The Defence

A Staged Reading Presented by Junction Reads
7pm, Friday November 29th, at the Village Playhouse
2190 Bloor Street West - PWYC (suggested $10)


The Play


A young woman turns around her PhD exam, transforming it into a personal duel about identity, memory, and family secrets. The winner of the 2019 Voaden Prize, The Defence takes on contemporary questions about gender and power, but it does so in an oblique and questioning way. Literary in content and style, journeying in tone from chatter to argument to dreamlike confessional, The Defence is compellingly powerful throughout.

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The Cast


Alexandra Montagnese is an actor, puppeteer, and theatre creator with a BA from McGill and an MFA from York University. Alex has performed at the Summerworks festival, Theatre Direct, Watermark Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Shadowland Theatre, Bad Dog, Shakespeare in Action, Theatre Kingston, the Rhubarb festival, Infinitheatre, and L'Autre théâtre. She is a core company member of Lucid Ludic who will be remounting their Toronto Fringe hit, Brain Storm in February in the Distillery, before that she will be in Midsummer Night's Dream at Buddies with Theatre Rusticle, and you can find her most recent puppet show at the Shaw Festival in 2020.


Mark Wilson has extensive performance credits in theatres across Canada, including productions with the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage Theatre, Workshop West (Edmonton), Theatre New Brunswick, the Globe Theatre (Regina), and the Vancouver Playhouse. He received a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in The Dumb Waiter(Wordsmyth Theatre) and appeared in little tongues(the blood projects) at the Toronto Fringe Festival, which NOW magazine selected for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble.Most recently, he played the role of Salieri in W.A. Mozart’s Requiemwith members of the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the Toronto Beach Chorale and the Mississauga Choral Society. Mr. Wilson has numerous credits as a theatre director and is an Associate Professor of Theatre at York University.


The Reading


Friday November 29th at 7pm

Village Playhouse
2190 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6S 190