The Dishwashers

by Morris Panych
January 24, 2013 - February 10, 2013
Preview - January 23, 2013

“We can’t all be rich and successful. If everybody was at the top of the heap, there wouldn’t be a heap.”

Emmett was once a high-rolling patron of a high-end eatery.  But thanks to a recent reversal in his fortunes, he’s starting a new job -- as a dishwasher in that same restaurant. His mentor is Dressler, the philosophizing ruler of all he surveys from his carefully-marked out area at the break table.  His only other co-worker, Moss, appears to be the oldest living dishwasher in the world, who doesn’t realize he’d been fired weeks ago.  A hilarious journey “below-stairs” into the unseen, steamy world of the up-scale restaurant “dish-pit”.

“The show was absolutely great last night! Hilarious, beautifully-directed and -acted, and very, very wise.” -- PTE Audience Member

“There's plenty of great wordplay in Panych's quick-witted dialogue” – Joff Schmidt, CBC Scene

“…delightful physical comedy…” – Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press

“…it will have you in stitches.” –

"If you're looking for a great outting to beat the winter blahs, definitey consider checking out PTE's current run."  -- Will Cook for Shoes

" will keep you smiling and laughing for two hours." -- PegCity Grub.

                       Tom Anniko & Rylan Wilkie                                       Harry Nelken & Rylan Wilkie , photos by Bruce Monk

Playwright Morris Panych says:

“It’s kind of a homage to work, a little bit of a thing about my father.  He worked very hard all his life in a really shitty job, but he never thought it was a shitty job.  He was a machinist.  His work was very mundane, but he found a way to do it, and I always really admired that.  There was something beautifully integrated about the way he went about his life.”


Artistic Director Robert Metcalfe says:

“I’m a great fan of Morris Panych, and this witty script is perfect for our times.  As we face the new economic realities that are being thrust upon us, a play that examines the nature of what work means, or rather, what it means to have to redefine yourself in a world where ‘you are what you do,’ belongs on the stage this season.  Funny and insightful, it’s one of those plays that make you laugh as you watch, and walk out a little changed in your outlook.”

Directed by:  Robert Metcalfe
Set & Costumes Designer:  Brian Perchaluk
Lighting Designer:  Scott Henderson
Stage Manager:  Michelle Lagassé
Assistant Stage Manager:  Chris Pearce

Tom Anniko         Dressler
Toby Hughes       Burroughs
Harry Nelken       Moss
Rylan Wilkie        Emmett


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