Theo Fleury play comes to Winnipeg's Praire Theatre Exchange
Production highlights troubled life of ex-NHLer Theoren Fleury
The story of an ex-NHLers trials and tribulations on and off the ice is hitting the stage at Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Fleury's journey from smalltown Manitoba had its highs and lows. Fleury is a Stanley Cup champion and an Olympic gold medal-winner, but he also experienced substance abuse and addictions that shortened his career, all of which are well documented in books, public speeches and now the theatre.
“This is a story ultimately of redemption,” said Ron Jenkins, the director of the project.
Jenkins was drawn to the story of Fleury in part by his love of hockey. Jenkins also felt compelled to take on the challenge of telling the right-winger’s story of humble beginnings, and how Fleury overcame incredible odds to make it in the NHL all the while struggling with his personal demons.
Smyth will be skating up and down the synthetic ice rink at centre stage during the two-act show.
The PTE removed seven seats at floor-level to accommodate the ice surface, rink boards and nets. And like many rinks, the one at the PTE has sold ads on the boards. Ads from Natural Bakery, Payworks, Pizza Pizza and the Winnipeg Airport Authority will form part of the backdrop during the play.
Each show opens with different local performers who will get the crowd on their feet with the singing of O Canada. On Opening Night, Stacey Nattrass, who sings at the Winnipeg Jets home games, will be on hand to sing the national anthem.
The one-man play opens Thursday, Feb. 26 and will run until March 15. Tickets range from $25 to $49.