By Erin Shields
A TPM Production
November 17–27, 2016
Venue: Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne Avenue
Directed by Ardith Boxall
“Did you see that movie? That new one with the cop? Yes, with the cop, and she’s trying to catch a serial killer, yes, who takes men. Beautiful men. Beautiful naked men who end up dead in basements. And the cop watches TV. Yes, she watches a historical fantasy about an Amazon Queen with a harem of writhing man-slaves. And the queen from that show, she’s watching a play. Right, she’s watching a play.”
TV is better than ever and binge worthy shows like Game of Thrones, True Detective and House of Cards frequently pop into happy hour conversation and accompany us into the wee hours of the night.
Erin Shield’s asks a simple question in her sexy, no-holds-barred play Beautiful Man: What if? What if, in these shows, the roles were reversed?
“Searing and consistently hilarious” –Jordan Bimm
Playwright- Erin Shields
Director- Ardith Boxall
Featuring Sarah Constible, Andrea del Campo, Tracy Penner and David Arial as the Beautiful Man
Production Design- Linda Beech
Video and Lighting Design- jaymez
Costume Design- Angela Vaags
Sound Design- Davis Plett
Production Management- Steven Vande Vyvere
Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 is PAY WHAT YOU CAN PREVIEW.
Thursday, November 17th at 8:00 is OPENING NIGHT + reception
Friday, November 18th at 8:00 is COCKTAILS and COCKTALES with drinks by the Roost on Corydon
Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00 is STUDENT NIGHT with a talk back + reception and $10 Student Tickets
Erin Shields- Playwright
Erin Shields is a Montreal based playwright and actor. She won the 2011 Governor General’s Award for her play If We Were Birds, which premiered at Tarragon Theatre where she is currently a playwright-in-residence. Her adaptation of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea was part of The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season.
Andrea is a Winnipeg-based actor, improviser and producer. Favourite theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie and The Penelopiad (RMTC), James and the Giant Peach (MTYP), Mr Burns: A post-electric play (DTC), Sunday in the Park with George (Galleryworks). Television and film credits include Stegman is Dead, The Pinkertons, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Blood Pressure, Steel and Wingin’ It. Watch for Andrea this season in DTC’s Tigers Be Still and RMTC’s Kill Me Now. Andrea is a proud founding member of local musical improv company, Outside Joke, and probably owes her career and much of her happiness to it. Much love to her own beautiful man, Philip, who is the greatest feminist and ally this little weirdo could ask for.
Tracy’s worked with several theatre companies in Winnipeg including RMTC, WJT, zone41 theatre, SIR and Sarasvati Productions. In Edmonton, select companies she’s worked with include Catalyst Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Concrete Theatre, and Vault: Theatre of Invention. You might’ve seen Tracy in spring, playing Emma in the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s production of Shiksa. And coming up in May, she’ll be playing Ethel Smyth in Muriel Hogue’s new play, Passion. Tracy is a graduate of the University of Alberta.
David Arial is delighted to be making his debut with Theatre Projects Manitoba. Previous Winnipeg theatre credits include: Just One Spark (One Trunk), Three Sisters: A Black Opera In Three Acts (Who Is John Moe?) and Tough Case (MTYP). In his most recent work, David played the Narrator, the Devil or, God depending on what you believe in for Kristine Nutting’s production of Devour Content Here: A Show which was housed in a non-conventional space in downtown Edmonton. He holds a degree in drama from the University of Alberta, Augustana campus.
Linda Beech- Production Designer
Linda Beech has lived and worked across Canada as a visual artist and theatre professional for over twenty years. Starting with a degree in theatre from Dalhousie University she went on to intern at the Banff Centre for the Arts and later graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has been awarded grants from the Ontario Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council among others. Career highlights include being a roadie for Sarah McLaughlin’s Lilith Fair Tour, building a giant crow (and getting him across the U.S. border) and teaching theatre arts at Argyle Alternative High School through the Manitoba Arts Councils ArtsSmarts Program.
James Jansen- Lighting and Video Design
With a multi-faceted and distinct visual style, jaymez has worked in the visual art, dance, theatre and music communities. His video work has appeared in a number of international festivals, theatrical and dance productions and he has performed live video alongside dozens of musicians and artists. He has created lighting, video and sound designs for a wide range of companies and choreographers including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Ming Hon, Adhere + Deny, Sarasvàti Productions, Moving Target Theatre Company, One Trunk Theatre, Sawdon Dance, Nova Dance Collective, and .6 Ricochet. His work has been seen in a number of cities including Stratford, Edmonton, Regina, Calgary, Toronto, Osnabrück (Germany) and Ultrecht (Netherlands) .
Angela Vaags- Costume Design
Angela is excited to be back with TPM, designing for BEAUTIFUL MAN. Theatrical Costume Design credits include Ther’re Playing our Song for Surflight Theater in beautiful LBI NJ, Montreal 2008 Fringe production of Acne Japonaise, Wise Man of Chelm for the Segal Center, Group Bec-de-lievre’s Festival FIL production, Project Walser and Le Grand Cahier at the Theatre de Quate’Sous Montreal, That Way Production’s 2014 Winnipeg Fringe presentation of Quo Vadis, TPM’s Production of Proud and last season’s production of Reservations as well as WTP production of Heathers round out the list. Angela’s day job is the School Costume Coordinator for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Davis Plett is an intermedia artist who works with audio, text, theory, spectacle, and performance. Recent creations and collaborations include performing in <<TESSERACT>> with 2boys.tv and Alexis O’hara at nuna (now), premiering his solo show Infidelity at the Winnipeg 2016 Fringe Festival, and devising the physical theatre piece (0) with Jenn Davis. Sound design / music director credits include Drowning Girls (Pocket Frock / Creative Minds), Brave Hearts (Have you seen this theatre?), Twelfth Night (University of Winnipeg), and Vinegar Tom (University of Winnipeg). In 2016, Davis completed a sound design mentorship with Greg Lowe through Arts and Culture Industries Manitoba. For information about upcoming artistic projects, visit Davis on Facebook @mirrorstageproductions.
Steven Vande Vyvere- Production Manager
Steven has been working in the technical realm of theatre since 2008, and has had the pleasure of working with countless talented professionals during that time. Some of his most memorable projects include Angels in America: Perestroika (WJT), Comedy of Errors, Antony & Cleopatra (SIR), and The Miser of Middlegate (TPM/Zone 41). Steven is very excited to be working with folks at Theatre Projects Manitoba once again for Beautiful Man. While not working on shows with the many great theatre companies Winnipeg has to offer, he can be found assisting in the carpentry shop at the University of Winnipeg’s department of Theatre and Film. Steven would like to extend his heartfelt thanks to his wife, Robin, for her constant support, encouragement, and never-ending patience.