Thy Woman’s Weeds
Seven of Montreal’s finest actresses pull back the curtain on the Bard in this bold behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a woman working with Shakespeare today.
“Frailty, thy name is man.”— Ophelia
About the show
Centaur Theatre in partnership with Repercussion and Tableau D’Hôte presents Thy Woman’s Weeds
Written by Erin Shields
Directed by Amanda Kellock
With Deena Aziz, Leni Parker, Joy Ross-Jones, Espoir Segbeaya, Warona Setshwaelo, Felicia Shulman, and Julie Tamiko Manning
Lady Capulet fights to stay relevant next to her fresh-faced Juliet, while Goneril clamours for a role as juicy as King Lear’s. Hermia laments the dress code that prevents her from wearing whatever “woman’s weeds” she pleases; Desdemona desperately needs an intimacy coach. As the director asks Lady Macbeth to sexualize her unsexing, Ophelia rails at the patriarchy from beyond her early grave. Meanwhile, the chorus of actresses playing each of these classic characters are finding it more and more difficult to hold their tongues about what they’re going through on- and off-stage.
Erin Shields’s fierce feminist re-examination of Shakespeare’s work and the way it is taken up in contemporary society sheds new and urgent light both on the blindspots in the Bard’s oeuvre and on the modern social dynamics that continue to challenge women’s full participation in the performing arts. A partnership with Repercussion Theatre and Tableau D’Hôte Theatre directed by the acclaimed Amanda Kellock, this exciting new theatrical creation will delight Shakespeare aficionados and agnostics alike.
Thy Woman’s Weeds was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.