Something in the Water

Join us on Zoom for a free public reading of Something in the Water, a new script developed by Realwheels’ 2022 Playwright-in-Residence, Sam MacPhee-Pitcher!

Celebrate the culmination of Sam’s six-month residency, in which the play Something in the Water was developed with the dramaturgical support of Natasha Nadir.

Professional actors (and a few puppets) will make this exciting script come to life!

DATE: Saturday, December 17, 2022

TIME: 2 pm Pacific Time

Online via Zoom
Free to attend.


* ASL Interpretation

* Description of visual elements

* Actors will provide self-descriptions


For questions, access needs, or to register via email, contact:

A Zoom link will be sent to your email 1 day prior to the event. 

* Content warning: this play includes depictions of bulimia, including off-stage purging. *

“My play, ‘Something in the Water’ examines the creation and expression of identity. We live in an age of expectation for easily digested explanations of ourselves – social media bios that reduce a person to a series of labels: name, gender, pronouns, race, dis/ability, etc. We take a lifetime’s worth of experiences and attempt to convey ourselves in a manner that others can glance at and devour in seconds. “Water” challenges the audience to consider the complexities of the individual experience behind labels, and when and why we owe it to others to explain ourselves.”  – Sam MacPhee-Pitcher

Click to read more about Sam’s process in this blog post.


A cartoon self-portrait of Sam MacPhee-Pitcher.About Sam | Playwright

Sam MacPhee-Pitcher, MA is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s English program. They are a writer, puppeteer, and textile artist that explores identity and interconnection through short stories, playwrighting, and puppets. “Something in the Water” is their first full-length play.




A headshot of Natasha Nadir.  About Natasha | Dramaturg

Natasha is a professional director, dramaturg and emerging playwright based in Vancouver, BC. She has an MFA in Directing from University of British Columbia and a BA in Drama, Bishops’ University. While Artistic Associate at Gateway Theatre she directed both new and classical plays (Mary’s Wedding, Burning In, The Grandkid, Brighton Beach Memoirs) and facilitated five seasons of SceneFirst: Staged readings of New Work. Recent credits include dramaturgy for 90 Days, Something In The Water, Burqa Boutique and directing/ dramaturgy of View From a Window. Her play Roost will be workshopped at Emerging Voices in April 2022. She facilitates the Playwriting Circle for Realwheels Theatre. She is a member of the Wet Ink Collective and on the board of Playwrights Theatre Centre.

Something in the Water 
Virtual Reading

Playwright: Sam MacPhee-Pitcher
Natasha Nadir
Ryan Gladstone 
Kimit Sekhon
Jayson McDonald, Tara Travis, Jason T. Broadfoot