CARROTS FOR THE RABBITS!
White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a unique show for many reasons, not the least of which is that a different performer takes the stage every night- for one night only! What if you want to see more than one of your favourite local performers take the stage? Recognizing that different performers at each show means greater potential for multiple bookings by an individual, TPM offers CARROTS FOR THE RABBITS!
For individuals wishing to attend a second or even a third performance, we are offering special pricing, but only with advance payments and proof of purchase in the form of a ticket stub or a pre-paid reservation.
If people want to attend multiple shows, we recommend booking them all in advance (this way they do not need to provide proof of purchase in the form of a ticket stub at the door)
Here are the special prices for those attending a second, third or even fourth performance! These are only available if you are attending multiple performances!
Adult $20 ( Regular Price: $25)
Seniors $15 ( Regular Price: $20)
Student $12 ( Regular Price: $15)
The fabulous exception to this is for students. With proof of purchase for two shows in hand (don’t throw away your ticket stubs!), they can secure a third, fourth or even fifth performance as walk ups at the door…for free!
*At curtain, after all paying customers have been admitted, tickets will be released for walk up freebies for super keen students only. Adults and seniors are only eligible for the discounted rates listed above.
**this is only available by calling the box office at 204-989-2400– not available on the TPM website.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit- Interview with Artistic Director, Ardith Boxall
Winnipeg Foundation communications officer and TPM board member, Stacy Cardigan-Smith, conducted an interview with Ardith about our upcoming production of White Rabbit Red Rabbit for the Community News Commons. Here is what they chatted about!
Why did you decide to bring the White Rabbit Red Rabbit here? How did you learn about the show?
It caught my attention because of the involvement of two Canadian companies; Volcano Theatre and Necessary Angel. They developed the play with Nassim Soleimanpour (the playwright) who lives in Iran, and premiered the show simultaneously at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and the Summerworks Festival in Toronto.
The play was written to travel the world and be performed because the playwright was unable to leave his country. I loved the idea that an international play existed with the goal of connecting to performers and audience members in communities around the world. TPM makes intimate theatre and White Rabbit Red Rabbit is at its heart, a very intimate experience for everyone.
Since 2011 White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been translated into 15 different languages!
Why does the play require a new actor and a cold read each night? What does that bring to the show?
White Rabbit Red Rabbit engages everyone in the act of theatre; actor, audience and playwright are all present simultaneously. The actor has no previous knowledge of the script and must be a conduit for the playwright’s messages, word, stories and instructions to the audience. No actor is allowed to perform this play if they have seen it, or if they have already performed it. It is one night only and the audience gets a real, live experience, rife with possibilities, mistakes and spontaneity.
What kind of play can audiences expect? Is it a comedy? Drama?
Some have written that White Rabbit Red Rabbit defies description. It has been called an audacious theatrical experiment. The playwright uses allegory and theatrical experiment to explain his situation, using art as a socio-political metaphor.
Soleimanpour’s script has laughter and sadness, movement and stillness, despair and hope. It has metaphors, it has symbols, and it has secrets. I can guarantee that Winnipeggers will have an undeniably unique experience.
The play isn’t about Iran, but rather about the social phenomenon of obedience. What does that mean?
The play works on a beautiful metaphorical level. It is about theatre as much as it can be seen as being about the constructions of our societies. It encourages us to question our conventions of authority, our own willingness to be obedient, to be passive and to do what is expected of us.
How and why is the play “a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre?”
Theatre can unsettle as it entertains; it can disturb and delight at the same time. This provides an opportunity to bring new light to the issues at the foundation of our society. White Rabbit, Red Rabbit invites us to think about oppression, freedom and words.
Anything you want to add?
I encourage people to see more than one performance! Each actor will be very different in tone, emphasis and impact. It will be a different show every night. I have heard repeatedly about productions around the globe having audience members attend multiple performances! And TPM has a super deal so you can see as many Rabbits as you like!
Come warm your icy toes and hearts with hot blasts from the past and sassy tunes! Music will be provided by the FuFu ChiChi Choir, pictured left, who brought you such hits as “Seven Ducklings and a Toad”, “Miracle (The Nun Massacre)”, “Little George” and “Hooker on My Corner”. How festive!
There will be readings from old TPM classics Noble Savage Savage Noble, The Invalids and Albertine in Five Times, and new classics Georama and Washing Spider Out.
Our jolly crew of artists will include Michelle Boulet, Christina Heathers, George Toles, Liz Whitbread, Sarah Constible, Jacqueline Loewen, Justin Fry, Talia Pura, Cait Belton, Jeff Homer, Gordon Tanner, Patricia Hunter, Brooke Pluta, Ryan Bjornson and more!
Join us for 7pm on Monday, December 1st at Maw’s Eatery & Bar at 111 Princess Street. Doors will be open at 6pm, so come early for the delicious food and bountiful beer! Admission, as always, is free for Season Passholders and by donation for civilians.