By Yorg:

I’ve treasured the experience of being a devoted dog parent throughout most of my life. Reflecting on the past, it’s remarkable to see how dogs’ lifestyles have evolved from the days when they roamed freely on streets like Kildare and Westminster Avenue. Gone are the times when basic, often unhealthy, dog food brands and limited treat options were the norm. Today, the landscape for our furry companions has transformed with the emergence of dog parks, luxurious doggie spas, and specialized stores catering to their needs.

As society progresses, dogs have become more integrated into our families, no longer just pets but beloved family members. It’s fascinating to recall attempting to coax speech from my canine companions, celebrating every woof as a sign of communication. I vividly remember watching “David Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks” years ago, where a charming pug named Odie, under the guidance of its owner, vocalized “I love you.” Witnessing such moments sparked curiosity about the potential depth of communication between humans and dogs.

Imagine a scenario where dogs could vocalize their emotions and innermost thoughts—wouldn’t it revolutionize their happiness? This captivating concept serves as the foundation of the acclaimed play “Fifteen Dogs”. As the connection between humans and canines strengthens, it unveils boundless opportunities for empathy, companionship, and mutual understanding.

Adapted from the Giller Prize-winning novel “Fifteen Dogs” by André Alexis and skillfully directed by Marie Farsi, this play offers a richly imaginative journey. Set in various  Montreal locals, the narrative revolves around 15 dogs, portrayed by six exceptionally talented actors.

At the outset, the gods Apollo and Hermes convene at a Bishop Street bar and engage in a wager: Would canines find greater happiness with human consciousness and the ability to speak with humans? This modern-day fable delves into themes of fate, faith, love, and language as the ensemble cast navigates moral dilemmas, mortality, and their complex relationships with humanity.

While the original play featured Toronto locales, our Montreal adaptation at The Segal Center For The Performing Arts seamlessly substitutes these with recognizable Montreal streets and surroundings. This thought-provoking production prompts contemplation on whether dogs would thrive with human awareness and language skills.

Experience this compelling tale that pays homage to the timeless bond between humans and dogs, showcasing the profound love they offer us. Discover the depths of companionship in this unforgettable theatrical experience.


          The running time is 2 hours 15 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

FROM MARCH 31 TO APRIL 21 – 2024

For Reservations / Tickets: or 514-739-7944.

Segal Centre For Performing Arts

5170 Cote-Ste-Catherine Road

Montreal, QC H3W 1M7, Canada