THE UNIT STAGED READINGS WEEK (September 11th to September 17th 2016)

On the Line - September 11th 2016 at 3pm

On the Line brings to life in an original way the chaos and adventure that was alcohol smuggling during America’s prohibition in the 1920’s. The story centres around Doris, a 20-year-old flapper who has danced her way into the dealings of gangsters like Dutch Schultz, and Conrad, the leader of a band of smugglers. After a deal-gone-bad, Doris, George, her piano-playing and liquor-smuggling lover, and double agent Yancy take matters into their own hands when they raid a border patrol warehouse of confiscated liquor. What seems a success at first starts a chain of events that leads to murder, justice, mystery, and love.

On the Line is sponsored by The Rural Arts Project in Huntington

Grove Hall
165 Rue Châteauguay
Huntingdon, QC J0S 1H0



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About the author(s) Patrick Pietrykowski
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Amour, Escape - September 13th 2016 at 7pm

Amour, Escape tells a reader that what everybody else is doing is not necessarily right, and that you are free to follow your heart to do what you like. The playwright has used a fusion of French, English, and Internet slang to create a language that has likely never been staged, perhaps even spoken, to date. With it he tells the story of Hedy, a young woman who is tired of the oppression from the powers that be in her town. She breaks off into the woods where she meets Roger, who helps her break out of her confines and to put on a puppet show for the town to enjoy, and in doing so she finds her true happiness. One may confidently say that nothing quite like Amour Escape has ever been written.

Amour, Escape is generously supported by MainLine Theatre.

Galerie Mainline Theatre Gallery
3905 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4



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About the author(s) Travis Martin
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Love U: The Grad School Musical - September 14th 2016 at 7pm

Love U is a musical comedy set in the spoof-worthy world of higher learning. It’s also a crash course in pursuing your dreams and following your heart, even if your heart has no clue where it’s headed. The story centers on Nora, an aspiring impresario about to open a new nightclub called Anything Goes!, and Karl, a former singer/songwriter and one-hit wonder, who’s now a rising, albeit reluctant, star in academia. Their love-and-hate-at-first-sight connection is complimented and complicated by a zany cast of characters, all with shtick of their own. How to describe b>Love U? Call it Cole Porter crossed with Cornell West; the Marx Brothers meet Noam Chomsky. No politically correct notion goes uncontested; no pretension un-pricked. And while the story is as up–to-date as your latest selfie, the music, inspired by the American Songbook and featuring show-stopping numbers like “Publish or Perish” and the “Queer-Jewish Alliance,” proves everything old is new again… and vice versa. What else is there to say? Shtick happens!

Segal Centre for Performing Arts
5170 ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine,
Montréal, QC H3W 1M7



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About the author(s) Joel Yanofsky & Peter Curtis
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Birthmark - September 15th 2016 at 7pm

Birthmark is a dark-comedy set in 2015 that delves into the relationship of two Montréal diaspora families, one Jewish, the other Palestinian. David Stein, a liberal secular Jewish writer, faces a living nightmare when his only child, Nelson, announces his messianic plan to quit university and join a remote ultra-Orthodox settlement outpost on the West Bank. David tries to sabotage the plan by finally revealing that a mix up at an in-vitro fertility clinic might have resulted in Nelson being conceived with the egg of Jamila Hassan, a widowed Palestinian immigrant teacher. Jamila balks at taking a DNA test that would determine whether Nelson is a Jew or a Palestinian, fearing its hurtful impact on her adopted daughter, Hanan, a student activist. Hanan and Nelson confront each other and challenge their parents with issues long denied. Hanan then disappears, allegedly to join ISIS. Jamila and David must now collaborate to help save Hanan and Nelson from seemingly suicide missions. The uncertainty of Jamila’s DNA test and the mystery surrounding Hanan’s disappearance drive the plot suspense, as conflict builds with unexpected twists toward life-or-death scenarios for both families.

Birthmark is sponsored by Teesri Duniya Theatre and a Cole Foundation commissioning grant.

The Centaur Theatre
453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1



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About the author(s) Stephen Orlov
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The Lie Speaker - September 16th 2016 at 7pm

The Lie Speaker, a play with music and dance, explores the life of China Collins, a sculptor and poet, who dreams of a passionate, mid-life marriage to Sam Eagle, an aboriginal business consultant. She recklessly gives up her life in Montréal to follow Sam to a remote reserve on Grimshaw Island. The wild beauty of Grimshaw, and her voluptuous adventure with her sexy husband, inspires her poetry and artistry. However before long, she discovers that her husband is a pathological liar and her dream crumbles into an abusive nightmare. China eventually leaves Sam and returns to Montréal where she writes a book based on her island misadventure. She then discovers that Sam has disappeared and is presumed dead. An inquiry is held and China is called as a witness. She refers to her journals as the memory of her life with Sam. In her ‘fictional book’ she vengefully creates Sam’s presumed death, but it unwittingly becomes the ‘truth’ when Sam actually disappears. Where is the truth found in China’s story? Is it in her journals? Is it in her novel? Is she a mirror for Sam’s deception or is he a mirror for hers?

The Lie Speaker is generously supported by The Resource Centre for Arts in St. Johns.

The Centaur Theatre
453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1



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About the author(s) Joanna Gosse
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Yev - September 17th 2016 at 4pm

Yev is loosely inspired by the true life story of the Siberian hermit, Agafia Lykova. Yev is the sole survivor of an eccentric family who fled civilization in the 1920s for fear of impending persecution due to their extreme Christian beliefs. Her only contact to the outside world is a park ranger until he begins to transmit communications from Mathew, a recently dropped out botany student who is curious about her solitary life. Mathew discovers that Yev is not entirely alone, and as their relationship deepens, so do the complications between Yev and her possessive neighbour, a geologist, who violently disputes her version of their shared story.

Yev is sponsored by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre

The Centaur Theatre
453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1



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About the author(s) Alison Darcy and Joseph Shragge
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Successions - September 17th 2016 at 7pm

Successions centres on two Italian-Canadian brothers who grew up in St-Leonard and come together in their intensely cluttered childhood home when they must decide whether to accept or reject their parents' succession following the parents' untimely death. One brother is a lawyer in his late thirties/early forties and is about to run for a high political office. The younger brother is 30-ish and a plumber, like his father and grandfather before him. As the brothers sift through the items left behind, getting progressively more stoned and drunk, they reminisce and uncover long-buried resentments.
Successions is a play about the things we keep when we're trying to throw it all away. It's a comedy!

The Centaur Theatre
453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, Qc H2Y 2T1



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About the author(s) Michaela Di Cesare
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