A Toast to 15 Years: Celebrating Winnipeg Playwrights

Are you aware of the talented playwrights Winnipeg has to offer?

This city is home to female playwrights who challenge us, question us, inspire us and make us laugh. As a toast to 15 years of FemFest, we are celebrating some of Winnipeg’s most accomplished playwrights in this special edition of the One Night Stand.

Coordinated by Tatiana Carnevale, Sarasvàti Productions’ One Night Stand series gives playwrights the opportunity to test their work, while providing audiences a chance to take part in the developmental process. On Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm Judith Thompson will join five local playwrights as they present readings of work in development. Be one of the first people to hear this exciting brand new work!

One Night Stand Playwright Sharon BajerSharon Bajer is a member of the playwright’s unit at Prairie Theatre Exchange. Her plays include Molly’s Veil, Burnin’ Love, Hersteria, To the Country, The Mother Load, Jesus Does Laundry Too and The Gingerbread Girl (in progress). Coming up, Sharon will direct The Best Brothers at Western Canada Theatre Company and Theatre Northwest and Fly Me to the Moon at Prairie Theatre Exchange.

 

 

One Night Stand Playwright Columpa BobbColumpa Bobb was born in Canada and is the great grand daughter of Chief Dan George who was chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Many of her plays have been produced all across Canada. She has been nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the James Buller Award. In 1997 she won a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

 

One Night Stand Playwright Ginny Collins Now

 

Ginny Collins has worked with English and French theatre communities. Ginny’s play The Flats (Les Flats) was produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Cercle Moliere in 2017. Ginny’s other works include Good Intentions (WJT 2014) The Good Daughter, MBTV: Histoire en Direct, Prairie Spirits, and Terroristas. Ginny is under commission by Prairie Theatre Exchange for Revenge and Co. She is a member of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Playwrights Unit.


One Night Stand Playwright Trish CooperTricia Cooper began writing sketch comedy with the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company and wrote for Fringe Festivals across Canada including The Comment Card and Homely Woman #2 (with Vanessa Macrae). Hey pay Social Studies, developed and produced at Prairie Theatre Exchange, went on to be produced by Centaur Theatre in Montreal, and Firehall Theatre in Vancouver. Social Studies won Best Play at the Manitoba Book Awards.

 


One Night Stand Playwright Primrose Knazan
Jewish Filipino-Canadian playwright Primrose Madayag Knazan has been featured at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the International Writers Festival, CBC Radio, the Carol Shields Festival of New Works, and Sarasvàti’s
FemFest. She has been published in three anthologies and represented Manitoba at the first Asian-Canadian Theatre Conference in Toronto.

 

Some playwrights will be reading their own work and others will have our One Night Stand ensemble of actors at their disposal, including Anita Daher, Melanie Dean, Renee Hill, Melissa Langdon and Steve Yurkiw. Sarasvàti Productions would like to thank to PGC and the Canada Council for the Arts’ Play Connect program for supporting Judith Thompson and Ginny Collins’ participation. 

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Join us in the lobby afterwards to celebrate another successful festival!

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How to Celebrate World Theatre Day!

Did you know there’s a day dedicated to theatre? There is and it’s on March 27! Created by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) this day has been used to celebrate theatre since 1962. Keep reading to find out how you can celebrate!

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Anatoli Vassiliev

Each year multiple theatre companies and organizations release messages reflecting on theatre, the primary one being an international message from a selected theatre professional by ITI. This year’s message is from Russian director Anatoli Vassiliev who starts off by asking why we need theatre. He passes on many wise observations, but one of his replies to his question is this interesting thought: “Because if you take a look at all the public arts, you can immediately see that only theatre is giving us – a word from mouth to mouth…It does not need any intermediary to work among human beings.” Read his full message here!

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Sky Gilbert

Closer to home, the Playwright’s Guild of Canada (PGC) released a message from Canadian playwright & director Sky Gilbert who in his own way answers the question of why we need theatre by describing someone’s journey to step out of their comfort zone and go see a play. In the second person Gilbert describes deciding to leave the house and going to a play, but “When you get there, you realize it’s not very big. Only about 30 seats. How can it be a good play if there are only 30 people watching?”. Find out what happens by reading the full message here!

So, why do you need theatre? Write a tweet, Facebook post, or blog with your own message about theatre. Or just help spread the word by using the hashtag #WTDchat and share the messages of others. The PGC in association with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) and l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC) also suggests inviting a friend who doesn’t usually go to theatre to a play with you, making a donation to your favourite local theatre, asking about volunteer opportunities with theatres, or simply wishing people a happy World Theatre Day!

In addition to reading, writing, and sharing messages, you can also go see a play! There are two showings of Prairie Theatre Exchange’s play Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, one at 2pm and another at 7pm. This is the world premiere of local playwright Rick Chafe’s new play, which stars four local actors, and was directed by PTE’s Artistic Director Robert Metcalfe. The play follows the hilarious journey of two couples through the “emotional roller-coaster ride known as ‘renovating the kitchen’” – read more about it here and don’t miss out!

From all of us at Sarasvàti Productions, we wish you a very happy World Theatre Day!