Not For the Faint of Heart

Five female playwrights; three distinct elements; eight exhilarating hours; only one winning scene – this is the annual FemFest Bake-Off.

On August 19, the FemFest 2016 Bake-Off will challenge a group of emerging and established playwrights with three must-have ‘ingredients’ for a scene. These ingredients can range from the normal (ballroom dancing) to the downright obscure (yellow submarine). With only eight hours from start to finish, Bake-Off writers must use every ounce of their creativity to come up with this year’s Bake-Off audience choice! Up for grabs is a $500 cash prize and a chance to have a reading of their full script at FemFest 2017.

Each scene will have a staged reading before a live audience on September 19 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. Based on this viewers vote for their favourite piece. Helping to bring these scenes to the stage, is this year`s team of brave actors:

Ian Bastin – Bastin’s credits include various roles on stage – Lion in the Streets, The Aristocrats (Black Hole Theatre), public reading of Breaking Through (Sarasvàti) – as well as on screen, Steel and Stilettos and The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gal Pictures). Aside from acting, Bastin will bring a list of skills to the Bake-Off cast, like classical guitar, dialects and even stage combat, making him ready for anything the playwrights throw at him.

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Jane in IWW: Cabaret of Monologues – Urban Nun

Jane Burpee –Having performed in several Sarasvàti produced plays like Fen, International Women`s Week Cabaret of Monologues, and Quite an Undertaking, Burpee is no stranger to the Sarasvàti stage. As a performer in FemFest 2012 and 2014’s Bake-Off, she`ll return to this year`s competition ready to take on whatever exciting roles the playwrights throw at her.

Andres Collantes – His first time as part of the Sarasvàti family, we are excited to welcome Collantes to the Bake-Off ensemble. He was discovered by director Cairn Moore in her Intro Performance class at the University of Winnipeg last year.

Nan Fewchuk - HeadshotNan Fewchuk – Always excited about working with Sarasvàti in any capacity she can, Fewchuk has worked both on stage and behind the scenes. Most recently she assistant directed, Jail Baby, and played multiple roles in the public readings of Breaking Through. Other past credits include Fefu and Her Friends and The Naked Woman with Sarasvàti, Beauty and The Beast at Rainbow Stage, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare in the Ruins, and she produced and performed in the Winnipeg Fringe Hit, Dog Act.

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Spenser Payne – As Sarasvàti Producitons’ June 2016 Rising Star and one half of clown duo, The Red Nose Diaries, we are excited to have Payne performing in this year`s Bake-off. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program, and a founding member of both Sweet and Salty Collective and The Talentless Lumps, Payne will be bringing her enthusiasm and comedic offerings to the Bake-Off cast.

If you’d like to see these multi-talented actors bring your work to life, there is still time to apply for the FemFest 2016 Bake-Off. Grab the bull by the horns (in this case, the computer by the mouse and click here) and apply. The deadline for applications is August 8.

As challenging as the competition may be, it might just be the motivation and inspiration you need to get that scene out of your head and onto the stage! If that’s not enough to sweeten the pot, the Bake-Off winner will receive the Janet Taylor Bake–Off Award of $500. Need we say more?

Performances of FemFest 2016 Bake-Off takes place September 19 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. Tickets are available at femfest.ca or by calling 204-586-2236.

Bake-Off Playwrights Announced!

What do you get when you mix talented playwrights, a carefully chosen list of script-writing ingredients and a healthy dose of friendly FemFest competition? For the fifth year in a row selected playwrights will be given a list of tasty ingredients and eight hours to stir up a script. The playwrights will then be required to share their creations with audiences who are eagerly anticipating a large helping of talent and laughter.

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Janet Taylor

This year’s Bake-Off is honour of the late Sarasvàti board member, Janet Taylor, who was an invaluable member of our team right up until her passing in March. Janet’s favourite FemFest event was the Bake-Off and so we’ve decided to choose ingredients that reflect Janet’s interests and personality.To get a sense of what this deliciously decadent event will entail, read some fun facts of the participating playwrights below!

Carolyn Hoople Creed is an Associate Professor of English Literature at Manitoba’s University College of the North. Her poetry and prose have appeared in renowned publications across the country.

Terrie Todd has published seven stories with Chicken Soup for the Soul, two plays with Eldridge Plays and Musicals and writes a weekly faith and humour column for the Central Plains Herald Leader.

Angie St Mars co-hosts CKUW’s only feminist news and current events program—Femisphere. She is a relatively new playwright who graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a 3-year B.A double majoring in Politics and Theatre and Film.

Karen Clavelle teaches English Lit. and Prairie Lit to students at the University of Manitoba and is a poet writer and emerging playwright. She has recently progressed from writing voices in long poems to writing voices for theatre.

Frances Koncan is an Aboriginal playwright, director, producer, musician, composer, photographer, stage manager originally from Couchiching First Nations. She earned her MFA in playwriting at the City University of New York Brooklyn College and her BA in Psychology at the University of Manitoba.

You don’t want to miss what they come up with under the direction of Cairn Moore! You can get tickets to the Bake-Off by visiting our website, www.femfest.ca.

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