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TPM Doc now playing on a small screen near you!

On the occasion of our 20th anniversary, interviews abounded and video was shot… Theatre Projects was made a movie star. Produced and directed by Gordon Tanner, the footage has now been transformed into a 16 minute documentary called Between Then and Now:  20 Years of Theatre Projects Manitoba. MTS TV customers can see the program […]

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The Challenge is on!

What CAN we do in 90 Hours? It’s time to find out! The Winnipeg Foundation’s 90-Hour Giving Challenge began Monday at 6:00am and runs until midnight Thursday, April 21st. Make an online gift during that time to Theatre Projects Manitoba’s Agency Fund and the Foundation will provide additional support. To check out the nearly 130 […]

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Held over – Beethoven Blatz is a hit!

Wowza – the response from audiences has been overwhelming!  So…we’ve added one more performance to our run of The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz. The Holdover performance is: 7:30 PM, Sunday April 17th Tickets are available online, in person at McNally Robinson or by calling the office:  204-989-2400

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A play they’ll enjoy, Manitobans will

By Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press What wants a man with a broken piano in an isolated woodbox of a home on the windswept Manitoba prairie in the 1930s? The answer is at the clappering heart of Armin Wiebe’s lusty romantic folk tale The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, which had its premiere staged before […]

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Theatre review: “Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz” brings Mennonites gone wild(ish) to the stage

by Joff Schmidt, CBC Theatre Reviewer Mennonites in lust! But not talking about it. That’s the Coles notes take on Armin Wiebe’s first full-length play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, which sees a solid world premiere this week from Theatre Projects Manitoba. It’s the 1930s, and Obrum Kehler (Tom Keenan) and his wife, Susch […]

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Made in Manitoba

Uptown Magazine:  Novelist Armin Wiebe makes his playwriting debut with The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, a folk play with a distinctly Prairie bent Daria Puttaert and Tom Keenan in The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz.  Photo:  Dylan Hewlett From the page to the stage, Theatre Projects Manitoba presents The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, […]

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Moonlight Sonata playwright delves into the art of the edit

Armin Wiebe is an award-winning author. But even more exciting, he is a first time playwright. Tonight is the opening night of Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz. Armin kept a journal of the journey of getting his first play to the stage. And he graciously shares some entries with you on CBC’s Manitoba Scene!

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Mennonites not funny? Well, you’re wearing pants!

ARMIN Wiebe thinks Mennonites are misjudged if they are seen as humourless, religious pacifists who spend their days singing and shunning in southern Manitoba. “The image of the poor, serious Mennonite may be handy as PR but it’s not the reality,” says Wiebe, 62. “Mennonites are a people who love to laugh. They are always […]

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We’re Talkin’ Brummtopp

And so is CBC’s Manitoba Scene – your new guide to local arts and entertainment! As the title suggests, the piano takes centre stage in Armin Weibe’s The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz.  But lurking in the shadows is the mysterious, sinister and possibly pagan companion of Mennonite New Years Mummers – the Brummtopp. When […]

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Tickets on sale at McNally Robinson

More and more people are purchasing tickets through TPM’s online store, but we know that some people just like a ticket…a real ticket with snap that you can rub between your fingers like a good luck charm. Theatre Projects Manitoba is eager to answer this tactile dream and has teamed up with McNally Robinson to […]

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Get Gutenthaled!

Turnstone Press Night is Friday April 15th! The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz is Armin’s latest Gutenthal story written for stage and produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba. Turnstone Press and Theatre Projects invite all authors, readers, friends, and fans of Armin Wiebe to join us on Friday, April 15 for a post-show reception. While we […]

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Finely tuned cast up to challenge of aboriginal tale with split personality

“You don’t see plays like this very often…this one is worth seeing” says Kevin Prokosh in his outstanding review of Almighty Voice and His Wife in the Winnipeg Free Press.  Read the article

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A chance to (finally) hear Moses, Almighty

Kevin Prokosh speaks with playwright Daniel David Moses,  Native Earth Performing Arts Artistic Director Yvette Nolan and Theatre Projects’ Artistic Director Ardith Boxall about Almighty Voice and His Wife.  Moses talks about how he came to the story and the distinct style that some have described as “two plays in one”. Read the Winnipeg Free […]

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Ahead of Its Time

Almighty Voice and His Wife is previewed by Jared Storey in this week’s Uptown.  He talks to Derek Garza (Almighty Voice) and Artistic Director Ardith Boxall about the play’s evolution with it’s audience and it’s distinct style and structure.  Read the Uptown article.

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Overture! Curtains! Lights!

Some old, a whole bunch new, quite a few borrowed and at least one (Calendar Girls) sort of blue mark this year’s season on Winnipeg stages.  And TPM’s premiere of The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz is April’s must see show! Read the Winnipeg Free Press Theatre Season Preview!

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MANITO AHBEE: A FESTIVAL FOR ALL NATIONS

November 3 – 7, 2010 TPM will once again participate in the Manito Ahbee Festival – this time with our presentation of Almighty Voice and His Wife. Now in its 5th year, the Festival is devoted to engaging all nations in an international celebration of Aboriginal music, arts, culture and heritage. Taking place from November […]

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Hawkweed Literary Forum: BRANDON UNIVERSITY

November 17 – 18, 2010 The Creative Writing program at Brandon University will be hosting Almighty Voice and his Wife as part of their Hawkweed Literary Forum (formerly called The Literary Speakers Series). The forum has been hosting readings and performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed writers for the past several decades. The list of […]

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One Man’s Show

Written by Al Rae • Featuring Sarah Constible 7PM Saturday September 25th Colin Jackson Studio Theatre @ Prairie Theatre Exchange One Man’s Show is a provocative psychobiography which examines the gendered history of mankind by seeing what all humans have in kind. On the eve of his marriage Sarah-as-Al searches for his place in his […]

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CAROL SHEILDS FESTIVAL OF NEW WORK

September 24 – 26, 2010 Winnipeg’s celebration of new plays is moving to September! Presented by Prairie Theatre Exchange, the Carol Shields Festival, Version 7.5 will celebrate Canada’s inaugural Culture Days by opening up “plays under construction” to the general public. We’ll be there with a new play in development! FEATURING: One Man’s Show Written […]

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North Main Gothic Uptown review!

Read the Uptown review of North Main Gothic by Barb Stewart

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Sharing our stories

Sharing our stories

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20 years of breaking new ground

20 years of breaking new ground

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The city’s untried, unmarketable and critical theatre

The city’s untried, unmarketable and critical theatre

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Brave New Works

Brave New Works

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Actors given free reign…

Actors Given Free Reign…

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This play’s no “dog…”

The Last Dog of War at Theatre Projects Manitoba By Joff Schmidt for CBC Manitoba Theatre Projects Manitoba kicks off its 20th season with a winner from Linda Griffiths… and it should be as big a hit for TPM as last season’s production of Griffiths’ Age of Arousal was.  Read Joff’s CBC theatre blogspot on […]

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Daughter’s stage flight with ‘old bastard’ a success

By: Kevin Prokosh for Winnipeg Free Press 4 stars out of 5 THE mission for actress Linda Griffiths in her new dramatic monologue was to reconnect with her Second World War veteran father and get him to his squadron’s last RAF reunion in England without starting a Third World War. The Last Dog of War, […]

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Last Dog will have its day

November 4th 2009 TPM’s The Last Dog of War brings the personal side of battle by Amanda Lefley (Volunteer) Performer Linda Griffiths brings a personal story with her Last Dog of War. The Last Dog of War, a one-woman show written and performed by Montreal-born playwright Linda Griffiths, will be running Nov. 5-14 at the […]

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Bullying pays off for local theatre company

There are many reasons why plays have been written for Theatre Projects Manitoba over its 20 years, and a threat of physical violence is one of them. Rick Chafe was a fledgling fringe festival playwright in the mid-’90s when TPM artistic director Bruce McManus strong-armed him with a demand for a script, or else. The […]

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Familiar battles take the stage

The Second World War serves as a backdrop for the conflict between a father and daughter in Linda Griffiths’ The Last Dog of War Jared Story Familiar battles take the stageWith Remembrance Day approaching, it’s fitting that Theatre Projects Manitoba’s first production of the season is The Last Dog of War, running Nov. 5 to […]

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A self-portrait of sorts

Local actor/playwright Ross McMillan tackles a familiar subject in his latest work, The Daffodil Man Barb Stewart, Uptown Theatre Projects Manitoba is producing a brand new play by acclaimed local actor/playwright Ross McMillan called The Daffodil Man, as part of its yearly In the Chamber series. The series, which features a work-in-progress by a local […]

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Worth a peek

Theatre Projects Manitoba’s Age of Arousal offers up a hilarious look at love, lust and sexuality in 19th-century England A- AGE OF AROUSAL Theatre Projects Manitoba Until March 29, Rachel Browne Theatre Linda Griffiths’ uproarious take on the Victorian era, Age of Arousal, has found a perfect home with Theatre Projects Manitoba. Loosely based on […]

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Play wins arousing round of applause

By: Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press Photo Caption:  Krista Jackson, Patricia Hunter and Maggie Nagle snap, crackle and virtually pop out of their corsets. The Victorian era was no time to be a lady. Women were expected to be weak and helpless, their raison d’etre only to marry. That they largely outnumbered men in 1885 […]

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Loose women

Canadian playwright unlaces the corset of the Victorian age in popular new play The actress/playwright Linda Griffiths was pawing through the buck bin outside a Toronto used bookstore when she came upon a beat-up copy of The Odd Women.  After noting the author of the 1893 novel was somebody named George Gissing, she flipped it […]

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Sexier than a bare ankle

Sexier than a bare ankle Theatre Projects Manitoba’s production of Age of Arousal explores Victorian-era sexuality – but don’t expect a stuffy historical drama Barb Stewart – Uptown What if your innermost thoughts suddenly came popping out of your mouth?  You would probably be so horrified you would never leave the house – or open […]

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Nothing Lost in Translation

Nothing Lost In Translation Uptown, November 6th, 2008 French-language playwright Marc Prescott’s Encore is adapted in English – and it’s still every bit as moving A- Relatively unknown by anglophone theatre audiences in Manitoba, Winnipegger Marc Prescott is nonetheless an award-winning French-language playwright, actor and director. Theatre Projects Manitoba is attempting to change this dichotomy […]

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Can I get an Encore?

Can I get an encore? Theatre Projects Manitoba kicks off their season with a crowd-pleasing play by a bad boy playwright Brittany Thiessen, The Uniter Uniter preview The English-language debut of a play by the self-proclaimed “bad boy of Franco-Manitoban theatre” kicks off Theatre Projects Manitoba’s season this week. Written by Marc Prescott, Encore is […]

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Love, From Rapture to Rupture

Love, From Rapture to Rupture by Kevin Prokosh from the Winnipeg Free Press – Nov 1, 2008 It’s taken 83 years for a locally written Cercle Molière play to be translated for the mainstream English theatre audience. That’s a pity, given that Encore, the first script imported from St. Boniface to downtown Winnipeg, turns out […]

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City’s Anglo ears finally get chance to enjoy Franco-Manitoban’s voice

City’s Anglo ears finally get chance to enjoy Franco-Manitoban’s voice By Kevin Prokosh from the Winnipeg Free Press – Oct 30, 2008 For English theatre-goers, francophone playwright Marc Prescott has been lost in translation. When he attempted to make contact with les anglos across the Red River, interested but unilingual artistic directors were unable to […]

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Playwrights provoke with political work

Playwrights provoke with political work Winnipeg Free Press Stage Door / By: Kevin Prokosh The Wrecking Ball is swinging through Winnipeg next Monday in an attempt to poke a hole in the notion that political theatre is dead in Canada. Wrecking Ball is a four-year-old Toronto theatre movement that seeks to address the annoying reality […]

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