• Schedule


    Tuesday March 277:00 PM
    Pay What You Can Preview
    Wednesday, March 288:00 PM
    Opening Night
    Reception Follows
    Thursday, March 298:00 PM
    Friday, March 308:00 PM
    Saturday, March 318:00 PM
    Monday, April 2NO PERFORMANCE
    Tuesday, April 37:00 PM
    Students night
    Followed by Talk Back and reception
    Wednesday, April 48:00 PM
    Thursday, April 58:00 PM
    Friday, April 68:00 PM
    Saturday, April 78:00 PM
    Sunday, April 82:00 PM


by Patrick Friesen

Directed by Andraea Sartison

Featuring Tracey Nepinak as Crazy Bone

March 28 – April 8, 2018

Venue: Théâtre Cercle Molière – 340 Provencher

Tickets are 20% off until December 15th!

“Almost like it happened a long time ago and I was remembering…And then I wonder… was I being dreamed?”

Theatre Projects Manitoba is pleased to invite you to the world premiere of A Short History of Crazy Bone, a performance that treads the line between poetry, dance and theatre.


Canadian poet Patrick Friesen’s new play awakens Crazy Bone who walks on the outskirts of time, imagination and place –  shunned for her individuality, sexuality, and for the non-conventional choices she has made.  Crazy Bone is traveling to the river, trying to find a way back to herself.  The play, inspired by the playwright’s great grandmother, is an exploration of the nature of the outsider, crowded by others and acutely alone.  Crazy is a trickster, a wild woman laughing, a campesino, the artist.  The ghosts she lives – and sometimes dances with – are not past loved ones but present companions.


The questions inherent in the piece are of an artist’s place in society.  At the heart of the play is the movement, the process, of Crazy finding where she belongs, a spiritual odyssey in deeply human form.  It is also a poetic exploration of the prairie landscape, rooted in our province’s identity and history. The lead role of Crazy Bone will be played by actress Tracey Nepinak; one of Manitoba’s finest theatre artists.


It is a beautiful and difficult tale.  It is a Manitoba story.



Set Design Linda Beech

Lighting Design Itai Erdal

Sound Design Andrew Balfour

Costume Design Claire Thérèse Friesen

Choreography Tanja Woloshen

with David Arial, Zorya Arrow, Arne MacPherson and Tracy Penner

Stage Manager Jane Buttner


About Patrick Friesen

Patrick Friesen’s career spans three decades. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry, a book of essays and, with PerBrask, co-translations of several Danish poets, including Ulrikka Gernes. A lover of collaboration and live performance, Friesen has also written stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner.  His play, The Shunning, first produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, was staged by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2011.  His upcoming play, also called a short history of crazy bone, will be produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2018.


Tuesday, March 27, 7pm PWYD preview

Wednesday, March 28, 8pm Opening Night

Thursday, March 29, 8pm

Friday, March 30, 8pm

Saturday, March 31, 8pm

Tuesday, April 3, 7pm

Wednesday, April 4, 8pm

Thursday, April 5 8pm

Friday, April 6, 8pm

Saturday, April 7, 3pm

Saturday, April 7, 8pm

Sunday, April 8, 2pm