MayWorks is Coming!

Posted March 3rd, 2018

Stay tuned for the full program for the 24th Annual MayWorks Festival, but in the meantime, here is a taste of what we’ve got planned for MayWorks 2018!


Monday, May 7, 2018


McNally Robinson Booksellers (in the Atrium)

1120 Grant Avenue

Italian Poetry and Humanism

A reading of selected Italian poets in Italian and English by the singer Liliana Moscarda-Romanowski and Ron Romanowski.

With an introduction by Ron Romanowski, author of the 2017 poetry collection, Butterflies of the North Woods.

Our world culture has inherited many ideas and principles that we have come to value as the basis of civilization from the artists of Italy, specifically its poets. You are cordially invited to come out and enjoy some of their work.


Thursday, May 10 & Friday, May 11 

Doors 7:15pm | Show 8:00pm

West End Cultural Center

586 Ellice Avenue

Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger
with Mark Hellman

Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger is a 2-act solo play about the early life and times of the late, great folksinger. Based on Seeger’s 1972 autobiography, it imagines a concert “somewhere on the road, 1970”: in his own words and the music of many, he looks back on 35 years of ‘musical activism’: on the road supporting the union movement with mentor Woody Guthrie, meeting his great love Toshi, confronting government committees(HUAC) and media blacklists, while singing in defence of the poor and oppressed on the front lines of the civil rights movement, and in conflict zones overseas. As the audience sings out with all or part of 29 songs, the concert transforms into a collective expression of ‘the power of song’, and a unique theatrical experience for ages 8-98.

Tickets $20.00 at, Organic Planet, West End Cultural Centre or at the door. CHOIR DISCOUNTS! GROUP RATES (10 or more) call West End Box office at 204.783.6918.


Thursday, May 17th-Sunday, May 27th (no show Monday)

7:30pm nightly (Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:30pm, only 2pm on May 27)

Rachel Browne Theatre

211 Bannatyne St. 

Moving Target Theatre Company and MayWorks Present:


Inspired by Joshua Key and American war resisters in Canada, Deserter is a new play by award-winning, Winnipeg-based playwright Daniel Thau-Eleff.

Deserter follows Curtis Colby, a fictional war-deserter who is detained for using a forged passport. He finds himself in a tug-of-war between the holding cell in the present-day, his time in Iraq, and a small town in Manitoba, where he and his wife Jessica are desperately trying to lead a normal life.

Deserter explores moral behaviour in a complex world, raising questions about the relationship between civilians and soldiers in countries with (supposedly) volunteer armies. When should a soldier say no? What morality can we hope for in war? And what is the role of ordinary citizens?

Advisory: strong language and mature subject matter.


Sunday, May 27th 


1919 General Strike Tour

In May 1919, over 30,000 workers shut down Winnipeg in one of the most important moments in our political history. For six weeks, inflammatory social conditions and relations ignited into a major protest over wages, rights, revolution and inequality.

The tour will go through highlights of what happened in 1919 and reflects on how the echoes of the strike can be heard in Winnipeg of today. This is a three hour bus tour. Cost is $15 for employed adults. Reserve seats at or call/text 204 793 3289.

Confirmation information and location to meet will be sent to you after you register and provide an e-mail.