A Fringe Festival performance in Old Market Square (Leif Norman)
With an eye to the future, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is taking a look back.
This summer's fest will be the Fringe's 25th anniversary in Winnipeg (they grow up so fast, don't they?). And they'll lead up to a big summer with a series of events, including a "Retro Readings" series kicking off this week.
From now until the festival, five important plays from the festival's past will be brought back for one-off readings.
The first is Kevin Klassen's Aftertaste, which won the inaugural Harry S. Rintoul Award for best new locally-written play in 2002.
Aftertaste will have its reading this Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the King's Head Pub. Admission is pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds going to the Actors' Fund of Canada.
And it's got a heck of a curtain-raiser -- the annual Fringe lottery, where the winners of performing spots in this year's festival will be announced, starts at 5:45 at the King's Head.
Other plays scheduled for Retro Readings include Rick Chafe's 1992 play Zac & Speth, and Brian Drader and Stephen Eric McIntyre's Mind of the Iguana, which was performed at the first Winnipeg Fringe in 1988. Performance dates for those readings have yet to be announced.
And in other breaking Fringe news...
The festival's expansion beyond the Exchange District will continue this summer with the addition of the Winnipeg Art Gallery as an official Fringe venue for the first time.
The WAG's Muriel Richardson Auditorium will host shows for this summer's festival, running from July 18-29.
Image in Article: Kevin Klassen (Dan Kern)