Who is OFUR?

Matthew Paris-Irvine (he/they)

Matthew Paris-Irvine is an emerging Director, Playwright, Actor and Designer proudly from Winnipeg’s North End, a cultural haven whose stories are begging to be told. Matthew is of mixed Hatian/Honduran and Settler descent and acknowledges the privilege of creating on stolen land. Matthew strives to decolonize his own practices and recognizes that this is a long journey but an essential one. Matthew was lucky enough to complete a mentorship through Creative Manitoba with Rodrigo Beilfuss this past year in Artistic Direction, he is, and will always be, incredibly grateful to Rodrigo for his kindness and humility. Matthew is elated to be working as an Apprentice Director on RMTC’s upcoming project Tiny Plays Big Ideas. Recent Credits include, Directing: O(Phelia) (ShakespeareFest); Bastard. (Staged Reading, FemFest); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Apprentice, University of Winnipeg); Cob Bob (Winnipeg Fringe), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Apprentice, WJT); Acting: Hamlet (ShakespeareFest); Comedy of Errors (PAL, Actra Fundraiser); Home 2.0 (Sarasvati); Concord Floral, Time & The Conways, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (University of Winnipeg). He also has a cat. It has an attitude problem.

PTE's Company in Residence 2020 - 2022

Out From Under the Rug (OFUR) PRESENTS

Bastard. started as a poem I didn’t write, but was written for me to speak out loud— one that I have since learned all the words to. In several ways, it’s a play about me.

It is about many other things as well. It's about longing, pain, a can of orange bubly, a big comfy couch, one person, several people. It’s inadvertently (but perhaps more importantly) about four friends, a bar with disgustingly low lighting, 2019, and desperation. Above all else, this play is about love and the way it transcends linear time— the way it fills space and leaks into cracks; scatters breadcrumbs between home and away, leaves nothing empty and everything unfinished. 

Bastard. is a love letter. 

This is a play about you.


August 9 - 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm

No performance on Thursday, August 11

ASL Interpretation provided on Friday, August 12

All performances take place in the Colin Jackson Studio Theatre


Out From Under The Rug Theatre Collective is a collection of emerging IBPOC artists of various cultural and artistic backgrounds, founded and based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

To create, develop and produce theatrical works by, for, and about people of colour.

Out From Under The Rug exists to platform the work and voices of IBPOC artists, ensuring a safe and accessible environment. Our current focus is to locally develop and present culturally specific theatre, providing the opportunity for Winnipeg’s under-represented communities to not only see themselves in our stories, but be actively engaged in the creation. Through community engagement, facilitated education, and presentation of IBPOC work, we are looking forward to growing into a sustainable organization that can provide a trusted space for IBPOC artists to present work that would often otherwise be swept under the rug.

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