Winners and Losers

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by James Long and Marcus Youssef
Adapted by Valerie Planche, Makambe K. Simamba and Jenna Rodgers
Presented in association with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre and Arts Commons Presents

November 15-25, 2018
Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 2pm matinee
Pay-what-you-can previews on November 13 & 14 at 7:30pm
Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons, 205 8 Ave SE
Run time: approximately 75 minutes

Buy tickets online, at 403-294-9494 or at the door
$25 general, $20 students/seniors/artists
November 13-14 pay-what-you-can tickets available at the door

We’re proud to partner with Inside Out Theatre’s Good Host Program to make Winners and Losers more accessible! There will be relaxed performances on November 18 (2:00 pm) and November 24 (2:00 pm), and an audio described performance on November 22 (7:30 pm)

Winners and Losers is one part game, one part conversation that leans into our universally flawed human logic, and the desire to win at all costs. Valerie Planche and Makambe K. Simamba, two powerhouse performers at different stages of life and careers, debate whether people, places or things – Robin Williams, camping, Meghan Markle, private schools – are winners or losers. This exploration of female friendships leads us down a spiralling path of staunch sisterhood and deep-seated difference. As the discussion gets personal, how far is too far when confronting deep-seated beliefs?

Based on the Governor General Award-nominated text by Marcus Youssef and James Long, this homegrown adaptation – re-written and re-cast with an all-female team – premiered to rave reviews at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival!

“The elemental nature of this show (there is no set, just a simple folding table and two chairs) requires big, engaging performances. Planche and Simamba deliver, making this remount a clear winner.” – Now Magazine

“Retained both the humor and all the edge of the original.” – Mooney on Theatre

“Lively and revealing work” – Mooney on Theatre

“The affection between Planche and Simamba is palpable, and the play is gripping when it’s emotionally bare” – Globe and Mail

Process & Production Photos

by Diane + Mike Photography and Falanafoto