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  • TPM Salons!

    New to TPM? Welcome to our monthly cabaret night, the TPM Salon! These events are popular with artists and audiences alike.  Every month, emerging and established artists come together with audiences in a cabaret setting to explore the playwrights and themes of our season.  Music, song, dance and theatre!


    September 28th, 7pm at Le Garage (166 Provencher)

    Join TPM as we celebrate the start of our season in collaboration with the Wrecking Ball. Established in 2004, this innovative, cross-Canada theatre institution was created to prove that Canadian political theatre is viable. Invited playwrights are instructed to create a 5-7 minute piece based on current political headlines, and that it must only be rehearsed the week prior to performance. Occurring simultaneously in venues across the country, the current edition of Wrecking Ball will explore the upcoming federal election. The Winnipeg edition is being curated by TPM collaborator, Deb Patterson, who has invited Trish Cooper, Frances Koncan and Fraz Wiest to pen scripts, and Tom Penner to lead us in a rousing chorus of “Harperman”. The Talentless Lumps will also make a grotesque and delightful appearance.

    Salons are on Monday nights and will be held at various venues this season. Check back here regularly, call us, like us , follow us or subscribe to our Newsletter – all great sources for Salon details and all the TPM alerts you might need!

    Doors will open by 6PM and refreshments will be available!  Show starts at 7PM. Admission is free for Season Pass holders and by donation for the general public.

    The 2015/ 2016 Salon Schedule:

    • 7PM Sept 28: at Le Garage (166 Provencher)
    • 7PM Oct 26
    • 7PM Nov 30
    • 7PM Jan 25
    • 7PM Feb 29
    • 7PM March 28





    Artistic Director Ardith Boxall and General Manager Rea Kavanagh are pleased to announce Theatre Projects Manitoba’s 2015/16 season. Buoyed by the success of last year’s three show season, TPM proudly returns with fall, winter and spring offerings! Featuring the world premiere of a timely drama about children and land, an award winning play about greed, sex and despair, and a double bill with two of Winnipeg’s most promising solo theatre talents, the 2015/16 season of Theatre Projects Manitoba will bring you to the edge and push you off!

    The season opens with Iceland by Governor General Award winning playwright Nicolas Billon. Set against the backdrop of the financial crisis, Iceland explores how a far off event affects the lives of three strangers in Canada’s biggest city.

    In January audiences will be treated to two unique emerging writer/performers. Fraz vs. the Future written and performed by DnD Improv legend Fraz Wiest and Village Ax written by Sydney Hayduk and Elsa Reesor Taylor – performed by Sydney Hayduk.

    In March we offer the world premiere of Reservations by Steven Ratzlaff (Dionysus in Stony Mountain). Reservations explores the often contentious relations in Canada between Indigenous peoples and the rest through our common children, land and the quest for acts of restitution.

    2015-2016 SEASON DETAILS



    By Nicolas Billon

    Directed by Ardith Boxall

    November 5th-15th

    The Rachel Browne Theatre

    Iceland is part of the trilogy Fault Lines which was awarded the Governor General award for drama in 2013. Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn. A snapshot in time of the effects of capitalism; how we all benefit from it, how we are all part of the system, and how we can all be greatly hurt by its effects. Iceland uses wit and dark humour to tackle the consequences of greed and our yearning to belong to something larger than ourselves.

    “Iceland is a beautifully structured and extremely powerful play that haunts the mind.  Billon is an original and exciting voice.”                – Atom Egoyan


    Fraz vs the Future (randombandname productions) &

    Village Ax (Peachy Keen Productions)

    The Rachel Browne Theatre

    January 7 – 17, 2016

    Fraz vs The Future is a show about time travel, technology, fear of change and social media. Ever since humans invented the idea of “the future”, they have pondered, wondered and been deathly afraid of it. Fraz has the courage to make the future hilarious, while at the same time admitting he’s terrified of it.

    Writer and Improviser Fraz Wiest is a founding member of Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and a cast member of Winnipeg’s DnD Improv. Fraz performed White Rabbit Red Rabbit for TPM last season and is well known on the Fringe and comedy circuits across Canada.

    Village Ax – Standing tall is a bedroom wall. Inside exists a Village of 200 inhabitants struggling for their lives. Inside them is a small, vulnerable creature. When Charlie (a 20 something social media consultant) spots a sign posted on a telephone pole which reads “Do you wanna disappear?” she is transported into the depths of a hive shaped village.

    Written by Elsa Reesor-Taylor and Sydney Hayduk – AKA Peachy Keen Productions. The show is performed by Winnipeg writer/dancer/company founder Sydney Hayduk. Peachy Keen debuted on the Fringe scene in 2014 with the delightful hit Bizarro Obscure. (Sydney Hayduk/Christy Taronno). The company crafts each show around messages of human vulnerability and love. Village Ax is dedicated to those who lock themselves in.



    By Steven Ratzlaff

    The Rachel Browne Theatre

    March 10 – 20, 2016

    Steven Ratzlaff is known as one of Manitoba’s most political playwrights, exploring contemporary social and political issues through a local lens. His play Dionysus in Stony Mountain dealt with criminal justice. Last Man in Puntarenas was about health care. With this next work he continues to attack issues of immediate concern, potentially making a very real change in the audience’s understanding of at –risk children and restitution for First Nations.


    Reservations inserts us into two stories; a dispute between foster parents and the Aboriginal CFS agency responsible for their children and the philosophical and spiritual decision of a Mennonite farmer who gifts his land to the Siksika First Nation. Artful, entertaining and provocative, Reservations asks tough questions about our home and native land.



    Our vision of theatre is intimate, provocative, and artistically driven: shaped by a strong belief that playwrights and plays are the heart of Canadian theatre.

    Our goal is to build a cultural narrative that speaks to our community and reflects our shared experiences.

    Committed to the cultivation of Canadian Theatre, in the past 25 years TPM has staged more than 50 new Manitoban works.

  • Introducing Arne MacPherson and Justin Otto

    Processed with MoldivAs we continue our profiles of I Dream of Diesel artists, we are delighted to present Arne Macpherson and Justin Otto. Arne plays Frank and Justin plays his son, Joe.


    -How did you first get involved in theatre?

    My life in the theatre really started in earnest when I moved to Winnipeg in the early ’90s.  I bought a house with Deb Patterson (his partner, writer and performer of TPM’s production of Sargent & Victor & Me last season), we started a family and felt embraced by the community.

    – What is your favourite thing about being a theatre artist?

    Doing theatre puts you in the moment with the other people in the room like no other experience I have had.

    – What is your experience with devised theatre?

    I have been involved in one other devised piece, which I co created with dancers,theatre artists and visual artists from Canada and Iceland.  We showed it in Reykjavik and Winnipeg.  It was super fun and really challenging.

    – What strikes you most about the experience of working on I Dream of Diesel?

    Working on I Dream of Diesel has been a utopia of creativity, collaboration, good vibes and games of Foursquare.



    -How did you first get involved in theatre?

    I first got involved with theatre in high school. I went to high school in Lac du Bonnet, a small rural town North East of Winnipeg. I was lucky enough to go to a school with a great theatre program that allowed me to be in productions of The Odd Couple and Twelve Angry Men.

    – What is your favourite thing about being a theatre artist?

    Being a theatre artist allows me to Play for a living…what can I ask for beyond that really.

    – What is your experience with devised theatre?

    I had devised a few small pieces with classmates in university but nothing to the scale of a full production such as Diesel. My impressions of devising this project has been the sheer magnitude of all the little pieces we have to create this story. Rehearsing while devising allowed the characters and the story to come through in ways I’m not always accustomed to, be it a shadow or an object being placed on stage, instead of your standard search in the text itself for who these characters are.

    – What strikes you most about the experience of working on I Dream of Diesel?

    Working on I Dream of Diesel I am struck by the sheer array of talents of my crew and fellow cast mates. Everyone either brings to the table a craftiness, another directorial eye, a script change here or there or a mean back hand in a game of Foursquare. This project asks a lot of everyone involved, in terms of being multidisciplinary, and those challenges have been met full on.

    – Any exciting projects coming up?

    As far as exciting upcoming projects I have two! As I Dream of Diesel winds down it’s run at the Rachel Brown I head into rehearsals for WJT’s Canadian Premiere of Bad Jews, following that I am touring my Fringe show The Manic Pixie Dream Girl, with my multi-talented co-creator Sydney Hayduk; to London, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary Fringe.

    – Care to tell us more about any other job(s) you may have when you’re not creating theatre?

    When not creating theatre I can be found behind the grill at Nuburger, the best burgers in Winnipeg, 472 Sherbrook.

    – When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    The funny – perhaps even sad – thing is, even as a kid I wanted to be an actor when I grew up. Particularly watching the way Jim Carrey made me and well EVERYONE laugh growing up inspired me to be a class clown – to the unappreciated grumbles of my teachers.

    – What type of family do you have?

    My family, still living in rural Manitoba, share a lot of similarities with the family in Diesel. With that in mind they are also a loving bunch of folks who motivate me to dream – much like my character Joe, the dreamer of the play.



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