Unstoppable Women in Theatre

Happy International Women’s Day! Since starting our International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues in 2003, we’ve had the pleasure of showcasing over a hundred playwrights from all across Canada. Again in 2018 we’re taking to the stage to present a diverse range of stories from women of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities.

We asked the performers in this year’s Cabaret a couple of questions to get to know them better. Check out their answers!

  1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?

Cynthia Fortlage, I Got 99 Problems, My Penis is Just One: A women, who happens to be Transgender.

Anjali Sandhu, Flight 182: My mother taught me not to talk to strangers, or take candy from them…but I’d be lying if I said I’d never taken candy from a stranger, honey.

Joanna Hawkins, I am Unstoppable: A proud Deaf woman who is strongly involved within the Deaf community, as well as an ambassador to hearing (non-deaf) individuals about deaf culture to break barriers between their worlds.

Lorraine James, Sweet an Nice: I’m an extroverted introvert, or an introverted extrovert.

Reena Jolly, Saviour Self: I would start by saying that I have a very interesting sense of style. I can go from looking homeless one day to looking like a lady the next day. I would also say that I am a learner and always want to be improving or learning more about things.

Kristy Janvier, ObScene: Quietly observing the unfolding events of life on Earth.

Cheryl Soluk, I am a Warrior: I am a strong advocate for things I believe in, I am mindful of things around me and great at reading people. I love puns & animals, especially cats, owls, dogs and cows. I am always told I should do comedy. I love belly laughs!

2. What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Monika Thurn Und Taxis, I’ve Never Been Very Good at Drawing Hearts (But I Keep Trying): I love hiking and exploring nature. My Instagram profile is filled with some great nature photography from Manitoba. I love to encourage people to get out into nature and explore all that it has to offer.

Anna Binder, Perfect Pie: In my free time I love to tell audio-visual stories through the colloquial medium of “AMV”. I’ve won a few video contests for this work, as well as a few costume contests at the same venues. I’m also involved with local medieval battle recreationist groups.

Ady Kay, Captain of My Ship: I do all sorts of things like performance, singing, dancing, clown, painting, poetry, etc. I love all of it and it sometimes gets frustrating deciding which one I need to prioritize.

Kristy: I’ve studied and taught yoga since 2009. Current hobbies are herbalism local to the Boreal Forest, astrology, and tarot.

3. What excites you about performing this piece?

Monika: The theme of the eclipse and the symbolism is a very close theme to my personal life. I believe deeply in the reflection of our nature in the sky and an eclipse is an important moment that asks us to be present with the darkness around us and shine our inner light.

Anjali: My piece is inspired by a major event in Canadian history that affected all Canadians, but especially the Indo-Canadian community. As an Indo-Canadian, I was able to see myself in the situation that the protagonist of my piece is in.

Lorraine: Through this piece, I’m gaining insight on what it must’ve been like for my parents to uproot their lives to come here, to realize that there are people out there who feel threatened by immigrants and yet have no idea about the real struggles.

Anna: Disabled characters are often written as static people that belong more on cardboard cut-outs than something three-dimensional and real. The piece in unashamed by honesty, and I find it especially refreshing because my character is allowed to exist as her own person.

Joanna: I was rejected from enrolling in performing arts at the University of Manitoba just because of my deafness. Years later, I landed on the stage as a 100 Decibels performer; therefore no one has stopped me from becoming an actress. Having a hearing loss doesn’t mean you need to give up something.

Ady: I am excited about this piece because not only does it speak to a matter that I care about very much, it also is beautifully described through poetry. And with poetry, so much is possible as a physical performer.

Reena: It is such a wonderful monologue it’s impossible not to be excited. I don’t feel like I’m acting during this piece because the character is so much like me: a bright, strong willed, young, girl of colour.

Cheryl: I lost my Mom in 2013. She was my best friend and biggest cheerleader. Even though she wasn’t physically with me anymore, I still spoke to her and shared my day with her, especially the good news.  Now when I think of her, it is like a warm hug, a feeling that fills my heart and I know that she is still my cheerleader who is always in my corner.

Cynthia: The piece is about my life so very connected to the story being told. I created this piece to share some insight as a transgender woman, and share the message of acceptance without understanding. I am a much stronger woman than I ever was as a man – I am unstoppable!

Screenshot-2018-3-7 Sarasvàti Productions ( sarasvati_wpg) • Instagram photos and videos

You can catch all ten of these inspiring performers on Saturday, March 10th. Don’t miss out – get your tickets today!

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