By Lara Rae
In association with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.
ABOUT THE PLAY
In this original and poetic new work, Lara Rae tells the raw and heartfelt story of her half century long (and counting) gender odyssey. Two actors, one male, one female, illuminate the inner life of a trans woman from her Scottish childhood in the 1960’s to the present day.
Matching our inside to our outside is always hard. For trans people it’s often a matter of life and death. Stripping away the visual cues that both define and imprison transgender people, Dragonfly is a call to all of us to forge creativity from chaos.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lara Rae is an award winning TV and radio writer, performer and host. She has written and produced for several CBC comedy and drama programs including Afghanada, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Monsoon House, ReVision Quest and DNTO. In 2016, Lara became the first transgender person to host a national CBC news program when she guest hosted The Current. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and a 30 year veteran of stand-up comedy.
Venue: Rachel Browne Theatre
Director: Ardith Boxall
Dramaturge: Brian Drader
Lara Rae is a TV and radio writer and producer, comedian and host. She was the creator of the CBC Radio series Monsoon House with Russell Peters, a 20 part half hour comedy drama. Lara was one of the developers of the international hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie for which she shared two Geminis, two Canadian Comedy Awards, and an Italian Prix Roma writing prize. Other TV series include Blackfly (Global) and Big Sound (Global) and the radio series Afghanada (CBC Radio). For theatre, she had written several shows. The show Unscheduled Stop with George Westerholm was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe (1989) and played at Hen and Chickens Pub Theatre (London, U.K. 1990) How Do You Know When You’re Done? with Dean Jenkinson, based on the creation of Unscheduled Stop played at Tim Sims Playhouse, Toronto (1999). Dragonfly begin life as One Man’s Show with Sarah Constible at Carol Shields Festival of New Works (TPM, 2010) In 2016. Lara was the first transgender person to host a national CBC news program when she guest hosted The Current. Lara is the co-founder of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and a 30 year veteran of stand up comedy.
A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Ardith has performed with Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Adhere and Deny, and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Selected acting credits include Three Sisters with zone 41/TPM, Shakespeare’s Dog at the RMTC/National Arts Centre, Zaidie’s Shoes and The Norbals at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Ardith won a Blizzard Award in 2004 for her performance in Jeffrey Erbach’s feature film, The Nature of Nicholas. She has appeared in Canadian films such as The Stone Angel and Milgaard. In 2009, Ardith was nominated by her peers for the Making a Mark Award which applauds established artists who are receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond.
In 2005, Ardith took the reins as Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba where her directing credits include Beautiful Man, Iceland, Proud, John and Beatrice, and Linda Griffith’s Age of Arousal.
Eric Blais has acted for several major theatres in Winnipeg and abroad including The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Shakespeare In The Ruins, Manitoba Theatre For Young People, and The Vancouver Playhouse. He has worked with many independent theatre and film companies, such as Moving Target, Zone 41, Tom Tom Theatre (Winnipeg), Narcoleptic Videographer (Vancouver), Theatre Bagger (Vancouver), Moustachio Theatre (Whitehorse), and Little Theatre of the Gray Goose (Winnipeg), in various roles including that of actor, writer, producer, and director. Blais has worked on over twenty-five film and television productions as an actor and stunt performer. He holds an MFA in Acting and Pedagogy from York University, and a BA Honours in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg. He has taught acting at York University, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and the University of Winnipeg.
Hugh Conacher is a lighting and multi-media designer, and a photographer, whose practice is based in live performance. Hugh has designed many show for TPM since 2006 and is happy to be back for Dragonfly. He has collaborated with choreographers, directors, visual artists, and dance and theatre companies throughout Canada and around the world, in venues large and small.
Hugh serves on the boards of several arts organizations and has been the curator for the High Octane Gallery at the Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg since 2002.
His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide.
Hugh has been a member of the Associated Designers of Canada since 1982 and is a member of l’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec.
Emma Hendrix is a sound and installation artist, sound designer, composer and cultural worker. Through sound Emma builds visceral, expressive environments that explore the narratives of individual experience by revealing and exploring the inherent qualities of sounds, particularly field recordings, found sounds, and ‘machine languages’ of everyday things. Emma creates installations and performances as Manufacturing Entertainment with Julie Gendron, and composes for theatre, dance, video, film and new media installations and performances. Emma’s work can be explored at: emmahendrix.com + soundcloud.com/emmahendrix