Judith Thompson FemFest Guest Artist

To celebrate its tenth anniversary FemFest is bursting at the seams with events in addition to its line-up of great theatrical performances! There are several guest artists coming to town in to celebrate ten years of showcasing the best of women playwrights. We are especially excited to announce Governor General Award winning playwright, Judith Thompson, one of Canada’s most celebrated and well-known writers.

Thompson will be facilitating a masterclass over two days for local playwrights, giving a lecture at the University of Winnipeg , plus reading from her work. Thompson has written several plays that have become part of the Canadian canon including The Crackwalker, Lion in the Streets and White Biting Dog. With a huge list of works and awards to her name, Thompson is an ideal guest to FemFest.

In addition to Thompson, FemFest will welcome Toronto playwright Marcia Johnson, whose play Binti’s Journey ran at MTYP a couple years ago. Aside from participating in FemFest’s new Bake-Off initiative, Johnson will be sharing her most recent work during a special lunch time reading on Tuesday, September 18th at Aqua Books. Vancouver playwright Jordan Hall, whose play Kayak ran at FemFest 2010 and went on to win the Samuel French Canadian Play award will also be in town to read from her new play The Possible Lives of Dolores Garcia Rodriguez as part of the ‘Shorts’ series FemFest will host. The ‘Shorts’ also include work by an array of Canadian playwrights, giving the audience a taste of great work by women in between other shows in the festival. There will truly be something for everyone!

Sarasvàti Productions – FemFest 2012: Staging Identity Ancillary Events

Marcia Johnson Reading
September 18, 12:30pm-1:15pm
Aqua Books (123 Princess Street)
Made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Playwrights Guild of Canada.

MasterClass with Judith Thompson
September 18, 3-6pm and September 19, 9am-12noon (participants must commit to both dates)
Sponsored by the Playwrights Guild of Canada
Registration Limited – contact us at 204-586-2236 or info@sarasvati.ca
Cost: $50/$40 for members of the Playwrights Guild of Canada
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg)

The Real Thing Lecture with Judith Thompson
September 19, 12:30-1:20pm
Sponsored by the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg)

Judith Thompson Reading and Reception
September 19, 5pm
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg)

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