We hope you had a restful and relaxing holiday season!

We are extremely excited to be starting our year with a partnership with the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg. Together we will be presenting noteworthy poet and playwright Endre Farkas. Endre will be reading excerpts from his newest novel Never, Again, and we will be presenting selected scenes from his play, Surviving Wor(l)ds. 

Set in post-war Communist Hungary, in the fictional town of Békes, Never, Again is the story of seven-year-old Tomi Wolfstein, the son of Holocaust survivors who have never told him anything about their past experiences in the concentration camps. The story opens in the fall of 1956, when Tomi is about to start school, and chronicles his adventures and experiences in the months leading up to and during the Hungarian uprising. Surviving Wor(l)ds is Endre’s own journey, about the terrors of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of his parents and himself.

This is a free event that will take place in the Berney Theatre at 7:30 PM  on January 26 for International Holocaust Day of Remembrance. Seating is rush. We would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for helping make this event possible.

Up next, we will be presenting How to Disappear Completely. Written and performed by Israeli Canadian playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal, How to Disappear Completely is an award winning play that has toured across Canada. We are so excited to be bringing this “gently profound… thoroughly engaging” multimedia tour-de-force to the Prairies.

What is it about? In September of 2000, Itai received a phone call telling him his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and had nine months to live. Despite being a recent film-school graduate, he promptly moved back to Israel to spend every moment he could with his dying mother. During that time he shot hours of film and hundreds of pictures, documenting the final months of her life. In a starkly simple yet deeply profound new work, Erdal invites us to witness the story about the circumstances surrounding his mother’s passing. How to Disappear Completely runs from March 23 – April 1 2017 at the Berney Theatre.

Keep an eye and ear out in late March as well – we will be announcing our very exciting 30th Anniversary season!

For one night only on April 20, we will be presenting a reading of the smash New York City hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora and Delia Ephron. This reading is directed by Donna Fletcher, and is a fundraising event. All tickets are $75.00, and attendees will receive a partial tax receipt.  Featuring an all-star cast of local women about town (to be announced soon!) Love, Loss and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories – and the memories they trigger – to tell funny and poignant stories about being a woman.

Also in April, as part of Holocaust Remembrance Week, we will present a reading of Therefore Choose Life by Kathy Kacer and Jake Epstein. Inspired by true events, Therefore Choose Life tells the tale of a Holocaust survivor who has remarried and started a new life in Canada. When a letter from the past arrives unexpectedly, he is faced with a heartbreaking dilemma about leaving his wife of thirty years or returning to his first and true love. We are honoured to be sharing this new play with Winnipeggers after it’s successful world premiere at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre in Toronto in 2015.

We bid farewell to our 29th season in May with a production of Matthew Lopez’s powerful drama The Whipping Man, starring local actor Ray Strachan. Set in Richmond, Virginia in 1865 at the start of Passover and the end of the US Civil War, we witness a young Jewish Confederate officer named Caleb, who has just returned to his family’s estate to find it in ruins. What unfolds is a haunting and quietly powerful story about race, power, religion, and responsibility. The Whipping Man will run from May 4 – 14, 2017 at the Berney Theatre.

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