Queer Reading Series

 

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS FOR:

eXITS BY ELLA KOHLMANN
EVA IN RIO BY GABE MAHARJAN
UNTITLED FLAMINGO PLAY BY NATHANIEL HANULA-JAMES

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


A new series of staged public readings showcasing emerging Canadian Queer Playwrights

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit and Centaur Theatre present The Caisse de la Culture 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.

 

MEET THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Ella Kohlman

Exits by Ella Kohlmann
January 31, 2019 at 8PM

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Ella is a writer, performer, and theatre-maker. She grew up in Markham, Ontario, but is currently in Montreal doing her undergrad at Concordia University in English Literature and Creative Writing, with a minor in Theatre.

Synopsis: Rachel has run away from home with nothing but her school bag and a copy of Moby Dick. She messed things up with her best friend, she has no idea who she is or what she’s doing, and to top it all off the memory of her eleven-year-old self won’t leave her alone. But when she meets Sam, a graffiti artist, in an alley downtown, she’s convinced she’s found her saviour.

 

Gabe Maharjan

Eva in Rio by Gabe Maharjan
February 1, 2019 at 8PM

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Gabe is a recent graduate of the Dome. They were the lead writer of a collective creation produced at the Dome in their graduating year. Recent shows they have performed in include Antigone (Raise the Stakes Theatre), The Last Wife (IMAGO Theatre), and Memento Mori by Kaleidoscope Theatre (Montreal Fringe, 2017). They also recently directed and co-produced Gruesome Playground Injuries with their company, Playground Productions.

Synopsis: Eva wakes up in Rio de Janeiro—her own wonderland. In pursuit of her tinder boi and her perfect body, her surreal ambitions come up against her inevitable return to reality. How can Eva reconcile the difference between the life she dreams of and the life she is living?

 

Nathaniel Hanula-James

Untitled Flamingo Play by Nathaniel Hanula-James
February 2, 2019 at 8PM

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Originally from Vancouver, Nathaniel studied drama and theatre at McGill University, and is currently in his final year of the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. During his studies, he rediscovered his passion for creation and devised work, which led him to join the Young Creators Unit. He has watched David Attenborough’s The Life of Birds one too many times.

Synopsis: Addison is eight years old and too fabulous for his own good. His only friend is a taxidermy flamingo. Together, this odd pair try to find a nesting place in a big, bad, uncomprehending world.

 

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, Dramaturg 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 90 young artists as they take risks, develop their voices and find their place in Canadian theatre.

Logos: Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Centaur Theatre, Caisse de la Culture

The young creators unit is funded by

Logo: Canadian Heritage and the Zeller Family Foundation