English playwrights celebrate 50 years of writing for the Quebec stage

Archival photo of Carol Libman and Roy Higgins, founders of Playwrights' Workshop Montréal (PVM). Playwrights' Workshop Montréal
Writers taking part in the Glassco Playwrights’ Residence in Tadoussac in 2012. Playwrights' Workshop Montréal

MONTREAL – Renowned playwrights from Quebec and across Canada are gathering in Montreal Monday to commemorate the last fifty years of contemporary writing for the stage.

The ‘50th Anniversary Gala Event: 50 Years in the Making’ takes place at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal on Monday evening.

The event celebrates a half-century of performance writing under the umbrella of the Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PVM), a professional theatre centre based in Montreal and dedicated to the development of  Canadian work and new writers for the stage.

As host for the evening, Ann-Marie Macdonald, writer, actor and television personality, will welcome writers and guests from across Canada.

The event features past artistic directors who will each present a playwright and a play that they were instrumental in developing.

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Quebec writer Michel Marc Bouchard and actor Briony Glassco will also offer a special tribute to Linda Gaboriau for her work in translation. Gaboriau has translated some 100 plays and novels by Quebec writers, including many plays best known to English-speaking Canadian audiences by writers such as Michel Marc Bouchard, Wajdi Mouawad and Michel Tremblay.

Tickets are available online at or via email at

A silent auction will also be held to raise funds for the ‘50 for 50 Campaign.’

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