IWW a Great Success!

Last week Sarasvàti Productions marked International Women’s Week with performances of our Cabaret of Monologues celebrating Wild Women across Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. The response has been very inspiring as audiences relished stories of women who truly represent and reflect the “wild” side in all of us!

We were invited to celebrate IWW with both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba Womyn’s Centres celebrations. Both groups made for excellent audiences and we were thrilled to be performing for young feminists and up and coming community leaders.

We were also privileged to share the work with important community groups. We performed for the women at Sage House, a community health, resource and community outreach centre for women and transwomen in the North End. This performance was met with much enthusiasm from the audience, who may not otherwise be able to attend a professional theatre performance. There were hoots, hollers and even some tears. Later in the week, we performed at a fundraiser for Genesis House, a women’s shelter serving the Winkler and Morden area of Manitoba. The event, with keynote speaker former MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis was a great way for us to bring the monologues to our rural fans and friends, all while supporting a great organization. We appreciated their heartfelt standing ovation.

photos by Janet Shum

photos by Janet Shum

As part of our goal to bring theatre to the community we also performed free sneak-peek shows at both Portage Place and the Gallery at Manitoba Hydro Place. These were both great opportunities for folks “on the go” to catch a monologue or two and really soak up the power of live theatre!

The big show, of course, was on International Women’s Day at the Gallery at Manitoba Hydro Place. People lined up in droves to be able to see this special one night only engagement of the Cabaret of Monologues. We were literally bursting at the seams with fans and friends! The audience responded enthusiastically to the show! Special thanks to the Buffalo Gals Drumming group and to artist Anna-Celestrya Carr who rounded out the evening with their powerful messages.

Once again, thank you to everyone who made last week’s monologues a great success! We look forward to seeing you in years to come. And stay tuned for even more “wild” women when Jail Baby makes its world premiere in May!

Happy IWW 2013!

Tomorrow, alongside millions all over the world, Sarasvàti Productions will be celebrating International Women’s Day with our annual Cabaret of Monologues. We have already performed sneak-peeks of the show to community groups in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas! The monologues have been received very well, and we are exciting to end this wonderful week with a bang with our full show line-up tomorrow.

Jane Burpee, Cherrel Holder, Danielle Savage

photos by Janet Shum

One of our favourite things about performing the Cabaret of Monologues each year, as opposed to a full-length play, is that we have the incredible opportunity and privilege to celebrate many women’s voices and stories. Not only that, but because of the diversity in our monologues, we are also able to work with so many different actors, and to showcase their diversity as well.

This has allowed us to create a line-up of monologues that is just as varied as the actors involved! For example, Jane Burpee will be playing the role Rita, an older woman who sells alcohol to minors in Hannah Foulger’s Booze Hound. Up and coming actor Cherrel Holder will play Bilguisa Simpore, a Nigerian soccer superstar who faces a gender challenge in Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Bilguisa Speaks Up. Finally, Danielle Savage will play an extremely sleep deprived new mom on her first night away from her baby in Nicolle Nattrass’s Mama’s Night Out. These three monologues alone show that there is a need to tell different stories, because women come from all different walks of life and have so many different stories to tell!

Not only is it a great thing to see and hear the stories of all of these women, but it is also exciting to see the community at large gather together to celebrate these women, and women across the globe. We have been talking to folks all over the place – from just down the street in the North End to our friends in Winkler, Manitoba. Though organizations and individuals may differ in objectives or geography, one thing is clear: everyone everywhere is hungry for more stories about women, by women, for everyone! We are proud to be a part of a supportive community that embraces the voices of these women, no matter how wild they may be!

Tomorrow is the big day! The full show line-up will be performed for one night only at the Gallery at Manitoba Hydro Place (360 Portage Avenue). Plus we are excited to have the Men’s Banner Project by Anna-Celestra Carr present and Buffalo Gals Drumming Group to start off the evening! We are almost sold out so be sure to get your tickets from www.sarasvati.ca or by calling 204-586-2236!

Happy International Women’s Week and Happy (early) International Women’s Day to all!

The ‘Wild Women’ Are Here!

What do Supergirl, Mae West and an international soccer super star have in common? They will all take the stage at Sarasvàti Productions’ ninth cabaret of monologues. International Women’s Week is next week and we are very excited to be presenting our Cabaret of Monologues once again! This year the focus is on stories of wild women.  Past performances have sold out and have been booked as part of International Women’s Week celebrations across the province. Our audiences will be treated to a line-up of powerful and hilarious pieces while celebrating women breaking boundaries.

With a full public performance on March 8th at 8pm, this year’s Cabaret features monologues from playwrights from different regions of the country performed by some of the best in local female talent! We are proud each year to present both emerging and established theatre artists in our line-up, and this year is no exception! Take a look beyond the cut to learn more about the unbelievably talented women who were born to be wild!

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WILD WOMEN take the stage!

International Women’s Week, the annual celebration of women’s achievements and progress throughout the world, is coming up fast! We are excited to be hosting our annual Cabaret of Monologues as part of the city-wide festivities! Sarasvàti Productions has a proud history of celebrating women’s voices in Winnipeg (and beyond), and we look forward to this year’s unique offering: Wild Women.

This is the 9th time we have presented our Cabaret of Monologues and it’s about time we featured women breaking boundaries! Women from all walks of life are featured in what is sure to be a night to remember! Our Cabaret of Monologues will be shown for one night only, on March 8 at the Gallery at Manitoba Hydro Place (360 Portage Avenue). Tickets are just $10 and the show starts at 8pm! We are also doing a sneak-peek on March 8th at noon for those who just wanna stop by!

We are particularly excited to announce several partnerships with community organizations in and around Winnipeg! We’ll be performing selected pieces at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, Sage House, Portage Place Mall and at a fundraiser for Genesis House in Winkler. The full schedule is available on our website. If you are looking however, to get the full Wild Women experience, you’ll need to get tickets to our evening show on the 8th which features Elena Anciro, Alexandra Bolton, Jane Burpee, Melanie Dean, Nan Fewchuk, Cheryl Gensiorek, Cherrel Holder, Lorraine James, Danielle Savage and Samantha Walters tackling characters from Supergirl to Mae West! Buy now!

Wild Women showcased at International Women’s Week 2013!

International Women’s Week is celebrated by countries all over the world in March of each year. Every year we celebrate the amazing women who have come before us, those who are presently working tirelessly as well as those will take up the torch in the future; by performing our popular cabaret of monologues. This year we had 72 monologues submitted from all across Canada, shortlisted 19 and then faced the huge challenge of choosing pieces that would fit the theme, create a balanced evening and reflect the diversity of women’s experiences. We are excited to share the monologues that we will perform throughout International Women’s Week. This year’s theme is Wild Women, which means that stories will focus on women who break break barriers and reject the status quo!

Here is a sneak-peek at the International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Wild Women! There are also a few surprises in the works, so we’ll have more monologues to announce in the coming weeks!

I Am Supergirl by Sheree Bradford-Lea
Supergirl wrestles with the Voice Of Society and develops a growing awareness of its agenda. She begins to realize it might be affecting her in more ways than she could have imagined.

Booze Hound by Hannah Foulger
Inspired by what may be a true story… Rita makes extra cash by selling alcohol to the teenagers of Cambridge, Ontario but the cops have finally caught up with her.

The Chronicles of Heloise – My Choice by Elizabeth Copeland
It is 1973 and 17-year old Heloise rebels against her family’s expectations in more ways than one. Now she must deal with the consequences.

Hunting by Danielle Skene
Deidre has had enough of being a victim, of watching her sister disintegrate out of fear as the man that has been stalking her is set to be released from prison. She decides it is time to take the matter into her own hands but in doing so may sacrifice her own humanity.

Come Up and See Me Sometime by Hope McIntyre and Nan Fewchuk
She was incarcerated for corrupting the morals of youth. She was censored and her works banned from the stage. What does Mae West have to say for herself?

Mama’s Night Out by Nicolle Nattrass
A new, extremely sleep deprived Mother speaks out for the first time about her social experience as a Mama in comparison to being out in the “real world”.

All My Day Jobs by Kirsten Van Ritzen
Kristy is an actor who endures many, many day jobs over her twenty year career. Has she finally had enough?

Edith Spanner by Robyn Israel
Edith Spanner works for a paper clip company and is enamored with Don Cherry and John Garfield. She and best friend Mildred have been perennial spinsters but Mildred has dropped bomb.

Flesh Offerings by Yvette Nolan
It is 1895, and you are invited to step into the tent of Beveridge’s Montana Wildest West Show: Rattlesnake Jack, Minos the Bucking Bull, Rocky Mountain Kate and 400 utterly Savage Crees…“ethnologically, historically perfect.”

As IWW approaches, we will announce (across our social media sites) the particulars for the various performances of the monologues! There will be many opportunities for the Wild Women monologues to be enjoyed and celebrated! For starters, mark March 8th (International Women’s Day) in your calendars. A selection of pieces will be performed over noon hour in the Manitoba Hydro building lobby for free and then the full line-up will be performed there at 8pm that evening for the low admission fee of $10. If you would like to book the monologues for your IWW event please contact Tali at marketing@sarasvati.ca