The program for the 2011-2012 season at the Manitoba Theatre Centre has recently been released. For those unfamiliar with the Manitoba Theatre Centre, the community-based non-profit organization is involved with many arts-based projects vital to Manitoba’s artistic community since 1958. Several plays are produced by the centre during their seasons and while some plays are based in Winnipeg, the MTC offers a province-wide tour reaching beyond the Manitoba border to communities in Northwestern Ontario. The Winnipeg productions are the stars of the season, which includes ten plays shared between two main stages; The John Hirsch Theatre and The Tom Hendry Theatre. With two theatres offering such a variety of theatrical productions, audiences are sure to be left entertained. As previous seasons have demonstrated the MTC is not afraid to present some productions characterized by their raw and thought-provoking content as well as some which are valued for their more comfortable sweetness.
The John Hirsch Theatre, also known as the MTC’s Mainstage, will start the season on October 13th, 2011, with an appealingly funny play entitled Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, which is based on the film released in 1993 by Warner Brothers. Winnipegers might be able to relate to the events in this play, as it takes place in the town of Wabasha, Minnesota, where two elderly men each seek to captivate the attention of their attractive new neighbour. The play will be a special treat for its Winnipeg audiences, as it is bound to be performed on Broadway though this production will be unique to the MTC.
In November, across the street from the Mainstage, The Tom Hendry Theatre will offer audiences a play characterized by its wit and rather racy content. In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, written by Sarah Ruhl takes place in Victorian England where a respectable doctor causes a fuss when he begins treating hysteria in women with a “newfangled electrical device.” The doctor’s patience feel renewed and enlivened following their, um, treatments. Meanwhile, the doctor’s wife pines to be treated herself, but “is cursed with good health.”
In all, the MTC’s 2011-2012 season features something for all eager theatre audiences. As always, the MTC presents audiences with an imaginative season line-up ready to inspire and entertain. Though the thematic content of the plays varies, audiences are sure to be pleased by the sheer variety of plays offered and impressed by the enthusiasm of a theatrical organization dedicated to bringing top-notch productions to surrounding communities.
To see the rest of the MTC’s 2011-2012 line up please visit their official website here.