Intractable Woman

By Stefano Massini
Translated by Paula Wing
Winter 2017, at the Centaur Theatre

Photo credit: Tristan Brand


Winner of the Montreal English Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction and nominated for 4 Montreal English Theatre Awards

a powerful and fascinatingly detailed show.
— The Montreal Gazette
We’ve now entered the world of ‘alternate facts’ and state-sanctioned speech suppression in the US. There has never been a better time for us to be reminded of the importance of journalism, and a local Montreal theatre company has just the ticket for us.
— The Daily Hive
a hot-topic piece.
— The Montreal Gazette
Intractable Woman inspires us to always make space for marginalized voices and challenge dominant narratives
— The McGill Daily

About Intractable Woman

Intractable Woman is the story of Anna Politkovskaya, the only Russian journalist to cover the war in Chechnya, a woman the State dubbed “not able to re-educate,” a person with courage in the marrow of her bones, and the faithful voice of those who lived through such a senseless and bloody conflict.

Intractable Woman is a play about a journalist’s fight for freedom from censorship and freedom of the press.

Stitching together fragments of Politkovskaya’s writing and her experiences, Intractable Woman playwright Stefano Massini offers poetic insight into the psychology and complexity of war and the dire consequences of propaganda and media censorship.This political exploration of the effects of media censorship on safety and democracy bears frighteningly relevant parallels to present-day society.

Cast: Deena Aziz, Laura Condlln, Warona Setshwaelo

Creative Team: Leslie Baker (Movement Coach), Arianna Bardesono (Translation Dramaturge), Stephanie Buxton (Assistant Director), Micheline Chevrier (Director), Peter Cerone (Sound), Sarah-Marie Langlois (Stage Manager), Léa Roy (Assistant Stage Manager), Mariana Frandsen (Video), Eo Sharp (Set and Costume), Robert Thomson (Lighting)