Coordinated effort throughout the season
WINNIPEG, September 17, 2013 – Lucky 7! Seven female playwrights from Winnipeg will see their new work brought to life on stages throughout the city in the 2013-14 Season.
During the summer, a group comprised of the professional theatre companies in Winnipeg – collaborating under the banner of Theatre ++ Winnipeg – decided to celebrate the plethora of talented female voices on our stages in the 2013-14 season. Theatre ++ Winnipeg is comprised of seven companies – five of these featuring the work by emerging and established local female playwrights. Producing companies are: Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Projects Manitoba in partnership with zone41 theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Sarasvàti Productions and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Shakespeare in the Ruins and Manitoba Theatre for Young People are partners in collaboration.
From a fantastically fun photo shoot (featured on the cover of the Winnipeg Free Press on Thursday, September 12) to shared promotional opportunities throughout the season, Winnipeg theatres are inviting audiences to explore the work of these brilliant female voices.
“We realized that this would be an extraordinary theatre season for Winnipeg playwrights and that we had an opportunity to celebrate this collectively,” noted Rea Kavanagh, General Manager of Theatre Projects Manitoba. “Theatre ++ Winnipeg can help ensure that the wide and supportive Winnipeg audience of theatregoers – and potential theatregoers – has access to an exciting diversity of plays.”
"It’s so great that so many female playwrights are being produced this year,” said Trish Cooper, who has her Social Studies premiering November 20 – December 8 at Prairie Theatre Exchange. “I know most of them personally and I think their voices and stories are going to add much to the richness of theatre in Winnipeg. I am honoured to be among them.”
The celebration of great plays launches with Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests by Jessy Ardern (Sarasvàti Productions), playing September 15, 16 and 21 as part of FemFest at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for the Arts.
Theatre Projects Manitoba and zone41 theatre produce Carolyn Gray’s The Miser of Middlegate October 3 – 13 at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for the Arts.
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre produces Good Intentions by Ginny Collins, October 9 – 20 at The Berney Theatre.
Local actress and playwright Trish Cooper has her world premiere of Social Studies at Prairie Theatre Exchange, November 20 - December 8, PTE Mainstage.
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre produces Alix Sobler’s The Secret Annex, February 20 – March 8, at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.
Debbie Patterson’s Sargent and Victor and Me is produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba, February 27 – March 9 at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for the Arts.
At the end of the 2013-14 Season, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre produces Shiksa by Cairn Moore, April 2 – 13, at The Berney Theatre.
The group has established a Facebook presence for information at https://www.facebook.com/Theatre.Winnipeg