Winners and Losers
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
Engineered Air Theatre
Thursday, November 15 - Sunday, November 25
Pay-what-you-can previews on November 13 & 14
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 affection between Planche and Simamba is palpable, and the play is gripping when it’s emotionally bare" - Globe and Mail
Please do not hesitate to call our box office with any questions or concerns regarding ticketing or accessibility: 403-294-9494.
To make planning your trip a bit easier, the most convenient parking can be found in the Arts Commons Parkade or across the street in the City Hall Parkade (attached by a +15 with an elevator). Arts Commons is also easily accessible by Calgary Transit (the C-Train is a block away) and the Centre City Cycle Track Network (there are bike racks out front of each entrance on 8th Ave SE).
Ideal for: Performances, presentations, lectures, weddings
Capacity: 185 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Cocktail reception 80 - dinner
Stage: Stage measures 11’ deep x 34’ wide
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: customizable theatre lighting, standard room set-up, private lobby, event planning support
Completed in 1994 the Engineered Air Theatre carries on the tradition of having a theatre located in its exact location for over 100 years, even incorporating rescued decorative elements from the old Empress Theatre into both its theatre and lobby design. In the summer of 2016, the Engineered Air had a face lift with the comfier chairs and updated décor.