Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Warehouse: THE WATERSHED SET TO MAKE A SPLASH IN WINNIPEG, March 15 - 18

THE WATERSHED SET TO MAKE A SPLASH IN WINNIPEG

By Annabel Soutar

March 15-18, 2017 with March 14 Gala performance

Tom Hendry Warehouse

"A sprawling, ambitious, revealing, challenging production that also happens to be

blissfully hilarious and entertaining." -- Toronto Star

WINNIPEG, September 20, 2016 -- Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre will present THE WATERSHED at Tom Hendry Warehouse from March 14 to 18. THE WATERSHED is the latest documentary play from Montreal playwright Annabel Soutar. Tickets for the limited run go on sale today, Monday, September 19 at RMTC's box office. The International Institute for Sustainable Development will hold an exclusive preview performance on March 14, including a VIP reception. The Winnipeg premiere of THE WATERSHED is generously co-sponsored by the Gail Asper Family Foundation and Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner.

THE WATERSHED is Porte Parole's most recent collaboration with Crow's Theatre (Toronto) and acclaimed director Chris Abraham. The play premiered as part of the Arts and Culture Program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. THE WATERSHED is co-produced by Porte Parole (Montreal) and Crow's Theatre (Toronto) with support from La Coop Fédérée.

Largely constructed from original interviews conducted by Canada's foremost documentary theatre writer (Annabel Soutar), THE WATERSHED puts on stage a multiplicity of ideological perspectives and conflicting visions for our country's natural resources. The sum of these voices makes one thing abundantly clear: a contemporary play about water in Canada must also be about oil.

THE WATERSHED tells a sprawling political story, but is also Annabel Soutar's most personal play to date. In it, a Montreal theatre artist leads her own family on a cross-country journey, investigating the forces that are shaping the future of our natural resources. Encountering leading freshwater scientists, government officials, activists and business leaders along the way, THE WATERSHED captures Canada in a moment of acute political reflection in an increasingly polarized landscape.

In 2012, Porte Parole (Montreal) and Crow's Theatre (Toronto) premiered SEEDS, a gripping docudrama about food sustainability that chronicles the epic showdown between farmer Percy Schmeiser and Monsanto Inc. SEEDS was performed as part of Prairie Theatre Exchange's 2015/16 season and has toured across Canada for the past two years and will tour to several U.S. cities in 2016-2017.

THE WATERSHED stars Bruce Dinsmore, Alex Ivanovici, Tanja Jacobs, Tara Nicodemo, Ngozi Paul, Eric Peterson, Amelia Sargisson and Kristen Thomson. Casting subject to change. The creative team includes Director Chris Abraham, Sound Designer Thomas Ryder Payne, Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell, Costume and Set Designer Julie Fox, Video Designer Denyse Karn, Stage Manager Merissa Tordjman and Apprentice Stage Manager Angeline St. Amour.

These performances are part of a larger Canadian tour, including performances at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre (September 20 - October 30, 2016), Montreal's Centaur Theatre (November 8 to December 4, 2016), Calgary's Theatre Junction Grand (March 29 - April 1, 2017) and Richmond's Gateway Theatre (April 6 - 15, 2017).

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) will host a gala fundraising event at an exclusive preview performance of THE WATERSHED on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-performance VIP reception in the lobby of the Tom Hendry Warehouse, with the performance at 7:30 p.m. Gala tickets are $100.00 and are available through Eventbrite. A portion of the ticket price is eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Proceeds from this event will support IISD Experimental Lakes Area's education and outreach programming.

Tickets for the March 15 – 18, 2017 performances went on sale today and start at $22. For showtimes and ticket information, call the Royal MTC Box Office at 204 942 6537, toll-free at 1 877 446 4500 or visit www.royalmtc.ca.