Becoming Chelsea

Les 2 Mondes

Hydro-Québec Auditorium

In the middle of the night, a woman precariously balances in a window of a hotel in Old Montreal. Below her, an insomniac jogs along the wet cobblestone while a black-clad biker loiters in the deserted streets. When these three trajectories converge in an elevator, the masks eventually come off in the reflective mirrored cage.

Sébastien Harrisson’s Becoming Chelsea is loosely inspired by the life of prominent activist and whistleblower Chelsea Manning. This new work was created through an intense process of documentary research and reflection on citizen and artistic ethics. Guided by Eric Jean’s ingenious direction, the show is a portrait of a society in search of meaning, a mirror reflecting back our individual and collective concerns.

The play was lauded by critics when it premiered at Théâtre Prospero in Winter 2020. In October 2021, actor Sébastien René received the award for male performance from L’Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre: “The actor has again demonstrated his tremendous talent by taking on this complex role that deals with issues surrounding identity and gender. Expertly avoiding even a hint of caricature, his performance of the character inspired by American trans activist Chelsea Manning was just right, compassionate and touching.”

14 years and up

Oct 27 to 29, 2022 — 75 minutes, with no intermissions $39 — $50


Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald

What People Are Saying...

«Les créateurs de Becoming Chelsea ont donné naissance à une évocation, à un objet de beauté réglé au quart de tour»

Le Devoir, 4 mars 2020

«Dans le rôle de Chelsea, Sébastien René est à couper le souffle, prouvant, s’il le fallait encore, toute l’étendue de son jeu.»

La Presse, 28 février 2020


Stéphane Brulotte
Émilie Gilbert
Charbel Hachem 
Sébastien René


Text Sébastien Harrisson
Direction Eric Jean
Assistance to the Direction and Dramaturgy Josianne Dulong-Savignac
Set Design Pierre-Étienne Locas
Lighting Design Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
Lighting design assistant Claire Seyller
Costume Design Marie-Audrey Jacques
Music and Environmental Sound Laurier Rajotte
Video Design Julien Blais
Makeup and Hair Design Angelo Barsetti
‚ÄčTour management Thomas Lapointe
Production Direction Sandy Caron


  • Le Soleil Numérique

Public Sponsors of the Programming

  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ville de Québec