Bob Metcalfe, Artistic Director
Laying out the map of the season’s playbill is always a bit of a challenging puzzle, but it’s one that I really enjoy. At Prairie Theatre Exchange, you’re going to see shows that are a step off the beaten path, many of which are new, and most of which have no ‘name recognition.’ It’s extremely rewarding that our audiences embrace the experience of discovery, and trust that we’ll give them five thoughtful and entertaining shows that will take them to a different place.
In the 2016-17 season, you will be transported to the edge of Hudson Bay and to a remote island off Newfoundland in 1542. You’ll explore the perspective of a family dealing with a devastating diagnosis, and delve into the often-hilarious world of modern motherhood. You might even gain a deeper understanding of the always-complicated mating habits of bees and their human counterparts.
I’m proud to present an all-Canadian season as our country turns 150 years old. In fact, The Flats is part of a project to celebrate that milestone, and will be presented both in English at PTE and in French at Le Cercle Molière immediately after our run. It’s a collaboration that reflects the best of being Canadian and actually involves six theatre companies in three provinces. You can find more information about this project on our website, www.pte.mb.ca.Take a look at the line-up for 2016-17 season, and join us for five nights of theatre that will take you away.
A R T I S T I C D I R E C T O R
This is Mr. Metcalfe’s fourteenth year as the Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange. Some of his favourite plays he’s directed here include Zadie’s Shoes, Unity (1918), Copenhagen, apple, Chimera, The Best Brothers, Small Things and Vigil (in fact, any play by Morris Panych). Bob established both the Carol Shields Festival of New Works and the PTE Playwrights Unit (which resulted in the world premieres of Burnin’ Love, The Secret Mask, The Brink, Social Studies, Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, all of which he directed, and this year’s The Flats, which he will also direct). In recent years, he has regularly directed for Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, and Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre in Nova Scotia. Before PTE, he was the Artistic Director of Sunshine Theatre in Kelowna, BC, served as the Associate Artistic Director at Green Thumb Theatre in Vancouver, and had an active career as a freelance director, actor, dramaturge, and fight director after graduating from the acting program at Studio 58 in 1980.