FemFest 2019: All the World’s A Stage!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sarasvàti Productions is thrilled to announce the seventeenth annual festival of life-changing theatre for everyone. Running from September 14-21, FemFest 2019: All the World’s A Stage will showcase talent from across the country, as well as celebrate local playwrights and emerging talent. Check out the FemFest 2019 Brochure for full details.


Created and Performed by xLq (Jordan Campbell and Maddie Bautista) and Katherine Walker-Jones Commissioned and developed with the support of Nightswimming 
4 audience members. 1 table. $1000.00 in cash. Limitless interactive possibilities. 
An interactive, site-specific game with four players and $1,000 cash – 4inXchange is a pop art business meeting that guides you through a series of dialogues, chances, competitions, and meditations. Use the cash on the table to get to know your fellow participants, while xLq asks provocative questions about value, intimacy, love, and truth. Returns and exchanges guaranteed. 

FREE to book a spot to attend. 4inXchange culminates in a unique Pay-What-You-Choose process – please bring some cash of your own to participate.”

Winner, NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award, SummerWorks 2018


Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia
by Kim Kilpatrick, Karen Bailey and Bronwyn Steinberg

Storyteller: Kim Kilpatrick
Painter: Karen Bailey
Director: Bronwyn Steinberg
Guide dog: Tulia

Is a guide dog just a dog that works, or are they more than that? Storyteller Kim Kilpatrick tells stories of the four guide dogs she has handled, accompanied by Karen Bailey’s paintings of the puppy she raised for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind — guiding you on the journey from energetic puppy to working dog for the blind. Whether your experience is through sound, sight, or the combination of both, you are fully included in the stories, the paintings, and the stories behind the paintings in this theatrical collaboration. Plus, you can never go wrong with a dog on stage.

Open audio description is built into every performance.


Like Mother, Like Daughter
Director: Rose Plotek
Associate Director: Darwin Lyons
Original Concept: Ravi Jain, Rose Plotek, and Poppy Keeling
Co-Created by Why Not Theatre & Complicité Creative Learning

This unique, participatory project brings together real mothers and their daughters to weave together stories from their own lives in an improvised format. The Winnipeg version of this experience will include mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (newcomers, as well as those who may have immigrated many years ago) as well as Indigenous mothers and daughters. In the second part of the presentation, the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a meal to continue the conversations.

FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003!

Please see our brochure for more details: FemFest 2019 Brochure
For tickets and info: 204-586-2236 | |

Call for BAKE-OFF!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Sarasvàti Productions is currently accepting applications for their 9th annual FemFest Bake-Off which will take place on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:30pm. The five fearless playwrights selected for the Bake-Off must be available for the event itself.  

On Friday, August 16th at 9:30 a.m. our five playwrights will meet and greet with Director Cairn Moore, at the Asper Centre for Film and Theatre. Writers will then be provided with the three key “ingredients” they must include in their scene. This year we decided to add a little spice to the Bake-Off recipe by requiring playwrights to remain at the University, in the same room with one another, for the duration of the writing period (with washroom breaks of course). The 8 hour count down will start when the clock strikes 10 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m. Scenes can be anywhere from five to ten minutes long. Prior to the festival itself, each scene will receive a few hours of direction with a team of talented ensemble players, cast prior to the scripts being written.

On Monday, September 16th, the scenes will be performed before a live audience who will vote for the scene they feel has the most potential for development. The following year, the winner of the 2019 Bake-Off will receive dramaturgical guidance to develop a full script, which will then be read as part of FemFest 2020.

To whet the appetite of our local talent, we are limiting our call for submissions to Manitoba only. Participation in this event may be the motivation and inspiration you need to get that scene out of your head and onto the page! Our winner will also receive The Janet Taylor Bake–Off Award in the sum of $500.00! Janet Taylor was a dedicated Sarasvàti volunteer and a huge fan of the Bake-Off. Thanks to the generosity of her family and friends, FemFest is honoured to offer this award in her memory.

FemFest uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer, and non-binary people. Sarasvàti Productions is also committed to equity and actively encourages applications from all interested playwrights.

Your submission needs to include:

  1. A cover letter expressing interest with full contact information (address, phone # & e-mail)
  2. A 100- word bio of the playwright
  3. A 5-10 page writing sample (Can be a scene or monologue) in pdf format.

All applications must be received by Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Submissions should be e-mailed to Cairn Moore at

All applications will be considered but only five selected. For more information please contact us at (204) 586-2236 or To view details on past FemFests check out our website

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