White Rabbit Red Rabbit

2014/2015 Season

by Nassim Soleimanpour

In association with Aurora Nova

January 7 – 18, 2015

Venue: Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne Ave. (at Main Street)

I was born on Azar 19th, 1360 in Tehran.  That’s Tehran, December 10th, 1981 in Christian years…”

Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave your country.  Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of an entire generation in a wild utterly original play from Iran.  Forbidden to travel, he turns his isolation to his own advantage with a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance.

White Rabbit, Red rabbit is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.

“Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a punch in the air for self expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders.  You have to be there.”

-New Zealand Herald-

Performance Schedule

Wednesday January 7 8pm Gordon Tanner
Thursday January 8 8pm Sarah Constible
Friday January 9 8pm Tom Keenan
Saturday January 10 8pm Sharon Bajer
Sunday January 11 2pm Alan Williams
Sunday January 11 7pm Bathélemy Bolivar
en français
Tuesday January 13 1:30pm Loc Lu
Tuesday January 13 7pm Tobias Hughes
Wednesday January 14 1:30pm Ian Ross
Wednesday January 14 8pm Carson Nattrass
Thursday January 15 1:30pm Leith Clark
Thursday January 15 8pm Fraz Weist
Friday January 16 8pm Shawna Dempsey
Saturday January 17 2pm Janice Skene
Saturday January 17 8pm Stephen Sim
Sunday January 18 2pm Genevieve Pelletier 
en français
Sunday January 18 7pm Arne MacPherson


With a different performer taking the stage each night, some patrons may want to see the show more than once! TPM has a deal for all who want to see more than one rabbit hop across the stage. Click here for full details!!

nassim2Nassim Soleimanpour- Playwright

Nassim is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into more than 20 languages. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award.
Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different countries including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Wien), DPAC (Kuala Lampur) and University of Bremen and etc.
Currently developing his new play Blind Hamlet for the London based Actors Touring Company, Nassim lives in Tehran.

gord headshotGord Tanner- Actor

Performs Wednesday January 7 8pm

Gordon is an actor and writer who has lived in Winnipeg his whole life long.  He has performed on every stage in the city – some that no longer exist – and on others across the country.  Some of his credits include Jane Eyre, A Christmas Story, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Vibrator Play, and White Christmas at RMTC, Henry V and Merry Wives of Windsor at SIR,  the Magical Mystery Munsch tour and Moonlight and Magnolias at PTE, La Trappe et Des Fraises en Janvier pour Le Cercle Moliére, Assassins and She Loves Me with Dry Cold.  Some of his favourite theatrical experiences have been with Theatre Projects Manitoba – playing Kelly in Three Sisters,  Dr. Thomas Glendenning Hamilton inThe Elmwood Visitation and writing and performing Last Man in Krakendorf for In The Chamber 2010.  A true Winnipegger, he has always enjoyed a nice cold read.

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Performs Thursday January 8 8pm

Sarah is an actor and writer. Previous shows with Theatre Projects include The Monster Trilogy, Murder Ballads, and Dionysus in Stony Mountain.

 tom keenan[1]-1 copyTomKeenan-Actor                                                                                                                                                                               Performs Friday January 9 8pm

Tom is very excited to be a part of this project. As an actor and singer-songwriter he performs across Canada. Most recently Winnipeg has seen him in SIR’s Comedy of Errors and MTC’s The Seagull. TPM audiences may remember him from The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz. Currently he is working with zone41 Theatre and the band Royal Canoe on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II.

Sharon Bajer copySharon Bajer- Actor                                                                                   

Performs Saturday January 10 8pm

Sharon is an actress, playwright and director. Recent credits include acting in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Seagull and A Christmas Story at RMTC, directing Munsch Upon a Time at PTE and The Stuck Pot for The Young Company at MTYP. Sharon was a participant in Stratford’s Michael Langham Workshop in Classical Direction for the 2010 and 2011 seasons and was Director-in-Residence at Rainbow Stage 2014. Sharon is a member of the Playwright’s Unit at PTE. She has written several plays including Hersteria, Burnin’ Love and Molly’s Veil. Sharon is a graduate of Studio 58. sharonbajer.com

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Alan Williams- Actor
Performs Sunday January 11 2pm
Alan is from Manchester, England. He first came to Winnipeg in 1982 to perform his plays The Cockroach Trilogy, and returned to live here for several years through the eighties and nineties. In TPM’s 1991-2 season he acted in Vern Thiessen’s The Resurrection of John Frum, and performed a condensed version of The Cockroach Trilogy called The Best of the Cockroach. This spring he will be appearing in Light Shining In Buckinghamshire at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.

Bolivar_0009 copyBathélemy Bolivar- Actor                           Peforms Sunday January 11 7pm

Manitobain d’origine haïtienne, Bathélemy Bolivar est à la fois poète, essayiste, enseignant et activiste profondément engagé. Auteur de 4 recueils de poésie publiée –Manguiers têtus (2005),  Re-bondir (2007), Mots de Terre (2010) et Tempo (2013) au Manitoba et au Québec.  Il est récipiendaire du prix Rue Deschambault 2007. Tout en comptant également à son actif, plusieurs nominations à d’autres prix de poésie aussi prestigieux, tel que le  prix LansDowne de poésie en 2014.

Ses vers sont une rivière en crue. Parole-Rivière qui nous fait voyager et nous transporte dans l’intimité et la violence du flux et du reflux d’un univers où les mots s’appellent, se repoussent, se fracassent, se reflètent et se complètent dans une esthétique de l’urgence et de l’essentiel.Au fil de sa poésie, nous découvrons alors un  joaillier des mots  cultivant l’art du verbe et d’une musique tendue, riche et tendre qui nous offre au bout de chaque gerbe de vers,  un « état d’extase liquide » en cadeau.

Loc Lu- Actorloc headshot

Performs Tuesday January 13 1:30pm
Loc Lu is tickled pink to take part in Theatre Project’s production of White Rabbit Red Rabbit. When not reading scripts for the first time in front of an audience, Loc can be found doing stuff at MTYP, eating stuff at a local restaurant or playing Clash of Clans. He also enjoys karaoke and pancakes. But never at the same time.


Toby headshotToby Hughes- Actor
Performs Tuesday January 13 7pm
Toby is a Winnipeg-based actor and improvisor, and a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film.  He has performed with almost every professional theatre in Winnipeg and is a co-producer of the Outside Joke Season of Yuks (2012-2015) at the Gas Station Arts Centre. Recent theatrical credits include Le Jardin (Cercle Moliere) The Cherry Orchard (Theatre by the River, Little Echo Theatre), Maple Route (Theatre Incarnate), Comedy of Errors, Julius CaesarHenry V and Henry IV 1&2 (Shakespeare in the Ruins), The Valley, The Dishwashers (Prairie Theatre Exchange), The Walworth Farce (Incompletely Strangledr Theatre) and The Courier (Fringe Festival 2012).  Toby is a founding member of the musical improv company Outside Joke and has travelled across Canada performing improv.

Carson Nattrass- Actor Carson Nattress                                                         Performs Wednesday January 14 8pm

Carson is a theatre artist who has directed for Rainbow Stage, White Rabbit Productions and the Winnipegger Ensemble and has performed for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, Dry Cold Productions, White Rabbit, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Danny Schur Productions. Much love to Sharon and Theodore!

Leith Clark- Actor                                                                                                                                                                                          Performs Thursday January 15 1:30pm

Leith made his acting debut as Peter Rabbit in the first grade. Since that time he has been acting,leith headshot writing, directing and teaching theatre. In 1991 he made his Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival debut in possibly the worst play ever. However, he has continued fringing ever since performing and directing several plays and started his own company, LEITHelle Productions writing, producing and directing The Spice of Life parts 1 – 4, A Midsummer Night’s FEVER , Christmess and Staffroom, and co-written and performed Father, I Fem For Myself with his dad and A House Fell on Our Sister and We Didn’t Get No RubySlippers with Columpa C. Bobb. In his spare time Leith works with his little darlings at Sisler High School and directs their school musicals.


Fraz Wiest-Actor  

Performs Thursday January 15 8pm

Fraz Wiest is an actor, comedian, sometimes writer and all the time wrestling fan from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a founding member of Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and a cast member of Winnipeg’s DnD Improv. His first ever one-man show, FRAZ: Lonely At Last premiered at the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and his second solo effort, FRAZ vs The Future, was performed all last summer at the 2014 Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver Fringes. Fraz is beyond thrilled to be a part of this very special production, and humbled to be welcomed into the Theatre Projects Manitoba fold.

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Shawna Dempsey- Actor                                                                                                                       

Performs Friday January 16 8pm

Shawna Dempsey creates performance, film, video, books and installation with her collaborator, Lorri Millan.  Best known for pieces such as We’re Talking Vulva, A Day in The Life of A Bull-Dyke, and Lesbian National Parks and Services, Dempsey and Millan articulate political concerns through their art. Throughout their practice they have been committed to placing their work in non-art spaces so they can speak to diverse audiences. This duo has shown extensively in venues ranging from the Istanbul Biennial to United Church conferences, from the Museum of Modern Art to women’s centres in Sri Lanka. Dempsey also writes and curates, and has organized exhibitions at YYZ Gallery, Gallery 1C03, Hallwalls Contemporary Art and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, among others.


Jan Skene-Actor                                                            

Performs Saturday January 17 2pm

Jan Skene is best known as an accomplished actor/singer and director, having appeared on almost all of Winnipeg’s main stages over the past 28 years and has numerous film and tv credits.   Jan appeared in Theatre Projects’ very first show – ALBERTINE IN FIVE TIMES and holds a special place in her heart for this company. She is honoured and scared sh@#less, but hopefully not witless, to be appearing in this production.


Stephen Sim- Actor                                                                                                                                                                               Performs Saturday January 17 8pmStephen Sim headshot web copy

Stephen Sim is one half of the world class improv duo CRUMBS. He is also the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg IF… Improv Festival and the Outreach Coordinator for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He has toured internationally for over a decade, performing his improv show with CRUMBS, leading master classes in improvisation, and directing and creating improv formats at international festivals. He has been known to dabble with the written word and has even been known to act in some legitimate theatre. CRUMBS website

Geneviève Pelletier- Actor                                                          Geneviève headshot copy

Performs Sunday January 18 2pm

Geneviève est la cinquième directrice artistique du Cercle Molière en 89 saisons d’existence. Son parcours varié et éclectique – en Suisse pour fonder sa propre compagnie de théâtre indépendante, au Manitoba pour devenir comédienne, puis productrice de télé, puis metteur en scène – lui donne des ailes assez larges pour assumer la tâche devant elle,  prendre en main une troupe importante dans une ville axée sur la culture théâtrale. Les années devant elle seront portées par son imaginaire et sa volonté de faire de la voix francophone du Manitoba une importante composante du théâtre national. 

ArneArne MacPherson- Actor Performs Sunday January 18 7pm          

Arne performed the title role in Shakespeare’s Dog  at the Manitoba Theatre Centre andthe NAC in Ottawa.  He played Hamlet, Richard III, and many other roles for Shakespeare In the Ruins, and has worked at most of Winnipeg’s theatres.  Arne has directed over thirty productions in Winnipeg.  Favourite shows include Sargent & Victor & Me (Theatre Projects Manitoba), The Threepenny Opera (The Manitoba Theatre Centre and Shakespeare In the Ruins), Head, The Tempest  (Shakespeare In the Ruins). He performed with his partner Debbie Patterson and their two kids Gislina and Solmund in Patterson’s play Molotov Circus, which was presented at the Winnipeg Fringe and theSummerworks festival in Toronto. He is a member of nuna(now), an Iceland­Canada art convergence.  In association with nuna(now), Arne  co­created with a group of Icelandic and Canadian artists a performance work called The Island, which was shown in Reykjavik and Winnipeg.