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FemFest Offering Diverse Range of Plays

June 11, 2014 7:08 AM | Entertainment

Sarasvàti ProductionsThe curtain has been pulled back on the lineup for the 12th annual FemFest.

Sarasvàti Productions is presenting FemFest 2014: She’s Got The Power from September 13-20.

“I have the great pleasure of bringing in some of this country’s super powers of theatre for FemFest,” said Hope McIntyre, artistic director of Sarasvàti Productions. “This year we will again showcase an array of incredible artists but it is unique in the fact that it will also celebrate the power of storytelling to be used for good.”

Nine productions are on the slate, including the cabarets series, featuring women artists of all disciplines.

FemFest runs at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street). Tickets are $10 for single shows with the full festival being available for a $50 festival pass. Tickets can be purchased at sarasvati.ca or by calling (204) 586-2236.

See the full lineup below:


The Naked Woman by Rebecca Gibson
A comedy about aging, loss, regret and the ability to move forward. Helen is 84 years old and has recently lost her husband. When she decides to stop wearing clothes, everyone thinks she is either overcome with grief or beginning to go senile.

Launched by Tyler White
After the death of their domineering mother, Cathy and her siblings wrestle with an inability to “launch”, even though they are in their late forties. Cathy decides to face her fears and follow her dream, which rocks her family’s world!


Bake-Off directed by Cairn Moore
Selected playwrights are given a list of ingredients and have two weeks to mix up a script! The staged readings of the resulting pieces will be like a dessert buffet with tasty treats and plenty of delightful surprises.
In partnership with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights

Skin Deep by Alison Mclean
At the age of 19, Joanna considers herself a rebel. She moved out when she was 18 and thinks she’s doing pretty well in the real world. But does her secret weapon give her enough power when it comes time for her mother’s second wedding and a strapless bridesmaid’s gown?

German Silver by Priscilla Yakielashek
The new government is seeking out everyone it perceives as a threat. A group of strangers spend their last hours together and question those they’ve chosen to die with. Have they held onto their humanity as firmly as they expected? What does dignity matter, when the end is the same?

As fillers throughout the festival, we will offer audiences the chance to hear excerpts from scripts from the FemFest shortlist.


8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived produced by Mary Beth Productions (Montreal, QC)
Directed By Tamara Brown
Written and performed by Michaela Di Cesare
Due to her eccentric Italian family’s belief that her mother was conceived à la Jesus Christ (sans sex), a young woman suffers from a Virgin Complex.

Herewithal: A Paranormal Comedy a Sticky Fingers Production (Vancouver, B.C.)
Written by Jim and Tara Travis with verbatim text from psychic readings
Designed and performed by Tara Travis
Directed by Jim Travis
Tara Travis talks to dead people. It’s true, she’s experienced a variety of other-worldly encounters and is ready to share her shocking revelations. Witness verbatim reenactments of actual psychic readings, experience some surprising puppetry, and sample fresh baked brownies (secret family recipe provided courtesy of the spirit world!)

River story conceived and performed by Rubena Sinha (Toronto, ON)
In River, a woman must confront the past to overcome the challenges she faces in the present. River weaves music, personal narrative, Hindu mythology and folktales to convey her struggle to come to terms with her child’s assault, its effects on her family and the loss of her life partner.

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