We are excited to stage stories of strength for International Women’s Week in March 2018! Surviving riots, a pregnant Mom’s journey to Canada, ghosts seeking revenge, and learning to teach yoga as a senior – this year’s line- up is full of inspiring stories from unstoppable women! This year’s theme is I Am Unstoppable, as we tackle obstacles, conquering challenges and living life to the fullest. The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights as well as performance pieces by creator/performers. Our goal is to honour women by telling their stories and to explore multiple perspectives to represent the scope of women’s experiences.
“Every year we strive to bring to the stage new perspectives and this year we wanted to focus on celebrating strength while making the work more accessible than ever.” shares Artistic Director Hope McIntyre, “To that end we will be offering ASL interpretation and featuring artists who have unique stories of perseverance.”
This year’s playwrights are from all over Canada. In addition, new work is being created by up and coming stand-up comic Anjali Sandhu as well as trans advocate Cynthia Fortlage. Aboriginal artist Kristy Janvier will be traveling from Flin Flon to present a new dance theatre hybrid piece. We will also welcome Joanna Hawkins of 100 Decibels to perform a solo mime work. The pieces will truly feature something for everyone.
Sarasvàti Productions launched this popular event in 2003. Over the years it has featured over a hundred monologues from playwrights across Canada. The goal is to provide a range of voices, issues and styles that relate to women’s experiences. Through partnerships with multiple organizations, past performances have been hosted all over Manitoba at women’s shelters, drop-in centres, and even shopping centres.
The full performances of the cabaret of monologues will take place on March 10 at 4pm and 8pm at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street). Tickets are just $15 and you can see the full list of pieces here.
There will also be additional community performances available from March 4th to 11th.
About International Women’s Day: In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolutions calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the UN’s lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD). Over time, International Women’s Day has grown into a week-long series of commemorative events and activities across the country, recognizing global progress toward general equality.