5 Canadian Plays Recommended By Playwrights - By Nicolas Billon

About Nicolas Billon 

Nic’s stage work has been produced across Canada, as well as New York, Chicago, and Paris. His triptych Fault Lines garnered the 2013 Governor-General’s Award for Drama.
He recently adapted his play, The Elephant Song, into a feature film for which he won a Canadian Screen Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.
His latest play, Butcher, has been produced in 7 cities across North America since its premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2014.

Nicolas Billon's 5 Canadian Play Recommendations


1. Asha and Ravi Jain’s A Brimful of Asha

Available for both Amateur and Professional rights!

Contact: Ravi Jain –  ravi.c.jain@gmail.com


“The story of Ravi’s parents and their attempt to find a wife for their son led to the creation of this wonderful piece of theatre. With humour and humanity, A Brimful of Asha explores the clash of tradition and modernity.” - NB

A Brimful of Asha can be purchased from Playwrights Canada Press.


2. Hannah Moscovitch’s The Russian Play

Available for both Amateur and Professional rights!

Contact: Ian Arnold (agent) –  ian.arnold@sympatico.ca

 “I’m a big fan of Hannah’s work. I still remember the first time I saw The Russian Play, her beautiful and heart-breaking tale of a flower-shop girl’s love for a gravedigger.” – NB


Set in Stalinist Russia, The Russian Play tells the story of Sonya, a young flower-shop girl from the small town of Vladekstov, who falls in love with a gravedigger named Piotr. The Russian Play is a bittersweet ode to the dangerous joys of love. A Cast of 2 roles for men, 1 role for a woman and 1 other role. 

The Russian Play can be purchased from Playwrights Guild of Canada.  


3. Matthew MacKenzie’s Bears

Amateur and Professional rights unavailable.

Inquiries:  pyretictheatre@gmail.com

“Few plays have moved me as much as Matt’s magnificent fable, Bears. It’s the story of Floyd, an oil rig worker in Alberta, and his slow transformation into a grizzly bear.”         – NB

The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast.  Pursued relentlessly by the RCMP, he makes his way to Kitimat, B.C.  A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Three actors.  Five dancers.

Bears was premiered by Matt's company Pyretic Productions in Edmonton in February, 2016.


4. Leah Simone Bowen’s  The Flood

Available for both Amateur and Professional rights!

Contact: Leah Simone Bowen –  leahsimonebowen@gmail.com

“Leah-Simone’s play about the flooding of the St Lawrence Market Prison in 1887 — and the fate of the female prisoners held there — is a terrific, moving script.” – NB

 A Cast of 5 roles for women and 1 role for a man.

 The Flood can be purchased from www.leahsimonebowen.com


5. Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour, Là, Bonjour!

Available for both Amateur and Professional rights!

Contact: Agency  –  artistes@goodwin.agent.ca

“In the canon of Michel Tremblay’s work, Bonjour, Là, Bonjour! remains my favourite. It’s a shocking, subversive, and ultimately sublime ode to the nature of love.” –NB

Serge returns from Europe to confront his family, the kinds of love they offer him and the kinds of love he needs from them. A cast of 6 roles for women and 2 for men.

Bonjour, Là, Bonjour! can be purchased from Playwrights Guild of Canada.