A NEW PLAY BY SARAH WAISVISZ What if the question is not where are you from but what are you? As a person of mixed-race, I was intrigued when Toronto Life magazine declared “The End of White Toronto: How a generation of mixed-race kids will transform the city.” The cover story argued that Toronto was […]

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Toronto Premier at B Current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival!

We were delighted for Monstrous to have its Toronto premier at the 14th edition of B Current’s curated rock.paper.sistahz festival: Toronto Premier at B Current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival! The audience was amazing and so generous, and the works by the other artists were inspiring and compelling. We loved being part of this amazing event. Check out some […]

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Monstrous had its World Premiere at Ottawa’s undercurrents festival in February 2016 with 4 shows. The show was staged at Arts Court Theatre, home to our creation and rehearsal process over the past year while we have been In Residence as part of the “under development” program. Many thanks to the team at undercurrents festival, Arts […]

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Book a Performance!

Monstrous is a 70 minute performance for one actor that has been created as an accordion show, which means it can grow or get small depending on the type of venue or situation. So please book the version that suits your event and your venue. In each case the playwright-performer is also available to do a […]

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How YOU can help!

Note from the Playwright and Performer: For more information about how to donate and support the project so that we can tour Monstrous across the diaspora, including how to book a performance of the work in progress+talk-back, please write to

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Creative Team: Our Calalou

The talented Emily Pearlman, Mikki Bradshaw, and Shara Weaver join Eleanor Crowder and Sarah Waisvisz as the core Creative Team behind Monstrous. EMILY PEARLMAN, Dramaturge Emily is a theatre maker from Ottawa. Her collaborative pieces include a site-adaptive parlour piece (Countries Shaped Like Stars); a reconciliation concert with stories (REVISED from the Belly of a Whale); an ambulatory intergenerational […]

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Synopsis of the Play

Monstrous: one woman, two races, four continents, and a suitcase full of secrets. Monstrous is a 70-minute multidisciplinary solo-show about living at the intersection: interweaving storytelling, song, academic lecture, dance, testimony, and performance, the playwright investigates her family’s secrets and lies, journeys, and DNA to understand what she is. Heir to the losses of the African […]

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