May 2020


PTE Festival of New Works

May 28 - 30, 2020
Experience the stage in a whole new way!

The PTE Festival of New Works is three days of staged readings of new plays and presentations of interdisciplinary works-in-progress, performed by some of Winnipeg’s most talented professional actors and companies. This is the launching pad that gave us How the Heavens Go, The Flats, Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, Social Studies, The Brink, and The Secret Mask, among many others.

You never know what you’ll see – but you’ll see it before anyone else!

THURSDAY, MAY 28 at 7:00 PM

A fresh start to our annual Festival - be the first to experience a brand new play in development that is slated to premiere during the 2020-2021 season (we can't tell you more until we announce the new season on March 26). Meet the nationally renowned playwright and help shape their final stages of work with your feedback after the reading.
PLUS: a post-show reception with appetizers!

Admission by donation (suggested: $5)

Tickets will be available on April 1, 2020.


Discussions with the playwrights will take place after each reading, while the Playwright’s Hat is passed – please consider contributing to support the artists.

PTE Playwrights need you!

by Debbie Patterson, Playwright

Every time you walk into the theatre, you are entering into a creative collaboration, regardless of what side of the curtain you’re on. But when a play is in a state of development, the audience’s collaboration is crucial!

The Festival of New Works invites you to actively participate in the development of new Canadian plays. While the festival gives playwrights the opportunity to try out their work with a real audience, it cracks open the playwriting process, giving audiences the chance to get in there and muck around.

Not only do you get to follow the journey a play takes from the seeds of an idea to a fully fleshed-out performance, but you also get to speak your mind directly to the playwright. The post-performance "talk back", conducted after every reading is where the collaborative rubber hits the road. 

As a playwright whose work has been read at this festival in the past, I can’t tell you how much we rely on your feedback to launch us into the next draft. As an audience member I love the depth of connection I feel with a play I’ve watched grow over a number of years.

I invite you to get involved in some very exciting new plays by attending this year's Festival of New Works.

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