Love Blooms

Here at Sarasvàti we know that there are hundreds of organizations in need of support and as a result everyone receives multiple requests for donations. We are in a position where on-going fundraising is simply a reality in order to continue to do the exciting theatrical work we are committed to undertaking. We try to find unique approaches though and ways of raising funds that hopefully also provide some benefit to our supporters. When our Marketing Advisory Committee member, Pam Hadder, suggested a floral bouquet it was a fresh idea! Since people buy flowers anyway why not encourage them to support a local florist and contribute to the arts at the same time. We were then pleased that our neighbourhood florist, Sonya’s Flowers, was so great about jumping on board and becoming our partner for this initiative.


The Sarasvàti colours have been beautifully captured in the bouquet created by Sonya, entitled Love Blooms. The bouquets will be on sale on an on-going basis starting at the beginning of August. It is a versatile bouquet that can be given for any occasion, so if you want to give flowers why not support the arts at the same time. Maybe this is a good excuse to pick up a bouquet for someone special as a nice surprise.


Sonya’s Flowers
1459 Main Street (corner of Main and Inkster)
(204) 586-9636

MonaRita at FemFest!

Sara Tilley, Mark White and I can’t wait to get to Winnipeg. It’ll be the first time either of us has been there and we figure it’s about time we made it! We are crossing our fingers that playwright Shannon Bramer can also come along. 

White Rooster Theatre and She Said Yes! are small, artist-run independent companies making theatre in St. John’s, Newfoundland with some moderate, consistent funding but with a lot of determination and passion. We focus on women and feminist writers and we are very proud of our most recent show. MONARITA by Shannon Bramer has universal appeal and yet is eerie, strange and very unique. We are so looking forward to coming to FemFest because your reputation for bringing together the best in women’s work reaches across the country and we’d love MONARITA to be a part of that legacy. 

Before heading to Winnipeg, we’ve played the show in St. John’s, Toronto, and Hamilton this year. The reviews for the show tell more than we can about why audiences should see this debut work from this astonishing new poet/playwright: 

Go see this dark comedy about two real women dealing with love, motherhood, self-acceptance … you will not be disappointed…the most enjoyable experience I have had at a Fringe show in a very long time… simple but stunning… flawless acting, 5 out of 5.       Stephanie Yantsis, Hamilton Fringe Review

A fresh look at retaining identity in the face of motherhood and relationships…quirky dialogue…honest observations … Tilley earns huge applause.  NOW (Toronto) 

Tilley’s performance…is vulnerable and impassioned. Lawrence’s…is likeable, enviable and sad. …timeless.    Mooney on Theatre (Toronto) 

A so-called ‘chick flick’… will interest, even fascinate males audiences too. Well done in both creation and execution.      Ontario Arts Review (Toronto) 

A performance that simply has to be seen… The Telegram (St. John’s)  

I’m hoping that makes you want to come.  See you at the show! 

Ruth Lawrence
Producer and Performer, MONARITA
White Rooster Theatre

Winnipeg Fringe Festival Shout Out!

With the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival upon us, we hope everyone will go out and enjoy the amazing variety of live theatre the festival offers. We want to thank all of the Fringe productions who are helping promote FemFest 2011. We encourage everyone to check them out!

July 13 - 24, 2011

Fringe Shout-Outs

Or, by Liz Duffy Adams
Produced by Nancan Boogie Productions
Venue 4 – Alloway Hall (Manitoba Museum)

Shakespeare in the Ruins’ Stripped-Down Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
Produced by Will & DeSIRe Theatre
Venue 8 – The Rachel Browne Theatre

Catching Shadows by Megan Andres
Produced by Broken Still Productions
Venue 2 – MTC Up the Alley

Étoile by Karl Thordarson & Daina Leitold
Produced by a KDSZ show
Kids Venue – School of Contemporary Dancers

Daphna an Introduction by Nicholas Friesen and Carl McAllister
Produced by Cinematic/Scars Productions
Venue 3 – The Playhouse Studio

Autobahn by Neil LaBute
Produced by Theatre by the River
Venue 10 – Planetarium Auditorium

Bash on Regardless
Produced by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers
Venue 24 – School of Contemporary Dancers

The Brain from Planet X Book by David Wechter, Music & Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel
Produced by Crosswalk Players
Venue 16 – PTE Mainstage

June’s Window by Eileen Longfield
Produced by Theatre Anywhere
Venue 2 – MTC Up the Alley

So You Think You Can Be a Music Theatre Idol: All Stars
Produced by White Rabbit Productions
Venue 9 – Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)

Hersteria Book by Sharon Bajer, Music by Joseph Aragon
Produced by Winnipeg Studio Theatre
Venue 16 – PTE Main Stage

Master Orloff & Madame Clodille’s Penny Arcade Freakshow Beautifique or the Illusionary Box
Produced by Theatre Incarnate
Venue 15 – Studio 320

Unique Opportunity to Hear Guest Playwright Julie Salverson

We are always excited to have playwrights come to Winnipeg and share their work with us. Canada can be such a regionally divided country that the opportunity to welcome a fellow theatre artist, doing exciting work in another part of the country is  always a pleasure and a chance to learn more about theatre outside of Winnipeg. So, we hope you will join us in welcoming guest playwright Julie Salverson at 2pm on July 30th at McNally Robinson Grant Park in the travel alcove. She will read from her manuscript Atomic Elegy: Finding Community in Haunted Places; her opera libretto Shelter (a clown opera about the atomic bomb, composer Juliet Palmer) and her play BOOM (commissioned by the Canadian Red Cross).

Julie Salverson

Julie Salverson writes plays, essays and opera and has published and taught extensively about the artist as witness, historical memory, ethics and the imagination. She recently edited Community Engaged Theatre (2011) and Popular Political Theatre and Performance (2010),  Playwrights Canada Press.  Her feature article They Never Told Us These Things is in the Summer, 2011 issue of Maisonneuve Magazine.  In 2009 she was a runner up for the CBC Literary Awards (creative nonfiction) and in 2008 received honorable mention from the Malahat Review, Creative Nonfiction (with Peter van Wyck). Julie teaches drama at Queen’s University.

This special event is being offered in partnership with McNally Robinson and with the support of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.