A SHORT HISTORY OF CRAZY BONE
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?”
Beloved Canadian poet Patrick Friesen’s new play awakens Crazy Bone, living on the outskirts of society in rural Manitoba shunned for her individuality, sexuality and for leaving her daughter. Crazy Bone is listening to the river, trying to find a way back to herself. She may be a trickster, a fool, a wild woman laughing, a campesino. It explores women’s mental health, hysteria and shock treatment in the mid-century. Yet it illuminates the continued challenges for women who are set apart by race, religion or sexuality. Or simply by their age.
The questions inherent in the piece are of a women’s place in society, spirituality and a quest for belonging. It is a poetic exploration of the prairie landscape, deeply rooted in our province’s settler and Indigenous identities and histories. The lead role of Crazy Bone will be played by actress Tracey Nepinak; one of Manitoba finest theatre artists.
This is a story that honours the women of our land by exploring how they have struggled, been marginalized, and by using art to celebrate their triumphant spirits that can guide a new generation towards understanding who we are on this land. 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, 8pm
Wednesday, April 4, 8pm
Thursday, April 5 8pm
Friday, April 6, 8pm
Saturday, April 7, 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, April 8, 2pm