Welcome to the Canadian Play Thing
Celebrating the work of Canadian playwrights.
The Canadian Play Thing (est. March 2020) is a playwright-centred theatre resource that shares live readings of new and under-produced Canadian plays online. The goal is to support and celebrate the work of playwrights, and to connect our theatre family across the country. Artists and audiences around the world are welcome.
The Canadian Play Thing is a virtual 100-seat live theatre, where audiences gather to hear actors read plays by Canadian playwrights - emerging and professional. Admission is free to audiences.
Where workshops, readings, and productions in rehearsal have been canceled for reasons of social distancing, the Play Thing provides a temporary home for theatre families to reunite and share their work.
HOW TO ATTEND
Our venue exists as an online zoom "webinar," capacity 100, where the readers appear on screen, but the audience does not. You can tune in any time during the reading without disruption, or leave early if you need to. All you need to do to join is click the link provided at the scheduled time. You may need to enter a Passcode, which will be provided with the link. Many readings feature informal post-show talkbacks or "receptions" where you may be invited to join the company on screen if you wish - or leave comments in the chat if you prefer.
Meet the team
I'm Janet Munsil, and I live in Victoria BC. I'm the Instigator of the Canadian Play Thing, and a professional playwright. Until 2016, I was AD of Intrepid Theatre and producer of the Victoria Fringe and Uno Fest. I have a BFA in Theatre and an MFA in writing from UVic, where I teach as a sessional instructor.
Justin Francis Lee
A student at the University of Victoria’s Theatre program, Justin is an emerging film/theatre writer exploring mixed medium art and studying cultural hybrids. Captivated by the mission to make theatre as accessible as film, he is elated to be working with the Play Thing to bring digital theatre into Canadian homes.
A recent grad from the University of Victoria Theatre and Gender Studies programs, Lauren is an energetic and innovative artist with passions for performing arts, digital marketing, and social justice. She is thrilled to be a part of the Play Thing team and to help support Canada’s vibrant theatre community.