Celebrating the abundant contributions by which Winnipeg theatre artists of Mennonite background have enriched the art form, this issue, guest edited by Per Brask, includes commissioned essays by director Kim McCaw, designer Brian Perchaluk, actress Tracy Penner, writer Marriiane Mays Wiebe and academic Bill Kerr about Mennonite theatre since the first production of Patrick Friesen’s The Shunning directed by Kim McCaw in the old Prairie Theatre Exchange space in 1985. Playwrights whose work is discussed include Vern Thiessen, Armin Wiebe, Veralyn Warkentin, Steven Ratzlaff (who will be reading from his work at the issue launch – details) and Patrick Friesen.
New work drawn from Friesen’s work-in-progress A Short History of Crazy Bone is included along with an interview, as is an excerpt from Veralyn Warkentin’s Mary and Martha accompanied by a hybrid interview essay by Claire Borody. Historical origins are taken up by Lesley Glendinning in her essay on Low German drama, and the issue is rounded out by a history of Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre, celebrating its 40th anniversary, compiled by Cathleen Enns. The art insert features the work of Murray Toews drawn from “Circus of Objects” which was part of the Circus of Objects theatre project led by Grant Guy.
At 64 pages this is a larger than usual issue, and will be our first perfect bound issue instead of saddle-stitched (stapled). Thanks to Suzanne Braun and the Relish New Brand Experience for updating our design and the lovely new logo. Our Table of Contents lets you know what else is in this issue, available for purchase as a single issue, or as part of an annual three issue subscription.
Thanks to the editors and designers at Geez magazine for putting it all together, and to the Winnipeg Arts Council (WAC) for providing additional resources for this issue.