the highest regarded writers and theatre directors in Iran.
Over the years, Aki has participated in several major theatre productions as director, assistant director, stage manager, and costume designer.
Aki also performed in several plays, movies, and television shows, among them A Streetcar Named Desire, To Damascus, and Even Soul.
She moved to Montreal Canada in 2009, bringing with her love and passion for theatre. In 2014, she had her first performance in Canada, in the piece One Minute silence, which was put on stage at the Segal Centre for performing arts. In 2015, Aki started to write her first full-length play Reflection of Silence, and in 2017 won an individual writing grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for this project. She also won the grant DémART-Mtl program from the Conseil des arts de Montréal in 2017. In 2019, sheperformed the lead on a Canadian movie Sin la Habana produced by Voyelles Film in Montreal.