Theatre Projects Manitoba hosts Restorative Justice Panel as part of upcoming production

“They’re too embarrassed to call it a penitentiary anymore. The absurdity of compulsory penance. This institution is an abomination, a scandal, because the debilitating, humiliating treatment is actually the result of good intentions.”

– James Hiebert, Dionysus in Stony Mountain



WINNIPEG, MB – Theatre Projects Manitoba (TPM) is pleased to present a panel on restorative justice as part of our upcoming production, the première of Dionysus in Stony Mountain by Winnipeg playwright Steven Ratzlaff.

Restorative Justice Panel

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Winnipeg Free Press Café – 237 McDermot Avenue

Moderated by Naomi Levine

As unabashedly intellectual as it is dramatically compelling, Dionysus in Stony Mountain explores the binding and loosening of family ties, the warehousing of the mentally ill in Canada’s prisons, mania, and the boundaries of the patient /psychiatrist’s relationship, finally asking “what does it really mean to care?”

“The play asks a raft of questions about our Justice System and what obligation we owe to others.  It also asks the audience to question many of their own moral assumptions about criminalization and incarceration and we believe this provocative subject deserves independent examination by our community.” said TPM General Manager Rea Kavanagh.We are therefore hosting a restorative justice panel comprised of individuals who can speak to restorative justice experience, principles and practice.”

The panelists are:

  • John Hutton, Executive Director, John Howard Society
  • Glenn Morison, Chaplain, Winnipeg Remand Centre
  • Joan Carolyn, Program Director, COSA (Circles of Support & Accountability)
  • Adam Klassen, Journey to Justice (Mennonite Central Committee)
  • Steven Ratzlaff, Playwright
  • Wilma Derksen, Founder of MCC’s Victim’s Voice, Victim’s advocate

Dionysus in Stony Mountain runs from March 29 to April 8, 2012 at the Rachel Browne Theatre.  Tickets are available on this website or by calling 989-2400.