Sunday @ the Segal – Fifteen Dogs

Mar 31, 2024 - Mar 31, 2024 | Sylvan Adams Theatre

Join us in the Sylvan Adams Theatre at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 31 for a free, enriching discussion before the first preview of our next production!


Fifteen Dogs is a stage adaptation by Marie Farsi of the Giller® Prize-winning novel of the same name by Andrés Alexis. This Sunday @ the Segal will bring together two local playwrights - Alice Abracen (The Covenant) and Michaela Di Cesare (Extra/Beautiful/U) - to discuss the artistry of adaptation. How do you stay true to the spirit of a piece of literature? How does dramatization change a story? This conversation will be moderated by our incomparable 2023-2024 season host, Sarah Deshaies (CJAD radio producer)!



2023-2024 season host
Sarah Deshaies is a radio producer, host and theatre critic based in Montreal. She currently produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show on CJAD 800, and co-hosts CKUT's theatre program, Upstage, where, for the last decade, she has interviewed actors, directors and other artists from all around the world. Sarah's writing on Montreal theatre has been published in the Montreal Gazette and Cult Montreal. Her love for theatre was kindled at the Segal Centre, where she once played a tree in a children's drama program and started seeing grownups plays with her mom. You can follow her on X @‌sarahdeshaies. Upstage airs Thursdays at 6pm on 90.3FM.



Michaela is a playwright and performer with a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of Toronto. Michaela’s solo show 8 Ways my Mother was Conceived was presented in Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Ottawa, Hudson, Winnipeg, and Stratford. Michaela wrote and performed in In Search of Mrs. Pirandello (2016 WildSide Festival Centaur Theatre) followed by the world premiere of Successions in the 2017/2018 Centaur Theatre season (Outstanding New Text, METAs 2018). Her play FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) premiered with Geordie Productions in September 2019 (Outstanding New Text Nomination, METAs 2020). Her play Extra/Beautiful/U won first place in the 2017 Write on Q competition and was presented by Infinithéâtre in their 2023/2024 season. Up next are Mickey & Joe (Good. Bad. Dirty. Ugly) and Hot Blooded Foreigner, which was commissioned by Tableau D’Hôte Theatre.



Alice Abracen (she/her) is a playwright, librettist, and scriptwriter for Ubisoft Montreal. Her work has been featured with Opera McGill Beta Lab, Alumnae Theatre, Underlings Theatre, the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the Montreal Fringe, Boca Del Lupo’s Red Phone Project, the National Theatre School's New Words Festival, and two Women Playwrights International Conferences. Her libretto The Chair, co-written with composer Maria Atallah, was a winner of the Mecenat Musica Prix Trois Femmes. The Covenant, winner of the 2017 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, premiered at the Segal Centre’s Studio Space in 2022. What Rough Beast was featured as Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks in 2023. Alice is one of the founders of Theatre Ouest End.


As always, there will be ruggelach provided before the panel.