Ray Strachan, Thomas Toles and Stephanie Moroz, in Lobby Hero (courtesy The 28th Minute)
The big theatres may have wrapped up their seasons, but there's still lots happening on Winnipeg's stages.
Here's a look at three events coming up this week for theatre fans:
Father and son team bring acclaimed American play to Winnipeg
It's been hailed as a contender for "the best new American drama of the first decade of this century" by the New York Times. And the local premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero comes to the stage this week, courtesy of indie company The 28th Minute (who were behind the hit production of Orphans at last year's Fringe Festival).
Lonergan is a highly-regarded writer (he co-wrote the screenplay for the movie Gangs of New York), but we haven't seen his work here since a 2003 Fringe production of his other hit play, This Is Our Youth.
Lobby Hero revolves around a doorman drawn into a murder investigation. This production is directed by U of M prof (and frequent Guy Maddin collaborator) George Toles, and features a cast of some fine young local theatrical talent, including Toles' son Thomas, Ray Strachan, Justin Fry, and Stephanie Moroz.
Lobby Hero runs at the Forest Nickerson Theatre (Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc.) from May 22 - 26.
Friends of MTYP fundraiser offers Winnipeg Fringe preview
The 26th annual Winnipeg Fringe Festival is coming up - and Friends of MTYP is offering up a preview of what's to come, while raising some money for Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
The Friends of MTYP group, which formed this spring to help support the cash-strapped theatre, has assembled previews of more than a half-dozen upcoming Fringe shows, including dance, improv, and clown pieces.
Proceeds raised from the $10 ticket price will go to MTYP.
Fringe Preview Night: A Fundraiser for MTYP runs Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m., at Ace Art Inc. (290 McDermot).
High school students' plays go head-to-head for cash prizes
For the 13th year, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights gives five lucky high school students a chance to see their work on the stage - and win some prizes to boot - in an event that's part Masterpiece Theatre, part Canadian Idol.
MAP chooses five short plays each year from dozens of submissions from high school playwrights. The plays are cast by directors from the local theatre community, dramaturged with professionals, and given full productions.
The audience gets to vote after each performance for their favourites - and the top three take home cash prizes.
As usual, this year's plays cover a range of subjects - schizophrenia, homelessness, autism, the aftermath of a fatal accident, and an angelic war in Heaven.
Playwrights come from Elmwood High School, Kildonan East Collegiate, Tec Voc High School, and St. Mary's Academy.
The 13th Annual Scirocco Drama Manitoba High School Playwriting Competition runs May 23 and 24 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre. Visit mbplays.ca for more info.
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