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September 19, 2013

Montreal theaters offering original works, stage classics

MONTREAL — The stage is set for a new season of theater in Montreal.

CENTAUR THEATRE

First up, the Centaur Theatre opens with what promises to be a comedic bang. 

Making its premiere is “The St. Leonard Chronicles,” penned by playwright Steve Galluccio, author of “Mambo Italiano,” the comedy smash hit that stands as the Centaur’s all-time box-office record holder. Galluccio once again explores love Italian-style as Terry and Robert, a gay Montreal couple, plan to pack up their bags, shake off the dust of conservative St. Leonard and head to the Montreal West Island enclave of Beaconsfield to set up house. The suburbs will never be the same. 

“The St. Leonard Chronicles” runs Oct. 1 through 27.

Next up, “Seeds” by Annabel Soutar is a “modern day David v. Goliath docudrama” that tells the tale of Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and his legal battle against Monsanto. The agricultural giant claims Schmeiser illegally grew its patented genetically engineered canola seeds on his farm, according to the press release, while Schmeiser claims the seeds arrived on his farmland courtesy of Mother Nature herself — on the wings of the wind.

Directed by Chris Abraham, “Seeds” runs Oct. 29 through Nov. 24.

Under the Centaur’s Brave New Looks banner is the Imago Theatre production of “If We Were Birds.” Written by Erin Shields, and winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Drama, “If We Were Birds” offers “a moving, funny and unsettling play that gives voice to women forced into silence through violence,” according to the press release. The work adapts the myth of Ovid’s classic “Metamorphoses” complete with a chorus of women who act as survivors of a modern 20th century conflict.

“If We Were Birds” runs Oct. 9 through 19.

Tickets cost $25, with discounts for previews and students. Matinee performances on Oct. 12, 13 and 19 are pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10. Visit www.imagotheatre.ca for details about the play.

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