We Quit Theatre
January 16–21, 2024
“a work about how sacred and how messy humans are”
— Mooney on Theatre (on 805-4821)
Buddies presents a We Quit Theatre anthology
805-4821 | i am your spaniel, or, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare | Passion Play
A week of performances by We Quit Theatre and friends. Rituals for the discontented, diversions for the disenchanted, and a carnival for quitters! A conversation between trans best friends and lovers, and a sharing of the shit they made, together and apart, in their basement apartments.
Last seen in a google doc performing 805-4821 as part of Buddies’ Queer, Far, Wherever You Are series, Winnipeg-based duo We Quit Theatre takes over the Cabaret space with a collection of three works, including a trans coming out story made out of other stories; an errant lecture on Shakespearean text analysis; and a series of improvised erotic revisions of bible stories, immortalized to cassette tape live on stage.
The performance of 805-4821 will be accompanied by a sharing of Sadie Berlin‘s Enchantment Island: This Alien Nation, a loose political exposé and response to We Quit Theatre’s piece.
The pieces in this performance anthology have been variously supported by the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the SummerWorks Lab, and the Stratford Lab.
Tuesday, January 16 // 7:00PM // 805-4821
Wednesday, January 17 // 7:00PM // 805-4821
Thursday, January 18 // 7:00PM // i am your spaniel, or…
Friday, January 19 // 7:00PM // i am your spaniel, or…
Saturday, January 20 // 7:00PM // Passion Play
Sunday, January 21 // 1:30PM // Passion Play
Not all men are men. Welcome to the movies.
805-4821 is a trans coming out story made out of other stories: a dialogue from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a half-remembered swim lesson, and an 80,000 word Facebook correspondence. Performed using a hacked overhead projector, Dasha Plett invites us to reimagine how we might hold ourselves, and each other, in an age of apocalypse.
Enchantment Island: This Alien Nation
This farewell performance of 805-4821 will be accompanied by a sharing of Sadie Berlin’s Enchantment Island: This Alien Nation, a loose political exposé and response to We Quit Theatre’s piece.
In previous incarnations, Sadie Berlin has been a jurist, a legal anthropologist, an ethnographer, a buyer for a major UK bookshop chain and a fiction writer. She is now a durational performance artist and a theatre artist who produces, directs, writes and is known for her work on cultural dramaturgy. A Montrealer by birth, she now lives in Southwestern Ontario.
We’d like to invite you to a beginners lecture on Shakespearean First Folio text analysis. In this lecture we will cover: grammar and spelling, historical and literary context, pop culture adaptations, misplaced memories, climate disaster, violent revolution, Sam Rockwell movies, the end of the world, shoplifting, masculinity, CIA propaganda, baseball, T4T, and talking dogs. No lunch provided.
We Quit Theatre & friends take you to church with this series of improvised erotic revisions of bible stories, immortalized to cassette tape live on stage.
We Quit Theatre is a collaboration between Gislina Patterson and Dasha Plett. Recent works include Men Explain Things to Us… and We Like It!, a short video work commissioned by the Stratford Festival Lab for Stratfest@Home. A digital version of their new full length performance piece, i am your spaniel, or, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare by Gislina Patterson recently premiered as a coproduction between LOMAA and VideoPool.
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Dates & Times
January 16-21, 2024
For each of our mainstage shows this season, we’re offering tickets at a range of price points, though seating is general admission, and every seat is just as good as the next. If cost is a barrier, this is your chance to get an affordable ticket. If you are able to pay more, this is your chance to increase your support for the work onstage and ensure it stays affordable for those who need it.