Sarasvati at Our Great Community Festival

Volunteer Amanda Roncin at the Sarasvati display

We were pleased to participate in the Winnipeg Foundation’s first Our Great Community Festival. We had a great time meeting other organizations that the Foundation supports and doing an excerpt from our popular touring piece No Offense… with actors Mary Black and Ashley Chartrand. Over 700 people came through the display room on January 16th.

A big thank you to our volunteers on that day! It truly was a community event. The Winipeg Foundation has been an amazing support for so many groups for 90 years and we are pleased to have had their past support as well as to hold our endowment fund with them.

Artistic Director Hope McIntyre at the Sarasvati display

Sarasvati Celebrates International Women’s Week

Sarasvàti Productions announces the return of their exciting cabaret of monologues to celebrate International Women’s Week. After selling out in 2008 and touring to community organizations throughout Manitoba audiences will once again have a chance to enjoy a new line-up of powerful and hilarious pieces. The topics of the monologues are as diverse and wonderful as the performers.

Sarasvàti Productions launched this popular event in 2004 in order to celebrate International Women’s Week.  Over the years it has featured dozens of monologues from playwrights across Canada.  The goal is to provide a broad range of voices, issues and styles that relate to women’s experiences.  The Cabaret has worked with various women’s groups in the past to raise funds and awareness (including the Brandon YWCA Women’s Shelter, New Waves Collective, and SISTARS at the South Point Douglas Women’s Centre).  After a two-year hiatus the event is returning to mark the 100th anniversary of the declaration of International Women’s Day. There are events happening all over the world to mark this occasion.  The monologues represent the diverse voices of women covering the spectrum of humour and tragedy that women experience in their lives.

The two public performances will both take place on March 12th at the Colin Jackson Studio (at Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd floor Portage Place Shopping Centre) with a 4pm and 8pm showing.  Tickets are only $10 and can be reserved by phone (586-2236) or on the website (www.sarasvati.ca).

In addition the work is being offered to community groups looking for a unique way to celebrate women during this landmark anniversary of International Women’s Day.

The topics of the monologues include: hockey moms, quotable women, drug addiction, chastity, violence against women and the beauty myth. Four local playwrights are being showcased with new monologues specifically written for the event, including emerging writer Jessy Ardern, Fringe favorite Ginny Collins as well as past FemFest participants Cairn Moore and Alison McLean. In addition, playwrights from across Canada will have their work included – Nina Aquino, Jayne Collins, Christine Lesiak, Marika Schwandt and Frances Worster.

The cast of the cabaret includes the artistic director and founder of Sarasvàti Productions Hope McIntyre, as well as veterans of the Winnipeg stage Jane Burpee and Nan Fewchuk and rising stars Elena Anciro, Gisele Charr, Ashley Chartrand, Stephanie Sy and Alissa Watson.