By Eva Barrie, Miranda Calderon, and Michelle Polak
Dramaturg: Thomas Morgan Jones
Directed by Hope McIntyre
Choreography by Ali Robson
Featuring: Victoria Hill, Saira Rahman, and Natasha Torres-Garner
A nurse, a mother placing her child in a baby box, and a mother waiting to adopt a child–these three women weave their stories of before and after a baby is placed in a safe haven box outside of a hospital.
There are just three opportunities to see this production, which is a unique blend of movement, lyrical text, and powerful prose.
Running time is approximately one hour.
Eva Barrie - Playwright
Eva is a director, actor, dramaturg, creator, and the Co-Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Ruff. She graduated from Ryerson Theatre School and has trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in Saratoga Springs and New York City. Her writing has been supported by Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, The Theatre Centre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, DaPoPo Theatre, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. While the playwright-in-residence at Theatrefront, she developed her piece Five Forests, a fantastical play about miscarriage. Other playwriting credits include Agency (Yell Rebel) and My Co-Mates & Brothers in Exile (Shakespeare in the Ruff). She is currently developing a radical response to Taming of The Shrew with support from Factory Theatre and Shakespeare in the Ruff.
Miranda Calderon - Playwright
Currently, Miranda is performing in her first season at the Stratford Festival, in NATHAN THE WISE and BIRDS OF A KIND. Recent acting stage credits include BUTCHER (Mirvish/Why Not Theatre), FLASHING LIGHTS and ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE//THREE RED DAYS (Theatre Centre/Bad New Days), and TAKING CARE OF BABY (Storefront Theatre). On-camera acting includes the Hulu miniseries 11.22.63 (J.J. Abrams). With her company Midnight Snack, Miranda has made two short films, ALEGRA & JIM and BODY PARTS, and is currently developing her first feature. Miranda did her MFA at LISPA in the UK and BA at Columbia University in New York. midnightsnack.info
Michelle Polak - Playwright
Michelle is an award-winning interdisciplinary actor, creator, writer and teacher. Originally from Montreal, she is now based primarily in Toronto where she is also a dedicated mother of five. She has performed internationally and in Canada in acclaimed productions. She just completed her performance of Reverend Samuel Paris in the Obeah Opera for Luminato. She is currently in development with Aluna Theatre’s, Solitudes, which will have its world premiere in January 2020. In May she completed her first year at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. Michelle wishes to thank her partner Janice for her love and support.
Hope McIntyre – Director
Hope is currently in her 21st year as Artistic Director of Sarasvàti Productions. She has a BFA in performance and an MFA in directing for theatre. She also completed a performance apprenticeship at ARTTS International in England. She is an award winning playwright and director who specializes in community collaboration. She has received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Bra D’Or, and the Women Helping Women Award. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. She is also a former President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Ali Robson - Choreography
Ali Robson is a dance artist who works in both dance and theatre and is curious about collaborating across disciplines and creating work with and for people of all ages. She has worked as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director, movement coach and collaborator since 2004. Ali is a collective member of Weather Parade Dance Theatre with Natasha Torres-Garner, she is the Associate Artistic Director of Company Link and is a board member for Young Lungs Dance Exchange. Ali teaches movement at the University of Winnipeg and other classes for children and adults throughout Winnipeg.
Victoria Hill (Performer)
Victoria Emilie Hill is a creator, mover, and actor based in Winnipeg. She is passionate about work that focuses on movement and the body as a place we hold and tell stories, and is curious about the myriad ways we express and communicate with ourselves, our environments, and other creatures. Victoria is also a founding member of The Patriarchy, a two-woman acapella band that sings songs and tells stories that challenge the status quo through a comedic and playful lens. Victoria is honoured to be a part of the beautiful project that is Baby Box.
Saira Rahman (Performer)
Saira Rahman grew up in Winnipeg, and was a teacher and principal before pursuing filmmaking. In 2005, she wrote a nationally broadcast 3-part documentary series about Muslim Canadians called A New Life in a New Land (Milo Productions). In 2010, she and her sister, Nilufer, established Snow Angel Films, producing their first feature documentary, Arctic Mosque (CBC, APTN) and more recently, Prairie Mosque (BellMTS), a story about the first mosque established in Winnipeg in 1976. Saira is also an emerging actor having performed in The Game (Sarasvati Productions), Murder By Poe (PTE Adult Company), and Boundary Avenue (One Trunk Theatre).
Natasha Torres-Garner (Performer)
Torres-Garner started her performance career in contemporary dance in 2002. She has performed with Montreal’s Fortier Danse Création, Bill Coleman, in repertoire by the late Jean-Pierre Perreault, as well as Toronto’s Marie-Josée Chartier. Natasha’s long dedication to the independent community in Winnipeg has meant working with Winnipeg's Tom Stroud, Out of Line Theatre, TRIP Dance Company, Treasure Waddell, Alison Robson, Johanna Riley, Alex Elliott, Ali Robson, Leigh Anne Parry, Danielle Sturk, Ming Hon, Mia Van Leeuwen, and under the direction of Arne MacPherson. As a choreographer Natasha Torres-Garner has presented solo and group works locally and internationally, including Winnipeg, Regina, London(UK), Toronto, St. John's, Newfoundland and Dresden, Germany.
Tamara Grace - Stage Manager
Tamera is excited and honoured to once again be involved in transformative and relevant theatre work. Tamera has her BA in theatre with a focus in production and acting. She hopes to continue a career in theatre and film in a variety of different capacities. Select Credits: Lighting Tech for Women Strike! 1919- 2019 at the Ukrainian Labour Temple; Stage Manager for PTE’s Youth Conservatory show, Almost Maine; and Transport and Office Production Assistant for The Amazing Race Canada in Winnipeg. Happy FemFest!
Julia Armstrong – Assistant Stage Manager
Julia Armstrong is grateful to be working with Sarasvàti Productions for the second time. Earlier this year she had the privilege of assistant stage managing for the International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues. Her other recent credits include assistant stage managing Twelfth Night (Indifferently Reformed) as a part of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and volunteering backstage at MTYP for the productions of Mamma Mia! and Radium Girls. Enjoy the show!
Madison Dueck - Wardrobe Coordinator
Madison Summer Dueck is currently studying theatre design at the University of Winnipeg. Earlier this year she constructed the set for “Pippin” produced by Winnipeg Studio Theatre, and has been greatly inspired by the passion of the Winnipeg theatre community. Apart from her new endeavours in theatre, Madison is a choreographer, teacher and dancer in urban styles and contemporary, combining her affinity for design with movement. She is excited to be apart of telling beautiful stories, and sharing the process of creating with artists alike.
Colin Wiens - Sound Designer
Colin Wiens is an aspiring Sound designer currently working in Winnipeg. He is a graduate with honors from the University of Winnipeg's production program and has done work at and for various theatre productions throughout the city including Fringe and MTC. As he gains experience his love and passion for theatre has only grown. Colin hopes to one day be a strong presence in Winnipeg's theatre community through both his fun attitude and ability to quickly and calmly problem solve.
Zoe Leclerc-Kennedy - Props Coordinator
Zoë is pleased to be back on the Fem Fest team after taking a year off! She was previously the Prop coordinator for Two Indians and Seduction Theory and the Bake Off Stage Manager for Fem Fest 2016 and 2017. Zoë’s recent credits include: Head of Props at Watermark Theatre in PEI, Props Apprentice at the Grand Theatre in London ON for the 2018/19 season, and Prop Building Practicum at the Banff Centre (summer 2018). She has also worked as an Apprentice Stage Manager for Royal MTC, MTYP, and Manitoba Opera. Zoë is a proud graduate of the University of Winnipeg Theatre Production program
Eston Ferraton (Set and Costume Design Consultant)
Eston Ferraton is a University Honours student who is focusing on Theatre Design and Theatre Production. Set Design credits include Time and the Conways (2018) and Baby Box is her first foray into Costume Designing for theatre. She has worked for the University of Winnipeg as a Costume Assistant; working on shows Frankenstein (2018), Heidi Chronicles (2017) among others. She has also worked as a costume Coordinator for Passion (2017) and Two Indians (2017). She hopes that you enjoy Baby Box!
Hayley Mummery (Lighting Consultant)
Hayley is the Technical Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers as well as a local designer/technician. They attended the University of Winnipeg’s production and Design programs and have recently finished Creative Manitoba’s mentorship program for emerging artists and apprenticed under Scott Henderson for lighting design during RMTC’s world premiere of The Cottage. Other recent credits include: The Threepenny Opera by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, Middletown (UW Theatre), Art Holm Series, as well as returning for their 4th year with the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. They are excited to be back with Sarasvàti after having some of their first technician experiences with this company!
Rachel Cameron (Musical Consultant)
Rachel Cameron is a local music director and performer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film from the University of Winnipeg and has extensive training in piano, theory, theatre, and collaborative musicianship. Recent credits include Falsettos (WJT/Dry Cold Productions), Mamma Mia (RMTC/Manitoba Bar Association), School of Rock (Winnipeg Studio Theatre) and BIttergirl: the musical (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). This is her first foray into composing/arranging and is excited to be working with Sarasvati for the first time. Other upcoming productions include Fun Home (RMTC) and Billy Elliot (Globe Theatre).