Play Date

Read a play with us each month

Monthly play reading activity aiming to spread awareness, and increase appreciation of playwrights and playwriting from around the world. Anyone is welcome to join, and read regardless of play reading or language skills. The session will be followed by a discussion led by a professional theatre artist to spark conversations about the themes, style, form, and current world issues related to the selected play. 

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August 18th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM

SCORCHED by Wajdi Mouawad

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Wajdi Mouawad is a Lebanese-Canadian writer, actor and director. He is known for making politically engaged work. His work often surrounds topics of family trauma, war, and the betrayal of youth. He has won many awards for both his writing and directing. He has won many awards for his writing and directing including the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and the 2004 Prix de la Francophonie (“Prize of the five continents of the francophonie”). Wajdi Mouawad was the Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre French Theatre

ABOUT THE PLAY

Wajdi Mouawad’s play, Scorched is about two twins, Jeanne (Janine in the English translation) and Simon, who try to discover the mystery of their late mother’s life. When they lose their mother, the twins are left with a difficult journey that sends them to the Middle East in search of their roots and a long-lost brother. 

Six Characters in Search of An Author by Luigi Pirandello

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT 

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. Pirandello’s works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his almost magical power tot urn psychological analysis into good theatre”. Pirandello plays inspired the Theatre of the Absurd, a style of theatre that became popular after WWII. Notable Theatre of the Absurd plays include Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco. 

ABOUT THE PLAY

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No, there is no need to purchase the play in order to participate in the play reading, although we strongly encourage you to supporting the livelihood of playwrights by purchasing their published work. For the purpose of Play Date read, we have obtained a permission of the playwrights to read their work and you will be provided with access to it on the day of the read. Please do consider supporting playwright by either purchasing the play, attending a show in the future or donating. Thank you.

Absolutely! If you would like to join us for one session just to see how it goes, feel free.

You are trying something new! Yay! No need to prepare anything, we will explain how things go during our event. If you have any special requests, or accessibility needs, please e-mail us at: info@cranecreations.ca

Of course you can! Join us for a Play Date, and enter your suggested play in the survey at the end of the session. Our team will read the play, contact the playwright (if the play is still under copyright) and add find a way how to add it to the schedule.

Each Play Date we share the roles based on how many characters are in the story, and how many participants we have. 

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