Age of Arousal by Linda Griffiths

2008/2009 Season

Directed by Ardith Boxall • Production Design by Leanne Foley
Lighting Design by Hugh Conacher
Cast: Eric Blais, Carolyn Gray, Krista Jackson, Patricia Hunter, Erin McGrath and Maggie Nagle

March 19th – 29th, 2009
Rachel Browne Theatre • 211 Bannatyne

Wildly inspired by George Gissing’s The Odd Women

London, 1885…a time of passion and confusion. Virtue is barely holding down its petticoats. The typewriter and the Suffragettes are turning things topsy-turvy!

Mary Barfoot runs a school for secretaries with her young love, Miss Nunn. When the three Madden sisters arrive at their door, the older ones prove deliciously inept at the keys and the youngest is more interested in a sexual revolution than a career in business. When the charismatic Everard arrives, ideas and libidos clash for dominance – passion erupts and confusion reigns!  Age of Arousal is a sexy, frenetic ensemble piece about the gloriously liberated self.

Genre-busting, rule-bending and ambitiously original!

“Age of Arousal is a gorgeous melding of old/new, political/personal and passion/ repression into a heady mix of wit and intelligence. It’s a delight to watch.” – Barb Stewart, Uptown

“Linda Griffiths has written a deftly poetic and profoundly witty play in Age of Arousal…enjoy one of this country’s best playwrights at the top of her game.” The Toronto Star

“Griffiths has been absent from local stages for almost two decades and her agile writing, vivid characters and bawdy humour remind Winnipeg audiences what they’ve been missing.” – Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

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“Very witty and thought provoking” – Joff Schmidt, CBC Radio 1

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“Linda Griffiths’ uproarious take on the Victorian era, Age of Arousal, has found a perfect home with Theatre Projects Manitoba.” – Barb Stewart, Uptown

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On March 10, 2009 Winnipeg was treated to a reading by Age of Arousal playwright Linda Griffiths at the Cinemateque.  Organized by Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and sponsored by Theatre projects Manitoba, the evening was delight for all including the entire cast of the Manitoba production of Age of Arousal.

Left to Right: playwright Linda Griffiths and Director Ardith Boxall

The cast with Linda Griffiths – Left to Right:

This Manitoba premiere of Age of Arousal received the generous support of The Assiniboine Credit Union and The W.H. & S.E Loewen Foundation. TPM’s Age of Arousal Special Event Sponsor was Taylor McCaffrey LLP Barristers & Solicitors.  Age of Arousal Opening Night Sponsors were Amphora Imports, Bothwell Cheese and Half Pints Brewing Company. Our Media Sponsor was The Winnipeg Free Press. Our Ad sponsor was Outwords Inc.