I am very excited to be performing in Theatre Projects Manitoba's production of A Short History of Crazy Bone this Spring.
A SHORT HISTORY OF CRAZY BONE
by Patrick Friesen
Directed by Andraea Sartison
Featuring Tracey Nepinak as Crazy Bone
March 28 – April 8, 2018Venue: Théâtre Cercle Molière – 340 Provencher
“Almost like it happened a long time ago and I was remembering…And then I wonder… was I being dreamed?”
Theatre Projects Manitoba is pleased to invite you to the world premiere of A Short History of Crazy Bone, a performance that treads the line between poetry, dance and theatre.
Canadian poet Patrick Friesen’s new play awakens Crazy Bone who walks on the outskirts of time, imagination and place – shunned for her individuality, sexuality, and for the non-conventional choices she has made. Crazy Bone is traveling to the river, trying to find a way back to herself. The play, inspired by the playwright’s great grandmother, is an exploration of the nature of the outsider, crowded by others and acutely alone. Crazy is a trickster, a wild woman laughing, a campesino, the artist. The ghosts she lives – and sometimes dances with – are not past loved ones but present companions.
The questions inherent in the piece are of an artist’s place in society. At the heart of the play is the movement, the process, of Crazy finding where she belongs, a spiritual odyssey in deeply human form. It is also a poetic exploration of the prairie landscape, rooted in our province’s identity and history. The lead role of Crazy Bone will be played by actress Tracey Nepinak; one of Manitoba’s finest theatre artists.
It is a beautiful and difficult tale. It is a Manitoba story.
Set Design Linda Beech
Lighting Design Itai Erdal
Sound Design Andrew Balfour
Costume Design Claire Thérèse Friesen
Choreography Tanja Woloshen
with David Arial, Zorya Arrow, Arne MacPherson and Tracy Penner
Stage Manager Jane Buttner
About Patrick Friesen
Patrick Friesen’s career spans three decades. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry, a book of essays and, with PerBrask, co-translations of several Danish poets, including Ulrikka Gernes. A lover of collaboration and live performance, Friesen has also written stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner. His play, The Shunning, first produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, was staged by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2011. His upcoming play, also called a short history of crazy bone, will be produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2018.
Tuesday, March 27, 7pm PWYD preview
Wednesday, March 28, 8pm Opening Night
Thursday, March 29, 8pm
Friday, March 30, 8pm
Saturday, March 31, 8pm
Tuesday, April 3, 7pm
Wednesday, April 4, 8pm
Thursday, April 5 8pm
Friday, April 6, 8pm
Saturday, April 7, 3pm
Saturday, April 7, 8pm
Sunday, April 8, 2pm
Buy tickets here!