This morning, we held our annual season launch reception, Launching Identity. Approximately 50 members of the media and community attended the event in order to get an exclusive sneak-peak of our exciting and ambitious 2012-2013 theatre season.
What makes it ground-breaking is that we are tackling several controversial issues including gang violence and the effects of the criminal justice system on women. Plus it is an ambitious and diverse collection of work demonstrating our growth as an indepedent theatre company in Winnipeg. Plus it is our tenth anniversary for FemFest!
Highlights of Sarasvàti Productions’ 2012-2013 theatrical season include|:
- FemFest 2012: Staging Identity – September 15-22, 2012
FemFest continues to be Canada’s primary festival for female playwrights. FemFest takes place at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street). Highlights from the festival include Empty, based on the true stories of Winnipeg food bank users, which will be touring Winnipeg area high schools throughout the fall.
- Diss: High School Tour – October 15-December 14, 2012
Sarasvàti Productions has teamed up with acclaimed playwright Rex Deverell to present his Winnipeg adaptation of Diss, a forum theatre production on youth gangs and gun violence. Diss will also be touring Winnipeg area high schools in the fall and winter months.
- So You Think You Can Act! – February 20, 2013
This wildly popular fundraiser that pairs local celebrities with Winnipeg actors will return to the Gas Station Arts Centre. This years theme for the presented scenes will be family relations. Full evening line-up and event details to be released in December.
- Cabaret of Monologues: Wild Women – March 4 -10, 2013
This annual event to celebrate International Women’s Week will focus on women breaking boundaries. Monologues from playwrights across Canada will be featured in community performances at various locations.
- Jail Baby – May 16-26
The world premiere of this powerful play will be presented in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. Jail Baby tells the stories of women involved with the justice system and was created following workshops with incarcerated women.
Sarasvàti Productions would like to thank Cake-ology and Diversity Foods for their generous donations to the launch.