Prairie Theatre Exchange has all-Canadian lineup for 2016-17 season
Premiere of made-in-Manitoba play set in Churchill and return of Mom’s the Word part of 2016-17 lineup
Prairie Theatre Exchange will mark Canada's 150th birthday will an all-Canadian lineup for the 2016-17 theatre season — one which highlights plays by women and includes the return of the popular parenting show Mom's the Word, along with a new locally-written play to be produced in both official languages.
Here's what's coming up at PTE:
The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by Beth Graham (Oct. 12-30): This Governor General's Award-nominated drama from Edmonton writer Beth Graham (a co-creator of The Drowning Girls, which Winnipeg audiences saw at the Royal MTC in 2011) centres around a woman struggling with early onset Alzheimer's disease — and how she and her family deal with her disappearing memories.
Mom's the Word (Nov. 9-27): This series of monologues on motherhood, collectively created by a group of actor-moms, has become something of a Canadian institution over the last two decades — it ran at PTE back in 1997, where its sequel ran in 2006. And now the original returns with a new cast delivering humorous and heartfelt takes on motherhood.
Her new play is set in Churchill, Man., and begins with a murder mystery — and spins into exploring the "quirkier" residents of the town ("There's no such thing as a boring person in Churchill," Collins said in a PTE media release).
The Flats will be performed in English at PTE and then in French by the same cast at Cercle Moliere.
Elle by Severn Thompson (Feb. 22-Mar. 12): Adapted from Douglas Glover's Governor General's Award-winning novel, and based on a true story, this mostly solo work — starring the playwright — brings a harrowing bit of Canadian history to the stage. It focuses on a young French woman marooned on an island off the coast of Newfoundland in 1542.
The Birds and the Bees by Mark Crawford (Mar. 30-Apr. 16): This comedy focuses on a 40-something woman whose marriage dissolves, prompting her to move back in with her bee-keeping mom, Gail. A young grad student studying the bees — and Gail's tenant, who happens to be her ex-husband's new wife's ex-husband — complicate things on the farm.