For the first time ever, Black Theatre Workshop & Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal will be presenting 2 one-act plays in a special Double Bill presentation at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). BTW shines the spotlight on two of our Artist Mentorship Program alumni’s recent work, developed through PWM’s Young Creators Unit.
DECEMBER 10 – 15, 2019
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
- 20$ Regular
- 17$ Students
Or Contact 514-932-1104 / email@example.com *Group Bookings Available
Tickets are also available by cash at the door.
The MAI space is accessible to people with reduced mobility – https://www.m-a-i.qc.ca/en/accessibility. Please be in touch if you have any questions or requests.
About 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.
About 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?”
Willow Cioppa is an interdisciplinary artist and playwright who’s 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 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. Recently 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. Currently Kalale is 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 Stong 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 WatchMojo, as 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 85 emerging theatre artists over the last four 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 Brown is an 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 Durocher, 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 be 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). She is happy to be working with Black Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Workshop Montréal to be bringing two incredible pieces of theatre back to the stage.
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 Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.