Public Reading of Hamster

Public Reading of Hamster



Laurent Pitre, Brian Dooley, Katharine King So, Anna Burkholder, Frédéric Lemay, and Jimmy Blais


Two terrified boys in a Petro Canada stare across the street as a girl stares back from the bus shelter. An old man passes a vacuum cleaner on his lawn. And a girl gets baked inside a yellow playground slide, holding her hamster and contemplating life.


Marianne Danserau’s award-winning surrealist comedy about love and longing presents a maze of intersecting stories that keeps audiences eagerly waiting for how it will all unfold. Hear it read in English for the first time by a stellar cast of bilingual Montreal actors, and join us afterwards to talk with the team, and the playwright.


Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal
7250 Clark, Suite 103
Montréal, QC  H2R 2Y3
(De Castelnau station)


Developed with the support of PWM.

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)!


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

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)


The Young Creators Unit SHOWCASE

YCU Showcase 2019

Two nights of staged readings from new work by emerging theatre creators

For 26 weeks, diverse young artists, have been working with dramaturg Jesse Stong to develop exciting, beautiful, flawed and authentic new plays (Nine of which will be premiered at this summer’s MTL Fringe Festival).

Dates: April 10 and April 11, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Location: PWM
Admission to all readings is free. Donations are welcome at the door. Some of the plays feature sexually explicit conversations.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Anniversary Speech by Kate Hammer
The Smallest Gesture by Simon Pelletier
Ne touche pas pas à mes cheveux (et autres principes de base) byJessica Beauplat
Sacred by Anne-Marie St-Louis
The One by Miriam Cummings
A Brief History of Time by Antonia Leney-Granger
Big Girls Don’t Cry / Goddesses Never Sleep by Sophie Stone
Tomorrow by Ryan Bommarito
Eyes by Josh Johnston
Wine and Halva by Deniz Başar

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Poetic Nonsense by Erin Brahm
Barbara is Drowning by Lauren Holfeuer
Judith and Holofernes by Alice Abracen
Twenty to twenty five – Sophy Drouin
Still Gay When I’m Not in Love by Adjani Poirier
If I Were You by Rebecca Bauer and Patrick Park
One week last summer by Anna Burkholder
It’s my baby and I’ll murder it ritualistically if I want to by Alex Hine
Love Is The Last Thing by Karuna Vellino

Jesse StongWe are so excited to be showcasing another group of amazing artists. This year’s unit has been a true pleasure to facilitate, gathering each week to share work and exchange ideas about the future of theatre. The presentation will be a dynamic mix of diverse voices that you don’t want to miss.” Jesse Stong, Unit Leader




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 90 young artists as they take risks, develop their voices and find their place in Canadian theatre. Meet the 2018-2019 Young Creators.

Logo: Canadian Heritage and the Zeller Family Foundation

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 :


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.



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.


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

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!


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


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.