the Concordia Computer
In 1969, students occupied the computer centre on the 9th floor of the Hall Building of what is now Concordia University to protest the university’s mismanagement of a racism complaint lodged by West-Indian students against their biology professor. Riot police were called in when an agreement to end the occupation fell through, resulting in widespread damage, a mysterious fire, and over a hundred arrests. Created and devised by some of Montréal’s most prolific artists, Blackout re-examines the events the led to the occupation and protests, asking how race relations have changed in Québec over the last 50 years.
Blackout: the Concordia Computer
Riots was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.
Dakota Jamal Wellman
Creative team/Équipe de production
Director, Writing Unit
Assistant Director, Writing Unit
Noémi Poulin, Costume Designer