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.

Public reading of a new translation

Please join us for a public reading of a new translation – DANIEL DANIS’ Kiwi (Recipient of PRIX LOUISE-LAHAYE, 2008)

Translation by JOHN JACK PATERSON, prize recipient of PWM’s 2017 Cole Foundation Emerging Translator Competition

Translation dramaturgy by MAUREEN LABONTÉ



Date: Thursday March 29, 2018
Time: 7PM
Venue: PWM Studio, 7250 Clark St Suite 103, Montreal, QC  H2R 2Y3
This is a FREE event. Donations are welcome at the door.


Kiwi is 12 years old. Abandoned on the city streets she meets a gang of homeless youth. She’ll do anything to keep this new family – she’ll change her name, forget her past and be loyal.  As the authorities clear out the streets. With her friend Lychee, she learns how to survive: to run, to fly and to dream of a better life.

John Jack Paterson:

Jack is a Vancouver director, divisor, dramaturge, actor and translator whose work and study have taken him across Canada and around the world. He trained at Circle in the Square (NYC), GITIS The Russian Academy for Performing Arts (Moscow, RU), Seni Institute for the Arts (Denpasar, IND) and received his MFA in Direction from East 15 (London, UK). His work ranges from cross cultural, multi-disciplinary and multi lingual devised experiences to classical and new play mainstage projects. Favourite credits include The List (Vancouver); a devising/ original practice fusion Romeo & Juliet (Cardiff, Wales); the devised projects Wasting Time (Denpasar, IND) and Odyssey (London, UK); the text/ flamenco fusion The Love of Don Perlimplin (The Shaw Festival); and the Vancouver premiere of Titus Andronicus.

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Reserve your seat for the upcoming Young Creators Unit Showcase

Come and watch excerpts from new work by emerging theatre creators.


Lorna Kidjo – Equivocation

Trevor Barrette – And Oblivion

Victoria Hall – Desert Bloom

Laurent McCuaig-Pitre – Icarus Is Alive

Ella Kohlmann – Exits

Shanti Ikwe Gonzales – molt(en)

Alexandra Maynard – Trench

Avery Reid – Messy Blueprints to Sexual Freedom 

Gabe Maharjan – Dreaming Rio

Curtis Legault – Maskulin(e)

Erin Lindsay – Untitled

(With music performance by Nicholas Royer-Artiso)


Willow Cioppa – Dark Red

Nathaniel Hanula-James – Flam-Boy-Ance

Claudio Tamburri –I, Christopher

Roxane Loumède – Ensaf Attend

Sophie El Assaad – Black Balloon

Antonio Bavaro – Nonna’s Story

Sarah Segal-Lazar – Baggage

Gabriel Schultz – The Camp

Emmanuelle Brousseau – We are the kids of the 95 hangover

(With music performance by Ella Webber)


Stephen Booth –You are a drifter

Katherine Turnball –The Mercy of Wild Beasts

Madie Jolliffe – Sugar

Caitlin Cooke – Green Onions

Patrick Forrest Jeffrey – Untitled

Avery Burrow – Linge Sale 

Brandon Lorimer – Crystal City

Gleb Vinokurov – Untitled

Simon Pelletier –A pebble in the tide

(With music performance by Violet Kay)

ONLY 50 SEATS available per night!

Please RSVP by getting your FREE ticket below to secure your seating.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Program facilitated by Jesse Stong

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