In the weeks leading up to FemFest 2013, we asked some of the performers to write about what participating in FemFest means to them. We start this series off with Christine Rodriguez, writer and performer whose play Dreaming in Autism has placed her on the proverbial map. The play was awarded third prize at Ottawa Little Theatre’s 72nd National One-Act Playwriting Competition. Adjudicator Garry Davey says the play is a “strongly imagined piece with a distinctive style” and that it is “both funny and heart-breaking at times.” Dreaming in Autism was also nominated for Chapters Best English Script and won the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier Fred-Barry Award for Best Production Design at the 2012 Montreal Fringe Festival. Christine’s work is largely informed by her mixed-race heritage and her multicultural environment.
Here’s what Christine had to say about being part of FemFest 2013:
“I’m very excited about bringing Dreaming in Autism to FemFest 2013. It’s an opportunity to perform and to share my story with an entirely new audience. I’m looking forward to exchanging thoughts and ideas with the Winnipeg theatre community, to share with fellow Canadians. I hope that the play continues to create awareness about autism issues and reach out to people dealing with autism. I’m interested in hearing about people’s experience with autism in Manitoba. How different are things there compared to Québec?
Beyond the issue of autism, I think that Winnipegers will enjoy the show not only for the drama or the story about a mother dealing with a mildly autistic child, but also for the theatre, the conception, the unique and daring way Liz (director), Jody (technical director) and Logan (set designer) chose to interpret the play. We’re very proud of our work, humbled by the opportunity to show our work at FemFest alongside other great artists and thrilled to be taking our creation beyond Montreal’s English theatre community.
Art knows no boundaries.
See you all soon!”
For more information on Christine and her play, Dreaming in Autism, please visit http://sarasvati.ca/fem-fest-showsdreaminginautism/