Fem Fest:”Morro & Jasp” and “Mouthpiece”

I don’t see enough theatre, especially written and performed by women. I’d just like to say that so often, I see theatre and remember why I became an actor. I watch too much television sometimes, which isn’t totally bad, but I’ve neglected so much live theatre that I realize how much I hunger for it, as a performer and audience member. I’m not sure how much of theatre I’d watch if I weren’t an actor, but had I checked out Fem Fest for the first time, I’d feel compelled to start asap. 

I’ve even performed for Fem Fest in the past and loved it, discovering these artist I should pay attention to, making me aware of what’s out there locally and nationally. 

Monday was my first viewing of a Frm Fest show called Bake-Off where writers participated in a writing contest using suggested themes and subjects, or “ingredients” the winner would have their piece workshopped then presented at Fem Fest the next year. I wished I’d seen “The Seduction Theory too. 

Last night, I was delighted to see Morro and Jasp do Puberty. Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee as the title characters play sisters dealing with menstruation and love. Colourful and energetic, I felt like it was a kids show, an adolescent show and an adult show rolled into one. I also love seeing women goofy, playing on gender roles and also interacting with the audience members. They got a standing ovation for it. 

Mouthpiece was more dramatic but it had some light moments. I was amazed at Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava’s connection on stage. Very well done! I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to wear a bathing suit on stage, but then again, I’ve done all sorts of things on stage. It was great movement a vocal performance too. 

Both shows have a few more performances during the festival. 

Also, if you’d like to check out the festival but have no cash, 8:15 every night has free play readings to definitely check out, SHORTS featuring local actors every time. 

Reflections. 

Todd Kelly, Myself, Mel Hansen, Jonas Desrosier, Mitch Krohn, Pamela Roz,

Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2016

I had a wonderful time at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. I especially appreciated my fellow actors, watching them in the last few rehearsals before we went to our rehearsal space and I realized how talented the other actors were. I was so focused on my lines and my blocking and just trying to get my character down, that I forgot to actually look up and see what kind of actors that I was working with. I hope to work with them all again.

  • Thank you, Mitch Krohn, for casting me in the first place. I loved watching your work as you directed us and as you performed and sculpted your character in rehearsals. More people should know how talented you are. 
  • Marcia Plett: Thanks for keeping us in line, for your direction, also your support. Maybe I’ll finally get my ten dollars from that vending machine!
  • Pamela Roz: I was watching you during our second-to-last rehearsal when I realized how talented you truly are. I hope more people have told you this. If they haven’t, then either they weren’t paying attention or they’re too shy to confess this to you. 
  • Mel Hansen: With the few words you’ve spoken on stage and in rehearsals every time, your vulnerable character was valuable. I only hope for bigger things in your future. 
  • Jonas Desrosiers: Man, the things you’ve pulled out of your imagination were entertaining. Keep that, no matter where your path leads you. 
  • Todd Kelly: I loved your character. I’ve dealt with so many Bill Toemeali’s in the past and everyday I wanted to understand him. I’m glad you’re a better version of him. And thanks for your strong lungs!
  • Kim Kakegamic: If you thought that you were forgotten, it’s because your sound and lighting work was flawless. Not once did we ever worry about your technique or your lack of knowledge. Thanks for your support and for playing with the lights and sound. 

I’m always happy to do the fringe festival. I get roles that a mainstream theatre would never consider me for. When will I ever play God, a lesbian vampire of Sodom, a love interes again, and so many others to come? I know for sure I’ll never do mainstream at this point, but hey, I’m getting value from more diverse showcases. 

When 2 Jobs Collide

I got a role on a fringe show (When God Comes for Breakfast, You Don’t Burn the Toast and The Appointment) and a role on a tv show (Channel Zero). 

 I was still on set with unfinished scenes and I didn’t make it to my 10:45pm show last night. 

I’m sorry to my fellow actors and crew for my lack of attendance last night. 

I’m sorry for the patrons who wanted to see our show and couldn’t. 

SAVE THE DATES – GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL & CINEMATHEQUEGimli Film Festival (48 Hr Films) Screening

This message is from Ben Williams. 

12:00PM Saturday, July 23rd @ Gimli Theatre
This event is $10, Directors you will get 2 FREE Tickets

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Cinematheque (48 Hr Films) Screening. 

7PM Tuesday, July 26th @ Cinematheque. 

This event is $10, Directors you will get 1 FREE Ticket. 

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SATURDAY, JULY 23RD IS MANITOBA DAY 

  • Morning: RBC Pitch (Manitoba) ($???)
  • 12pm-2pm: 48 Hour Film Contest $10
  • 3pm-5pm: Manitoba Shorts $10
  • 7pm-8pm: F-Wordz Top 3 ($???)
  • 6pm-11pm: Filmmaker Reception ($???)

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There are lots of activities happening on Saturday, July 23rd. Its a full day dedicated to Manitoba filmmaking, so please mark this date off in your calendars. Many of you may not have access to a vehicle, so a GFF Rideshare Page was created so people can at least communicate amongst one another about travel to and from Gimli. Please see link here.