International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues:
March 11 at 4pm and 8pm
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)
Tickets $15 (plus $2.50 for on-line purchases) or cash at the door
Plus additional community performances from March 2nd to 12th – Performances IWW17 Sarasvàti Productions
Please Note: Adult Language and Content
We will again be producing and taking to the community our cabaret of monologues to celebrate International Women’s Week. This year’s theme is Starting Over, as we tackle the newcomer experience and life changing moments. The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights. Our goal is to honour women by telling their stories and to explore multiple perspectives on the subject.
We are excited to announce the 2017 line-up!
The Pit by Alissa Watson
Performed by Kim Kakegamic
When it comes to break ups “doing right by yourself” is harder than almost anything else. Can Emily find enough light to move on or will she stay trapped in the pit of despair forever?
Questions and Answers by Sonya Ballantyne
Performed by Melanee Deschambeault
After being sexually assaulted by a past boyfriend, Chyloe takes her first steps back into the dating world.
Aabamii (Rise Up) by Madison Thomas
Performed by Erica Wilson
Tempest is a young Ojibwe Activist dedicated to standing up for her people’s rights, but she’s
also just a twenty two year old woman trying to navigate life. When she delivers an emotionally
charged speech aimed at a politician at a rally she finds herself faced with a choice, apologize or stand by what she believes in.
Wild Orchid by Bev Brenna
Performed by Sarah London
What do leaving a beach, interpreting the writing of Harold Pinter, and looking for wild orchids in Prince Albert National Park have to do with growing up? They are all necessary, according to Taylor Jane, an eighteen year old with a perplexing mother, a difficult transition into a summer at the lake, and a future on the edge of a cliff.
Three Totems by Natalie Frijia
Performed by Johanna Burdon
On a cycling trip across Canada a woman turns to the Universe for the strength to keep going, and the Universe responds with an old woman, a bike and three symbolic objects. Based on a true story of a chance meeting during one woman’s attempt to cycle across Canada.
Places that have no names by Fauzia Rafique
Performed by Anjali Sandhu
An incest survivor speaks as a child, youth and adult; her experiential understanding of the systemic, gendered and pan-cultural nature of sexual abuse facilitates her healing process.
Diaspora by Angie St. Mars and Alka Kumar
Performed by Nalini Reddy
While trying to welcome a newcomer to Winnipeg, Amna, once a newcomer herself, is faced with the difficulty of defining ‘home’.
You Say Tomato, I Say…Fine by Angie St. Mars
Performed by Reena Jolly
With the freedom of graduation and adulthood, a young woman struggles to tell her family difficult news about her plans for the future. How could she possibly want to leave Canada and return to Nigeria?
Lost Girls by Hope McIntyre with the women of IIWR-MB
Performed and Choreographed by Sydney Macfarlane
Voice-over and Song by Rachel Awur Moijok Chol
She was one of the lost girls of Sudan. Escaping war, surviving near starvation in refugee camps only to come to Canada and face an abusive husband. A testament to the power of the human spirit performed through use of dance and spoken word.
In My Country by Hope McIntyre with the women of IIWR-MB (Martha Akuch Maketh, Rosemary Kezaabu and Gertrude Hambira)
Performed by Cherrel Holder
An exposé of how Canada appears to people arriving from other countries, as well as a journey towards understanding the challenges of first generation newcomers. Can you freeze to death getting your mail? Why do you keep apologizing? Is Manitoba really friendly?