Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist

A festival of performances, encounters and exchange around women who revise known narratives to reclaim Her Side of the Story from the footnotes.

October 31 – November 5, 2017 at Centaur Theatre

Featuring emerging Montreal directors: Tamara Brown, Cristina Cugliandro, Sophie Gee and Jen Quinn

“Re-vision – the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction-is, for women, more than a chapter in cultural history: it is an act of survival.”

– Adrienne Rich, When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision

Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist explores revision as an act of reclamation and resistance for women and marginalized groups. The festival is theatre unplugged; a lab for exchange between emerging and established artists and an opportunity to explore character, text and story with radical imagination and depth. The festival will take place at Centaur Theatre and will feature 4 plays directed by 4 emerging Montreal directors.

 

We are proud to announce that Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist will feature performances of…

The Penelopiad 

by Margaret Atwood
Directed by Jen Quinn
October 31 at 8pm and November 5 and 1:30pm at Centaur Theatre (453 St Francois Xavier)
Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors, artists or Pay-What-You-Decide at the door

“Now that I am dead I know everything” – Penelope

 

Atwood is the winner of the Booker Prize, The Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Award among others.

Margaret Atwood’s dramatic retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey places Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, and the cousin of Helen of Troy, at the centre of the play. Penelope, and her chorus of maids, reorient the classic myth, expanding events that exist as mere footnotes in Homer’s original work.

 

Featuring:
Warona Setshwaelo as Penelope
Gitu Jain, Stefanie Buxton, Leni Parker, Alex Petrachuk, Athena Trinh and Katherine Turnbull as the Maids

The Last Wife

by Kate Hennig
Directed by Tamara Brown
November 1 at 8pm and November 4 and 1:30pm at Centaur Theatre (453 St Francois Xavier)
Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors, artists or Pay-What-You-Decide at the door

 

‘I have a choice?”  Katherine

 

“…lively…contemporary…unapologetic”– Globe and Mail

The Last Wife is a compelling contemporary retelling of the relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII. Witty, smart and achingly relevant, The Last Wife recounts Her Side of a complex and tumultuous time in history and offers a powerful examination of patriarchy, gender politics, motherhood and women’s rights.

Featuring:
Amanda Kellock as Kate
Quincy Armorer as Henry
Mike Payette as Thom
Kathleen Stavert as Mary
Teneisha Collins as Bess
Gabriel Maharjan as Eddie

Stay tuned for the announcement of our next two plays!

What Happened after Nora Left her Husband 

by Elfriede Jelinek
Directed by Cristina Cugliandro
November 3 at 8pm and November 4 at 8pm at Centaur Theatre (453 St Francois Xavier)
Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors, artists or Pay-What-You-Decide at the door

 

 “Before I could become human I needed to leave my husband”-Nora

Elfriede Jelinek is a Nobel Prize winning playwright and novelist 

What Happened after Nora left her Husband is inspired by Ibsen’s plays, A Doll’s House and The Pillars of Society. Having recently left her husband, Nora Helmer navigates life in a consumerist society where everything and everyone has its price.Taking on the complex identities of mother, artist, lover, prostitute, dominatrix and business woman, Nora searches for a sense of self freed from the expectations of  male fantasy and the control of male dominance.

Fucking A

by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Sophie Gee
November 2nd and 5th at 8pm at Centaur Theatre (453 St Francois Xavier)
Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors, artists or Pay-What-You-Decide at the door

 

“It’s not that we love what we do, but we do it…”-Hester

Suzan-Lori Parks is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright 

 Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel The Scarlet Letter, Fucking A tells the story of Hester, a woman shamed for her work as an illegal abortionist and a mother with a mission to save her son from prison. Fucking A is an eerily current commentary on human delusion, power dynamics and what we are willing to sacrifice for love.

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