FemFest 2018 Line-Up Announced!

FemFest 2018 Line-Up Announced!

FemFest 2018 will run from September 15-22 and we have an amazing line-up in store! This year the festival is turning 16 and there will be some changes. After community consultation and a huge response to our recent survey, we are responding by focusing on making FemFest more diverse, inclusive and visible with life-changing plays for everyone. We have readings, workshops, and touring shows from Toronto to Morocco plus a new art walking tour. Check out just some of what will be featured at FemFest 2018: Staging Resistance!

The Game written by Shyamala Dakshinamurti and Sowmya Dakshinamurti
Witness six different perspectives on a single violent incident that occurs to Draupadi, the iconic woman at the heart of The Mahabharata. An exciting first time partnership with Manohar Performing Arts that will combine classical Indian dance with theatre.

Burnt created and performed by Norah Paton
Burnt explores the participants and culture of Burning Man using recordings of interviews, conversations, music, dust storms, and chaos. We are excited to welcome Norah Paton from Ottawa to present her work and facilitate a workshop on do it yourself devised work!

The Sound of the Beast written and performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
This solo piece by two-time Governor General’s Award Nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (aka Belladonna the Blest) speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop. It is particularly exciting to welcome this show produced by the renowned Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.

White Man’s Indian written and performed by Darla Contois
This is the story of Eva, a Cree teenage girl, and her journey through the maze of a White Man’s high school. After its premiere in Toronto last summer, it is a pleasure to allow this promising Winnipeg artist to share her work in her home town.

La Civilisation, ma mère!…, from the novel by Driss Chraïbi | adapted by Émilie Malosse
Help us to welcome La Compagnie du Jour & La Compagnie L’Aparté from Morocco.
This play is adapted from the celebrated novel of the same name and tells the story of a young woman who discovers that there was more to her grandmother’s life than she’d ever imagined. Presented with Théâtre Cercle Molière, this production will enjoy an Arabic reading as well as a French presentation.

OUR HOME & native land a reading of a new play by Jo MacDonald
Armed with bannock and ancestral knowledge, teaching ‘Mr. Mansplainer’ and ‘Ms. Selfie Important’ about the Treaties will be as easy as the original signings! After winning the 2017 Bake-Off, we’re proud to present a reading of Jo Macdonald’s full script as part of FemFest 2018!

Bake-Off
Feast your eyes on the annual Bake-Off. We challenge selected playwrights with a list of ingredients and eight hours to cook up their own fantastic theatrical feasts! We are accepting playwright submissions until July 31st: check out full details here!

One Night Stand
Instant Gratification. Immediate Results. This series gives creators the opportunity to test their work, while providing audiences a chance to take part in the developmental process. We’ll be featuring readings from our most celebrated writers!

As always, we’ll be kicking off with our Opening Cabaret on September 15 featuring a variety of local performers! Check out the full FemFest2018-Brochure!

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