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Quick Selfie: Teneisha Collins

In this Quick Selfie, Teneisha Collins tells us about some of her faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives.  Click here for more information.


Teneisha Collins plays the role of Bess in The Last Wife by Kate Hennig, directed by Tamara Brown. Catch it November 1 at 8pm and November 4 at 1:30pm.

What was your favourite activity as a child?

One of my favourite activities as a child was playing dress-up. My mother, while still stylish now, was my style icon back in those days – she always had the most amazing clothes, and her shoes – Oh. My. God! She had the most outstanding shoes! I would wear her shoes and clothes (usually one of her silk nightgowns) and feel like a princess. Once dressed up, I would do what I thought was the only natural thing to do – put on a play, usually with the help of my little sister, who was often the unwilling participant.

What book could you read repeatedly?

There are many, but The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom has particularly stuck with me. It tells the story of an amusement park worker who dies while heroically trying to save a little girl from being killed by a ride. In heaven, he meets five pivotal people from his life. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a beautiful parable that reminds us that whether someone is a close family member or a complete stranger, they have the ability to change to course of our lives forever – even through just a brief encounter.

What inspires you?

Honestly, I draw inspiration and motivation from many people and factors around me, so it’s hard to choose just one. There’s something incredibly inspiring about someone’s persistence and unrelenting perseverance in the face of adversity. I love a good underdog story, and seeing people achieve their goals and come out on top despite the many hurdles in front of them truly uplifts me and pushes me to work harder, as well. Watching someone overcome obstacles to achieve success – whether it be personal or professional success, big or small – can be a powerful a reminder of our own inner strength, our resolve, and that we can be unstoppable forces. I’m also inspired by people supporting others in their pursuits, selfless acts of kindness, and more.

Favourite way to spend a rainy day?

It’s rare that I get to take advantage of a rainy day and enjoy being lazy. I’m very much a Type-A and always working on a different project – whether for my personal or professional development. I’m always on the go! That being said, my ideal rainy day would involve sleeping in, staying in my pyjamas all day, and cuddling under a warm blanket while binge-watching Netflix or having a movie marathon. I refuse to cook on days like this, so a rainy day definitely involves ordering in lots of comfort food – preferably rounded out with a nice glass of wine or some scotch to keep warm.

Favourite way to communicate?

Anyone who’s ever met me can answer this question. I love to talk and I can talk a lot! A face to face conversation, to me, is akin to a dance (or a battle depending on the nature of the conversation.) I think there’s a tremendous amount of beauty and art in how each individual speaks – our choice of words and the gesticulations accompanying our speech are often very telling of our personalities.

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This piece was written and submitted by Teneisha Collins.

 

What’s On – November 1 – 8

What’s On

 

Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist – Imago Theatre


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#HerSide514 will showcase four well-known stories revised and presented by four female directors and 25 actors! The plays presented are:

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Last Wife by Kate Hennig
What Happened After Nora Left Her Husband by Elfriede Jelinek, translated by Tinch Minter
Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks

The festival runs from October 31 – November 5th. For a more detailed schedule please click here. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Centaur Box Office at 514-288-3161 or online at www.centaurtheatre.com

Check out our #HerSide514 tag here to get to know the artists and the festival with Quick Selfie Q&A posts and a roundtable discussion

Bad Jews – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts


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Following last year’s sold out run, Bad Jews is back at the Segal Centre starting November 8!

From the synopsis on the Segal’s website:

“When three cousins gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment to mourn the death of their beloved grandfather and fight over a precious family heirloom, they learn there is much more at stake than who gets what. Bursting with crisp, fast-paced dialogue, Bad Jews is an exciting exploration of faith, family and legacy that is as thought-provoking and poignant as it is viciously funny.”

Bad Jews runs from November 8 – 26 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. For more information and for tickets please click here.

Late Company – d² productions


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Is it possible to save a vulnerable child if their hurt is a secret? Late Company is a poignantly relevant contemporary story of forgiveness, culpability and reprisal. Set over the course of one evening, a family stricken by the loss of their son, who was bullied, at least in part, for his sexuality, attempts to build a bridge instead of placing blame, with mixed results. It’s cluttered, unsettling, funny, and before our eyes we witness grief move to healing.

Late Company  runs from November 8-12 and November 16-19 at the MainLine Theatre. For a detailed schedule and ticketing information 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.

 

 

 

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.

Bites of Life, Episode 2 – Gleams Theatre


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Gleams Theater continues their season with Bites of Life, Episode 2. The show is comprised of three short plays, performed in a cosy chocolate shop – coffee and a chocolate are included with admission!

 

Episode 2 runs every Thursday  from October 19 to November 30 at Leonidas Culture Chocolate Cafe. 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.
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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.

 

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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 – October 25 – November 1

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


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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.

News of the Future – National Theatre School **FINAL DAYS***


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Playing from October 23 – 28 at Monument-National, studio Hydro-Québec. 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.

Bites of Life, Episode 2 – Gleams Theatre


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Gleams Theater continues their season with Bites of Life, Episode 2. The show is comprised of three short plays, performed in a cosy chocolate shop – coffee and a chocolate are included with admission!

 

Episode 1 runs every Thursday  from October 19 to November 30 at Leonidas Culture Chocolate Cafe. For more information and for tickets, click here.

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


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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 ***FINAL DAYS***


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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!

Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist – Imago Theatre


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#HerSide514 will showcase four well-known stories revised and presented by four female directors and 25 actors! The plays presented are:

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Last Wife by Kate Hennig
What Happened After Nora Left Her Husband by Elfriede Jelinek, translated by Tinch Minter
Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks

The festival runs from October 31 – November 5th. For a more detailed schedule please click here. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Centaur Box Office at 514-288-3161 or online at www.centaurtheatre.com

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 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