A NEW PLAY BY SARAH WAISVISZ *a 70 minute solo show that uses storytelling and dance to probe the question that the playwright has been asked her whole life: “what are you, exactly?”* World Premier at the undercurrents festival 2016, Ottawa CANADA. Directed by Eleanor Crowder; Stage Managed by Madeleine Boyes-Manseau; Dramaturgy by Emily Pearlman; […]

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Read the script!

The script to Monstrous was published by in issue 13.3. Read it in this issue along with work by DM St. Bernard, Lisa Jeans, Rebecca Benson, and Tracey Guptill: Monstrous published in  

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Production History

Since its premier at the undercurrents festival in 2016, MONSTROUS has been performed in Canada and the United States in different contexts including: b current’s rock.paper.sistahs.festival; Toronto, May 2016. McGill University’s Bodies in Difference conference on Race and Performance; Montreal, April 2017. (Bodies in Difference Conference, McGill University) University of Georgia, hosted by the Latin […]

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For an archival of the show, please contact YOUTUBE link to a video of our development process:  (video by Cory Thiber) YOUTUBE link of our 3-minute TRAILER:  (video by Andrew Alexander; footage of the premier at the undercurrents festival 2016, Ottawa Canada)

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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 (Director) and Sarah Waisvisz (Playwright and Performer) 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 […]

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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 autobiographical solo-show that uses storytelling and dance to explore 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 […]

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