A message from the Artistic Director


Hi! 2018 started off with a tour of our 2016 play Me and You. I am proud to announce Talisman’s next production : Clean Slate by Catherine Chabot, translated by Jennie Herbin, directed by Leslie Baker.


Six friends gather at a site of their shared childhood: They drink, they laugh, but most importantly, they admit things they’ve never before had the courage to say. In a time where the heroes of the past exist less and less, the young women must support each other as they independently become the heroes they need. Inspired by the seemingly incomprehensible decision of their friend, the girls make a pact to shed their traumas and bad habits and start afresh. With the honesty and intimacy of a death bed, Clean Slate allows the audience to eavesdrop on a brave, messy, and above all authentic portrait of millennial sisterhood.


This translation is commissioned and developed by Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Cole Foundation Emerging Translator program.


Clean Slate trailers and videos:

Also, in translation…

I'm happy to announce that we have two new plays in translation Midnight(Minuit) by Marie-Hélène Larose Truchon translated by Alexis Diamond with translation Dramaturg Linda Gaboriau and Wildfire(Le brasier) by David Paquet translated by Leanna Brodie.


In Midnight, Quebecois issues surrounding reasonable accommodation are given allegorical meaning and life against a dystopian backdrop. It is a love song to an endangered civilization.Wildfire is a comedy as fiercely dark as any Greek tragedy,  a multi-generational drama, a triptych that follows different characters, all subject to the weight of a haunting family history.


Talisman has a vibrant, living mission: to produce English-language premières of Québécois plays for Montreal's public and students.

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1 day ago

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Congratulations Polina Uchagina - we'll be seeing you when CLEAN SLATE opens in Spring '19, at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines.Congratulations to Polina Uchagina, winner of our 'Montreal Theatre-lovers basket'!! Polina will enjoy theatre tickets and season passes to Geordie Theatre, Centaur Theatre Company, Talisman Theatre, The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP, Tableau D'Hôte Theatre, Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal and Imago Théâtre.

Big shout out to Kiju Organic Juice who sponsored us once again this summer and Flow Alkaline Spring Water who provided our audiences with Eco friendly, thirst-quenching water! #montrealtheatre #outdoortheatre #rjloveislove
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6 days ago

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🗣 Hey all - know anyone who'd benefit from this residency for developing projects ? The deadline is next Tuesday. Spread the word.

🔊A great opportunity to work with CLEAN SLATE director Leslie Baker !TIP PLAYWRIGHTS' UNIT: SOLO CREATORS RETREAT
We are accepting applications for our new seven-day residency for theatre artists developing solo works for the stage. This intensive experience is free of charge, and provides artists with studio space, a writing cottage accommodation, and innovative workshops with award-winning solo-show creator/performers Adam Lazarus, Leslie Baker, Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, and Shaista Latif.

Retreat dates: October 15 - 21, 2018. Applications are due September 18. Read more about the residency here: http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/playwrights-unit/
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1 week ago

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#TBT | #ThrowbackThursday - Leslie Baker, Natalie Liconti and Alexandre Lavigne - Vic and Flo saw a bear - ⏳1st reading!

Natalie Liconti is nominated for METAs - Montreal English Theatre Awards as OUTSTANDING EMERGING ARTIST - performance. The Award Ceremony takes place Oct 14th.

Leslie Baker will be directing CLEAN SLATE our next production in Spring 2019 at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines.

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Have you picked up the new annual Resource Guide 2018-19 from La Scena Musicale magazine yet ? Find it around town, we got ours at the neighborhood library. ... See MoreSee Less

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  • The Medea Effect WINS the 2012 META award for 'Best Actress' and 'Best Translation'!
  • The Aeneid WINS the 2013-2014 META for 'Best Indie Production'!
  • Yukonstyle nominated the 2016-2017 META for 'Best Indie Production'.
  • Justin Manyfingers nominated the 2016-2017 META for 'Best Emerging Actor'.
  • Me and You will tour Montreal's  Maisons de la cultures this winter.

logo-calqLa création de cette oeuvre a été rendue possible grâce à Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.




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