2023 Commission

2023 IBPoC New Play Commission recipient:

Medea’s Masquerade

by Frances Koncan

Within a mysterious castle, atop the highest hill in all the prairies, the sorceress Medea has at long last returned to her childhood home after many years away with the intention of leaving the past behind and starting a new, slightly less murderous life. Determined to find her place in this much-changed and now-unfamiliar land, she is inspired to host a lavish masquerade ball where the prairie’s best and brightest (and wealthiest) can mix and mingle safely together, far away from the threat of an incurable and fatal virus terrorizes the land. But Medea’s childhood memories still haunt the seven rooms of her castle – and the virus, The Red Death, will stop at nothing to claim her for its own.

About the Artist

Frances Koncan (she/they) is a writer of Anishinaabe and Slovene descent, originally from Couchiching First Nation and currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 territory. They are a graduate of the City University of New York Brooklyn College’s MFA Playwriting program. Plays include: “Space Girl”, “Women of the Fur Trade”, and “zahgidiwin/love”. Current and upcoming productions include: “Space Girl” at Prairie Theatre Exchange directed by Krista Jackson, “Women of the Fur Trade” at Stratford Festival directed by Yvette Nolan, and “Women of the Fur Trade” at Great Canadian Theatre Company directed by Renae Morriseau. 


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