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International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Stolen Sisters

March 12 at 4pm and 8pm
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)
Tickets $10 (plus $2.50 for on-line purchases) or cash at the door

Plus additional community performances from March 6th to 12th
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 Stolen Sisters, as we tackle the difficult topic of gender-based violence. The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights, as well as slam poetry and spoken word by women with lived experience. Our goal is to honour women by telling their stories and to explore multiple perspectives on the subject.

2016 Line-Up:

Doing It for the Fame by Makrenna Sterdan
performed by Kim Kakegamic
It’s a satirical game show for women who want to accuse male celebrities of abuse!
Tune in to find out if Jane Doe will win ‘believablity’ and the grand prize of getting to report her assault!

Chance by Melaina Sheldon
performed by Kelsey Wavey
A young First Nations woman goes out for a night on the town, but things do not go as planned. For her, a safe ride home will not come and protection does not lie where it should.

Lingua Franca by Frances Koncan
performed by Erica Wilson
Using dark humour and a morbid sense of wit, a young woman in purgatory reflects on the circumstances of her untimely death.

Good Enough by Lynne C. Martin
performed by Shaneen Robinson
Donna dreams of being happily married to Bear, the father of her baby, but the pecking order of racism and gender oppression stands in her way.

The Visitor by Alison McEvoy Murray
performed by Heather Bjorklund
A woman makes an appearance for a special anniversary but she cannot get through to the women in her family. Will they ever know what has happened to her?

She Said by Robyn Pooley
performed by Teri-Lynn Friesen
Angela erupts during a blind date in response to a rape joke. Will she work through her own anger and misgivings about rape culture and Bill Cosby?

Finding Freedom Spoken Word by Shamin Brown
performed by Shamin Brown
Powerful slam poetry challenging the marginalization and social isolation that keeps the voices of women and children in the sex trade silenced behind shame.

Warrior by Helena Kelly
performed by Montana Lehmann
Using traditional storytelling techniques, this piece follows the journey of Honey who must escape the dark creature to save herself. She fights to discover the warrior within.

Stolen Girls by Hope McIntyre
performed by Sydney Macfarlane
This movement based piece remembers the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria in April 2014. Why is it that women are used as pawns in the wars between men?

QUIET by Mary Black
performed by Mary Black
A spoken word piece on living as a quiet Indigenous woman in the inner-city. This piece brings voice to the SILENT issues that plague our communities and our lives.

Plus we will have art and advocacy in the lobby, including:

  • Handmade felt faceless dolls from Nova House
  • ‘Mine is but a tear in a river’ photo exhibit by Tracey-Mae Chambers
  • the red ribbon project to remember and honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (started by Jennifer Flett, Pauline McGillivary, Janet Head and Rhonda Head from Opaskwayak Cree Nation)
  • #WeCare Quilt created in collaboration with the #WeCare Campaign, The Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Manitoba Crafts Museum, and the community
  • A hands on writing response area for audience members to reflect, honour and show their care
  • No More Stolen Sisters campaign materials from the Canadian Federation of Students

Additional information


Saturday, March 12 4pm, Saturday, March 12 8pm