In the 40 seasons that Prairie Theatre Exchange has evolved into an important part of Winnipeg’s cultural life, we have provided many opportunities to reflect upon what it means to live in this place right now.
PTE’s intimate theatre space and relaxed, friendly atmosphere is the perfect place to see the work of some of Canada’s best playwrights come to life on stage. Next season, you will have the opportunity to imagine what it would be like to try and live up to having famous ancestors, sit in a piano bar in a second-rate hotel, go underground in a high end restaurant down to the “dishpit”, look at Canada’s role in the Afghanistan conflict in a new way and spend a couple of hours with a couple who are using the occasion of having a new baby to curb their excessive swearing habits. You’ll know the characters that you meet onstage - they’re in your family, they’re your neighbours, they might even be a bit like you. What they all have in common is that they’re thrust into changing situations where they will need to find out who they really are.
I am very proud of the five new plays that I have chosen to celebrate PTE’s 40th anniversary. Not only are they all Canadian writers, but all of the playwrights are currently writing and their work resonates with contemporary themes. I believe we have the makings of one of our most exciting seasons ever!
I hope you’ll join us and see what’s new at Prairie Theatre Exchange. After all, we’ve been your theatre, in your city, telling your stories – for 40 years.
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