Playground Productions presents development performances of “Eva in Rio” June 26 & 27

New play by Gabe Maharjan presents story of a 20 year old trans woman

MONTREAL, June 10th 2019. Eva in Rio, presented by Playground Productions, will have two limited preview performances on June 26th and 27th, 8pm at MAI – Montréal, arts interculturels (3680 Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, QC, H2X 2K5).

The team consists of director Michelle Rambharose (director of Maskuline, performer and script collaborator for Blackout), performer and playwright Gabe Maharjan (performer and script collaborator for Don’t Read the Comments, performer in Antigone), performer Dakota Jamal Wellman (performer and script collaborator of Don’t Read the Comments and Blackout, performer in Reaching for Starlight), Nikita Bala (apprentice stage manager of Reaching for Starlight, production manager of Blackout) and Nalo Soyini Bruce (assistant designer of Blackout, designer of Maskuline) — all alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program—as well as Evan Stepanian (live musical performance for Sapientia, sound designer of Repercussion’s upcoming Measure of Measure), and Meghan Kerr (producer of MCLD PSAs and independent shorts). Dramaturgy has been provided by Jesse Stong at Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.

This development presentation of emerging playwright and performer Gabe Maharjan’s first play is open to the public while it is still in the experimental phase. The script has been developed with the support of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, the Centaur Theatre, Teesri Duniya, the MAI, Emploi Québec, the Black Theatre Workshop, and the Festival TransAmérique. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Decide at the door ($10 recommended), and can be reserved through this link (


Eva is a 20 year old trans girl who has woken up in Rio de Janeiro on the daywhen she will finally complete her transition. Eva is on a fantastical adventure in pursuit of the perfect boy and the perfect body set in an introspective wonderland. Eva grapples with her identity as she encounters ridiculous and strange characters. Whether she’s Tindering or debating with Christ, all is stumbled upon in this magically turbulent world.

The surreal style allows for deeper insight into Eva’s psyche as she explores her relationships with her family, her religion, and her sexuality. Eva is at times decisive and steadfast, but she is also unsure and vulnerable. She is trying to figure out how to define herself as she attempts to reconcile the differences between who she is and who she hopes to be.


Playground Productions’ mission is to produce theatre that is both innovative and accessible to audiences of all backgrounds. Playground aims to provide an outlet for both artists and audiences to engage in socially relevant theatre.

Moreover, Playground aims to serve young, upcoming artists by providing professional opportunities to emerging members of the theatre community. In this collaborative setting, Playground turns big ideas into reality and never limits creative expression. Playground Productions focuses on developing and creating new socially relevant plays.

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