Winnipeg Arts Council

WJT Opens Season With New Comedy Starring Canadian Theatre Legends

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (WJT) presents PALS, Or Scenes from a Friendship from November 9 to November 19. This new light-hearted comedy is written by Canadian theatre icons Diane Flacks and Richard Greenblatt, with direction by Jillian Keiley. The Season Sponsors are the Asper Foundation and the Azrieli Foundation. For tickets, visit or call 204.477.7478.

There will be a media call for the show on Tuesday, November 7 at 2:30 PM at the Rady Centre.

Pals is a witty and dynamic one-act comedy that examines a long-lived friendship and its laughs and lows through the course of several decades. In this hilarious and intimate play, writers and performers Richard Greenblatt and Diane Flacks uncover the underlying tensions that permeate all friendships.

The show’s director, Siminovich Prize winning Jillian Keiley, reflects that, “Each conversation and every dilemma [in the show] rings true. I know you’ll see your own best friends in this one too and fall in love with them all over again.”

Diane Flacks is a writer/performer whose solo shows have been critically acclaimed, published, and toured in North America. She has twice performed excerpts from her show Bear With Me at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Fest. Diane has written for TV, including Working the Engels, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Young Drunk Punk, PR, and The Broad Side.

Richard Greenblatt has performed in theatres across Canada and abroad, as well as in feature films, television and radio. He has directed well over 100 productions for theatres across the country; the vast majority being original and/or Canadian works. He co-wrote 2 Pianos 4 Hands, which played on five continents and in over 150 cities since it opened in 1996.

Pals was written by Flacks and Greenblatt. The show is directed by nationally acclaimed director Jillian Keiley, with choreography by Mary Ellen McLean. Live percussion by Greg Hawco. Costume Design by Amy McPherson, Set Design by Adam Parboosingh and Lighting Design by Dean Cowieson.

WJT thanks Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council for their ongoing support. WJT’s season sponsors are The Asper Foundation and the Azrieli Foundation.

More information, tickets and 5-play subscriptions can be found at: You can also reach WJT by phone at (204) 477-7478.

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For more information, interviews and photos, contact Greg Klassen at [email protected] or 204.290.6293.