Red Moon Road, Hot Thespian Action, Sydney Kurbis

Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre 8th Annual Fundraiser

Red Moon Road

Hot Thespian Action

Sydney Kurbis

Thu · April 20, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 9:30 pm)


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Red Moon Road - (Set time: 8:20 PM)
Canada's most energetic and inventive folk trio. Masterful story telling. Haunting three part harmonies. Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Delay pedals and a beat up bass drum. A lush and lively take on modern roots. Appearing in support of their brand new studio album "Sorrows and Glories" 2015 CD release tour.
Hot Thespian Action - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Hot Thespian Action
Hot Thespian Action began in 2006 when the three female members of the group (Shannon Guile, Jacqueline Loewen and Jane Testar) took a special studies class in Advanced Mime and Improv at the University of Winnipeg under the tutelage of Rick Skene. Over time, the class changed to fit the interests and aptitudes of the learners, and broadened from just mime to comedy writing.
By the end, the ladies had an in-depth knowledge of physicality and comedy, as well as a catalog of hilarious sketches. With the addition of fellow U of W students Garth Merkeley and Ryan Miller, the group rounded itself out and began to work on its 2006 Fringe show Hands On. The show featured a stripped down minimalist esthetic, inspired by the group’s mime roots, along with a penchant for the physical and witty.
The critically celebrated sold out show gave way to 2008’s massive hit Hands Off which garnered Hot Thespian Action five stars from the Winnipeg Free Press and an interest from many parties, including the CBC, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
HTA has performed yearly at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival since, garnering 5 star reviews, packed houses and “Best of Fest” designations every time.
HTA’s relationship with CBC radio has grown over the years, resulting in HTA writing and performing in an hour long radio play Pitching the Turkey, which aired nationally on Thanksgiving, as well as writing and performing several sketches that aired on the national radio show Laugh Out Loud.
The Winnipeg Comedy Fest has invited HTA to their festival every year since 2009, starting in 2009 as a 20 minute set as part of a larger show, growing to a full hour long headlining show in 2010 (which, incidentally, was the first act of the festival to sell out) and in 2011, a headlining show AND a set in one of the nationally televised gala performances alongside a cast of Canadian comedy icons like Andrea Martin and Cathy Jones. Finally, in 2012 they reached comedy nirvana, when they starred alongside host Alan Thicke as his singing and dancing sidekicks in the televised “Save The World Telethon” gala.
On top of their yearly commitments at the Winnipeg Fringe and Comedy Festivals, HTA travels to festivals far and wide. On top of the Toronto SketchFest where they have performed several times, HTA has appeared at Vancouver SketchFest, Seattle SketchFest, Chicago SketchFest and San Francisco SketchFest.
In 2011, 2012 and 2014, HTA was nominated for the Canadian Comedy Awards in the Category of “Best Sketch Comedy Troupe.”
HTA has written a TV pilot script for a half hour comedy series. Working with Emmy and Golden Globe winning producer Kim Todd and her partner Nick Hirst at Original Pictures, HTA travelled to Toronto in December of 2012 with Original Pictures to pitch the concept and pilot script to broadcasters. HTA is now in the long unpredictable process of getting the project up and running.
Sydney Kurbis - (Set time: 7:15 PM)
Venue Information:
The Park Theatre
698 Osborne Street
Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2B9