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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Our Supporters

SUPPORT Financial and in-kind support for the development of the script, as well as invaluable encouragement, has been provided by The Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program The Great Canadian Theatre Company & the GCTC Playwrights’ Network B Current The City of Ottawa Arts Funding Program The underdevelopment program of The Ottawa Fringe // […]

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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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Team Calalou

We are Sarah Waisvisz, Playwright and Performer and Eleanor Crowder, Director. Together we are the Co-Producers of Monstrous. Contact us at SARAH WAISVISZ, Playwright and Performer Sarah Waisvisz was born in Europe to a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-racial family. Her PhD dissertation (Carleton University, 2014) is on human rights, resistance, and memory in Francophone […]

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