Queer Reading Series 2020 *Postponed to a later date*

March 17 update – COVID-19:

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.


Presented by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit and Centaur Theatre. Festival Director Jesse Stong.

The series of staged public readings showcasing emerging Canadian Queer Playwrights is back for a second year!

Space is limited. Admission to all readings is free, and audiences are invited to join the discussions following each performance. 

CONTENT WARNING: These plays feature sexually explicit conversations.

VENUE: CENTAUR THEATRE

453, rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC  H2Y 2T1
Venue is wheelchair accessible (please let us know if you require a wheelchair space so we can make adequate provision).

For inquiries regarding the reading, please contact Jesse Stong at jesse@playwrights.ca.

Calendar

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

7PM

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.

8PM

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. 

Follow them on Instagram @katethehammer

Cast and Crew

Jesse Stong

Director | Dramaturg

Kate Hammer

Gabriella

Katharine King So

Princess | Phoenix | Girl

Joy Ross-Jones

Deirdre


APRIL 3, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Silk Tits

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.

8PM

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.

Follow him on Instagram @trevorkbarrette

Cast and Crew

Fatma Sarah Elkashef

Dramaturg

Luce Bélanger

Arranger

Jonathan Patterson

Director
Musical Director

Jacob Sheffield

Max

Oliver Price

Aaron

Patrick Park

Mason

Kaden Forsberg

Jesse | Jeremy


APRIL 4, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Mars

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.

8PM

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

Jesse Stong

Dramaturg

Sarah J Culkin

Director

Adjani Poirier

Ada

Sophie-Thérèse Stone-Richards

Kal

Sarah Nairne

The Angel of Death

Gabe Maharjan

Stella

9PM

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.

Click here to find out more about the Young Creators Unit.

Chez Nous Staged-Reading Series

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.

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  • Mada Gage Bolton, Dealer’s Choice (1937) — A working woman comes up with a plan to trade her independent New York lifestyle for a family homestead in the country.
  • Janet McPhee and Herbert Whittaker, Jupiter in Retreat (1942) — A haughty mathematician and his two servants play a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse in a Laurentian cabin.  

Directed by Micheline Chevrier, Artistic and Executive Director, Imago Theatre.

Feb. 25: Theme: “He said X, She asked, Why” – A poetic take on the darker aspects of human nature.

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  • Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen, A Man Was Killed (1959) — A black comedy about the human impulse for violence and the destruction of social relations.
  • Elinore Siminovitch, Big X, Little Y (1974) — Women’s roles in society are playfully examined through nursery rhymes, songs, and games.

Directed by Eda Holmes, Artistic and Executive Director, Centaur Theatre.

Feb. 26: Theme: “The Third Solitude” — Portraits of the Jewish Montreal experience.

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  • William Werry, The Bag of Earth (1967) — A respected Jewish tailor awaits the return of his grandson who is bringing him a bag of earth from Israel.
  • Aviva Ravel, Dispossessed (1976) — Moved by the death of a former lover, a woman confronts what her life could have been.

Directed by Caitlin Murphy, Artistic Associate, Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.

Feb. 27: Theme: “Identity Crisis” – Tension between fact and fiction comes to a head.

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  • Carol Libman, The Reluctant Hero (1956) — One miner, two reporters, and a media circus. Who will determine what makes a hero?
  • Linda Ghan, Coldsnap (1979) —  An immigrant from Jamaica must get married in order to stay in Canada, but he questions his motives and recounts his experience with racism.

Directed by Quincy Armorer, Artistic Director, Black Theatre Workshop.

A PWM | BTW Double Bill at the MAI!

For the first time ever, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal & Black Theatre Workshop will be presenting 2 one-act plays in a special Double Bill presentation at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).

The plays are written by two alumni of BTW’s Artist Mentorship Program, and were developed through our very own Young Creators Unit.

Show Dates

Tuesday December 10 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday December 11 @ 7:30pm
Thursday December 12 @ 7:30pm (with Talk-Back)
Friday December 13 @ 7:30pm
Saturday December 14 @ 7:30pm
Sunday December 15 @ 3pm

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680, rue Jeanne Mance, Montreal QC

Tickets

Tickets:

  • 20$ Regular
  • 17$ Students

Buy tickets online here

Tickets are available at the door, cash only.

Or, purchase in advance at:

Reservations: 514-932-1104 / boxoffice@blacktheatreworkshop.ca
*Group Bookings Available

School bookings: schooltour@blacktheatreworkshop.ca

Dark Red by Willow Cioppa

Calliope is a young woman on the cusp of a complete meltdown. Alone in her apartment, she writes a single letter addressing every man she’s ever fucked, blurring them all together to create one beast, representative of all her trauma. Addressing this man in a vulgar, crass, and brutally honest text, Calliope unravels her experiences of heartache and abuse, searching for closure in songs, books, memories, and liquor. Dark Red is a viscous, textural exploration of what it means to lick our own wounds and heal ourselves, moving past our brokenness and reclaiming our pain in order to move forward. 

Cry Baby by Kalale Dalton-Lutale.

So you have these memories, right? And they’re all sort of hanging above your head like a tangled mobile. Pieces of songs that remind you of your dad in college, the smell of chlorine, your mother’s hand writing, a card you made for your sister.

In Kalale Dalton-Lutale’s Cry baby we watch as a young woman unravels. Relying on her personal archive as source material, Dalton-Lutale’s work offers the audience a non-linear piece of theatre.  By resurrecting the archive, she unveils the framework of love that has shaped her into the person she is today. Prompted by falling in love for the first time, the playwright reflects on her own Blackness, family, and womanhood. Cry baby asks us “how can we be whole when a part of us is missing?”

About the Cast and Crew

Willow Cioppa

Willow is an interdisciplinary artist and playwright whose work focuses on the nuances of sexuality, trauma, self-reflection, femininity, Blackness, and their undying love for rap music. They are currently earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Art History & Film Studies with a minor in Sexuality. They are an alumni of Playwrights Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators’ Unit, as well as Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, their work has taken on many faces since childhood; from diaries, to painting, to illustration, to moody poetry written in dark spaces, and here, to play-writing where their aim is to create decadent visual, auditory, and written landscapes.

Kalale Dalton-Lutale

Kalale is a writer and performer from Toronto. She has performed in Pervers/Cite, Montreal MonoChrome, Playwrights Workshop Montreals’ Young Creators Unit Showcase, The Revolution They Wrote Theatre Festival, and KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House in Toronto and Los Angeles. Her play Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions) was nominated for two Montreal English Theatre awards; Outstanding New Text, and Outstanding Emerging Artist. Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions) was also nominated for a Tom Hendry award in the inaugural Theatre for Young Audiences category. Kalale is currently studying playwriting at The National Theatre School of Canada where she is developing a number of new works.

Jesse Stong – DIRECTOR/DRAMATURG Cry Baby, DRAMATURG Dark Red

Jesse is a graduate of playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and received his Masters in Art Education from Concordia University. An award-winning artist and educator (2016 Michaëlle Jean Foundation Award), specializing in teaching performance, writing, and puppetry. He was most recently lead puppeteer/manager of children’s programming for media-giant WatchMojoas well as associate curator for the National Arts Centre disability-arts summit. He continues to be a freelance creator/dramaturge based in Montreal, as well as proud director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit, where he has mentored over a 100 emerging theatre artists over the last five years. He is also currently entering his second year as director of PWM’s New Stories Project – training and supporting storytellers with intellectual disabilities.

Tamara Brown – DIRECTOR, Dark Red

Tamara is a Montreal-based actress, singer, director, and poet with a love for storytelling, geekery, and social justice. Co-founder of Montreal’s Metachroma Theatre, her favourite acting credits include The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Black Theatre Workshop/Centaur Theatre/NAC), Richard III (Metachroma Theatre), Robin Hood (Geordie Productions), Da Kink In My Hair (Theatre Calgary/NAC), and for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (Soulpepper). As a director, her work has been seen across Montreal as well as in Toronto, Winnipeg, New York, and Stratford. You can see her directing debut in French next summer with Théâtre des Petites Lanternes in Sherbrooke, Quebec. 

Rebecca Durocher – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Rebecca, originally from Toronto, moved to Sherbrooke to study English Literature and Drama at Bishop’s University (2015), where she fell in love with the magic of theatre. Interested in furthering her studies she moved to Montréal where she completed the Production Design and Technical Arts program at The National Theatre School of Canada (2018). Since graduating, she has been fortunate enough to work with both established and emerging artists across Canada as a stage manager, production manager, technical director, tour manager, and lighting designer. Her recent credits include managing a national tour of La Bohème (Against The Grain Theatre, 2019)  through twelve cities spread across four provinces and one territory and production managing James and the Giant Peach (YES Theatre, 2019), and the Montréal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival (2019).

Kelsey Rae – PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Being born and raised in Stratford, Ontario forged in Kelsey a lifelong passion for theatre and she is proud to bring that passion to Montreal. She is a stage and tour manager who has worked from coast to coast on productions of all scales: Geordie Theatre’s 2Play Tour, A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosalynde (or As You Like It) (Driftwood Theatre), Miststim (Red Sky Performance), Far From The Heart/Loin du Coeur (Sheatre), Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V (Perchance Theatre, Newfoundland), and Waiting for Godot (The Stratford Festival). She is a proud graduate of Mount Allison University: B.A. Drama, and current graduate in residence.

Double Bill is co-presented in partnership with Black Theatre Workshop.

Jabber by Marcus Youssef at IMPACT Theatre Festival

Jabber by Marcus Youssef, an original Geordie production, script developed with PWM, will be performed at IMPACT Theatre Festival (Kitchener, ON) on September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2017.

Fatima wears a hijab. Graffiti that reads “All Muslims must die” shows up at her school. Her guidance counsellor advises her to stay away from Jorah. What happens when Fatima and Jorah start to like each other? How far can students go to defend their beliefs?

Tickets: www.ticketscene.ca