Cabaret of Monologues

Cabaret of Monologues

Join us on March 9 at 4pm or 8pm to see our full line-up of this year’s International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues – Here I Am! A teenage girl comes out to her family, a woman fights to go to the moon, a spoken word artist challenges stereotypes… all these pieces and many more will be featured during our 2019 Cabaret!

In total an array of nine unique stories will be featured in March as Sarasvàti Productions will again produce and take to the community their monologues to celebrate International Women’s Week. This year’s theme is Here I Am, focusing on coming into one’s own, often in the face of adversity. The event will offer a line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights as well as performance pieces by local creator/performers including puppetry, spoken word and song. The goal of the cabaret is to honour the diversity of women’s stories and explore a wide array of experiences.

In addition to two public showings in a traditional theatre, there will be several unique performances so that the work is fully accessible to Manitobans. This year will mark the first time that Sarasvàti Productions will bring its work as far as Flin Flon. Community shows will also occur in The Pas, Steinbach, Gimli, and locally at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights plus a number of community venues.

Although the playwrights are from all over Canada, the nine solo pieces are performed by a cast of local artists. Singer/songwriter waNda wilsoN will share her story with music. “My piece is my life, it is the story of the turning point in my life. I sobered up. I got my life back.” says wilsoN. Slam poet Shereen Ramprashad explores the many labels worn by women. “I wrote I Am Not A Victim at a time when there was a lot of anti-Semitism against the Muslim community, equally disturbing was that women were bearing the brunt of sexist racism by politicians and the media for votes and ratings. Observing the impact those messages had on the mindset of the public got me thinking back to my experiences with ignorance and bigotry.” shared Ramprashad when asked about the origin of her piece.

Sarasvàti Productions launched this popular event in 2003. Over the years it has featured over a hundred monologues showcasing a range of voices, issues and styles. Through partnerships with multiple organizations, past performances have been hosted at women’s shelters, drop-in centres, and even shopping centres. The full performances of the cabaret of monologues will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 4pm and 8pm at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street). Tickets are $15.

About International Women’s Day: In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolutions calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the UN’s lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD). Over time, International Women’s Day has grown into a week-long series of commemorative events and activities across the country, recognizing global progress toward general equality.

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