PLAYING AT THE CROSSROADS: BOLD AND ORIGINAL STORIES FROM HOME
Winnipeg June 11th, 2013 – Artistic Director Ardith Boxall and General Manager Rea Kavanagh are thrilled to announce Theatre Projects Manitoba’s 2013-14 season. Two premieres of two new plays written by two local playwrights. Our 24th season features new work from Carolyn Gray (The Elmwood Visitation, North Main Gothic) and Debbie Patterson (Head, 40 Below Munsch).
Our 2013-14 programming highlights our commitment to make theatre that is unabashedly original and profoundly relevant to our community. These are fresh contemporary stories deeply rooted in history yet uncompromisingly modern; one with roots in 17th century satire, the other charting the last century of a Winnipeg neighborhood. Both look backward for inspiration yet propel us to imagine a future; right here, right now, at the crossroads.
The season opens with The Miser of Middlegate, a zone41 theatre/Theatre Projects Manitoba production! Directed by Krista Jackson (winner of the 2013 Gina Wilkinson Emerging Director Prize) the production features an amazing ensemble of local performers led by Nicholas Rice (Angels in America Part 1&2), and Marina Stephenson Kerr (Angels in America, The December Man). The Miser of Middlegate is a signature production that illuminates TPM’s strength in the community as a development company and one that mentors and collaborates on projects. zone41 theatre and TPM have an excellent record of working together to bring audiences a unique, fresh and high quality production; one you simply can’t find anywhere else in the region. (2011/12 season’s Three Sisters by Bruce McManus)
The New Year brings, Sargent & Victor & Me written and performed by Debbie Patterson. This exquisite solo performance will be directed by Arne MacPherson. TPM is delighted to premiere the first full production of Debbie Patterson’s Cultural Capitol of Canada project that began when she was named a cultural ambassador in 2010 and tasked with creating a legacy project. Patterson’s brave new play maps the core of a storied neighborhood, and traces the contours the heart of the playwright who is our guide. Sargent & Victor & Me is surprisingly funny, emotionally thorny and boldly original.