The leaves are falling, the air is brisk, the mornings have a hint of frost and we’re getting ready to fill our bellies with the last of the harvest and plunk ourselves into a theatre seat for the 2017/18 season. And One Trunk has one too! — A 2017/18 season, that is.
Last year we made our nest at Prairie Theatre Exchange, where we rehearsed the Manitoba premiere of Taste; developed new works: Refuge, Embargo, and Le Feminine Touch; and hosted our Devised Theatre Intensive in partnership with Ghost River Theatre. We are thrilled to be invited back this year to continue development and prepare for another great year of devising and imagining! Here’s what we have in the trunk for the upcoming year:
Hot off the heels of a successful Western Canadian tour this past June, the Lutheran Ladies are heading back out on the road again with Mission Potluck– we’ve already made a stop in Gladstone, Manitoba and will be playing in Crystal City and Virden on October 13th and 14th. The tour in June was a resounding success with audiences near and far. We are also proud that it raised some money for our partner organization Canadian Lutheran World Relief, for their work in refugee resettlement and international aid- particularly for women. Although we loved traveling across the prairies and playing to full houses from Russell, Manitoba, to Camrose Alberta, we are looking forward to raising the rafters in three iconic Manitoba theatres this fall. And the Mission Potluck train won’t stop there: this spring the Lutheran Ladies will head to Steinbach in April for one night only, in partnership with the Steinbach Arts Council and then… beyond (future tour dates TBA).
Rumours have been bubbling about a terrible time brewing in the basement of Burton Cummings Theatre– and it’s true! We are thrilled to present STAGE FRIGHTS- Mable’s Curtain Call from October 26-31st, made possible through a wicked partnership with True North Entertainment and Fete Jockey Events. STAGE FRIGHTS will follow the ghost of Mable Hackney into the bowels of the historic building for a theatrical take on a traditional haunted house- replete with Winnipeg ghost stories enacted live, and chalk full of kick ass Winnipeg performers we are delighted to collaborate with. Created by Jennie O’Keefe, Gwendolyn Collins and Andraea Sartison, the show will be designed by Ksenia Broda-Milian, Sean McMullen, jaymez, Hugh Conacher, Daina Leitold and Joseph Abetria, and made possible with the support of Brooklyne Alexander, Ntara Curry and Stephanie Porrior. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring new artists into the One Trunk fold and explore the genre of horror on a big scale! The show runs until Halloween and tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca .
Following STAGE FRIGHTS we will go back into the studio. We are pleased to have our Associate Artist Claire Friesen return to continue her work on Embargo and the development of her new one person show. We look forward to sharing progress with you throughout the year.
We will continue to develop Red Earth and Le Feminine Touch and hope to premiere these pieces next year. Red Earth, our collaboration with graphic novelist GMB Chomichuk about the colonization of Mars, features the work of playwrights Rick Chafe and Kristian Jordan, and the projection stylings or Laura Anzola and Matthew Waddell. (Calgary, Tomorrow’s Child) Le Feminine Touch is the reunion of the creative minds who brought you Mission Potluck. Fast forward a few decades- we’re doing a retrospective of female rock bands from Winnipeg in the 1970s where we will all learn to play new instruments as part of the creation process. Keep your ears open to find out when the ladies of Le Feminine Touch will hit a Winnipeg stage near you!
To round out our 2017-18 season we will premiere Boundary Avenue. The documentary-style play co-created by Liam Zarrillo, Andraea Sartison, Caroline Wintoniw and Daouda Dembele looks at the town of Emerson and the influx of asylum seekers who crossed into Manitoba over the past year. The show will be a double bill with Sarasvati, and will run at the University of Winnipeg from May 22-27, 2018. We are excited to share our research and to support Razak and Seidu with the proceeds from this production. (our friends who lent us their stories for the development of this play)
We also want to recognize the contributions of the late Jim Gibbs to this year’s season. We were pleased to get to know this lover of theatre over the last year. He was a great support to many companies in Winnipeg, both financially, and as a friend. For us- he was also a great resource for research- providing insight into Rock and Roll in Winnipeg in the 1970s, and crops on the Canadian prairies. His generosity is at the heart of our theatre community and he will be greatly missed.
We look forward to sharing our work with you, both in its developmental stages and as projects that have reached maturity.
See you in a basement soon!
Chair of the Board