What’s On – October 19 – 25

What’s On

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show – MainLine Theatre


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It’s back! An annual favourite from MainLine Theatre featuring a huge cast and live band. It’s time to put on your fishnets and black nail polish, take a step to the right, and bring your knees in tight – I don’t need to say any more, you’re already doing the time warp again, aren’t you?!

The Rocky Horror Show runs from Oct 19-21, 25-29, 31 at 8pm at the MainLine Theatre. For more information on how to get tickets please click here.

 The Hockey Sweater: A Musical – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts


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Roch Carrier’s classic children’s story is coming to the stage at the Segal Centre just as the weather here in Montreal is becoming decidedly wintry. Let’s celebrate everything good about winter with some family friendly Canadian nostalgia. AND it’s a musical!

The Hockey Sweater plays from October 19 to November 12 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. For more information and for tickets, please click here.

 

 

Oedipus Part One: Assembly – Scapegoat Carnivale


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Scapegoat Carnivale presents a new translation and adaptation of Sophocle’s Odeipus Rex. Featuring a huge cast loaded with local talent including three (!) choirs who will sing the part of the chorus live on stage. Be sure to catch this re-imagining of a Greek classic. Come for the choirs, stay for the horrifying murder mystery!

Oedipus Part One: Assembly plays from October 20 – 22 at the Centaur Theatre. Be sure to get your tickets now! Opening night is already sold out, so call the Centaur box office at (514) 288-3161. For more details please click here.

Candyass Cabaret – Candyass Club


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Candyass Cabaret is back! MC Jimmy Phule trips over cracked sidewalks and throws some salt over the shoulder with a SUPERTSTITIOUS cast on October 20. The Candyass Club Cabaret presents a monthly cabaret with a stellar cast and new acts every 3rd Friday. Featuring a tasty eclectic blend of artists in the heart of the historic entertainment district on the Main.

To win a pair of tickets to see the show, sign up for one of our workshops! Click here for contest details.

For more information on the Cabaret, please click here.

News of the Future – National Theatre School


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Playing from October 23 – 28 at Monument-National, studio Hydro-Québec. For more information and for tickets please click here.

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story – Centaur Theatre presents a Persephone Theatre Production


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First up at Centaur Theatre this season is The Theo Fleury Story, and as one of our QDF staff is a born and raised, do or die Calgary Flames fan, this is one to keep your eye on as a lengendary and heart-breaking story. Is it a hockey story or a human story?

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story runs from October 3 – 29 at the Centaur Theatre. For more information and for tickets, please click here.

The Mountaintop – Black Theatre Workshop and Neptune Theatre


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Black Theatre Workshop and Neptune Theatre present The Mountaintop, the story of Martin Luther King Jr’s final night before his murder in Memphis, Tennessee, right after he made one of his most famous speeches: the prescient “Mountaintop” speech, which you can listen to here!

The Mountaintop plays from October 14 – 29 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. For more information and tickets please click here!

The Secret in the Wings – John Abbott College


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The Secret in the Wings is a fairy tale play by Mary Zimmerman, and is billed as an “updated version” of the classic tale of the Beauty and the Beast but incorporates six fairy tales to create a fantastical evening of theatre!

The show runs from October 17 – 22 at the Casgrain Theatre. For more informtation and to get your tickets please click here.

Sunday Night Improv | Les Lundis D’impro | Art Machine – Theatre Sainte-Catherine


At Theatre Sainte-Catherine, the weekend runs Sunday – Tuesday! They’ve got three regular shows to entertain and delight!

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Sunday Night Improv is both workshop and performance! Stop in from 5-7 for a free workshop with improvisers of all skill levels and hone your craft, then stick around for the show at 8 PM (tickets $7).

Presented by Le Nouvau International

For more information, click here.
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Les Lundis D’impro is the same deal as Sunday, but this time for the Francophones!

Presented by Le Nouvau International.

For more information, click here.

ArtMachine-logo-600x789

Here’s TSC’s cabaret style Art Machine, where you can see great Francophone standup, sketch, live music, clown – it’s a variety show so the best thing to do is head down and check it out. Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, tickets are only $5!

For more information, click here.


What’s On is a weekly events-at-a-glance post with an overview of QDF Member shows. If you have an event that you’d like to see listed here please contact marketing@quebecdrama.org

Theatre News: October 8 – 14

Local News

A statement on the CALQ 2017 funding results from Diverisité Artistique Montréal. CALQ ought to answer some of the questions laid out by DAM and the Réseau des Artistes pour l’Équité (supported by such companies as Teesri Dunyia and Black Theatre Workshop – companies that specifically support and produce art by cultural, enthic, racial, and linguistic minorities). (via DAM)

National News

Really nice profile of Ottawa-born choreographer Emma Portner, and the ways she’s reconsidering and reinventing gender, and how her “thoughtful” use of Instagram has launched her to new heights in her career. (via the Globe and Mail)

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This is a really strange and exhausting way to do a play. Fortune of Wolves comes from Ryan Griffith, and the play has a “randomized” element to it. From the article:

“At a whopping 70,000 words in length with more than 80 characters, the whole thing takes roughly nine hours to perform — a daunting prospect to stage or to watch. But doing it all in one go was never Griffith’s intention. Instead, the four actors, who have each memorized different sections, roll dice in advance of the show to determine which parts of the text to do that night.”

Um… What?! This sounds crazy… Crazy enough that it might just work! I’m definitely intrigued. (via CBC)

International News

Not directly theatre related, but for anyone who as ever tried to be an artist of any sort eventually grapples with the choice to seek government funding.How accessible is this system, really? And therefore, how diverse can the funding agencies claim to be? Would a granting board fund a company that sends in a grant riddled with spelling and grammatical errors – or is there an assumption that the applicant has a University degree? How many grants work off an assumption that an artist has some start up capital that the granting board will be reimbursing or subsidizing? Questions, questions. (via the Herald Scotland)

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Update on The Curse, a Polish play that I wrote about a few months ago (here’s the original article I linked to) that was stirring up major controversy because of it’s allegedly heretical depiction of the Pope and the Catholic church. The play is utterly outspoken in its condemnation of the Catholic church’s alleged involvement with and protection of child abusers. This piece offers a really in-depth analysis of the backlash the play sparked – people were protesting in the streets, not condemning child abuse, but decrying blasphemous accusations. The play managed to, in a very real, public manner, expose the psychological character of the institution and society that protects the “traditions” of a Christian country. It’s all laid bare. Please read it. Please. (the Polish Theatre Journal)

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Here’s a departure from my regular news content; something fun and cheery. Is your first thought Russian literature? Non? Ben, pourquoi pas! The Guardian made a handy lessons guide for all your Russian faves and you know what? It’s all pretty sound advice. Peep the Chekov! (via the Guardian)


posted by Caleigh Crow

What’s On – October 12 – 18

What’s On

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story – Centaur Theatre presents a Persephone Theatre Production


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First up at Centaur Theatre this season is The Theo Fleury Story, and as one of our QDF staff is a born and raised, do or die Calgary Flames fan, this is one to keep your eye on as a lengendary and heart-breaking story. Is it a hockey story or a human story?

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story runs from October 3 – 29 at the Centaur Theatre. For more information and for tickets, please click here.

Bites of Life, Episode 1 – Gleams Theatre


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Gleams Theater opens their season of series with Bites of Life, Episode 1. The show is comprised of three short plays, performed in a cosy salon in NDG.

We interviewed Ira S of Gleams Theatre and she took us through the ten years she’s been working with short plays, and plays in non-traditional theatre spaces. 

Episode 1 runs every Friday from September 15 to November 13 at Salon 3. For more information and for tickets, click here.

The Mountaintop – Black Theatre Workshop and Neptune Theatre


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Black Theatre Workshop and Neptune Theatre present The Mountaintop, the story of Martin Luther King Jr’s final night before his murder in Memphis, Tennessee, right after he made one of his most famous speeches: the prescient “Mountaintop” speech, which you can listen to here!

The Mountaintop plays from October 14 – 29 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. For more information and tickets please click here!

The Secret in the Wings – John Abbott College


 

 

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The Secret in the Wings is a fairy tale play by Mary Zimmerman, and is billed as an “updated version” of the classic tale of the Beauty and the Beast but incorporates six fairy tales to create a fantastical evening of theatre!

The show runs from October 17 – 22 at the Casgrain Theatre. For more informtation and to get your tickets please click here.

Sunday Night Improv | Les Lundis D’impro | Art Machine – Theatre Sainte-Catherine


At Theatre Sainte-Catherine, the weekend runs Sunday – Tuesday! They’ve got three regular shows to entertain and delight!

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Sunday Night Improv is both workshop and performance! Stop in from 5-7 for a free workshop with improvisers of all skill levels and hone your craft, then stick around for the show at 8 PM (tickets $7).

Presented by Le Nouvau International

For more information, click here.
lundis_logo_web

Les Lundis D’impro is the same deal as Sunday, but this time for the Francophones!

Presented by Le Nouvau International.

For more information, click here.

 

ArtMachine-logo-600x789

Here’s TSC’s cabaret style Art Machine, where you can see great Francophone standup, sketch, live music, clown – it’s a variety show so the best thing to do is head down and check it out. Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, tickets are only $5!

For more information, click here.

 


What’s On is a weekly events-at-a-glance post with an overview of QDF Member shows. If you have an event that you’d like to see listed here please contact marketing@quebecdrama.org

Theatre News: September 24 – 30

Local News

See what’s happening this week in Montreal theatre!

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Are you a performing artist interested in touring? Check out this info session on CINARS (the International Exchange for the Performing Arts) hosted by ELAN. It could be for you! (via ELAN)

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Hieronymous Bosch’s famous triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights, is the subject of Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard’s upcoming piece at Place des Arts. I’m a fan of the painting, a fan of Bosch, and most of all, a fan of creative representations of the painting. Really insightful Q & A with Chouinard, who delves into her process here. (via Globe & Mail)

National News

ICYMI – Netflix is working with the federal government on the new Cultural Policy revamp. Here’s the CBC article on it and I’m still trying to unpack (as the kids say). Overall, it seems government policy is paying close attention to digital media platforms – not sure what that means for us IRL performers. Seems prescient somehow. (via CBC)

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PACT launched All In: A National Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Initiative in September. It’s an initiative to train theatre practitioners to establish an equitable framework for the industry. Pleased to see Michele Decottignies on board – she does incredible work around this topic in Calgary and she does it un-apologetically. So far there’s no one in Quebec participating… Who will step up? (via PACT.ca)

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 Here’s a play about the real life British monarchy, imagined in the future. The director made some, um, interesting “color blind” casting choices that surprisingly (or not!) didn’t end up reflecting the real story – Meghan Markle isn’t white.  (via Globe and Mail)

International News

A piece by the Australian playwright of Kill Climate Deniers, David Finnigan, whose play title sparked controversy among right-wing news outlets of varying levels of legitimacy. This is typically the group fondest of free speech, non? The group most sensitive to perceived censorship? (via HowlRound)

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The Young Vic has a new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah. Here’s a great look at why he was chosen and what he can bring to the Young Vic – as a actor, playwright and director he’s certainly got the experience in a wide-range of theatre disciplines. Looking forward to seeing what he brings to the Young Vic. (via the Guardian)


posted by Caleigh Crow

What’s On – October 4 – 11

What’s On

One-Act Play Festival – Concordia University


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Five programs of short plays. A wide spectrum of theatrical styles, from dystopic fantasy to absurdism to mask comedy to post-dramatic performance. Themes ranging from romantic love to politics to virginity to monsters.  Dozens of student and professional theatre artists. Countless vivid moments.

The Shows

Mistero Buffo, written by Dario Fo, directed by Cristina Iovita

V-Cards, written by Jesse Stong and Step Taylor, directed by Dean Patrick Fleming
Underbelly, by the Erlangen exchange
Constellations, written by Nick Payne, directed by Harry Standjofski
Plays by Don Nigro, written by Don Nigro, directed by Liz Valdez

November 9, 2016 – November 13, 2016, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

To reserve tickets, please send an email to: tickets.finearts@concordia.ca. For more information please click here.

Bites of Life, Episode 1 – Gleams Theatre


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Gleams Theater opens their season of series with Bites of Life, Episode 1. The show is comprised of three short plays, performed in a cosy salon in NDG.

We interviewed Ira S of Gleams Theatre and she took us through the ten years she’s been working with short plays, and plays in non-traditional theatre spaces. 

***THIS WEEKEND ONLY 50% off ticket price for QDF Members!***

Episode 1 runs every Friday from September 15 to November 13 at Salon 3. For more information and for tickets, click here.

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story – Centaur Theatre presents a Persephone Theatre Production


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First up at Centaur Theatre this season is The Theo Fleury Story, and as one of our QDF staff is a born and raised, do or die Calgary Flames fan, this is one to keep your eye on as a lengendary and heart-breaking story. Is it a hockey story or a human story?

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story runs from October 3 – 29 at the Centaur Theatre. For more information and for tickets, please click here.

FRINGE Encore – MainLine Theatre


See three gems of the St Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival! Kicking things off on October 4 are Burcu Emeç and the crew from Goddamn Bear with their shows, tldr;smh and Precinct: An Improvised Cop Comedy respectively.

tldr;smh won this year’s MainLine Creativity Award and garnered a lot of #fringebuzz for Emeç’s vivid and inventive style as she explores feminist fighter identity in Kurdistan. Click here for tickets.

Precinct is a hilarious long-form improv romp through the mean streets of Montreal’s Mile-End featuring a couple of tough talking beat cops solving crimes. Click here for tickets.

For one night only on October 7 Captain Aurora is back! If you missed out on both FRINGE runs, this is your chance! Click here for tickets.

Spring Awakening – Dawson College


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The Dawson College students are presenting this classic controversial coming of age play that’s got everything to make all the parents of freshmen totally freak out! So go have a look at all the teenage stuff you wish you were doing at that age (am I just a square projecting onto this show? OK I might be projecting).

Spring Awakening runs from Wednesday October 4th to Saturday October 7th at 8pm. For more information and for tickets click here.

 

 

Sunday Night Improv | Les Lundis D’impro | Art Machine – Theatre Sainte-Catherine


At Theatre Sainte-Catherine, the weekend runs Sunday – Tuesday! They’ve got three regular shows to entertain and delight!

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Sunday Night Improv is both workshop and performance! Stop in from 5-7 for a free workshop with improvisers of all skill levels and hone your craft, then stick around for the show at 8 PM (tickets $7).

Presented by Le Nouvau International

For more information, click here.
lundis_logo_web

Les Lundis D’impro is the same deal as Sunday, but this time for the Francophones!

Presented by Le Nouvau International.

For more information, click here.

 

ArtMachine-logo-600x789

Here’s TSC’s cabaret style Art Machine, where you can see great Francophone standup, sketch, live music, clown – it’s a variety show so the best thing to do is head down and check it out. Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, tickets are only $5!

For more information, click here.

 


What’s On is a weekly events-at-a-glance post with an overview of QDF Member shows. If you have an event that you’d like to see listed here please contact marketing@quebecdrama.org

Theatre News: September 17 – 23

Local News

See what’s happening this week in Montreal theatre!

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Great coverage for QDF Member Dane Stewart’s show (get your tickets! It’s the last weekend!) The History of Sexuality playing at MainLine Theatre. Compare Dane’s approach to his subjects to Colleen Murphy’s (article below). This article really illustrates the respect and fondness Dane has for his collaborators on the piece, and how important they were to the process, going back and forth to make sure no one is misrepresented.

National News

I’ve written about The Breathing Hole here in pretty positive terms, I believe Indigenous art and art about Indigenous people needs to be examined, but I think the end of this piece by playwright Colleen Murphy needs to be examined critically. Read the last paragraphs very carefully. There’s always more work to be done, and I hope this piece makes playwrights wanting to work with other cultures give pause, and really consider at what point the research needs to go beyond your own assumptions. (via HowlRound)

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Love this piece about The Humans and The Aliens, two shows that are on the forefront of ‘american supernaturalism’ – a genre I can definitely vibe with. It sound like the theatre equivalent to what I love about certain American painters (Hopper and Wyeth come to mind) – thrilling, chilling, the future figures prominently, the people are sparse, and it’s all very, very scary. LOVE IT! (via the Globe and Mail)

International News

Love this story in the New York Times. Here we have an originally working class theatre company who’s artists and staff are resisting new artistic director Chris Decron, formerly of Tate Modern. This is class struggle! The Volksbuhne is meant to be an avant garde political theatre and the artists, staff, and some audience members feel the appoitnment of Decron is a move to sanitise the theatre. His solution? Call upon the state to enforce his will! Classic bourgeoisie move. Doch Kunst! (via NY Times)

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Lots of people freaking out about these appointments over at the BBC. But… Do they maybe have a point? I saw a good take on this that illustrated that if artists don’t want to change anything about the experience… are we doing our jobs? If the three best qualified presenters for the BBC rarely go see theatre because the plays are long and boring and the seats are uncomfortable, is that really too much complaining? Can we maybe put together a measured response instead of digging our heels in to staunchly defend traditions that are barely 100 years old? (via The Telegraph)


posted by Caleigh Crow

What’s On – September 27 – October 4

What’s On

QDF Annual General Meeting and Fall 2017 Calendar Launch


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The History of Sexuality by Dane Stewart


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Presented by Talking Dog Productions.

Five students take a graduate seminar studying the work of revolutionary French philosopher Michel Foucault. As they argue over issues of sexuality, gender, oppression and free will, these theories begin to rupture and spill out into their own lives. The characters expose the complexities of sexuality as it collides with kink, BDSM, disability, gender, and sex work.

Sept 21-23, 27-30 @ 8pm
Sept 23 & 30 @ 2pm

Bites of Life, Episode 1 – Gleams Theatre


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Gleams Theater opens their season of series with Bites of Life, Episode 1. The show is comprised of three short plays, performed in a cosy salon in NDG.

We interviewed Ira S of Gleams Theatre and she took us through the ten years she’s been working with short plays, and plays in non-traditional theatre spaces. 

Episode 1 runs every Friday from September 15 to November 13 at Salon 3. For more information and for tickets, click here.

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story – Centaur Theatre presents a Persephone Theatre Production


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First up at Centaur Theatre this season is The Theo Fleury Story, and as one of our QDF staff is a born and raised, do or die Calgary Flames fan, this is one to keep your eye on as a lengendary and heart-breaking story. Is it a hockey story or a human story?

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story runs from October 3 – 29 at the Centaur Theatre. For more information and for tickets, please click here.

FRINGE Encore – MainLine Theatre


See three gems of the St Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival! Kicking things off on October 4 are Burcu Emeç and the crew from Goddamn Bear with their shows, tldr;smh and Precinct: An Improvised Cop Comedy respectively.

tldr;smh won this year’s MainLine Creativity Award and garnered a lot of #fringebuzz for Emeç’s vivid and inventive style as she explores feminist fighter identity in Kurdistan. Click here for tickets.

Precinct is a hilarious long-form improv romp through the mean streets of Montreal’s Mile-End featuring a couple of tough talking beat cops solving crimes. Click here for tickets.

For one night only on October 7 Captain Aurora is back! If you missed out on both FRINGE runs, this is your chance! Click here for tickets.

Spring Awakening – Dawson College


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The Dawson College students are presenting this classic controversial coming of age play that’s got everything to make all the parents of freshmen totally freak out! So go have a look at all the teenage stuff you wish you were doing at that age (am I just a square projecting onto this show? OK I might be projecting).

Spring Awakening runs from Wednesday October 4th to Saturday October 7th at 8pm. For more information and for tickets click here.

Sunday Night Improv | Les Lundis D’impro | Art Machine – Theatre Sainte-Catherine


At Theatre Sainte-Catherine, the weekend runs Sunday – Tuesday! They’ve got three regular shows to entertain and delight!

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Sunday Night Improv is both workshop and performance! Stop in from 5-7 for a free workshop with improvisers of all skill levels and hone your craft, then stick around for the show at 8 PM (tickets $7).

Presented by Le Nouvau International

For more information, click here.
lundis_logo_web

Les Lundis D’impro is the same deal as Sunday, but this time for the Francophones!

Presented by Le Nouvau International.

For more information, click here.

ArtMachine-logo-600x789

Here’s TSC’s cabaret style Art Machine, where you can see great Francophone standup, sketch, live music, clown – it’s a variety show so the best thing to do is head down and check it out. Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, tickets are only $5!

For more information, click here.


What’s On is a weekly events-at-a-glance post with an overview of QDF Member shows. If you have an event that you’d like to see listed here please contact marketing@quebecdrama.org

What’s On – September 20-27

What’s On

The Secret Rapture by David Hare


Presented by the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College.

The children of light and darkness battle in this brilliant play by the author of Racing Demon. Gentle Isobel happily runs a small graphics design business with her lover until her sister Marion and her father’s young widow Katherine demand to be taken into the company. Katherine is a destructive drunk and Marion is a Tory M.P. with the heart of a computer. Isobel accepts capital to expand and her business becomes high tech and impersonal.

Wednesday September 20th to Saturday September 23rd at 8pm  @ Dawson’s Theatre

For a full schedule and for tickets please click here.

The History of Sexuality by Dane Stewart


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Presented by Talking Dog Productions.

Five students take a graduate seminar studying the work of revolutionary French philosopher Michel Foucault. As they argue over issues of sexuality, gender, oppression and free will, these theories begin to rupture and spill out into their own lives. The characters expose the complexities of sexuality as it collides with kink, BDSM, disability, gender, and sex work.

Sept 21-23, 27-30 @ 8pm
Sept 23 & 30 @ 2pm

MainLine Theatre

For more information and for tickets click here.

Phenomenal 5ive


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Presented by Madpoetix Productions.

A Project focusing on bringing into the light talented, engaging Black women representing Montreal with the incorporation of a spectrum of performance disciplines including: spoken word, storytelling, dance and music.

Here’s a Quick Selfie with Kym Dominique-Ferguson!

September 20 – 23 8 pm, September 24, 6 pm @ the MAI.

For more information click here.

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph


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Presented by Playground Productions.

Check out our interview with director Gabriel Maharjan!

Gruesome Playground Injuries is a life-spanning and time-hopping play about two people brought together by illness and injury.
Pay What You Can Preview: September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 (No tickets sold in advance)
September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 P.M.
September 24, 2017 @ 2:00 P.M.
September 25 & 26 2017 @ 8:00 P.M.

Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

For more information click here.

Arts Alive! Quebec


Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and natureMontreal’s West Island hosts a packed event for the whole family. The free two-day event features local West Island artists presenting live music, theatre, displays of visual art for sale, the ever-popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic, and a wide variety of craft and visual art workshops for both children and adults.

September 23 & 24 @ St John Fisher Elementary. For a more detailed schedule please click here.

Sunday Night Improv | Les Lundis D’impro | Art Machine – Theatre Sainte-Catherine


At Theatre Sainte-Catherine, the weekend runs Sunday – Tuesday! They’ve got three regular shows to entertain and delight!

sni-logo-white-on-black-270x168.jpg

Sunday Night Improv is both workshop and performance! Stop in from 5-7 for a free workshop with improvisers of all skill levels and hone your craft, then stick around for the show at 8 PM (tickets $7).

Presented by Le Nouvau International

For more information, click here.
lundis_logo_web

Les Lundis D’impro is the same deal as Sunday, but this time for the Francophones!

Presented by Le Nouvau International.

For more information, click here.

ArtMachine-logo-600x789

Here’s TSC’s cabaret style Art Machine, where you can see great Francophone standup, sketch, live music, clown – it’s a variety show so the best thing to do is head down and check it out. Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, tickets are only $5!

For more information, click here.


What’s On & Off is a weekly events-at-a-glance post with an overview of QDF Member shows. If you have an event that you’d like to see listed here please contact marketing@quebecdrama.org

Theatre News: September 3 – 9

Local News

See what’s happening this week in Montreal theatre!

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For the first time I’m writing about QDF in this section as we made the news last week with this piece in Le Devoir by Guy Sprung, artistic director of QDF Member Company InfiniTheatre. Our fearless President of the Board, Amy Blackmore, made an appearance on CTV in response. (via Le Devoir, CTV)

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National News

Here’s a great overview of the upcoming theatre season across the country. Check out the shoutout to QDF Company Member The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and The Hockey Sweater! I know #humility is a virtue, but I still want to brag about all the awesome things happening in theatre! (via Globe and Mail)

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And here’s a really in depth look at what’s going on this season in Edmonton, AB. This roundup covers PACT companies like the Citadel, all the way down to the indie theatres and training institutions (like the U of A, my alma mater!). Lots of diverse shows going up! (via Edmonton Journal)

International News

Have a look at this project in Maine, IN KINSHIP,  a multi-year performance project taking place on the Penobscot River. The author describes the piece as “an arts-based effort to help increase the resiliency of the system and everyone who is a part of it, to tell its many stories, to invest in recovery, and to shift the consciousness of its communities toward justness.” Neat-o! (via HowlRound)

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America’s oldest Indigenous theatre company, Spiderwoman Theater is celebrating their 40th anniversary! Congrats to them! And if you’re in NYC for the festivities you can catch Canadian act A Tribe Called Red performing.  (via Playbill.com)

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Did you know Andy Warhol and Truman Capote were going to write a Broadway play? And then someone went back through Warhol’s tapes and then wrote the show? Are you not obsessed with this? I might be obsessed with this. (via WBUR)


posted by Caleigh Crow

Theatre News: September 3 – 9

Local News

The Montreal English Theatre Award nominees were announced last week! There are SO many QDF Company and Individual members nominated. Repercussion Theatre, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D’Hote, and Geordie Productions have the most nominations, but we want to congratulate InfiniTheatre, CABAL, Centaur Theatre Company, Hudson Players Club, the Cote St-Luc Dramatic Society, Lakeshore Light Opera, Talisman and Imago Theatre who were also nominated. Here’s the full list of nominees!

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Arts Alive! is coming to the West Island on September 23 for a whole weekend of fun filled events. One of those is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the kids can take the reins of the show and interact with the performers. If you’re looking for something for the wee ones to do at Arts Alive! this is an option! (via CBC)

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The city of Montreal is holding a public meeting on September 12, 5PM at the council chamber of City Hall to adopt the recommendations of a May meeting on fighting racial and social profiling in the city. There will be information published online on Friday, September 15. What does this have to do with theatre? Equity is important! National News

National News

We like to think of the arts as a special place untouched by things so pedantic as skyrocketing real estate prices. Isn’t that just for people still plugged into the Matrix? The rat-race people? Toronto is experiencing a some real estate troubles, and here’s a great article on how that situation is affecting the indie theatre scene. (spoiler: it’s not helping). What role does our industry play in societal issues like gentrification? Why are these groups trying to stay away from public funding? When we talk about diversity and equity – that talk needs to address distribution of and access to resources (read: cold hard ca$h) like who has access to a space. Great read. (via the Toronto Star)

International News

This is a SCREAM of an article. The British Library digitized some correspondence from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office about Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. In the Olden Days one had to apply to the Lord Chamberlain to get a license to produce a play, and it had to pass the censors. Their objections seem ridiculous nowadays, and of course Waiting for Godot is one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century – but they fought hard to have it banned! There’s some hilarious gossipy lines like “mixed in the nonsense of the first 12 lines I detect distinct mockery of religion” and some objections to the line “Who farted?” (via the Guardian)

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HowlRound talks about the futility in trying to figure out vital statistics about audience composition. The methodology is flawed. Even if you have an optional survey for audience members, studies show not everyone fills them out! So there will always be gaps. Oddly, I thought about Google. They have access to oodles and oodles of their users data and we have … diddly squat! Maybe we need to make an app for that… (via HowlRound)


posted by Caleigh Crow