September has traditionally been a quiet month on the local theatre scene - the Fringe is a distant memory, Rainbow Stage's summer season has wrapped, and the big professional theatres don't start their seasons until October.
But a few independent companies - backed by some very professional local talent - are making for an early start to the new theatre season. Here's what's coming up this month:
The annual festival of theatre "by women, for everyone" celebrates its 10th year in style, bringing Governor General's Award winner Judith Thompson to town. She'll do a noon-hour lecture on September 19, and a reading later that evening.
Other highlights of the week-long festival include Bake-Off, an event which sees five local playwrights present the plays they've written with a given set of "ingredients," and Sonofabitch Stew, a play about a women's studies professor who decides to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Calamity Jane.
Runs Sept. 15 - 22, Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, University of Winnipeg
2. Little Women: The Musical
Louisa May Alcott's classic story of four girls growing up in Civil War-era America gets the musical treatment in this production. The 2005 Broadway musical is brought to Winnipeg by Dry Cold Productions, who have developed a reputation for delivering professional-calibre musical productions.
This one features notable local talent, including names like Frank Adamson, Donna Fletcher, and Stephanie Sy.
Sept. 19-23, Shaw Centre for Performing Arts
3. Duet for a Schizophrenic
Carolyn Gray directs Erin McGrath and Graham Ashmore in a multimedia version of this short play by Chris Johnson, who has trained a generation of local actors as a theatre prof at the University of Manitoba.
Sept. 27-29, Ace Art