Launched in 2016, Words with Will is Repercussion Theatre’s ongoing play development series that supports new plays by contemporary Canadian writers. These plays are inspired by and/or talk back to Shakespeare in some way, and allow audiences to engage with the work at various stages of the process. These new works complement our Shakespeare-in-the-Park programming. 

Words With Will, 1st Edition (2018-2019)

In 2018, Repercussion Theatre developed, in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal:

Thy Woman’s Weeds, by Governor General Award winning playwright Erin Shields, a theatrical exploration of what it means to be a woman working with Shakespeare today, featuring seven strong female performers.

Cockroach, by performer-playwright and Repercussion alumnus Jeff Ho, a solo piece about his very personal relationship to language, culture, trauma, and the canon.

The inaugural presentation of Words with Will ran through readings in late October, 2018 at The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts’ Studio Space. 

Words With Will, 2nd Edition (2020-2021)

Repercussion has embarked on a new journey, again collaborating with Playwright’s Workshop Montréal; Words With Will promises to continue pushing theatre-makers’ (and goers’) reflections on Shakespeare

These new works are slated to encounter audiences in February, 2021.

This initiative is made possible by the support of Canada Council for the Arts and the Cole Foundation.
Developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.