PLAY READING SERIES - THE PIPELINE

Infinithéâtre proudly presents The Pipeline, our annual public reading series of plays that are coming down our development pipeline. Audience feedback takes centre stage as Infinithéâtre invites the public to catch the excitement and share their views on plays that we are considering for production in future seasons. The winning play of our Write-On-Q! playwriting competition is always featured in this readings series.


Write On-Q! draws in submissions from first-time playwrights, students and from established writers including Québec's most celebrated playwrights. For Infinithéâtre’s Artistic Director, Guy Sprung, The Pipeline reading series has become a vital step in the process of developing new plays and making programming choices for Infinithéâtre's upcoming seasons. 

 

"Audience reaction is absolutely key to this event. Where else can Montréalers participate in the creative process as we continue to produce relevant, Québécois theatre?"
- Guy Sprung


The Pipeline gives the public a unique opportunity to voice their opinions and directly influence Montréal’s cultural landscape through the lively talkback discussions following each reading. These sessions provide invaluable input for the playwrights and the talkbacks allow the audience to address questions or issues that the texts generated in a relaxed, open forum with the authors, directors and actors.

 


2019 PIPELINE SCHEDULE


Our Lady of the Ice by Alyson Grant
December 5th, 2019 @ 7:00PM
Presented at Théâtre Rialto
5723 Park Ave, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4H2


Divide and Rule by Vishesh Abeyratne
2ND PLACE WRITE-ON-Q! 2019 WINNER
December 6th, 2019 @ 7:00PM
Presented at Théâtre Rialto
5723 Park Ave, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4H2


Colour Blind by Oren Safdie
1ST PLACE "KEVIN" AWARD WRITE-ON-Q! 2019 WINNER
December 7th, 2019 @ 7:00PM
Presented at Théâtre Rialto
5723 Park Ave, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4H2


Mazel Tov by Marc-André Thibault
December 8th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Presented at KIN Gallery
397a Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2G3


At the 2017 reading of Extra/Beautiful/U by Michaela di Cesare

PIPELINE 2018

QWF Playwriting Prize winner - Paradise Lost by Erin Shields
The 17th century and present day are seamlessly intertwined as Satan vents to an audience about her frustration at being cast out of heaven and her thoughts on oppression. When she finds out that God has created delicate new creatures called ‘humans’, she crafts a plan for revenge and betrayal on the Almighty. Erin Shields turns heaven and hell upside down in this witty, modern, feminist retelling of John Milton’s epic poem about the first battle between good and evil. Shields’s wickedly smart and funny script questions the reasons of the universe, the slow process of evolution, and the freedom of knowledge. The debate over right and wrong has never been so satisfying.

WOQ! "The Kevin" First Prize winner - Make Up by Alex Poch Goldin
Make Up is about the pursuit of happiness. When are we happy with what we have and why doesn’t it ever last. We are always hoping for that perfect relationship, for the greatest sex, that dream job, or a path to enlightenment, always searching. In that pursuit for happiness, the mainstays of life become disposable and we live in a state and flux. Technology co-opts the human experience offering solutions and distractions from all life’s problems. Often, it is only after we have lost the thing we most value that we realize how happy it actually made us.

WOQ! Second Place Prize - Chained Woman by Lorne Svarc
Sarah Kandelshein is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who runs a kosher butcher shop with her widowed mother in the insular community of Passaic, New Jersey. When her abusive husband refuses to grant her a religious divorce, she must choose between her freedom and her faith–that is until a ‘gangster’ rabbi offers his services to help “change her husband’s mind.” Her decision is complicated by the romantic interest of two men from different worlds—one a stern rabbi from Alaska and the other a nerdy artist from New Jersey. Sarah navigates the advances of these men, while trying not to be distracted from her life’s goal of butchering the only kosher filet mignon in the United States.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the playwrights who submitted their work to the 2018 Write-On-Q!.

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