Celebrate Women of Winnipeg

Our International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues 2012 is coming up soon and we are really excited to be featuring an array of monologues telling the stories of women from the Winnipeg region, both past and present. On March 9 and 10 at 8:00pm in Colin Jackson Studio Theatre (Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor of Portage Place), audiences will have a chance to see 7 monologues by local playwrights all featuring local actors. In addition, to celebrate the great talent of local women we have stand up comic Cara Lytwyn to open the show!

Tickets are just $10 and can be reserves on-line, by phone (586-2236) or purchased through PayPal at http://sarasvati.ca/season/iww-monologues/.

Past audiences have raved about the event and this year will not disappoint. We hope you will join us in celebrating the amazing women of the city!

The Line-Up:

  • Immigrant Experience by Hope McIntyre
    Performed by Elena Anciro
    In this funny and touching piece, a young Filipino girl deals with her nerves as she prepares to reunite with her mother in Winnipeg after eight years of separation. She just hopes she is Canadian enough to fit in.
  • Mrs. Colin Inkster (Invisible Women) by Hope McIntyre
    Performed by Alissa Watson
    A modern academic has been painstakingly trying to document the lives of invisible women in Winnipeg’s history but now she goes a little crazy in the library while trying to decide whether to change her name when she gets married.
  • The F Word by Cairn Moore
    Performed by Jane Burpee
    Nellie McClung returns from the grave with a message for young women afraid to call themselves feminists – the fight is not over.
  • Morning Shift by Ginny Collins
    Performed by Nan Fewchuk
    A waitress at Salisbury House contemplates jumping out the window but realizes that she’d just float to the States in her Sal’s uniform and would still need a dye job.
  • War Bride by Jessy Ardern
    Performed by Ashley Moore
    In 1945, a German war bride adjusts to the cold of Winnipeg winters and struggles with whether or not to teach her ‘Canadian’ children to speak German.
  • Cry After Midnight by Talia Pura
    Performed by Lauren Sellen
    Shannon got her medical degree by enlisting, but she never thought she would end up in a war zone. This is a powerful story of a surgeon with the Canadian Military stationed in Afghanistan.
  • Black Little Neechee by Hope McIntyre
    Performed by Heather McKenzie
    An aboriginal woman celebrates one year of sobriety at her mother’s grave. An inspiring and heart-warming story of overcoming racism to find one’s true spirit.
  • Stand-up Comic Cara Lytwyn will do a short set all about Winnipeg. Lytwyn was the 2008 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job and the 2009 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Comic competition. She has performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival’s Tazzy’s Angels.

Amnesty International materials and actions will be available at the event to support human rights for women.

Hope to see you there!

FemFest Opens in 1 Week!

FemFest 2011: Staging Inspiration will start with a bang with its opening night gala cabaret on Saturday, September 17th. Sarasvàti Productions, the organizers behind the festival which is now in its ninth season, are thrilled to host such an exciting and diverse array of performers and local celebrities. The cabaret will be hosted by popular television personality, Susan Tymofichuk from CTV. It will feature a collection of theatre, art, film and music. Some local artists participating are Anita Lebeau, Caroline Barrientos, Shelley-Lynne Hardinge, and the Fufuchichi choir featuring Michelle Boulet, Sarah Constible and Liz Quesnel. 

Hip Shakin' Mama Shelley Lynne Hardinge

“The evening cabarets are such an important part of the festival, it is a rare opportunity for audiences to mingle with the artists and to enjoy not only theatre but music, art and film as well,” says Artistic Director Hope McIntyre. “We are thrilled to showcase so many talented women as part of our opening night festivities,” she adds.

The content for this year’s opening cabaret includes some of the most recognized women artists in the country with an emphasis placed on Canadian content. SG Lee, a 30 year theatre veteran will be traveling from New Brunswick to perform with Winnipeg actor Dan De Jaeger who you may have seen in Cannibal! The Musical at the Winnipeg Fringe this year. Their piece titled Breathtaking was inspired by asthma – and compiled over the internet. The series of stories and breathing create the feeling of having your breath taken away. Anita Lebeau will also be showing her National Film Board short film titled Big Drive. She is a multiple-award winning film maker, and has freelanced projects in animation for Sesame Street and Sesame Park.

Anita Lebeau's Big Drive

The multi-disciplinary cabaret has been so popular that the festival will once again close with another stellar line-up of female artists at a closing cabaret. This closing event will be hosted by popular radio personality, Chrissy Troy from HOT 103. It will feature Cara Lytwyn performing her stand up comedy routine. She is Rumours Comedy Club’s “Funniest Person with a Day Job” winner from 2009. She also performed at the Winnipeg Comedy festival this year, and was part of Tazzy’s Angels at Winnipeg Fringe Fest 2011. We will also be featuring the Nova Dance Collective, a group of young Winnipeg contemporary dancers. They had a very successful run at this year’s Winnipeg Fringe Festival, receiving rave reviews and sell-out shows.

We are also very excited to announce that both evenings will be followed by a reception, which will be catered by La Trattoria. It is Winnipeg’s only Sicilian restaurant, and has been very successful since it opened earlier this year on Provencher Avenue in Saint Boniface.

The Opening Night Cabaret and Reception take place on Saturday, September 17th at 7pm. The Closing Night Cabaret and Reception take place on Saturday, September 24th at 9 pm. Tickets for each evening are $10 and can be reserved through the website www.femfest.ca or at 586-2236.

All FemFest events take place at the Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street).

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