OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON APPROACHES!
Artistic Director Ardith Boxall and General Manager Rea Kavanagh are delighted to announce Theatre Projects Manitoba’s 2014/15 season! Featuring the premiere of a devised theatre creation by One Trunk Theatre, a political farce by one of Canada’s most outspoken and outstanding playwrights, and a unique project in association with an artist denied a passport in Iran because of his status as a conscientious objector, the 25th Season of Theatre Projects Manitoba will feature over 30 Manitoba theatre artists! Our 2014-15 programming is a celebration of TPM’s dedication to making thought provoking contemporary theatre with our Province’s most intrepid theatre artists. This season will showcase emerging and established Manitoba artists including Ross McMillan, Andraea Sartison, Hugh Conacher and Scott Nolan. Read on to learn a bit more about the shows and artists!
By Michael Healey
Directed by Ardith Boxall
The Rachel Browne Theatre
November 6 – 16, 2014
Proud is the third in a trilogy of plays about Canadian values by award winning playwright Michael Healey (Generous, Courageous). Shortly after the Conservatives win a majority government in the 2011 federal election, the prime minister discovers a secret weapon in his caucus—Jisbella Lyth, a single mother with a limited understanding of her role as an MP. Using her ignorance to his advantage, the PM hatches a plan to have Jisbella front and centre in a campaign of misdirection and distraction. Humorous and clever, Proud explores the corrosive nature of the politics of division. Featuring Ross McMillan as Stephen Harper (Less Than Kind, The Seagull).
“…funny and foul-mouthed, yet surprisingly sweet.”
—J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail
WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT
By Nassim Soleimanpour
Presented in association with Aurora Nova Productions
The Rachel Browne Theatre
January 7 – 18, 2015
‘I was born on Azar 19th, 1360 in Tehran. That’s Tehran, December 10th, 1981 in Christian years…’
Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave your country. Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play from Iran. Forbidden to travel, he turns his isolation to his own advantage with a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a powerful and audacious theatrical experiment that has been celebrated worldwide as one of the most astonishing evenings in theatre. Through audience participation as you’ve never seen it before, both audience and actor create a heartwarming, genuinely original piece that defies national boundaries, censorship and a longer description!
Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into more than 20 languages. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. Nassim lives in Tehran.
I DREAM OF DIESEL
Based on the music of Scott Nolan
A Presentation of One Trunk Theatre
The Rachel Browne Theatre
April 9 – 19, 2015
I Dream of Diesel is a devised theatre performance integrating video, photography, live theatre, and shadow play created by One Trunk Theatre and inspired by the music of Winnipeg singer-songwriter Scott Nolan. This piece was created as part of One Trunk’s residency with Theatre Projects Manitoba, and performed in development at various 2013/14 Salons and at the Carol Shields Festival of New Work.
Meet Sylvia, a waitress whose new marriage lands her on a beaten down farm while her husband’s trucking route takes him farther and farther away. The long stretch of country roads bends past diners, motels, homesteads and driveways of characters that each has a story deserving of a song. The performance combines low and high tech to create a classic prairie vista accompanied by the earnest and expectant, if a little weatherworn and weary, songs of Nolan.
One Trunk Theatre – Since its inception in 2008, One Trunk has produced five productions in Winnipeg and Camrose, AB. The company has integrated hip hop dance, rap, videography, ballet, physical theatre, musical theatre, mime, object theatre, prepared piano, mask, bouffant, and clown into their productions.
Scott Nolan – Winnipeg-based songwriter and performer Scott Nolan has earned the esteem his works have rendered. Some have called him noteworthy, even acclaimed – but the smart money cites Nolan as a voice rarely heard this side of the century, a musician who shrugs away any five-dollar-cover singer-songwriter motifs before he unsnaps his guitar case. His are the songs sung for people with a past, sturdily backlit with unswerving musicianship and a disposition rooted in the best of rock n’ roll, roots and Americana.
TPM Presents One Trunk Theatre at The Carol Shields Festival of New Works
Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Carol Shields Festival of New Works begins tonight! The annual festival happens at PTE from May 15-17, and presents new local works in development. We have been part of this important festival many times over the years and this year, we are excited to present a reading of I Dream of Diesel by our resident company, One Trunk Theatre.
Perhaps you have seen an earlier version of this collectively created, devised project at one of our Monday night Salons? Here’s your chance to see their next leap forward! For months, One Trunk has been developing this fascinating piece, based on the work of internationally renowned Winnipeg singer/songwriter, Scott Nolan. I Dream of Diesel will be presented at 7pm on Friday, May 16. Click here for a full schedule and play synopsis.
Call for Donations
On behalf of everyone at Theatre Projects Manitoba, we would like to thank you for your commitment to our creativity, development and dedication to Canadian theatre. As a patron of Theatre Projects Manitoba, you have already experienced the groundbreaking work we bring to our community by Manitoba playwrights such as Debbie Patterson and Carolyn Gray. Perhaps you have even seen the recent success of our Monday evening Salons or been present at one of our Students Nights. Thank you!
Those Salons and Students Nights are helping us to connect with Winnipeg’s youth – our city’s future leaders. If you haven’t seen these initiatives in action, here is just one excerpt from a Red River College student blog, to give you a sense of the impact our plays can have:
(the musical) Wicked …was spectacular, and over the top. Yet Sargent & Victor & Me affected me on a personal level. The set wasn’t extravagant, and that worked for it. It was believably minimal, it looked like it could be a food bank. Wicked had a huge budget, and catchy songs… but the personal, intimate nature of S &V & M made me think critically. I’ll be thinking about the key messages of Sargent & Victor & Me a lot longer than ‘Defying Gravity’ will be stuck in my head.
We are reaching out to all of our patrons and invite you to consider making a charitable gift to Theatre Projects Manitoba. Our ticket sales often cover less than 30% of what it costs to produce the work, and make up less than 20% of our overall operating budget. But we are determined to keep our ticket prices affordable to everyone, including students, while providing the best resources to create the art. To do this, we need your support!
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Thank you for your support of Theatre Projects Manitoba. See you at the theatre!