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

An electrifying multi-discipline cabaret of new theatre, new music, new dance, and new comedy -- two full hours of entertainment, followed by a catered reception.

Plus a Special Guest Speaker!

All for $25!

STUDENTS:  Pay only $12.50 to attend Opening Night!


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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