Who is OFUR?

Melissa Langdon (they/she)

Melissa is a graduate of The University of Winnipeg’s acting honours program and of Afro-Trinidadian and White-Settler ancestry. She completed the Creative Manitoba Mentorship under the guidance of Brenda Gorlick in choreography and currently has been working to complete an internship with One Trunk Theatre Company, specifically focusing on devised theatre development and production, arts administration, and production management. Melissa is a past recipient of the Bethia Henry Memorial Scholarship in Theatre in Drama, the Reg Skene Emerging Artist Award for an Actor, and most recently a Dora Award and Toronto Theatre Critics Choice Award for Outstanding Production with the cast and creative team for School Girls: Or the African Mean Girls Play. Selected credits and workshops include the new play by Ismaila Alfa (Workshop, Prairie Theatre Exchange), Better (Workshop, Nightwood Theatre), Spelling 2-5-5 (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Ophelia (ShakespeareFest 2019), Hamlet (SIR), School Girls (Obsidian and Nightwood Theatre), Home 2.0, The Game, New Beginnings (Sarasvati Productions), Animosity (Winnipeg Fringe Festival), Time and the Conways, Concord Floral,Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (The University of Winnipeg).

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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