Ten Minutes of Theatrical Treasures

The exploration of big dreams, a secret mission, and a “grim dream-world where women transform into badass anti-heroines,” these are just a few of the exciting stories featured in FemFest 2016 SHORTs from The Short-List.

Shorts Fem15 (8)At 8:15 pm every night from September 19th to the 24th, audiences can treat themselves to a reading of a 10-minute play or excerpts from works by women playwrights from across Canada.

We are proud to present this year’s amazing line-up of SHORTs:

September 19 Vagilantes by Ronit Rubinstein –Vagilantes is the story of women regaining their power against street harassers.

September 20 Dried Flowers by Maryjane Cruise – Award-winning playwright, lyricist and choral composer, Maryjane Cruise explores three women who each find themselves at a crucial turning point in their lives.

September 21Peace We Often Forfeit by Terrie Todd – Terrie Todd’s Peace We Often Forfeit follows Doris and her family. Their family bond and care are tested when a near tragedy takes place.Shorts Fem15 (7)

The Roomie by Emily Muller – In The Roomie, award-winning poet, Emily Muller, presents the kindness, femininity and self-doubt that can be found in all of us, even perpetrators of political violence.

September 22Our Golden Years by Sally Stubbs –What does it mean to build a life together? Our Golden Years is a dark comedy about the evolution of love and marriage.

The Funeral Guest by Tyler Joy White – After the death of her husband, Iris is forced to move to the city with her daughter Amy. The move does not make their lives better.

September 23Solo Journeys by Kirsten Van Ritzen – Actor/playwright Kirsten Van Ritzen lovingly mock clichés found in one-woman shows.

Saudade by Frances Koncan –Inspired by her personal experience, Koncan’s Saudade reflects our society’s perception of mental illness and those in care.

September 24, 8:15pmThe Living Library by Linda McCready – Young, enthusiastic Sylvia, is lost in the endless options of careers. A comedic look at the struggles that almost every 20-something can relate to.Fem12 Jordan Hall reading

September 24, 3pm – Full SHORTs Showcase – With a list of such amazing pieces, it would be hard to pick just one or two to see, but don’t fear! This year we’ve added a special Full SHORTs Showcase. On September 24 at 3pm, audiences can catch all nine plays in one show.

All pieces will be read by our talented ensemble of actors – Johanna Burdon, Melanee Deschambeault, Kim Kakegamic, Kevin Longfield and Cheryl Soluk. SHORTs is directed by recent Harry Rintoul Award winner, Frances Koncan.

Click here for more information and tickets.


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

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