PLAY READING SERIES - THE PIPELINE
Infinithéâtre proudly presents The Pipeline, our annual public reading series of plays that are in 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?" says 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.
Photo credit Aminah Bahri
Audience at Alyson Grant's Progress! on December 3rd.
PIPELINE 2017Pam Dunn 1st Place Prize WOQ! Winner - Extra/Beautiful/U by Michaela Di Cesare
Dr. Sam Gagliardi, a prodigious craniofacial plastic surgeon, is preparing to restore the face of one of her former schoolmates, Lara. Lara found fame and fortune on a reality dating show before an accident took it all away. Now Lara is back to real reality: living at home with her single mother, Angie, who is the primary caregiver to Lara's sister Louise who has Down Syndrome.
2nd Place Write On Q Winner - Strange Fire by Louise Arsenault
Mia is a Montreal film maker working on a documentary about young women in the Middle East who self-immolate as a form of protest. When Farida, a young Arabic woman living in Ontario, attempts suicide in such fashion, Mia is shocked and intrigued. Jeanne, Mia’s girlfriend, is struggling with demons of her own; her addiction to food and to Mia. These three women’s lives intertwine as the play explores how social oppression impacts their mental health and their life choices.
Additional Infinitheatre Play - The Ex-Mas Party by Alain Goulem
The only thing Susan got in the divorce was the cottage. With the ink barely dry on the settlement she heads to the country to celebrate her first post-divorce Christmas with her new boyfriend Ray. Before they can even settle in to their cozy getaway, her ex, Dom, arrives with his young fiancée. He came to pick up his skis but a blizzard snows them in and they are forced to spend Christmas on a potential double date from hell. Romantic comedy at its best… Love in a blizzard- must be Canadian!
Additional Infinitheatre Play - The Past by Arthur Holden
When two aging, bookish alcoholics encounter each other at an AA meeting that goes badly sideways, an unlikely friendship is born. Is it more than friendship? Is late-life romance possible between two terribly damaged people? Is it safe? The Past won the 2017 Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the playwrights who submitted their work to the 2017 Write-On-Q!.