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The Quarantine Chronicles are like bedtime stories for bizarre times

PlayME invited some of Canada's top playwrights to write short plays inspired by our disorienting times, all of which debuted in their digital theatre.

Theatre podcast PlayME proudly presents a new series of original plays

Mizuko, a horror by Hiro Kanagawa, follows a young couple to a lakeside cottage where they are haunted by a recent loss. (Aza Jin)

Forget the "new normal" for a second. Can't we all just admit that things just keep getting weirder? 

Shortly after COVID-19 upended life as we knew it, PlayME invited some of Canada's top playwrights to embrace the strangeness of our times and write short plays destined to debut in a digital theatre.

Well, the results are in, and they add up to special series called The Quarantine Chronicles. The chronicles are seven stories across a range of genres penned by award-winning playwrights in isolation. All were inspired by our distanced, disorienting and deranged times; performed by actors working remotely, recording with microphones they received in the mail. 

These short plays, which live on PlayME's regular podcast feed, cover a range of rich themes and popular genres that will transport listeners to vividly imagined worlds. They runs roughly 30 - 40 minutes, and are perfect for walking your dog, pacing around your apartment or laying sleepless in your bed at night.

Full Season

Don't Get Me Startered by Mark Crawford
Comedy | July 22

A novice baker is gifted a sourdough starter with a mind of its own. An absurd comedy by Mark Crawford, 2020 nominee for the Leacock Medal for Humour. Listen here.

An absurd comedy about yeast. (Aza Jin)
Raking Light by Jordan Tannahill
Drama | July 29

Deep within the Pardo in Madrid, an art historian restores the famous Las Meninas painting while society crumbles outside. Listen here.

A psychological thriller about art and survival set in an art gallery in Madrid. (Aza Jin)

Mizuko (Water Baby) by Hiro Kanagawa
Horror | Aug 5
A young couple at a lakeside cottage is haunted by a mysterious presence trapped between two worlds. Listen here.

A Japanese-infused horror story with an immersive soundscape. (Aza Jin)

Liming by Leah-Simone Bowen
Science Fiction | Aug 12

Travel to a distant future where Rihanna rules the world and people are mandated to socialize ... or else. Listen here.

A sci-fi comedy examining misinformation, power and potlucks. (Aza Jin)

Saving Grace by Rosamund Small and Nicolas Billon
Drama | Aug 19

A strained relationship between two sisters, who are separated by much more than a border.

A horror/ comedy set in a swanky restaurant opening. (Aza Jin)

Blue Rare by Kat Sandler
Horror | Aug 26

A swanky restaurant invites a naive food reviewer to taste a truly rare dish.

A suspenseful drama about fate, family, and the hard decisions that must be made at the borders of trust. (Aza Jin)

Home School by Erin Shields
Thriller | Sept 2

A couple of overwhelmed Quebecois parents are caught off guard when their children make a power-play. 

A comedy/ dystopian sci-fi about a power play between children and their parents. (Aza Jin)