Writing

Plays by Kaitlyn Riordan:

Portia’s Julius Caesar

Adapted from Shakespeare’s classic political thriller, this hybrid script refocuses the plot onto the female characters, with 50% Shakespearean text and 50% new writing, in iambic pentametre.

As Caesar reaches ambitiously for more power, Brutus, Cassius and a band of conspirators plot to stop him – by bloody means. In this radical adaptation, we discover Portia, Brutus’ wife, as she tries to keep the peace in Rome, all while protecting her best friend Calpurnia, her new son and the democracy she believes in.

-Produced in 2018, by Shakespeare in the Ruff to great critical and popular acclaim

“Riordan’s feminist interpretation resonates with present-day politics, specifically the #MeToo movement and the Trump presidency. But it also casts the entirety of the Bard’s canon in a new light, inviting all to imagine what other plays might look like if given a similar treatment.” NOW Magazine 4/5 stars


I Sit Content – A Story of Emily Carr

An exploration of the value of art, this Canadian history play entangles us with two of Canada’s most celebrated artists; Emily Carr & Lawren Harris.

For almost 15 years, during her middle age, Emily Carr stopped painting. The exhaustion of poverty, the sting of rejection, and the isolation of the artist’s life were too much to contend with. Then, in her late 50’s, after meeting Lawren Harris – defacto leader of The Group of Seven – she began painting again with a vengeance. Their unexpected, volatile relationship, foils to each other’s lives, play out in ‘I Sit Content’, asking us all to consider the worth of art. 

-Developed through the Playwright’s Unit at The Thousand Islands Playhouse
-Supported by The Toronto Arts Council and The Tarragon Theatre


For script inquiries, please contact kaitlynriordan@hotmail.com