International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues
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March 9 & 10 at 8pm
Colin Jackson Studio Theatre
(at Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor Portage Place)
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To mark International Women’s Week, Sarasvàti Productions will once again produce an evening of monologues. This year’s theme will be Winnipeg Women with a focus on stories from our own community, both past and present. We hope you will join us in celebrating the amazing women of the city! The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by local playwrights, performed by a talented local cast. It gives voice to women of all backgrounds and covers topics from the hilarious to the inspiring. This year’s cabaret offers something for everyone.
Immigrant Experience by Hope McIntyre
Performed by Elena Anciro
In this funny and touching piece, a young Filipino girl deals with her nerves as she prepares to reunite with her mother in Winnipeg after eight years of separation. She just hopes she is Canadian enough to fit in.
Mrs. Colin Inkster (Invisible Women) by Hope McIntyre
Performed by Alissa Watson
A modern academic has been painstakingly trying to document the lives of invisible women in Winnipeg’s history but now she goes a little crazy in the library while trying to decide whether to change her name when she gets married.
The F Word by Cairn Moore
Performed by Jane Burpee
Nellie McClung returns from the grave with a message for young women afraid to call themselves feminists – the fight is not over.
Morning Shift by Ginny Collins
Performed by Nan Fewchuk
A waitress at Salisbury House contemplates jumping out the window but realizes that she’d just float to the States in her Sal’s uniform and would still need a dye job.
War Bride by Jessy Ardern
Performed by Ashley Moore
In 1945, a German war bride adjusts to the cold of Winnipeg winters and struggles with whether or not to teach her ‘Canadian’ children to speak German.
Cry After Midnight by Talia Pura
Performed by Lauren Sellen
Shannon got her medical degree by enlisting, but she never thought she would end up in a war zone. This is a powerful story of a surgeon with the Canadian Military stationed in Afghanistan.
Black Little Neechee by Hope McIntyre
Performed by Heather McKenzie
An aboriginal woman celebrates one year of sobriety at her mother’s grave. An inspiring and heart-warming story of overcoming racism to find one’s true spirit.
In order to celebrate the talent of local artists, special guests will also be part of the evening. Stand-up Comic Cara Lytwyn will do a short set all about Winnipeg. Lytwyn was the 2008 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job and the 2009 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Comic competition. She has performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival’s Tazzy’s Angels.
Amnesty International materials and actions will be available at the event to support human rights for women.
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