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Blackout - The Concordia Computer Riots


The Concordia Computer Riots

By Tamara Brown, Kym Dominique-Ferguson, Lydie Dubuisson, and Mathieu Murphy-Perron
Subjects: Black Playwrights, Quebec Playwrights, Women Writers, 2SLGBT / Queer Theatre, History, Political Theatre
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104168, 160 pages, May 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104182, 250 pages, May 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104175, 250 pages, May 2023


In February 1969, hundreds of students occupied a computer centre at what is now Montréal’s Concordia University to protest the mismanagement of a racism complaint lodged by Caribbean students against their biology professor. When an agreement to end the occupation fell through, riot police were called in, resulting in widespread damage, a mysterious fire, and nearly a hundred arrests. Created and devised by some of Montréal’s most prolific artists, Blackout re-examines the events that led to the occupation and protests, asking how race relations have changed in Québec and Canada.


Blackout is a work that isn’t afraid to be political, or to take sides, or to make difficult calls.”

- Tara McGowan-Ross, BroadwayWorld

“It is an education, an ambitious portrait of fury and a really fun, triumphant work of art.”

- Sarah Deshaies, Cult MTL