FemFest 2014 Packs a Poweful Punch!

A tattooed teen, family feuds, Immaculate Conception and a paranormal comedy – this diverse range of plays all explore the theme of power! We are excited to officially announce the FemFest 2014 lineup which includes plays, workshops, and readings that redefine and reimagine the status quo. Stories written by emerging and renowned female playwrights from Winnipeg and across Canada will explore the notion of female empowerment through tragedy, humor, and even a bit of nudity. We’re calling this year’s festival She’s Got The Power and we are certain that this theme will resonate with audiences of all ages (I mean, who doesn’t like theatre that includes free brownie giveaways). The FemFest2014 website will be launched next week but we wanted to give our loyal blog followers the inside scoop before it goes public! Let us know what you are most looking forward to seeing by leaving a comment here or on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

TOURING SHOWS – FEATURING NATIONAL TALENT!

8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived produced by Mary Beth Productions (Montreal, QC),

directed By Tamara Brown, written and performed By Michaela Di Cesare

Due to her eccentric Italian family’s belief that her mother was conceived à la Jesus Christ (sans sex), a young woman suffers from a Virgin Complex.

Herewithal: A Paranormal Comedy aSticky Fingers Production (Vancouver, B.C.),

written by Jim and Tara Travis with verbatim text from psychic readings, designed and performed by Tara Travis and directed by Jim Travis

Tara Travis talks to dead people. It’s true, she’s experienced a variety of other-worldly encounters and is ready to share her shocking revelations. Witness verbatim reenactments of actual psychic readings, experience some surprising puppetry, and sample fresh baked brownies (secret family recipe provided courtesy of the spirit world!)

River story conceived and performed by Rubena Sinha (Toronto, ON)

In River, a woman must confront the past to overcome the challenges she faces in the present. River weaves music, personal narrative, Hindu mythology and folktales to convey her struggle to come to terms with her child’s assault, its effects on her family and the loss of her life partner.

IN-HOUSE PRODUCTIONS – TWO WORLD PREMIERES!

The Naked Woman by Rebecca Gibson

A comedy about aging, loss, regret and the ability to move forward. Helen is 84 years old and has recently lost her husband. When she decides to stop wearing clothes, everyone thinks she is either overcome with grief or beginning to go senile.

Launched by Tyler White

After the death of their domineering mother, Cathy and her siblings wrestle with an inability to “launch”, even though they are in their late forties. Cathy decides to face her fears and follow her dream, which rocks her family’s world!

READINGS/WORKSHOP PRODUCTIONS

Bake-Off coordinated and directed by Cairn Moore

Selected playwrights are given a list of ingredients and have two weeks to mix up a script! The staged readings of the resulting pieces will be like a dessert buffet with tasty treats and plenty of delightful surprises. In partnership with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights

Skin Deep by Alison Mclean

At the age of 19, Joanna considers herself a rebel. She moved out when she was 18 and thinks she’s doing pretty well in the real world. But does her secret weapon give her enough power when it comes time for her mother’s second wedding and a strapless bridesmaid’s gown?

German Silver by Priscilla Yakielashek

The new government is seeking out everyone it perceives as a threat. A group of strangers spend their last hours together and question those they’ve chosen to die with. Have they held onto their humanity as firmly as they expected? What does dignity matter, when the end is the same?

Short-List As fillers throughout the festival, we will offer audiences the chance to hear excerpts from scripts from the FemFest shortlist.

CABARETS Plus our exciting opening and closing cabarets featuring women artists in all disciplines!

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