A message from

Bob Metcalfe, Artistic Director

Winnipeg seems to be undergoing a bit of a building renaissance lately. The Museum for Human Rights is on the verge of opening, there's continued development on the waterfront, and downtown, construction cranes are at work, reshaping the centre of the city. These projects are particularly welcome as they're all unique to Winnipeg, rather than a collection of shells housing chain stores and hotels that you can find all across the country. These distinctive buildings and businesses will add to the story of the city, and the people who live here, in new and surprising ways.

Prairie Theatre Exchange strives to create a season of theatre with plays that are filled with surprises, and that add to the story of the city. While there's comfort in the well-known, all the interesting -- and truly delightful experiences -- seem to begin when you stray from the path a bit. The upcoming season includes a hockey play that's about much more than hockey, a classic English mystery which has been dismantled and reassembled with madcap humour, the story of blues music from the perspective of an Indian/Irish immigrant to Canada, a play about loneliness that is hilariously witty, and a world premiere from one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights. You probably won't have heard of the titles, and you certainly won't know how the story ends before the lights go down. You will travel a new path, enjoy the journey, and have something to talk about.

I hope that you'll join us for the uniquely-Winnipeg and always-surprising 2014 - 2015 Season at Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Come and enjoy the five best plays that you've never heard of!


Robert Metcalfe
A R T I S T I C   D I R E C T O R

>> Click here for the 2014-2015 Season at a Glance

  • A little bit about Bob

    Robert Metcalfe - A brief biography

    This is Mr. Metcalfe’s twelfth 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 (which he just directed) and any play by Morris Panych. Bob is proud of establishing 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, and Social Studies, all of which he directed). In recent years, he directed for Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre in Nova Scotia for four summers.  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.

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