Our first 4 productions and one work in progress, with links to more info about cast, crew and photos…
The story of a doctor, diagnosed with an illness, who has to learn to take his own medicine.
Dr Michael Zipkin is a psychiatrist. He goes from appointment to consultation to meeting, all day, every day. While his younger, hotshot self is still with him, Dr Zipkin is now in his sixties and idealism has faded into the reality of working in an institution. Meanwhile, Dr Zipkin is beginning to experience symptoms – the shaking hand (or “tremor”) of Parkinson’s Disease. As he wrestles with the diagnosis, Zipkin recalls scenes from his childhood and young adulthood, discusses the lessons he has learned and receives visits from a costumed superhero.
Premiered in Winnipeg in 2011.
The only women in Fred’s life are his mother and a prostitute. Then one day a cop comes knocking on his door: there’s been a murder.
Fred Mandelbaum is depressed and lonely and worried about the future. Rosemary (Fred’s non-Jewish mother in the Jewish old folks home) has Alzheimer’s, and Fred’s worried about that too. The only person he can talk to is a prostitute named Cyndi, whom he hires for companionship, conversation, maybe even love. And blow jobs. The play begins when a polite and violent cop knocks on Fred’s door: Cyndi has been murdered and Fred is a suspect. A dark comedy set in the ultimate metaphor for 21st century isolation: Winnipeg.
Premiered in the Winnipeg Fringe in 2008 (Harry S Rintoul Award), independent professional premiere in Winnipeg in 2010.
Comedy and drama from beyond the grave, featuring George Bernard Shaw and his leading lady Florence.
She acted in three of his plays. They went for bicycle rides together. He told her she was his “best and dearest love.” And then it was over. What happened between Florence Farr and George Bernard Shaw? Many years later, things have gone topsy turvy. Florence has come back to Shaw’s home after his death. She is conducting a seance, reading from his plays and reminiscing, hoping to invoke the spirit of George Bernard. In a collage of history, fiction and excerpts from Shaw’s plays, Florence is finally going to tell it all.
Staged reading of the first draft: MTC’s Shaw Fest, 2012.
An hour of my stories about politics and girls.
A personal/political coming of age story. A young Jewish Winnipegger wrestles with his own connection to Israeli-Palestinian politics, trying to figure out his place in the world, while trying (and failing) to “make peace” with pretty girls.
Premiered at the Winnipeg Fringe in 2004 (Harry S Rintoul Award), toured to the Montreal, Toronto, Minneapolis and New York City Fringes in 2005 and Vancouver’s Chutzpah! Arts Fest in 2006.
A love (and marriage and maybe eventually love again) story.
Presented in MTC’s AlbeeFest, 2004.