Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre-Media Centre
 

Free virtual readings

June 8–12


Led by Governor General Award-winning playwright Ian Ross, and assisted by Katie German, the Pimootayowin Creators Circle brought together six artists – established in their own artistic practices but new to playwriting – to each develop a play for the stage.


The Creators Circle showcases a powerful array of Indigenous voices from the community: Lynette Bonin, Jim Compton, Rosanna Deerchild, Kathleen MacLean, Dave McLeod and Tracey Nepinak. Pimootayowin is an Anishinaabemowin word meaning 'journey' and we invite you to join these talented artists on their creative journey with the play-reading series Pimootayowin: A Festival of New Work.

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Tuesday, June 8

 

7pm CDT

The Family Tree
Written by Lynette Bonin
Directed by Dr. Katrina Dunn

At an outdoor Métis celebration, Colette and Lucille have a confrontation about the reality of their family’s intergenerational trauma. As a result, Colette is faced with a mysterious danger and must face her fears through the reflection of a medicine wheel in order to find peace.

Cast & Creative Team

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Wednesday, June 9

(Doubleheader)

 

7pm CDT

In Conclusion
Written by Kathleen MacLean
Directed by Audrey Dwyer

Cam invites the audience into her memory as she looks back on her relationship with Owen. She searches for closure and catharsis as she examines a time of feeling “crazy”.

Cast & Creative Team

*10-minute intermission*

 

8pm CDT

Redemption Tax
Written by Tracey Nepinak
Directed by Tina Keeper

A modern-day Greek tragedy set in a Winnipeg Dollarama. Protagonist Boon finds that exercising his treaty right to claim a 79-cent tax exemption has explosive consequences.

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Thursday, June 10

7pm CDT

How to Drink Red Rose Tea
Written by Rosanna Deerchild
Directed by Columpa Bobb

Mother and daughter Maggie and Gwynn talk about life, love and who won at BINGO over tea. But when Gwynn asks about Maggie's Residential school past, 50 years of forgive and forget, breaks.

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Friday, June 11

(Doubleheader)

 

7pm CDT

Elevate
Written by Dave McLeod
Directed by Herbie Barnes

A drama/comedy told against the backdrop of a simple elevator ride where two men are suddenly faced with the clash of colonial and Indigenous belief systems. A timely piece reflective of social movements today.

Cast & Creative Team

*10-minute intermission*

 

8pm CDT

Enough
Written by Katie German
Directed by Yvette Nolan

What does it mean to be Métis? Marie struggles to understand her culture, her classmates and herself.

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Saturday, June 12

7pm CDT

Frenchie
Written by Jim Compton
Directed by Kevin Loring

Frenchie is a love song...no matter how hard we are done by... there is always a song in our heart.

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The Asper Foundation

 

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