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July 13, 2012

Winnipeg Fringe: Vern Thiessen: THE COURIER l BACK TO BERLIN


Internationally-acclaimed, G-G winning, Winnipeg-born playwright Vern Thiessen returns to the Fringe with two plays written twenty-five years apart but linked by character, place and the themes of war and memory.

July 18 to July 28
The Rory Runnels Studio, 100 Arthur St.

THE COURIER
Starring Toby Hughes
Stage managed by Daniel Thau-Eleff
Produced by Who Knows Productions


THE COURIER, the first play Thiessen wrote, premiered in 1987.  Thiessen celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Fringe by directing Winnipeg’s rising star Toby Hughes in a special remount of the play. 

Set in Berlin in 1945, it tells the story of a young messenger in Hitler's army who must decide: open a restricted letter and face truth or remain ignorant and risk death. 

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BACK TO BERLIN
Stage managed by Daniel Thau-Eleff
Produced by Death & Taxes Theatre

Fifty years after the end of the war, a middle-aged man returns to Berlin with his father, who had been a courier in Hitler’s army. 
A fast paced, funny and poignant one-man show, it explores father/son relationships, family secrets, and how history can play tricks on our memory. 

Support provided by Manitoba Arts Council and the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.


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