In the Chamber/The Fifth Installment

2009/2010 Season

Featuring Steven Ratzlaff and Gordon Tanner
Direction and Dramaturgy by Sarah Constible

January 14th, 15th and 16th, 2010
Rachel Browne Theatre • 211 Bannatyne at Main Street



In the Chamber is a series for the artistic daredevils we love!  We ask our brave artists to get personal with their writing…let it all hang out on stage.  Every year we are astonished by their fresh perspectives and fearless approach to staging a truly raw production.

This year’s In the Chamber pieces are: Last Man in Universe Alpha – 11 written and performed by Gordon Tanner & Last Man in Puntarenas written and performed by Steven Ratzlaff.

Last Man in Universe Alpha – 11 and Last Man in Puntarenas were workshopped with the assistance of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights

Last Men are two plays about two men, both in the final throes of an identity crisis. The first, Last Man in Universe Alpha-11, deals with an engineer who finds himself at a crossroads while investigating a fire at a Hutterite colony. The second, Last Man in Puntarenas, is about a man who uses his retirement dinner to enlighten his colleagues on a discovery he made in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Two separate stories with two distinct paths; the plays are linked by the men’s common desire to break out of a system they have come to view as a prison.

Post-Performance Parties:

Throughout In the Chamber 2010 we are celebrating TPM’s Anniversary.  Every performance will be followed by a celebration to mark the auspicious occasion.  Join us for the show and stay for the party – all festivities will kick off at 10:00 PM

January 14: Opening Night Reception generously sponsored by Amphora Imports and Bothwell Cheese.

January 15: Writer’s Saloon • A panel with playwrights and beer – Moderately hosted by Ellen Peterson with special guests Tricia Cooper, Mike Bell, Chris Read, Rea Kavanagh, James Durham, Sarah Constible, and Ross McMillan. These intrepid Chamber writers from years gone by will share intimate tales of playwriting, the dark arts and what really goes on in the chamber……

January 16: Cocktail Reception • Honouring Manitoba theatre artists

“snares audiences into thought provoking entertainment – the kind you would be hard pressed to find on any other theatrical stage” – Barb Stewart, Uptown

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