January 25, 2013

Morris Panych's The Dishwashers

Prairie Theatre Exchange, Portage Place
to February 10, 2013

The Dishwashers by Morris Panych
 Rylan Wilkie        Emmett
 Tom Anniko         Dressler
 Harry Nelken       Moss
 Toby Hughes       Burroughs

We can’t all be rich and successful. 
If everybody was at the top of the heap, there wouldn’t be a heap.

Emmett, once a high-rolling patron of a high-end eatery, is now a dishwasher in that same restaurant. 
His mentor is Dressler, the philosophizing ruler of all he surveys. 
Emmett's co-worker, Moss, doesn’t realize he’d been fired weeks ago.  
A hilarious journey into the unseen, steamy world of the up-scale restaurant “dish-pit”.

Morris Panych's The Overcoat is touring worldwide.  its film version won an honourable mention at the Prix Italia.  Panych's plays have been produced in over a dozen languages.

I’m a great fan of Morris Panych… a play that examines the nature of what work means… in a world where ‘you are what you do,’ (The Dishwashers) belongs on the stage… 
I am very proud of the five new plays chosen to celebrate PTE’s 40th anniversary.  Not only are they all Canadian writers, but all of the playwrights are currently writing and their work resonates with contemporary themes.  
Artistic Director, Robert Metcalfe

Rylan Wilkie, last seen at PTE in The Edible Woman, has won the Betty Mitchell Award for his performance in Vincent in Brixton.  He was in the Canadian premiere productions of Enron and Proof.

Winnipeg favourite Harry Nelken has been associated with PTE for 38 years.  His selected PTE credits are: Cold Comfort; The Chinese Man Said Goodbye; The Stone Angel; and Zadie's Shoes.  His next project is Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's Other People's Money.

Tom Anniko, along with Al Rae, created the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and has appeared in numerous film and television productions.  The Goat, at the Warehouse Theatre, was his most recent theatrical performance in Winnipeg.

Toby Hughes is a founding member of the musical improve company Outside Joke, and has performed in Henry IV 1&2 and Henry V at Shakespeare in the Ruins and in The Courier at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Directed by:  Robert Metcalfe
Set & Costumes Designer:  Brian Perchaluk
Lighting Designer:  Scott Henderson
Stage Manager:  Michelle Lagassé
Assistant Stage Manager:  Chris Pearce

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