A Short Intro to the Artists

What makes you ROAR? A key part of the FemFest mandate is not only to provide a space for female playwrights, but also to use our voices on stage to call attention to some very important issues. The staged readings of the shortlisted plays submitted for FemFest this year are a fantastic chance to see the work of emerging artists.
We are in the midst of casting for FemFest 2015 and we think it’s time to ask some of our artists who are participating in the Shorts! play readings to tell us a bit about themselves and what they want to roar about!

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Julie Ketner- playwright : Scrambled Eggs
1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
A fun, out-going person who’s a bit of a smart-ass.

2. What would you like to roar about?
My choice to not have children. I am super-happy I made that choice, but really resent having to defend it over and over again.

Barbara Weselak – playwright : Scrambled Eggs

1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
I generally get them to describe themselves to me.

2. What would you like to roar about?
I roar about hypocrisy – when people with power and privilege pretend that their beliefs and benefits make them pundits. I believe one of the worst types of hypocrisy is the way women complain about other women for not being feminine – never mind feminist! I also roar in joy and pride when my nieces and nephews learn, love, and laugh!

Lynne C. Martin – playwright: Goldie Fish and the Swamp Queen
1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
Fun-loving, serious, generous, passionate, intelligent, encouraging, easy to trust, good at explaining things—these are adjectives ascribed to me by students and friends. My goal is not to make people like me, but to get them to like themselves.

2. What would you like to roar about?
What WOULDN’T I like to roar about? First, how are we going to get our country back from the George Bush wannabees who have taken it over? I moved to Canada to get away from that kind of so-called “thinking.” Second, WHY do we still need to talk about the need for gender equality? How many times do we need to retrace that well-worn path? Third, when are we going to hold ourselves and our government accountable for the systemic racism that has turned parts of our country into Third World ghettos (for example, Shoal Lake 40)? I’m so glad to see the media, both social and traditional, beginning to discuss the plight of indigenous people in Canada. We’ve been kept in the dark too long about our official policy of genocide.

Kevin Ramberran- Actor
1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
I’m an actor, director, and producer that is currently completing a Masters degree at the University of Manitoba in English with a focus in theatre. I’ve worked on multiple shows both professional and amateur throughout the city and have released two hip-hop albums under the alias KayR.

3. What would you like to roar about?
Equality.

Don’t miss Kevin’s performance in Tape at the Winnipeg Fringe this week!

Merri-Lou Patterson- Actor
1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
I am a fun-loving, passionate, creative and expressive person interested in hearing people’s stories, being recharged by spending time in nature.

2. What would you like to roar about?
As I get older, through the experiences life has afforded me, it has become increasingly clear that every minute of this short life is to be savored, treasured and enjoyed to the fullest. So, I will roar to use every second of this life…no regrets!!

You can also see Merri-Lou performing in Coriolanus at the Winnipeg Fringe this week!

Shorts will be performed as staged readings each night from Wednesday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 19th. Get your tickets here!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we announce the casts of our remaining FemFest productions and to hear more about what we’re roaring about.

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