UWinnipeg brings witty, wise women to the stage in season finale

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film closes its 2016/17 theatre season with The Heidi Chronicles, written in 1989 by American playwright and essayist Wendy Wasserstein. The play is directed by alumna Heidi Malazdrewich and runs from Tuesday, April 4 to Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Ave).

The Heidi Chronicles follows art historian Heidi Holland as she navigates the changing political landscape of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Wasserstein’s funny and perceptive script is both heartbreaking and heartfelt in its portrayal of the baby-boom generation. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Tony Award, The New York Drama Critics Circle Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award, The Drama Desk Award, The Hull Warriner Award, and The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Heidi Chronicles is a wise and hilarious characterization of a woman in search of herself.

“Do you ever think what makes you a person is also what keeps you from being a person?”

– Heidi Holland, The Heidi Chronicles

In returning to her alma mater, director Malazdrewich will revisit the program that has informed her own work in the theatre. Her recent directing credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Canadian Premiere, Citadel/RMTC), The Myth of the Ostrich (RMTC), The New Canadian Kid (MTYP), and The Secret Annex (World Premiere, RMTC).

The 15-plus characters in this era-spanning play are performed by the Acting IV: Honours class. Senior production students provide technical support, and the play is designed by UWinnipeg alumna Jamie Plummer (set), design student Alexander Grant (costumes), and production student Tori Popp (lights).

Performances are at 8:00 pm nightly from Tuesday, April 4 through Friday, April 7; and at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 8 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. Admission is free but reservations are recommended. Please call our 24-hour reservation line at 204.786.9152, or visit UWinnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film website at http://theatre.uwinnipeg.ca

Based in the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film at The University of Winnipeg, the Department of Theatre and Film offers concentrations in Acting, Design, Drama in Education, Filmmaking, Playwriting, and Production/Stage Management. Our classes are small and our approach is practical. Our faculty is comprised of highly respected and award-winning professionals who are experienced teachers and remain active in their disciplines, bringing relevant and up-to-date instruction to our students.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Patty Hawkins, Theatre and Film, UWinnipeg
P: 204.786.9955, E: p.hawkins@uwinnipeg.ca              

Heidi Malazdrewich, Theatre and Film, UWinnipeg
E: heidimalaz@gmail.com

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