The ‘Wild Women’ Are Here!

What do Supergirl, Mae West and an international soccer super star have in common? They will all take the stage at Sarasvàti Productions’ ninth cabaret of monologues. International Women’s Week is next week and we are very excited to be presenting our Cabaret of Monologues once again! This year the focus is on stories of wild women.  Past performances have sold out and have been booked as part of International Women’s Week celebrations across the province. Our audiences will be treated to a line-up of powerful and hilarious pieces while celebrating women breaking boundaries.

With a full public performance on March 8th at 8pm, this year’s Cabaret features monologues from playwrights from different regions of the country performed by some of the best in local female talent! We are proud each year to present both emerging and established theatre artists in our line-up, and this year is no exception! Take a look beyond the cut to learn more about the unbelievably talented women who were born to be wild!

I Am Supergirl by Sheree Bradford-Lea
Performed by Samantha Walters
Samantha is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s B.A. (Honours) Acting program and most recently of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, a five-week intensive training program held in Vancouver, B.C. Samantha has been involved in several local stage productions over the past five years most recently including Cabaret at the Winnipeg Fringe and Immigration Stories at FemFest 2012. On screen, Samantha has appeared in several indie short films and had the privilege of working with the renowned Guy Maddin this fall on his short entitles Seances. Samantha is currently working with Sarasvàti Productions as their Emerging Artist in Residence.

Booze Hound by Hannah Foulger
Performed by Jane Burpee
After having portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt and Nellie McClung in past International Women’s Week cabaret of Monologues, Jane settles for lesser known (except to the police) Rita. Once again, she is delighted to be part of this venture.  Jane continues to advocate for those living with mental illness in this turbulent world that we seem to live in.

Photography by Dylan HewlettThe Chronicles of Heloise – My Choice by Elizabeth Copeland
Performed by Alexandra Bolton
Alexandra is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Theatre and Film program.  She has performed in two other Sarasvàti shows, Ripple Effect (2008) and No Offense (2009), and is delighted to be a part of this cabaret.

Elena Anciro HeadshotHunting by Danielle Skene
Performed by Elena Anciro
Elena Anciro is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film. Her previous Sarasvàti credits include: A Kick in the Head (Director, FemFest 2006), Generation Nexxt (FemFest 2010), the International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues (2011 & 2012), and Empty (2012).  Her recent film projects include Schism, a short film shooting this spring (Zen Fri, Inc.). When she isn’t performing, Elena is the Curriculum Developer for Career Trek, Inc., helping to create hands-on, realistic, career-oriented programming for youth across Manitoba. Elena is elated to be celebrating International Women’s Week with Sarasvàti again this year!

smono_2012_IMG_4673Come Up and See Me Sometime by Hope McIntyre
Performed by Nan Fewchuk
After a week of watching Mae West movies, and reading her biography, Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It, Nan thought that Mae would be a bombshell of a character to play someday.  Then when the Wild Women theme for the cabaret was announced, Nan suggested Hope write something, and the deal was sealed.  It’s been a challenging and grand ride!  Nan is also very excited to be Assistant Directing Sarasvàti’s, Jail Baby this May. Watch Nan on stage at this year’s Fringe Festival where Nan Can Boogie Productions (the company who brought you Or) will present Dog Act.

Danielle SavageMama’s Night Out by Nicolle Nattrass
Performed by Danielle Savage
Danielle has been with Sarasvàti since 2006 and is very excited that they continue to let her perform! Danielle is a proud member of ACTRA, and on the executive of the Tara Players Theatre Company. She was last seen with Tara as Lorraine in Little Gem this past February. Danielle appears annually (thank you!) with Sarasvàti’s signature event, FemFest and was honoured to have been part of their inaugural So You Think You Can Act fundraiser. Danielle has appeared in a number of local films, television shows, and numerous commercials. Danielle dedicates her performance to Kieran, Declan and Kevan.

Lorraine photoAll My Day Jobs by Kirsten Van Ritzen
Performed by Lorraine James
Lorraine James goes back & forth with entry-level jobs in the service industry, pursuing her love of acting for film (You Kill Me), television (Cashing In), commercials (With Child, Without Alcohol) and theatre (Sarasvàti Productions, Fantasy Theatre for Children, Winnipeg/Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre in the Raw and Walterdale Playhouse).

 cheryl gensiorekEdith Spanner by Robyn Israel
Performed by Cheryl Gensiorek
Cheryl is thrilled to be a part of Cabaret of Monologues. Although most of Cheryl’s training has centered on film/screen, her determination for a challenge has brought her to recognize her theatre passion. Cheryl was a part of a staged reading for the Sarasvàti play Empty, has performed in the 2012 Fringe, and recently the Sondheim Festival. Cheryl was also a part of the 2013 winning team of Sarasvàti’s So You Think You Can Act fundraiser.  She looks forward to taking on new projects and is excited to learn something new from each one.

Melanie HeadshotFlesh Offerings by Yvette Nolan
Performed by Melanie Dean
Melanie Dean (Cree), born in The Pas MB, and member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagan, MB). Mel attained her BA at the University of Winnipeg (2002) majoring in Performing Arts and English Literature. Nowadays, she can be found dancing on the Powwow trail somewhere on Turtle Island with her two beautiful children Shanley and Jesse. Mel’s credits include, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Doug Nepinak’s The Crisis in Oka Manitoba with Red Roots Theatre Company, Doug Nepinak’sThe Life of Ruth and BBQ, William Inge’s Picnic, Dale Lakevold’s and Darrell Racine’s Stretching Hide at the University of Brandon, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, MTC’s production of Tracy Letts August Osage County, Hope McIntyre’s Empty, and most recently Yvette Nolan’s Flesh Offerings.

Cherrel HoulderBilguisa Speaks Up by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Performed by Cherrel Holder
Cherrel Holder was born in Trinidad and moved to Canada at the age of 11. Cherrel began acting in theatre in Junior High and continued throughout High School at Vincent Massey Collegiate, where she also began doing musical theatre, and exploring script writing. In grade 11 Cherrel entered the Scirocco High school Playwriting Competition and had her script Caroline performed on the MTC Warehouse stage. Cherrel graduated High School at the age of 17 with the highest mark in Theatre. Cherrel is now continuing her education in dance and does on-screen, theatre, and musical theatre work in her spare time.

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