Live Play Readings Online

Connecting Actors, Plays, and Audiences

NOTE:  Info about events outside of our regular programming, such as those associated with the Playwright to Playwright series, can be found on our Projects page.

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 and there is no charge to participate as an artist.

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.

Our venue exists as an online "webinar" where the actors 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.

Past Events
The Supposes by Sky Gilbert
Sun, Jun 14
Jun 14, 4:00 PM PDT
A modern comedy of manners about Dorian and Marion Suppose, a couple not at all like you and me. They enjoying playing a somewhat alarming game called 'suppose' -- in fact it is the backbone of their marriage. They invite a young couple to play the game with them, and complications ensue.
Hotello! by Bianca Kenna
Thu, Jun 11
Jun 11, 7:30 PM PDT
An hotel where you must come as a couple; in the middle of the night, your next love, if any, appears. Management are not responsible for any ensuing chaos.
Dial M for Mercy by S.B. Julian
Wed, Jun 10
Jun 10, 7:30 PM
n the hospital, Tom alarms his daughter and his old friend Moira by wanting to choose a medically-assisted suicide. His room-mate is in even worse condition. Only Tom knows that this patient wants the same thing, and how to help him get i
The King of Nothing (Part 1) by Sally Clark
Sun, Jun 07
Jun 07, 2:00 PM PDT
The story of the real Shakespeare, Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. A cheeky, dark irreverent view of life in Shakespearean England. Tragical. Comical. (2 acts)
Wind in the Willows by David Elendune
Fri, Jun 05
Jun 05, 7:30 PM PDT
Reboot your imagination with David Elendune's brand-new adaptation of the greatest story ever toad… Because with a boogle of hangry weasels running the show what could possibly go wrong?
All the Time in the World by Caroline Mackenzie and Osiris de Korte
Wed, Jun 03
Jun 03, 7:30 PM PDT
It is the year 2079. The earth has become so overpopulated and overdeveloped that the only place the very rich can take vacations is to the past ... via time travel.
CHOICES by Renée Baillargeon (ON)
Sun, May 31
May 31, 4:00 PM PDT
Mallory had three choices that eerie foggy night. She could stay home and study for her university midterms, go study with a friend, or go bar hopping with her crazy roommate. Is the right choice always the best choice?
TAB & LANDON by Jay Whitehead (AB)
Fri, May 29
May 29, 7:30 PM PDT
Tab & Landon are twins who embark on a career in porn together as the sexual revolution begins to wane in the late 1970s. But the porn films they're creating blur the lines between fantasy and reality, past and present.
JOINT by Leslie Stark
Thu, May 28
May 28, 7:30 PM PDT
Joint's casual, pot-dealing life is turned upside down when his pseudo-girlfriend, Lisa, discovers she is pregnant - and neither of them are prepared for the ways in which a baby will change both of their lives.
FINDING MAMA by Lauren Frost (BC)
Wed, May 27
May 27, 7:30 PM PDT
When three sisters are called to the hospital to see their estranged mother on her death bed, they are forced to confront what drove them apart, and what might bring them together.
49th day by athena kaitlin trinh
Sat, May 23
May 23, 4:00 PM PDT
DAY takes us to a cemetery in Việt Nam where a young woman makes offerings and performs rituals for her deceased grandmother. A poetic investigation of intergenerational trauma and displacement; inspired by the real life experiences, this piece is a love-letter to elders everywhere.
Sat, May 23
May 23, 2:00 PM PDT
Playwright Johnnie Walker (Toronto) reads from recent work and talks with host Sean Guist (Victoria). Part of the Playwrights Guild of Canada PlayConnect reading program.
Thu, May 21
May 21, 7:00 PM
Two short plays by Sarah Murphy.
Sun, May 17
May 17, 2:00 PM PDT
Mask lived underground for about 3000 years and not much happened. Mask was in the Schliemann house for the length of their lifetimes and not much happened. Mask is in a glass box now and still doesn't quite know who they are.
DIGBY & GLASS by David Heyman
Fri, May 15
May 15, 7:00 PM
An ambitious former cabinet minister takes revenge on her abusive former boss by running against him in the next election. But in her drive for victory, she unwittingly hires an amoral campaign manager with a shocking lack of ethical boundaries.
COCOON by Katie Gartlan-Close
Thu, May 14
May 14, 7:30 PM
As their train hurtles from Vancouver to Seattle, Randy and Sophie are confronted with the facts and fantasies of their failed attempts to have a baby. When Randy finds a possible solution to all of their problems everything changes, but at what cost?
Sun, May 10
May 10, 2:00 PM PDT
The imagined story of Chrysothemis, the lost daughter in the house of Atreus. She is the only child in the myths who does not have a play accounting her voice…until now. Featuring the full original student cast of the cancelled premieire production at the University of Alberta.
SPIN THE BOTTLE by Ciaran Volke (Victoria)
Sat, May 09
By Invitation Only
May 09, 7:30 PM PDT
By Invitation Only
Avery is throwing her first high school boy-girl party, and she has invited the whole school. However, when only four other people show up, the night gets a little heated as truths come out, tempers rise, and first kisses are had.
PGC PlayConnect: ELYNE QUAN & MEG BRAEM Live on The Thing
Sat, May 09
May 09, 2:00 PM PDT
Elyne Quan (Toronto) and Meg Braem (Calgary) read from their recent work and talk about playwriting.
BAD EGGS by Jessica Hood (BC)
Fri, May 08
May 08, 7:30 PM PDT
Persephone and Hades have been trying to have a baby for nearly a year with no luck. Growing anxious, Persephone decides to see the fertility doctor, Eve, who also happens to be her mother. Problem is, Eve hasn’t spoken to her since she eloped with Hades, and Persephone has debilitating panic attack
FIREHOSES AND FAMILY by Mitch Barnes (Victoria)
Thu, May 07
May 07, 7:05 PM
When Bobbi and Phil agreed to have their oldest son's wedding in their backyard, they had no idea that the day would involve, travel delays, secrets revealed, and a pornographic desert.
JANE EYRE by Elyne Quan
Sun, May 03
May 03, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Orphaned and alone, a young woman encounters love, mystery and heartbreak as she navigates through the world while determined to be true to herself. Adapted from the novel by Charlotte Brontë.
THE MILKSHAKE DUCK by Nicholas Guerreiro (Victoria)
Fri, May 01
May 01, 7:30 PM PDT
In one short year, Noemi Carrico's YouTube career has allowed her to quit her job, buy a house, and even snag a book deal in the millions of dollars. But now, on the verge of stability, new information emerges that puts her ironclad brand to the test, and Noemi has to take dangerous risks to survive
HOW TO SURVIVE AN APOCALYPSE by Jordan Hall // part of #CanadaPerforms
Thu, Apr 30 or Facebook
Apr 30, 7:00 PM PDT or Facebook
A young and successful urban couple become convinced that their lifestyle is coming to an end. A romantic comedy about the end of days.
HOUSE AND HOME by Jenn Griffin (Vancouver)
Sun, Apr 26
Apr 26, 4:30 PM PDT
A darkly comic, satirical take on Vancouver's real estate crisis. Hilary, a waitress/poet turned social worker, and Henry, a Butoh dancer turned lawyer, didn’t know how lucky they were when they managed to escape bad roommates and buy a house .... (see full description)
THE BROKEN SHOE // 破鞋 by Vicki Zhang (Toronto)
Sat, Apr 25
Apr 25, 4:30 PM PDT
A young mother has been "quarantined" indoors for month. She goes down the memory lane - her years of wrestling with the traditional womanhood near where Confucius was born. Is she getting out, or is the sinister force closing in on her?
THE STONE FACE by Sherry MacDonald (Vancouver)
Fri, Apr 24
Apr 24, 7:00 PM PDT
The year is 1964 and first-time film director Alan Schneider is about to embark on a project combining the talents of Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett. Based on a true event.
Scheherazade by Johnnie Walker (ON)
Sun, Apr 19
Apr 19, 4:00 PM PDT
AUDIENCE ADVICE: Scheherazade contains extremely coarse language and sexually explicit content. ABOUT THE PLAY Every night, the King marries a virgin. Every morning, he chops off her head. The only person who can stop him is Scheherazade: a brave young woman with a crazy plan.
Factory Girls by Sharon King-Campbell (St. John's, NL)
Sat, Apr 18
Apr 18, 2:30 PM PDT
Ten women from different backgrounds take up employment building weapons, ships and aircraft in a Toronto Factory as part of the war effort in 1916.
Radioland '48 by Kirsten van Ritzen (Victoria)
Thu, Apr 16
Apr 16, 7:30 PM PDT
It’s 1948 and a radio station is about to be closed forever. The employees desperately try to save their jobs with a marathon broadcast of a loopy serial.
Our Ghosts by Sally Stubbs (BC)
Sat, Apr 11
The Canadian Play Thing
Apr 11, 2:30 PM PDT
The Canadian Play Thing
A drama inspired by the true story of the mysterious disappearance of the playwright's father and his co-pilot in a routine flight from the Comox Air Base on March 22nd, 1956
A Jew and a Muslim Walk into a Comedy by Caroline Russell-King (AB)
Fri, Apr 10
The Canadian Play Thing
Apr 10, 7:00 PM PDT
The Canadian Play Thing
Good intentions and cultural miscommunications collide when a synagogue sponsors a Syrian refugee family.
Contestant Number 53 by Emily Case (BC)
Thu, Apr 02
The Canadian Play Thing
Apr 02, 7:00 PM PDT
The Canadian Play Thing
Barbie is a glamorous pageant queen who life falls apart when she loses the title she was destined to win. This loss sends her into a spiral of self doubt and discovery. Throughout her journey she is plagued by a constant reminder of her past failures.
A Splendid, Savage Place by Liesl Lafferty
Sat, Mar 28
Virtual 100-seat theatre
Mar 28, 2:30 PM
Virtual 100-seat theatre
A comedy about Hannah, a successful news anchor, who wants to continue to climb her career ladder. Unfortunately, her co-anchor is an nightmare and one day, she punches him on-air. Returning to her hometown for a short reprieve, Hannah's grandmother announces her desire for an assisted suicide.
The Loved One by David Elendune, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh
Thu, Mar 26
Virtual 100-seat theatre
Mar 26, 7:30 PM
Virtual 100-seat theatre
Set in post-war Hollywood, this is a dark satire about colonialism & the creative arts industries. After losing his studio contract, British poet-cum-screenwriter Dennis Barlow takes a job at a pet cemetery.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls by Dave Deveau
Sun, Mar 22
Virtual 100-seat theatre
Mar 22, 4:00 PM PDT
Virtual 100-seat theatre
Celebrate Dave Mackenzie Deveau's new book, CISSY: Three Gender Plays with a reading of his short play for young audiences, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: the story of nine-year-old Fin, who has come out as a boy.

Coffee Break

for Canadian Playwrights

Fill your mug and meet other playwrights across the country (or just me in Victoria BC)  "most" Saturday mornings from 10:00-10:20 AM (Pacific).  Let's check in, chat about your script or work in progress, and talk more about how the Play Thing can support you in your work, wherever you may be in your writing career. Bring your questions and ideas, or just drop by to say hi.

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