Where can you watch well-known, talented Winnipeggers reading short pieces of writing that have not yet been published, while enjoying a glass of wine with some snacks? If your guess is, the annual Theatre by the River’s Wine & Words extravaganza, you would be correct.
On May 1, 2015 at 8 p.m., Theatre by the River presents 15 unpublished short literary pieces from Canadian writers, read by Winnipeg actors and personalities. This year’s Wine & Words event, held in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is themed after the WAG’s upcoming Olympus exhibition.
This is the fifth iteration of Wine & Words, Theatre by the River’s annual fundraising event. Tickets are $30 and are available here.
More than just a fundraiser, it’s a celebration of Canadian work that hasn’t been seen yet; a showcase for established and emerging talent, immersing the audience in a creative experience unlike any other.
Each winter, Theatre by the River sends out a national request asking poets, writers and filmmakers to submit a short piece not yet published. Several entries are selected to be read and enjoyed along with a complimentary glass of wine and snacks. Additional refreshments will be available from the WAG cash bar.
This year Wine & Words features works by Hannah Moscovitch, Jordan Tannahill, George Toles, David Alexander Robertson, Gail Sidonie Sobat, Bob Armstrong, Kevan Kenneth Bowkett, Meira Cook, Hannah Green, Eileen Mary Holowka, Wren Hookey, Leigh-Anne Kehler, Frances Koncan, Laura Lamont and Bruce Sarbit. Readers include members of Theatre by the River’s artistic company, Mary Agnes Welch of the Winnipeg Free Press and many more. The full program will be available on Theatre by the River’s website in the coming weeks.
2015 marks Theatre by the River’s tenth anniversary. As an independent group dedicated to providing a theatre experience that is interesting, topical and accessible, Theatre by the River has cultivated its place as a leading producer of independent theatre in Winnipeg.
The company is a non-profit, registered charity that provides local talent with a means to grow in the artistic diversity of our city as paid actors, directors, technicians and writers.
Theatre by the River’s board is made up of volunteers from various fields. The company relies on private and public grants, fundraisers and box office for our operating dollars.
More information about Theatre by the River can be found on their website at theatrebytheriver.com.