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19 Jul 2014

Brave New Productions announces the start of their 2014/15 Season with Chris Wrightʼs Mistakes Were Made, August 20 at Mainline Theatre

Mistakes Were Made

Hot off the heels of celebrating 10 Years on stage (The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, ‘ART’, Standing On Ceremony), Brave New Productions is excited to premiere this Off-Broadway comedy in Montreal written by the Emmy- nominated writer of Six Feet Under, Craig Wright.

In Mistakes Were Made, B-list Off-Broadway producer Felix Artifex gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on Mistakes Were Made, the first world-premiere of his long and checkered career. Mistakes is a gargantuan epic of the French Revolution which Felix thinks is going to be his ticket to professional and personal redemption—turns out it’s a croissant-lined highway to hell! But maybe, just maybe, if Felix can pull it all together—things just might, maybe, work out. A compact cosmic gem of philosophy and funny- business.


The play features company founder and creative director Donald Rees in the role of Felix Artifex, whoʼs spent most of the past year and a half off-stage, producing and directing shows for the company. In his own words: “Felix feels so close to home, so close to the experience it’s been making each Brave New Production that it feels right to make this happen right now.”

Accompanying him on stage (in unexpected ways) are Sean Curley (Being Human, X-Men: Days of Future Past) as a puppeteer for Denise, Felix’s Koi fish and confidant, and Stephanie Coco Palermo (Closed Doors, Montreal Hearts) brings the character of Esther, Felix’s assistant, to life through mostly intercom exchanges and shadow work.

As always, and true to it’s name, the company is pursuing a unique form of direction; bringing in a creative team to coach and nurture the project into it’s final shape. Stephanie McKenna (Motherhouse, The Lonely Bar) , Emma McQueen (God is an Iron, Merton at the Movies) and Nir Guzinski (Johnny Quickstep, Redshift) comprise the directing team for Mistakes Were Made – each offering a unique style and layer to the production.


Mistakes Were Made premieres Wednesday, August 20th at 8 PM with a Special Opening Night event for the theatre community and media – and plays through August 30th at Mainline Theatre (3997 Blvd St. Laurent).


Written by Craig Wright Directed by Stephanie McKenna, Emma McQueen & Nir Guzinski

Starring Donald Rees With Stephanie Coco Palermo and Sean Curley


August 20-24 & 27-30
@ 8PM
August 30 (Late Matinee)
@ 4PM


12$ General
10$ Students/QDF Members

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Media Contact: [email protected]


Posted by Donald Rees July 19, 2014 @ 1:44 am
16 Jun 2014

Brave New Comedy debut “Talking Cock” is a MASSIVE Fringe Success!

In 2013, Brave New Comedy formed as a sister company to Brave New Productions. An experiment in blurring the lines between comedy and theatre, BNC has focused on live comedy shows, podcasts and web series. This summer, our little start-up brought Richard Herring’s internationally acclaimed “Talking Cock” to Montreal for its Canadian premiere. A very adult, and very straight-forward comedy show focused on the history and mystery of the human penis, “Talking Cock” held 10 performances over 2 weeks to nearly entirely sold out shows and critical acclaim An undeniable success for BNC and a clear affirmation that there is a market for this new hybrid experiment. More information on BraveNewComedy.Com


One of the Montreal Gazette’s TOP 12 picks of the 2014 Fringe Festival!

“Talking Cock is a male version of the Vagina Monologues. Four comedians, using examples from their own life and statistics from an online survey on their website (the stuff PhDs are made of) explain why the penis is fantastic and needs more love. The tension between the comedians and the audience was palpable. Talking Cock was a brilliantly funny performance by four guys who could work the crowd like nobody’s business (…) Talking Cock was a hilarious show with a relevant message that both the cock-ed and the uncock-ed will enjoy.”Lyla McQueen Shah,

” This summer, Montreal-based company Brave New Comedy is bringing Herring’s internationally acclaimed penis parade to the Montreal Fringe.  Brave New Comedy, a division of Brave New Productions, aims to push the boundaries between theatre and comedy.  They’ve spent a decade bringing new works to Montreal and, now with a dashing amount of experience under their belts (pardon the pun), they are working with said famed comedian to adapt his stand-up show into something that can be divided amongst four actors.  By doing so, co-directors Donald Rees and Tracy Allan and performers Jason Yearow, Santi Espinosa, Nir Guzinski and Sean Curley seem to be succeeding Herring’s theatrical goals further.

Originally, when Herring premiered his show in Edinburgh in 2002, the piece was heralded as a “man’s answer to the Vagina Monologues”.  The comparison doesn’t really ring true if the piece is a one man show.  The Vagina Monologues is Eva Ensler’s amalgamation of  a female voice through various voices ergo one man and his penis doesn’t compare.  By splitting Herring’s show into several performers, Brave New Comedy is actually constructing something similar with Herring’s work:  Several men discussing their genitals in order to appeal to a universal male voice.  The result?  A multi-dimensional show about penis. HOW?? It’s such a brilliant little adjustment to a comedic piece and it adds many layers of theatricality.  Brave New Comedy always works to blur the line between comedy and theater and by premiering Herring’s work in Canada with a theatrical twist, they are absolutely doing just that.
The show opened last Thursday to basically sold out houses. The humour is not for the faint of heart but is absolutely for those who would like to laugh immediately and probably for a while after the show.  The sincerity, however, will hit home with most audience members.  The universality of things that are personal, private, terrifying to experience and terrifying to talk about can be appreciated by any audience member.  Though there is plenty of genitalia in the show, there is also plenty of heart.  Bring  both of yours with you and you’ll be moved in all kinds of ways.” –

10423776_601077276666056_8238710904798436584_nPraise from our audience at

Go See This! This show not only has 4 very attractive males and tons of laughs but it also has genuine heart. Interesting, reflective and fucking hilarious. What’s not to like about that all while drinking?

Funny Cocks. Much more stand up comedy than I thought it would be but still very adult and hilarious. Nice bar and good vibes.

Awesome Talking Cock show! Everyone has to go see Talking Cock! It is hilarious, ridiculous, fun and touching( no pun intended lol) . The cast is amazing at telling the facts and explaining the obstacles that men have to go through . I can honestly say I learned alot. Their contrasting and interesting personalities make the show very watchable and engaging! A must see! And to all men, be kind to youraelf and to your little men!

Penis Praise For Talking Cock! I guess these guys had a rocky opening night cuz we heard mixed buzz going in. Clearly, they’ve hit their stride as the show last night was hilarious from start to finish. My girlfriend and I both loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good laugh…though not for the prudish. Hysterical history to statistics, personal stories, offensive accents and a great scene about a penis museum in Iceland, it really covers the A to Z of the penis. More stand-up experiment than performance art but that’s the fun of the festival.

I found out more information I ever thought  needed to know from ”Talking Cock”. Phew…..and all I can say is,  in the words of Elaine Benes “I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things” Great show..congrats to Nir and the rest of the talking cocks! A fun show and we loved the venue!

Great show – would definitly go see a 2nd time with all my other girlfriends!   😀

I went to see this show last Saturday and really enjoyed it!!!  These 4 guys kept me engaged the whole time, had me laughing throughout and talk about cock for the rest of the night!!!  Aside from being highly entertaining, it’s very informative with surprising statistics (based on surveys filled by several men and women) and hilarious conclusions drawn from extensive research.  There are lessons to be learned as well, an important one being that men are not the sex-crazed monsters we sometimes make them out to be, but just as vulnerable and sensitive as women are!!!

Boys and girls alike will find lots of amusing things about The Penis in TALKING COCK. While it’s not a scientific show per say, it’s rather entertaining and informative. It’s info-tainment? Anyways, if four guys talking about cock is not enough, the insights by the answers submitted by men and women who filled out the survey are quite hilarous and eye-opening. Maybe you’ll even walk out learning something!

Posted by Donald Rees June 16, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
08 Jan 2014

Done To Death Comes to Life!

By Donald Rees

It was a dark and stormy night and I sat in my bed reading some theatre scripts I’d ordered. One of them was “Done To Death” and the story immediately caught my eye. I always knew that if Brave New Productions ever tried a murder mystery it would have to be a seriously unique and exciting script.

Imagine my surprise when I turned the page and in walked Jason Summers (the pen name I’d used a decade ago to write our company’s first show). It felt like destiny, though the script had elaborate demands unlike any show we’d done before.

In a year where each new show we’ve announced has had some unique challenge, we dove into the show head-first, starting rehearsals for our 13th show on Friday the 13th, 2013.

The joy of this show is that even after months of rehearsal, we’re still laughing and we’re still discovering new moments. That’s a gift. Laughter is such a gift and we are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to create more and more of it.

I don’t know what I’m most excited about. The return of familiar faces? Stephanie McKenna is one of the most talented performers I know and this show marks her return to the company after a five year absence. Company member Angelo Vernucci shines in his new roles. Easily, it’s the best performance I’ve ever seen him in. I’m also excited about the new actors who’ve joined us. Kayleigh Choiniere is a must-see in “Done To Death” and it’s a delight working with professionals like Bryan Libero and Zachary Brown. Truly everyone, from company members to newbies shine in this piece, despite the challenges of bringing stylized characters to life.

It’s a large cast but also an extremely strong cast. When we decided on the show, and I asked Emma to both direct and perform in it, I knew we had a lot of work ahead of us but no opportunity has been spared. In fact, we pushed the show back by four months just to get it right.

This is David Reudelhuber’s second time producing and it shows in the professionalism and quality of the show. We have never embarked on such an ambitious project and it would have been impossible to do without him.

In just one year we’ve gone from politics and equality to literary and physical comedy. With “Done To Death”, we’re returning to our roots in a big way, in a way we’ve never been able to do until now.

This is Brave New Productions like you’ve never seen it before. We’re taking entertainment seriously and taking the term “play” literally. Our first shows took theatre conventions and shook them up. “Done To Death” does exactly that, but with a style and scale we’ve never had the chance to attempt.

We hope you’ll come out and support us. This has been our most ambitious and challenging show and we want as many people as possible to see it. Tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell everyone.

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Brave New Productions presents “Done To Death”

Showdates: January 10,11,12,15,17 & 18 – 8PM

Location: MAI 3680 Jeanne Mance

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Posted by Donald Rees January 8, 2014 @ 10:41 pm
29 Oct 2013


Done To Death

Classic mystery-comedy receives its Montreal Premiere! ‘Done To Death’ parodies every mystery plot, hero, and villain of the last century – an event not to be missed!

Fred Carmichael, master playwright of the mystery genre, takes the audience on a very special roller-coaster ride with ‘Done To Death’. Playing a skillful and fast-paced game of ‘guess again’, this unique comedy slyly parodies every mystery plot, hero, and villain of the last century.

Five once-famous mystery writers, including a high-society husband-and-wife team, a young author of the James Bond school, a retired master of the hard-hitting detective, and an aging queen of the logical murder, are brought together to collaborate on a new mystery series. At first, it’s all fun and games as they tease one another about their respective over-the-top styles. But then, an actual murder occurs, and the authors’ true talents of deduction are put to the test. As the bodies begin to pile up, will the murderer be found out before it’s too late?

Brave New Productions brings this larger-than-life comedy to Montreal as a grand finale to their 10 year anniversary celebration – a celebration that started with Yasmina Reza’s “ART”, and culminates in this, their 13th production. With a mandate to bring the unconventional and entertaining to life, Brave New Productions’ ‘Done To Death’ promises to be an exciting evening of laughter and fun.

Directed by Emma McQueen / Produced by David Reudelhuber


  • Stephanie McKenna as Jessica Olive
  • Sean Curley as Whitney Olive
  • Emma McQueen as Mildred Z Maxwell
  • Bryan Librero as Rodney Duckton
  • Zachary Brown as Brad Benedict
  • Donald Rees as Jason Summers
  • Kayleigh Choiniere as Jane
  • Angelo Vernucci as Gregory
  • Nir Guzinski as George
  • Tracy Allan as Stephanie
  • Alyson Wener  as Secretary/Girl
  • Nando Mercuri as Man


January 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 17th & 18th – 8PM


(Available December 1st)

  • General Admission: 25$
  • Students / Seniors/ QDF: 20$


3680, rue Jeanne-Mance  Montreal, QC H2X 2K5
(514) 982-1812


Posted by Donald Rees October 29, 2013 @ 12:05 am
25 Sep 2013

Announcing Award-Winning Montreal Premiere “Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little Comedies” by Matt Hoverman

Brave New Productions is proud to announce the Montreal Holiday Premiere of the award-winning “Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little Comedies” by Matt Hoverman.


As part of Brave New Productions 10th Anniversary Celebration which has included stand-out performances of Yasmina Reza’s “ART” and the ground-breaking “Standing On Ceremony”, we continue our exploration into the universe of short plays by bringing this unexpected, comedic (and sometimes offensive) collection of five holiday shorts. Truly alternative to the usual Holiday pageantry, the five pieces will be directed by BNP Creative Director Donald Rees, and have a limited run at Theatre Ste-Catherine December 6th and 7th, 2013 – a warm and wonderful way to kick off the Holiday Season!

The short plays featured are: “Going Home”, “The Christmas Witch”, “Xmas Cards”, “Nativity”, and the Samuel French Festival award-winning play “The Student”.

“A delightful holiday gift in a small package… A perfect little holiday diversion — funny, entertaining and with just enough warmth of the holidays…” – San Jose Mercury News

“The script is loaded with low-key, sweet humor.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Funny and profane.” – Wisconsin State Journal

“Funny and heartwarming.” – Isthmus Daily Page

“Touching and inspiring… a favorite!” – Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner

“My favorite piece was The Student by Matt Hoverman. I was surprised to find myself weeping during it. This little two-hander is on both of my ‘BEST OF 2011’ lists.” –

“Matt Hoverman’s short play The Student, the best piece at City Theatre’s Summer Shortsfestival [is a] masterful comedy of homoerotic repression and twisted yuletide metaphor. The Student is a reminder that with such gifted acting, directing, and writing, minimalism is more than sufficient.” – Miami New Times


Showtime and Dates:
December 6th and 7th, 2013
Time: 7PM
Venue: Theatre Ste Catherine
Price: 15$
More information:

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Posted by Donald Rees September 25, 2013 @ 4:14 pm