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“i often quote Myself. it adds spice

to My conversation.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Message from MTC’s Artistic Director.............. 4 Shaw’s list of works........................................ 4 about George Bernard Shaw............................. 5 Shaw unbound lecture series................................ 6 how shawFest works.........................................7 festival planner............................................. 16

ShawFest Partners Arms and the man. ........................................... 8 Black hole theatre company

Augustus does his bit. ..................................... 9 Merlyn Productions

Caesar and Cleopatra......................................10 Nomadic Players

Candida........................................................... 12 Tara Players Double Bill:

Great Catherine/ Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress................14 Shoestring players

Queen of My Heart........................................... 15 by Talia Pura | Adapted from Correspondence between bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Theatre on Tap

Major Barbara...............................................20 Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre Society

Mrs. Warren’s Profession.............................. 22 Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Staged reading

My Affair with George Bernard...................... 23 by Daniel Thau-Eleff

Manitoba Association of Playwrights free screening

My Fair Lady................................................... 24 Winnipeg Public Library Special Event

Pshaw! A Literary Roast of George Bernard Shaw.......... 26 The Actors’ Fund of Canada reading

Saint Joan...................................................... 27 PAL Fundraiser

reading

Heartbreak House...........................................18 The Actors’ Fund of Canada

How He Lied to Her Husband. ........................... 19 Resonator Theatrical

Radio Broadcast

The Shaw Shaw Redemption Don Juan in Hell/Overruled......................................28 101.5 UMFM

Village Wooing...............................................30 zone41 Theatre

Each Production has unique box office policies. Details are listed on each company page. For More Information, Please call the royal manitoba theatre centre box office at 204-942-6537, toll-free at 1-877-446-4500 or visit us online at www.masterplaywrightfest.com .

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Message from MTC’s

Artistic Director George Bernard Shaw had a Nobel Prize for Literature,

Steven Schipper

an Oscar for Pygmalion, and a little writing shed that he could rotate to catch the sunlight. I have often imagined Mrs. Shaw sneaking up on him and giving the house a quick spin when he wasn’t expecting it. My fantasy was inspired by Shaw’s own plays, which manage somehow to be fun and important all at the same time.

I know what you’re thinking: if his plays are so much fun, so important, why have there been so few of them on MTC’s stages? Well, between 1962 and 1973, we produced nine Shaw plays, almost one per season, more often than we produced Shakespeare. In 1973, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened architect Ron Thom’s modernist Festival Theatre at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Perhaps, after that momentous event, we left Shaw to the experts, the artists in southern Ontario who devoted their lives to interpreting Shaw’s smart, funny, compassionate, idealistic plays about “the beginning of the modern world.” We produced fewer than a handful of Shaw plays in the intervening decades, depriving two generations of Winnipeg artists and audiences of the playwright’s mastery (if anyone was a master, surely Shaw can lay claim to the word). How wonderful that the Master Playwright Festival we founded 11 years ago should allow us finally to reclaim a playwright who is, in some senses, our birthright. Do give his plays a whirl. Metaphorically, of course. Yours always,

A Selection of Dramatic Works by

George Bernard Shaw

Widower’s Houses (1892)

The Doctor’s Dilemma (1906)

The Philanderer (1893)

The Interlude at the Playhouse (1907)

Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1894)*

Getting Married (1908)

Arms and the Man (1894)*

The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (1910)

Candida (1895)*

Fanny’s First Play (1911)

The Man of Destiny (1895)

Androcles and the Lion (1912)

You Never Can Tell (1896)

Pygmalion (1913)

The Devil’s Disciple (1897)

Great Catherine (1913)

Caesar and Cleopatra (1898)*

The Music Cure (1914)

Captain Brassbound’s Conversion (1898)

Heartbreak House (1919)*

The Admirable Bashville (1899)

Back to Methuselah (1920)

Man and Superman (1903)

Saint Joan (1923)*

Don Juan in Hell (1903)*

The Apple Cart (1929)

How He Lied to her Husband (1904)*

Geneva (1938)

John Bull’s Other Island (1904)

In Good King Charles’s Golden Days (1939)

Major Barbara (1905)*

* works featured at shawfest


George Bernard Shaw is credited with revolutionizing British Drama, by bringing naturalism and intelligent discourse to the Victorian stage. With his plays, he strived to make audiences think about social and political issues, rather than simply entertain them. Born in 1856 in Dublin, the novelist, art critic, pamphleteer, essayist and playwright grew up in poverty. His upbringing likely influenced the causes he would adopt as he grew older, such as drawing attention to the exploitation of the working class and taking on the social hypocrisy of the day.

This page: photo from LIFE magazine, 1914. Opposite: Caricature by Edmund S. Valtman, 1964.

Shaw was mostly educated informally, home-schooled by his uncle and exposed to arts and culture by his mother. He deplored formal education, and likened schools to prisons, believing that standardized curricula “deadened the spirit and stifled the intellect.” When he was 25, Shaw became a vegetarian and declared himself a socialist. He joined the Fabian Society in 1884, an organization that promotes the gradual adoption of democratic socialism in a peaceful way. He wrote many pamphlets and speeches for the society, and participated in the formation of the British Labour Party. During this time, Shaw also met his wife, fellow Fabian Charlotte Payne-Townshend, with whom he stayed until she died. Shaw viewed writing as a way to further his humanitarian and political agenda. He started out as an arts critic, writing about theatre and music for a variety of periodicals. Writing novels and essays allowed him to expand on his chosen subjects, whether it was championing the work of Ibsen (Quintessence of Ibsenism, 1891) or promoting the redistribution of land and natural resources among all people (Cashel Byron’s Profession, 1886). Not content with merely critiquing the arts from afar, Shaw took to playwriting so he could illustrate the problems he saw with the English stage. Themes of societal hypocrisy dominate his work, and with his trademark wit, he frequently put marriage, health, religion, government, education and class privilege under the microscope. The scripts of his plays were often accompanied by long prefaces that addressed

the play’s themes and social issues. Widower’s Houses (1892), a scathing attack on slumlords, was his first play, although he didn’t find commercial success as a playwright until The Devil’s Disciple in 1897. Some of his best-known plays include Candida (1895), Caesar and Cleopatra (1898), Back to Methuselah (1920), Saint Joan (1923) and Pygmalion (1913), which became a movie in 1938 and was adapted into the musical My Fair Lady after Shaw’s death. Along with winning an Oscar for his Pygmalion screenplay in 1938, Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. He wanted to refuse the prize, but his wife convinced him to accept it. He passed on the prize money, asking that it be used to fund the translation of Swedish books to English. Shaw continued to write plays and essays until his death at the age of 94 in 1950. His contribution to the cultural canon includes many essays, 63 plays, five novels, 250,000 letters and three movie adaptations. His plays continue to be staged around the world. Sources Shaw Festival, George Bernard Shaw’s Biography, www.shawfest.com Essay, Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw, 1910 Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1969 A.M. Gibbs, Bernard Shaw: A Life, 2005

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Free Lecture Series

Shaw

Why Shaw Still Matters

Introducing George Bernard Shaw King’s Head Pub and Eatery

wed jan 18 7:00pm

120 King Street In his heyday in the first half of the twentieth century, George Bernard Shaw was one of the most famous people in the world and was widely recognized as second only to Shakespeare as the world’s leading English-language playwright. Since his death in 1950, Shaw is performed less regularly in the West End and on Broadway, and his plays are often dismissed as irrelevant, preachy and long-winded. Special guest Leonard Conolly will challenge this notion, arguing that Shaw’s ability to blend intense human emotions with provocative intellectual debate continues to provide theatrical engagement that few playwrights can match. Leonard Conolly is Professor of English at Trent University in Peterborough, a Corresponding Scholar of the Shaw Festival, and President of the International Shaw Society. His most recent book is The Shaw Festival: The First Fifty Years (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Shaw and Women’s rights Tom Hendry Warehouse

sat jan 21 12:00pm

140 Rupert Avenue at Lily Street Women’s rights was an issue high on Shaw’s agenda both as a Fabian socialist and as a playwright. Leonard Conolly, Margaret Groome and Heidi Malazdrewich lead a panel discussion exploring the struggle for women’s rights in Shaw’s lifetime and the ways in which he promoted the topic in his works, with particular reference to plays included in the festival repertoire. Margaret Groome is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Program at the University of Manitoba where her specialities are Shakespearean

performance, modern British drama and women in the theatre. Heidi Malazdrewich is a recent graduate of the MFA directing program at the University of Calgary. She is Apprentice Director on the ShawFest

production Mrs. Warren’s Profession. 6


unbound Discovering Shaw Directors’ Panel

Tom Hendry Warehouse

sat jan 28 12:00pm

140 Rupert Avenue at Lily Street Always a festival highlight, the directors’ panel brings together creative minds from the theatre community for a spirited discussion about the artistic process. Hear from several directors as they talk about the challenges and thrills of bringing Shaw’s works to the stage. PANELISTS | Rob Brown | Director, How He Lied to Her Husband (Resonator Theatrical)

Margaret Groome | Director, Arms and the Man (Black Hole Theatre Company) & Heartbreak House (Actors’ Fund of Canada) Krista Jackson | Director, Village Wooing (zone41 theatre) Alfred Wiebe | Director, Major Barbara (Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre Society)

How shawfest works The 12th annual Master Playwright Festival showcases the work of legendary Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw through live theatrical performances and readings. From January 19 to February 5, the action is non-stop with a steady offering of productions presented by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and 15 partner companies, in addition to the free Shaw Unbound lecture series.

Individual tickets Individual tickets start at $7 and are available by contacting the box office for each production. See the company write-ups in this program for more details.

ShawPass The festival pass allows you to get your fill of Shaw for only $75. A pass allows one admission to each ShawFest production, at a savings of more than 50%. If you’re looking for the complete festival experience, we suggest you buy a ShawPass. Hurry, though – the number of passes are limited! ShawPasses are on sale at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Box Office. Call 204-942-6537 or toll-free 1-877-446-4500 Please note: Admission to all events is subject to availability. All sales final. No exchanges or refunds.

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Arms and the man Black hole theatre company Gas Station Arts Centre 445 River Avenue, corner of River Avenue & Osborne Street www.bhtc.ca

Arms and the Man is one of Shaw’s earliest, funniest and most-often performed comedies and, in Shaw’s own words, “an onslaught on idealism.” Shaw hilariously interweaves two satirical strands concerning those who see war as heroic and those who veil social relations in romance. The satire is focused through three of Shaw’s best-loved characters: the buffoon Sergius who leads a madcap cavalry charge, the pragmatic Bluntschli who is so alarmed by the sordid reality of war that he only carries chocolate bullets, and the romantic Raina who must choose between the two. Add a knowing, sassy maid and you have all the ingredients for “a fantastic, psychological extravaganza, in which drama, farce and irony keep flashing past” (William Archer) Director | Margaret Groome

performances

fri jan 20 7:00pm

sat jan 21 2:00pm

sat jan 21 7:00pm

mon jan 23 7:00pm

tue jan 24 7:00pm

wed jan 25 7:00pm

thu jan 26 7:00pm

fri jan 27 7:00pm

sat jan 28 2:00pm

sat jan 28 7:00pm

sun jan 29 2:00pm

wheelchair accessible

CAPACITY 230

Approx. 105mins (including intermission)

box office information

tickets $15.00 students/seniors $12.00

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at the door cash/sHAWpass ONLY. box office opens 45 minutes before showtime. in advance for show info and to reserve tickets, call the 24-hour box office line at 474-6880. Email reservations can be sent to tickets@bhtc.ca.


Augustus Does His Bit Merlyn Productions The Ellice Theatre 585 Ellice Avenue (at Sherbrook) www.merlyn.biz

Merlyn Productions opens its 2012 season with the uproariously funny one-act comedy that George Bernard Shaw described as his “true-tolife” wartime farce! Meet Lord Augustus Highcastle: brilliant, handsome and capable (not to mention modest and self-sacrificing), as he would happily remind you from the daring command of his writing desk. Who better to trust with the super-secret list of Allied gun emplacements? An obstinate, over-age clerk who would rather be on the front lines and a beautiful woman with a hidden agenda complete the recipe for comic disaster. With allies like these, who needs enemies? We hope it all turns out well in the end – for our country’s sake! Director | John Chase

performances

Tue jan 31 7:30pm

wed feb 1 7:30pm

sat feb 4 2:00pm

sat feb 4 7:30pm

wheelchair accessible

thu feb 2 7:30pm

fri feb 3 7:30pm

CAPACITY 200

45mins

box office information tickets $10.00 seniors (65+) $7.00 groups of 10+ $7.00

at the door cash/shawpass only. House opens 30 minutes before showtime. in advance for show info and to reserve tickets, visit www.merlyn.biz or call 415-2714. 9


Caesar and Cleopatra Nomadic Players Studio 320 (Theatre Incarnate) 320-70 Albert Street Passionate interplay between the girl queen and the wily conqueror provides the groundwork for George Bernard Shaw’s assertion that no social progress has been made.

performances

thu jan 19 8:00pm

fri jan 20 8:00pm

sat jan 21 8:00pm

sun jan 22 2:00pm

wed jan 25 8:00pm

thu jan 26 8:00pm

fri jan 27 8:00pm

sat jan 28 8:00pm

no wheelchair access

CAPACITY 50

90mins (no intermission)

box office information

tickets $15.00

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at the door cash/shawpass only. box office opens 30 minutes before showtime. in advance for show info and to reserve tickets, email nomadicplayers@gmail.com.


Jackie Maxwell Artistic director NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO

2012 SEASON Apr 10 - Oct 28 FEStivAl thEAtrE

Ragtime

Book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Present Laughter Noël Coward

His Girl Friday John Guare

COurt hOuSE thEAtrE

A Man and Some Women Githa Sowerby

The Millionairess Bernard Shaw Illustration for Misalliance : Emily Cooper | Design: KeyGordon.com

Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen

Trouble in Tahiti

Music & libretto by Leonard Bernstein

rOyAl GEOrGE thEAtrE

Misalliance Bernard Shaw

French Without Tears Terence Rattigan

Come Back, Little Sheba William Inge

StudiO thEAtrE

Helen’s Necklace

Carole Fréchette In an English version by John Murrell

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Candida Tara Players Irish Club 654 Erin Street www.facebook.com/taraplayers

TARA PLAYERS presents

DESTINY EQUALITY CONFIDENCE FREEDOM POWER RESPECT CHANGE MODERN WOMAN

Jan. 2012 19th - 22nd 25th - 29th 654 Erin St.

George Bernard Shaw’s

CANDIDA

www.website.com

204-XXX-XXX

1895 – Candida, the wife of a popular socialist clergyman (Rev. Morell), has always known she is the stronger of the couple. When events bring this fact into the open, she elects to stay with her husband because he needs her, while also gently showing the lovestruck poet (Marchbanks) that she has feet of clay. Candida is a woman both modern in her ideas yet age-old in her practice. Shaw had difficulty getting the play staged, not because of the leading lady, but because male actors – though shown with sympathy – are revealed with their weaknesses. While Candida is sensual, she’s not “cheesecake” sexy, nor does George Bernard Shaw seek to portray her so, repudiating outmoded Victorian society views. Candida is truly a reflection of the ‘new century’ woman demanding her rightful place as an equal in a male-dominated society. Director | Brendan Carruthers Cast | Candida – Cheryl Moore | Proserpine – Megan Andres

Rev. Morell – Craig Oliphant | Rev. Mill – Rob Kwade Marchbanks – Eric Rae | Mr. Burges – Peter Hudson Stage Manager | Jennifer Clary-Lemon Tech | Justin Olynyk

performances

thu jan 19 8:00pm

fri jan 20 8:00pm

sat jan 21 8:00pm

sun jan 22 2:00pm

wed jan 25 8:00pm

thu jan 26 8:00pm

fri jan 27 8:00pm

sat jan 28 8:00pm

sun jan 29 2:00pm

no wheelchair access

CAPACITY 85

box office information

tickets $15.00

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at the door cash/interac/visa/mastercard/shawpass. box office opens 1 hour before showtime. in advance call 774-8272 (24-hour voicemail) or email taraplayers@hotmail.ca.

2hrs


Great Catherine Annajanska, The bolshevik Empress Double Bill:

Shoestring Players Colin Jackson Studio Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange 3rd Floor, Portage Place, 393 Portage Avenue Great Catherine In this madcap historical romp, Shaw depicts the “enlightened” 1776 Russian court with foolery and fun. He bases his lively farce on the notoriety of both Empress Catherine II and her advisor, General Patiomkin. An English officer becomes the bewildered victim of Patiomkin’s buffoonery and political strategy and, even more outrageously, of Catherine’s renowned libido. Hilarity prevails.

Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress “The only one of your works that is not too long,” a friend remarked to Shaw after seeing the play. Shaw himself declared that he wrote it “in an attempt to escape the awful legitimacy of the highbrow theatre,” and described it as “a turn.” Indeed, it is refreshingly compact. Director | Maureen Taggart Cast | Jennifer Gottwald, Jean-Marc Blanc, Ian Scott,

Director | Katherine McLennan

Paul Warkentin, Karl Eckstrand

Cast | Rhonda Kennedy-Rogers, Bernard Boland, Joe Stratton,

Carol Stephens, Angela Rajfur, Mike Seccombe, David Pruden, Linda Meckling, Marilynn Slobogian, Karl Eckstrand, Paul Warkentin, Allyson Brown, Naomi Cronk, Lauren Sellen, Janet Taylor

be sure to see Queen of my heart at this same venue

performances

sun jan 22 4:00pm

mon jan 23 8:15pm

fri jan 27 8:30pm

sat jan 28 1:30pm

wheelchair accessible

tue jan 24 8:30pm

wed jan 25 8:15pm

sun jan 29 1:00pm

sun jan 29 6:00pm

CAPACITY 110

105mins

box office information tickets $15.00 students/seniors $12.00 14

at the door cash/cheque/shawpass. box office opens 45 minutes before showtime. in advance for show info and to reserve tickets, call 475-6821.


Queen of My Heart by Talia Pura | Adapted from correspondence between Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell Theatre on Tap Colin Jackson Studio Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange 3rd Floor, Portage Place, 393 Portage Avenue www.taliapura.com

George Bernard Shaw fell head over heels in love with a leading actress of his day, Mrs. Patrick Campbell (Beatrice Stella). What blossomed into a one-year love affair transformed into a lifelong friendship, both supportive and challenging. Both Shaw’s wife, Charlotte, and the widowed Stella’s second husband were aware of this connection. This play is an adaptation of the letters that passed between them from 1899 to 1939: letters that trace the ebb and flow of their lives and careers, and their feelings for each other. Cast | Talia Pura as Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Brian Richardson

as George Bernard Shaw

be sure to see Great Catherine & Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress at this same venue

performances

sun jan 22 2:00pm

mon jan 23 6:30pm

fri jan 27 7:00pm

sat jan 28 4:00pm

wheelchair accessible

tue jan 24 7:00pm

wed jan 25 6:30pm

sun jan 29 3:30pm

sun jan 29 8:15pm

CAPACITY 110

60mins

box office information tickets $15.00 equity/actra/students/underemployed $12.00

at the door cash/shawpass. box office opens 1 hour before showtime. in advance to reserve tickets, call 467-2324. 15


wednesday JANUARY 18 7:00pm Why Shaw Still Matters Introducing George Bernard Shaw

sunday

monday 22

2:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 2:00pm Candida 2:00pm Queen of My Heart 2:00pm Village Wooing 4:00pm Great Catherine/Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress 8:00pm Village Wooing

29 12:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 1:00pm Great Catherine/Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress 2:00pm Arms and the Man 2:00pm Candida 2:00pm Village Wooing 3:30pm Queen of My Heart 6:00pm Great Catherine/Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress 8:00pm Village Wooing 8:15pm Queen of My Heart

23 6:30pm Queen of My Heart 7:00pm Arms and the Man 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:15pm Great Catherine/Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress

30 7:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 7:30pm Saint Joan Reading 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:30pm How He Lied to Her Husband

5 2:30pm Heartbreak House Reading 7:30pm pShaw! A Literary Roast of George Bernard Shaw

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have

not got it.”

– George Bernard Shaw

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tuesday 24

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7:00pm Arms and the Man 7:00pm Queen of My Heart 7:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:00pm My Affair With George Bernard 8:00pm Village Wooing 8:30pm Great Catherine/Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress

6:30pm Queen of My Heart 7:00pm Arms and the Man 7:15pm The Shaw Shaw Redemption Radio Broadcast of Don Juan in Hell 7:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 8:00pm Candida 8:00pm My Affair With George Bernard 8:00pm Village Wooing 8:15pm Great Catherine/Annajaska, The Bolshevik Empress

31 FEBRUARY 1 7:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 7:30pm Augustus Does His Bit 7:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:30pm How He Lied to Her Husband

7:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 7:05pm Major Barbara 7:30pm Augustus Does His Bit 7:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:00pm The Shaw Shaw Redemption Radio Broadcast of Overruled 8:30pm How He Lied to Her Husband

Arms and the Man. ............................................. 8 Augustus Does His Bit. ....................................... 9 Caesar and Cleopatra........................................10 Candida............................................................. 12 Discovering Shaw Directors’ Panel........................... 7

Free Event

Premiere


Thursday

friday 19

8:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 8:00pm Candida 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:00pm Village Wooing

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7:00pm Arms and the Man 7:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 8:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 8:00pm Candida 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:00pm My Affair With George Bernard 8:00pm Village Wooing 8:30pm How He Lied to Her Husband

21 12:00pm Shaw and Women’s Rights Lecture 2:00pm Arms and the Man 2:30pm My Fair Lady Film Screening 3:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 4:00pm Village Wooing 7:00pm Arms and the Man 8:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 8:00pm Candida 8:00pm Village Wooing 8:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession

7:00pm Arms and the Man 8:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 8:00pm Candida 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:00pm Village Wooing

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26 7:00pm Arms and the Man 7:00pm Queen of My Heart 8:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 8:00pm Candida 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:00pm My Affair With George Bernard 8:00pm Village Wooing 8:30pm Great Catherine/ Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress

2 2:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 7:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 7:30pm Augustus Does His Bit 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:05pm Major Barbara 8:30pm How He Lied to Her Husband

saturday

28 12:00pm Discovering Shaw Directors’ Panel 1:30pm Great Catherine/ Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress 2:00pm Arms and the Man 2:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 2:00pm My Affair With George Bernard 3:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 4:00pm Queen of My Heart 4:00pm Village Wooing 7:00pm Arms and the Man 8:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra 8:00pm Candida 8:00pm Village Wooing 8:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession

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3 7:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 7:30pm Augustus Does His Bit 8:00pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 8:05pm Major Barbara 8:30pm How He Lied to Her Husband

Great Catherine/Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress Double Bill . ...................14 Heartbreak House Reading..................................... 18 How He Lied to Her Husband. ............................... 19 Major Barbara................................................... 20 Mrs. Warren’s Profession.................................. 22 My Affair With George Bernard.......................... 23 My Fair Lady Film Screening..................................... 24

2:00pm Augustus Does His Bit 2:05pm Major Barbara 3:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 3:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession 7:00pm How He Lied to Her Husband 7:30pm Augustus Does His Bit 8:05pm Major Barbara 8:30pm How He Lied to Her Husband 8:30pm Mrs. Warren’s Profession

PShaw! A Literary Roast of George Bernard Shaw.............. 26 Queen of My Heart............................................... 15 Saint Joan Reading.................................................27 Shaw and Women’s Rights Lecture............................6 The Shaw Shaw Redemption radio Broadcast............. 28 Village Wooing................................................... 30 Why Shaw Still Matters Introducing George Bernard Shaw.................................6

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Reading

Heartbreak House The Actors’ Fund of Canada Tom Hendry Warehouse 140 Rupert Avenue at Lily Street Shaw identified Heartbreak House as “my Lear” and most critics agree it represents the pinnacle of Shaw’s achievement in its “attempt to draw the portrait of a whole civilization” (Martin Meisel). Shaw presents us with a fascinating array of characters to make his argument that power must be wrested from the captains of industry and the imperialists who together threaten England’s democracy. With courage and intelligence, the eccentric inhabitants of Heartbreak House face up to disturbing truths about themselves and their world as Europe moves ever closer to World War I: in doing so they expose the poses and dangerous machinations of various visitors to the house and, in a boldly dramatic ending, Heartbreak House is revealed “as the ship of state drifting perilously toward the rocks” (Martin Meisel). Director | Margaret Groome

performance

sun feb 5 2:30pm

wheelchair accessible

CAPACITY 286

box office information suggested donation $8.00

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at the door only cash/shawpass. box office opens 30 minutes before showtime. all proceeds go to the actors’ fund of canada

3hrs (one intermission)


How he lied to her husband Resonator Theatrical Rudolf Rocker Studio 3rd Floor, 91 Albert Street www.facebook.com/resonatortheatrical

Resonator Theatrical warms up winter with its presentation of George Bernard Shaw’s hilarious ménage à trois How He Lied to Her Husband. A classic one-act that, as Shaw himself notes, comes without the trappings of doctrinaire romanticism. Meet Henry Apjohn, a writer whose work has been stolen. Meet Aurora Bompas, Henry’s muse. The only fly in otherwise slick ointment? Aurora’s marriage. Meet Aurora’s husband. Jealousy. Fidelity. Trust. Deception. Funny! 2012. Shaw. Winnipeg. Resonator Theatrical. Director | Rob Brown Cast | Adrianne Winfield, Daniel Pop & Dennis Sinclair

performances

thu jan 26 7:00pm

thu jan 26 8:30pm

sat jan 28 2:00pm

sun jan 29 12:00pm

mon jan 30 7:00pm

mon jan 30 8:30pm

tue jan 31 7:00pm

tue jan 31 8:30pm

wed feb 1 7:00pm

wed feb 1 8:30pm

thu feb 2 7:00pm

thu feb 2 8:30pm

fri feb 3 7:00pm

fri feb 3 8:30pm

sat feb 4 3:00pm

sat feb 4 7:00pm

sat feb 4 8:30pm

no wheelchair access

CAPACITY 75

50mins

box office information tickets $10.00 students/seniors $8.00

at the door cash/shawpass only. box office opens 45 minutes before showtime. in advance to reserve tickets, call 219-8616 or visit www.facebook.com/ResonatorTheatrical. 19


Major Barbara Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre Society Université de Saint-Boniface, Salle Martial-Caron 200 De la Cathédrale Avenue The conflict in the play Major Barbara focuses on the best way to save humanity. Barbara Undershaft, a major in the Salvation Army, believes by feeding the unemployed and the ne’er-do-wells, she can save their souls. On the other hand, her father Andrew Undershaft, a rich armament industrialist, believes poverty is the worst crime and his method of offering fair wages is the only way to proceed.

Ali Tartatyn as Major Barbara Undershaft and Jeff Madden as Andrew Undershaft. Photo by Gerhard Wiebe

Should the Salvation Army accept money from whiskey producers or cannon makers? Should Barbara’s fiancé accept the ownership of Undershaft’s Cannon Works? These are just a few of the questions this play explores. Director | Alfred Wiebe Cast | Ali Tataryn, Jeff Madden, Terry Zimmerly, Catherine

Enns, Matthew Stefanson, Connie McMahon-Wiebe, Adam Hurtig, Curt Krahn, Howard Kowalchuk, John F. Wiebe, Rosalie Loeppky, Anastasia Furlong, Monica Reis, Gerhard Wiebe

performances

wed feb 1 7:05pm

thu feb 2 8:05pm

fri feb 3 8:05pm

sat feb 4 2:05pm

sat feb 4 8:05pm

wheelchair accessible

CAPACITY 250

2hrs 30mins

box office information tickets $15.00 students $5.00 (Wednesday only) 20

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Mrs. Warren’s Profession Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Tom Hendry Warehouse 140 Rupert Avenue at Lily Street www.mtc.mb.ca

Mrs. Warren has worked hard to provide a good life for her daughter. But when Vivie finds out the truth about her mother’s profession, sparks fly between the two independent working women. Armed with wicked wit and sharp insight, George Bernard Shaw pits mother against daughter to expose the hypocrisy of Victorian society. Starring Seana McKenna ( Much Ado About Nothing, A Streetcar Named Desire), Mrs. Warren’s Profession is both a sparkling comedy and a scathing indictment about the social conditions for women. Director | Alisa Palmer Cast | Tom Keenan, Arne MacPherson, Seana McKenna,

Cherissa Richards, Stephen Russell, Gordon Tanner

performances

Jan 19 – feb 4

monday, thursday, friday

8:00pm

tuesday, wednesday

7:30pm

thursday feb 2 matinee

2:00pm

saturday matinee

3:30pm

saturday evening

8:30pm

wheelchair accessible

CAPACITY 286

approx. 2hrs 30mins (including intermission)

warning script-specific smoking of non-tobacco products, mature themes

box office information tickets

$16.00 – $40.00 student & senior discounts available

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Staged Reading

My Affair with George Bernard by Daniel Thau-Eleff Manitoba association of Playwrights Aqua Books 274 Garry Street www.mbplays.ca

She acted in three of his plays. They went for bicycle rides together. He told her she was his “best and dearest love.” And then it was over. What happened between Florence Farr and George Bernard Shaw? Now, things have gone topsy-turvy. Florence has come back to Shaw’s home after his death. She is conducting a seance, reading from his plays and reminiscing, hoping to invoke the spirit of George Bernard.

Photo by Leif Norman

In a collage of historical fiction, Florence is finally going to tell it all. Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents a new work by local playwright Daniel Thau-Eleff, featuring Doreen Brownstone and Ross McMillan.

Doreen Brownstone

performances

tue jan 24 8:00pm

wed jan 25 8:00pm

thu jan 26 8:00pm

fri jan 27 8:00pm

sat jan 28 2:00pm

no wheelchair access

CAPACITY 90

45mins

box office information

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Free Screening

My Fair Lady Winnipeg Public Library Carol Shields Auditorium 2nd Floor, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street www.wpl.winnipeg.ca/library

This 1964 film stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in a musical adaptation of Shaw’s play Pygmalion. Phonetics professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform an unrefined Cockney flower girl. He coaches her until the accent and origins disappear from her speech, and when he later presents Eliza to society, he has everyone fooled into believing she is from an aristocratic background. Higgins persists in taking the credit for Eliza’s accomplishments though, prompting her to abandon him. He then realizes he is not ready to bid farewell to his student.

free screening

sat jan 21 2:30pm

wheelchair accessible 24

CAPACITY 120

2hrs 55mins


HOCKEY & HOSPITALITY...

THE PERFECT MIX.

Enjoy the perfect pre-game meal in the Velvet Glove, or unwind after the game with a beverage and a snack in The Lounge at the Fairmont.

2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg For reservations call 957-1350. Visit www.fairmont.com/winnipeg


Special Event

Pshaw!

A Literary Roast of George Bernard Shaw The Actors’ Fund of Canada Aqua Books

Please note: Aqua Books is the new venue for this event, not the King’s Head Pub (as it is incorrectly listed in the printed edition of this program).

274 Garry Street (2nd floor) www.actorsfund.ca

Come hear some of the most entertaining – and otherwise fascinating – excerpts from critical reviews, personal correspondence and essays by Shaw himself, as well as criticism written about Shaw by his contemporaries, all served up Celebrity Roast-style! Featuring Cory Wojcik as the Roastmaster, Ron Robinson as George Bernard Shaw and surprise guest appearances from luminaries of the Winnipeg theatre scene – including participants from this year’s ShawFest shows. The party will continue after the Roast: come join us to celebrate the close of the festival and to support a great cause! Director | Stefanie Wiens Stage Manager | Sylvia Fisher

performance

sun feb 5 7:30pm

if you cannot attend the performance, all are welcome to attend the closing party immediately following.

no wheelchair access

CAPACITY 95

75mins followed by a closing party

box office information suggested donation $10.00

at the door cash/shawpass. box office opens 1 hour before showtime. Cash bar available. caea, map, pgc members pay what you can check the festival website for additional information. As befits the roast of a man of GBS’s strong social conscience, all proceeds from this event will benefit the actors’ fund of canada.

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Reading

Saint Joan Pal Fundraiser Crescent Fort Rouge United Church 525 Wardlaw Avenue at Nassau Street N. www.taliapura.com | www.palwinnipeg.org The story of Joan of Arc, Saint Joan is one of Shaw’s most well-known plays. Popular when it opened in 1923, it has enjoyed many revivals over the years. In the preface to the play, he wrote: “There are no villains in the piece. Crime, like disease, is not interesting: it is something to be done away with by general consent, and that is all [there is] about it. It is what men do at their best, with good intentions, and what normal men and women find that they must and will do in spite of their intentions, that really concern us.” Featuring | Talia Pura as Saint Joan and a veritable who’s who of the Winnipeg theatre community. Director | Stefanie Wiens Stage Manager | Sylvia Fisher

performance

mon jan 30 7:30pm

wheelchair accessible

CAPACITY 800

2hrs 15mins

box office information tickets $15.00

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Radio Broadcast

The Shaw Shaw Redemption 101.5 UMFM www.umfm.com

UMFM presents a Shavian double bill. In Don Juan in Hell, Shaw turns the world upside down and gives us a Hell full of beauty and pleasure, and a Heaven full of rational thought. In Overruled, Shaw shows us that infidelity can be fun in this witty farce with two couples taking a vacation from their marriages to explore relationships with other people. Don Juan In Hell Cast | Charles Boyer, Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Laughton,

Agnes Moorehead Overruled Cast | Bernard Boland, Jennifer Gottwald, Jennifer Quinn,

Peter Spencer

Broadcasts

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Don Juan in Hell

wed jan 25 7:15pm

Overruled

wed feb 1 8:00pm

1hr 45mins 50mins


ctr canadian t h e a t r e r e v i e w

Now available on any mobile device Published quarterly, the Canadian Theatre Review is the major magazine of record for Canadian theatre. CTR is committed to excellence in the critical analysis and innovative coverage of current developments in Canadian theatre, advocating new issues and artists, and publishing at least one significant new playscript per issue. The editorial board is committed to CTR’s practice of theme issues that present multi-faceted and in-depth examinations of the emerging issues of the day, expand the practice of criticism in Canadian theatre, and allow for the development of new voices. You can now access CTR on your desktop computer and on the most popular devices on the market, including iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. This enhanced edition offers you easy access and navigation: bookmarking and annotations options, embedded links; audio/ video and social sharing. You can also clip, save, and print pages. No matter the platform, you can now access Canadian Theatre Review everywhere. Reading CTR has never been better! http://digital.utpjournals.com/issue/48415

For more information, please contact: University of Toronto Press - Journals Division 5201 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON Canada M3H 5T8 Tel: (416) 667-7810 Fax: (416) 667-7881 E-mail: journals@utpress.utoronto.ca Website: www.utpjournals.com/ctr


Village Wooing Zone41 Theatre RAW Gallery of Architecture and Design 290 McDermot Avenue www.zone41.ca

On the lounge-deck of the Empress of Patagonia, a pleasure ship, writer A meets shopgirl Z in Shaw’s 1933 comedietta. The courtship that ensues is uniquely Shavian; imbued with all manner of politics, wit and a healthy dose of the characterizations that keep his important work in such esteem. From the company that brought you Bruce McManus’ Three Sisters , zone41’s Village Wooing runs in conjunction with Eric Lesage’s Re: Definition at RAW Gallery of Architecture and Design. By weaving strips from the pages of 1956 Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary, Lesage creates astonishing panels, each investigating a new potential in composition and material condition. See the show and tour the exhibit.

Eric Lesage, Re: Definition

Director | Krista Jackson Cast | Graham Ashmore, Tracy Penner

performances

thu jan 19 8:00pm

fri jan 20 8:00pm

sat jan 21 4:00pm

sat jan 21 8:00pm

sun jan 22 2:00pm

sun jan 22 8:00pm

tue jan 24 8:00pm

wed jan 25 8:00pm

thu jan 26 8:00pm

fri jan 27 8:00pm

sat jan 28 4:00pm

sat jan 28 8:00pm

sun jan 29 2:00pm

sun jan 29 8:00pm

no wheelchair access

CAPACITY 20

55mins

box office information tickets $15.00

at the door cash/shawpass only. box office opens 1 hour before showtime. in advance to reserve tickets, call 230-5018 or email info@zone41.ca.

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ShawFest 2012  

The program for the 12th annual Master Playwright Festival, presented by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

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