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Centaur Theatre production big winner at METAs Awards

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“The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God”, the Centaur Theatre production that opened its 2015-2016 season, was the big winner at the 4th annual Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) ceremony, which was held on October 24 at the Rialto Theatre.

 

The chorus of the Centaur production of "The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God", accepting their Outstanding Contribution to Theatre METAs award
The chorus of the Centaur production of “The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God”, accepting their Outstanding Contribution to Theatre METAs award

The production, which was a collaborative effort between the Centaur, Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop, and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, won a total of six METAs, including outstanding lead performance by an actor, direction, its chorus for outstanding contribution to the theatre, and outstanding PACT production.

 

As well, Montreal actor Chip Chuipka won a META for outstanding supporting performance by an actor for his captivating performance in “Butcher”, which was also part of the Centaur’s 2015-2016 line-up.

 

Actor Chip Chuipka accepting his METAs award for his performance in the Centaur Theatre production of "Butcher"
Actor Chip Chuipka accepting his METAs award for his performance in the Centaur Theatre production of “Butcher”

Rust Werk ReFinery’s production of “Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play” captured three METAs, including outstanding independent production. And the Cote St. Luc Dramatic Society won its second consecutive META for outstanding community production for “The Producers”, which they staged this past spring in conjunction with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.

 

Hosted by Montreal actors Julie Tamiko Manning and Warona Setshwaelo, the METAs is an annual celebration of the Montreal English theatre scene, and the people who make it happen every year both onstage and backstage, and how it represents and celebrates diversity and inclusion. This year, over 45 registered locally-produced plays were considered for the 17 categories that made up the METAs Awards, and a it was announced a new category will be introduced at next year’s awards, which will honour outstanding drama teachers across the city.

By: Stuart Nulman – totimes.ca

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