Breaking Through has everyone talking!

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Molly (Dorothy Carroll) and Kennedy (Marsha Knight) are turned away from an emergency shelter.

Breaking Through opened on Tuesday and has had everyone talking since.

“Saw Breaking Through yesterday, and recommend it, it is honest but done with humour too. Still shows this week. I love all the characters, especially KoKo.” – Mary Scott

“I identify with some of the characters as I have gone through mental struggles of my own… I think what it certainly got across very well was that each character was a sort of individual element, not of their own choosing, but they’re trying to find some means of attaining normalcy. This is what I’ve gone through—the struggle to find normalcy when you have a condition that leaves you feeling anything but.”  – Patrick Lowe, Winnipeg Filmmaker

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KoKo (Josh Ranville) is visited by her spirit guide (Marsha Knight)

“Brilliantly done and very well-researched. The actors really took on the roles. Everybody’s characters just stay with you.” – Angela, audience member

Check out a feature in The Times on actor Harry Nelken who plays Joe, a 72 year old character who has been living with schizophrenia since he was 19. Read the Winnipeg Free Press preview by Randall King and the blog review by Winnipeg theatre artist Lorraine James. Breaking Through has also been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press Arts & Culture, CBC News, The Herald, The Lance, The Pilipino Express, Global News Morning and more!

Come and see for yourself. There are four performances left! To see a performance schedule and book you tickets click here.

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“Plays like this are good messages. They’re valuable, in a sense. What I also like about the play is it was meant to be entertaining throughout. It wasn’t really a ‘downer’. It was trying to be an ‘upper’” – Patrick Lowe, Winnipeg filmmaker

Photos by Janet Shum.



SYTYCA Presents: Alison Gillmor

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Drum roll please! Today, we are pleased to present in full detail the first of our seven celebrity participants in our 3rd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraising event. This year’s theme is The Revolution Starts Now and will feature entertaining scenes by local, national, and international playwrights. Alison Gillmor of the Winnipeg Free Press and CBC Radio will star as Deb in The Girl Who Loved Castro by Montreal playwright, Colleen Curran. Sound familair? The Girl Who Loved Castro was featured as one of our shorts in FemFest 2013!

Deb is sipping a Mojito in a small cantina in Havana, Cuba boasting about her admiration for Fidel Castro. What will Maria, the fed-up cantina keeper, do when she’s finally had enough?

Alison Gillmor – Winnipeg Free Press and CBC Radio:

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Winnipeg journalist Alison Gillmor writes on pop culture for the Winnipeg Free Press and covers the local art and film scene for CBC radio. A born-and-bred Winnipegger, Alison likes the theatre but hasn’t acted since Grade 11.

What will happen when Alison steps onto the stage for the first time since high school? Will she rise to the challenge and take home the grand prize? Join us on Feburary 19th, 2014 to find out! Tickets to So You Think You Can Act can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling our office at (204) 586-2236. Help support the transformative theatre work of Sarasvàti Productions and get your tickets today!

Will Randall King Get A Five Star Review?

Anyone who reads the Winnipeg Free Press knows that on the weekend, Randall King is the guy to guide you to what movies you should or should not see. As Winnipeg’s favourite movie critic, Randall dishes out the dirt on the films that are not up to par, and raves about the ones that everyone should see. We trust his opinion and expertise to enhance our film choosing and viewing.

We are very excited that Randall will be offering himself up for critique to our panel of judges at So You Think You Can Act! Let’s learn more about Randall!

In a way, Randall King was born into the entertainment beat.

His dad was Winnipeg musician Jimmy King. His older brother David is a playwright. His even older brother Bob is a singer-songwriter.

Randall has been content to cover the entertainment beat in one capacity or another since 1990.

His beat is film, and the job has placed him in the same room as diverse talents, from Martin Scorsese to Martin Short, from Julie Christie to Julia Styles. He has met three James Bonds (four if you count Woody Allen), and director Russ Meyer once told him: “I like your style.”

Will Randall’s performance be critically acclaimed by the judges? Will he get a five star review? There’s only one way to know!

Please join us February 16th at 8pm, Gas Station Arts Centre! Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance on our website or reserve by calling 586-2236.

If you haven’t yet predicted the evening’s winner, take our blog poll.