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Dogs, mon­ey, a fam­i­ly din­ner, and so much more on stage. Sarasvàti Pro­duc­tions is thrilled to announce the sev­en­teenth annu­al fes­ti­val of life-chang­ing the­atre for every­one. Run­ning from Sep­tem­ber 14 – 21, Fem­Fest 2019: All the World’s A Stage will show­case tal­ent from across the coun­try, as well as cel­e­brate local play­wrights and emerg­ing talent.

This year’s line-up will tru­ly break down the­atri­cal walls,” shares Artis­tic Direc­tor Hope McIn­tyre, The tour­ing work we are bring­ing in to Win­nipeg will tru­ly offer unique experiences!” 

Like Moth­er, Like Daugh­ter pro­duced by Toronto’s WhyNot The­atre is a par­tic­i­pa­to­ry project that brings togeth­er real moth­ers and their daugh­ters to weave togeth­er sto­ries from their own lives. The Win­nipeg ver­sion of this expe­ri­ence will include moth­ers and daugh­ters who were born out­side of Cana­da (new­com­ers, as well as those who may have immi­grat­ed many years ago) as well as Indige­nous moth­ers and daugh­ters. In the sec­ond part of the pre­sen­ta­tion, the audi­ence is invit­ed to join the moth­ers and daugh­ters for a meal to con­tin­ue the con­ver­sa­tions. It works on the premise that oth­er peo­ple’s lives are com­plete­ly fas­ci­nat­ing.” —The Guardian.

Win­ner of NOW Mag­a­zine Audi­ence Choice Award at Sum­mer­works 2018, 4inXchange by xLq is an inter­ac­tive, site-spe­cif­ic game with four play­ers and $1,000 cash. Use the cash on the table to get to know your fel­low par­tic­i­pants, while xLq asks provoca­tive ques­tions about val­ue, inti­ma­cy, love, and truth. Returns and exchanges guaranteed. 

Trav­el­ing in from Ottawa, Rais­ing Stan­ley / Life With Tulia asks the ques­tion — is a guide dog just a dog that works, or are they more than that? Sto­ry­teller Kim Kil­patrick tells sto­ries of the four guide dogs she has han­dled, accom­pa­nied by Karen Bailey’s paint­ings of the pup­py she raised for Cana­di­an Guide Dogs for the Blind. Plus, guide dog Tulia appears live on stage for the show! 

In addi­tion, an array of local work will fill out the fes­ti­val sched­ule. This year Fem­Fest 2019 will run at the Asper Cen­tre for The­atre and Film (at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Win­nipeg) 400 Colony Street from Sep­tem­ber 14 – 21, 2019. Tick­ets are $15 for sin­gle shows and a full fes­ti­val pass is avail­able for $50. For more infor­ma­tion vis­it our web­site: www​.fem​fest​.ca.

About Fem­Fest: Found­ed in 2003 by Sarasvàti Pro­duc­tions, Fem­Fest presents the work of both estab­lished and emerg­ing artists from across Cana­da. The festival’s man­date is to pro­duce one-act plays by women and show­case women the­atre artists.

About Sarasvàti Pro­duc­tions: Sarasvàti Dra­mat­ic The­atre Pro­duc­tions and Reper­to­ry Inc. (found­ed in Win­nipeg in 2000) seeks to inspire artists and audi­ences through the use of the­atre and to pro­vide a place where artists can devel­op, show­case their skills and cel­e­brate their creativity.