Artistic Director Ardith Boxall and General Manager Rea Kavanagh are pleased to announce Theatre Projects Manitoba’s 2015/16 season. Buoyed by the success of last year’s three show season, TPM proudly returns with fall, winter and spring offerings! Featuring the world premiere of a timely drama about children and land, an award winning play about greed, sex and despair, and a double bill with two of Winnipeg’s most promising solo theatre talents, the 2015/16 season of Theatre Projects Manitoba will bring you to the edge and push you off!
The season opens with Iceland by Governor General Award winning playwright Nicolas Billon. Set against the backdrop of the financial crisis, Iceland explores how a far off event affects the lives of three strangers in Canada’s biggest city.
In January audiences will be treated to two unique emerging writer/performers. Fraz vs. the Future written and performed by DnD Improv legend Fraz Wiest and Village Ax written by Sydney Hayduk and Elsa Reesor Taylor – performed by Sydney Hayduk.
In March we offer the world premiere of Reservations by Steven Ratzlaff (Dionysus in Stony Mountain). Reservations explores the often contentious relations in Canada between Indigenous peoples and the rest through our common children, land and the quest for acts of restitution.
2015-2016 SEASON DETAILS
IN NOVEMBER NICOLAS BILLON’S 2013 GOVERNOR GENERAL AWARD WINNING PLAY!
By Nicolas Billon
Directed by Ardith Boxall
The Rachel Browne Theatre
Iceland is part of the trilogy Fault Lines which was awarded the Governor General award for drama in 2013. Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn. A snapshot in time of the effects of capitalism; how we all benefit from it, how we are all part of the system, and how we can all be greatly hurt by its effects. Iceland uses wit and dark humour to tackle the consequences of greed and our yearning to belong to something larger than ourselves.
“Iceland is a beautifully structured and extremely powerful play that haunts the mind. Billon is an original and exciting voice.” – Atom Egoyan
IN JANUARY A TPM DOUBLE BILL GETS INTENSE, COMIC, AND TRAVELS THROUGH TIME!
Fraz vs the Future (randombandname productions) &
Village Ax (Peachy Keen Productions)
The Rachel Browne Theatre
January 7 – 17, 2016
Fraz vs The Future is a show about time travel, technology, fear of change and social media. Ever since humans invented the idea of “the future”, they have pondered, wondered and been deathly afraid of it. Fraz has the courage to make the future hilarious, while at the same time admitting he’s terrified of it.
Writer and Improviser Fraz Wiest is a founding member of Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and a cast member of Winnipeg’s DnD Improv. Fraz performed White Rabbit Red Rabbit for TPM last season and is well known on the Fringe and comedy circuits across Canada.
Village Ax – Standing tall is a bedroom wall. Inside exists a Village of 200 inhabitants struggling for their lives. Inside them is a small, vulnerable creature. When Charlie (a 20 something social media consultant) spots a sign posted on a telephone pole which reads “Do you wanna disappear?” she is transported into the depths of a hive shaped village.
Written by Elsa Reesor-Taylor and Sydney Hayduk – AKA Peachy Keen Productions. The show is performed by Winnipeg writer/dancer/company founder Sydney Hayduk. Peachy Keen debuted on the Fringe scene in 2014 with the delightful hit Bizarro Obscure. (Sydney Hayduk/Christy Taronno). The company crafts each show around messages of human vulnerability and love. Village Ax is dedicated to those who lock themselves in.
IN MARCH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW PLAY BY STEVEN RATZLAFF
By Steven Ratzlaff
The Rachel Browne Theatre
March 10 – 20, 2016
Steven Ratzlaff is known as one of Manitoba’s most political playwrights, exploring contemporary social and political issues through a local lens. His play Dionysus in Stony Mountain dealt with criminal justice. Last Man in Puntarenas was about health care. With this next work he continues to attack issues of immediate concern, potentially making a very real change in the audience’s understanding of at –risk children and restitution for First Nations.
Reservations inserts us into two stories; a dispute between foster parents and the Aboriginal CFS agency responsible for their children and the philosophical and spiritual decision of a Mennonite farmer who gifts his land to the Siksika First Nation. Artful, entertaining and provocative, Reservations asks tough questions about our home and native land.
ABOUT THEATRE PROJECTS MANITOBA
Our vision of theatre is intimate, provocative, and artistically driven: shaped by a strong belief that playwrights and plays are the heart of Canadian theatre.
Our goal is to build a cultural narrative that speaks to our community and reflects our shared experiences.
Committed to the cultivation of Canadian Theatre, in the past 25 years TPM has staged more than 50 new Manitoban works.