In just two weeks, local audiences will enjoy diverse talent from across Canada during the eighteenth annual FemFest. The festival, which runs from September 19 – 26, features local talent and nationally-regarded theatre artists with both in-person and virtual events. One of the featured artists this year is Tita Collective, who will be performing their show Tita Jokes.
A?Filipinx-focused musical sketch revue inspired by the?Tita?Collective’s real-life?Titas,?Tita?Jokes?is a hilarious and heart-warming love letter to the?womxn?in the creators’ lives – their aunts, moms, daughters, and partners. It?shows their struggles and heartaches, but also how they cope through comedy and songs. The show features original music and laugh-out-loud sketch comedy.?
Individually, the Tita Collective is: Ann Paula Bautista, Belinda Corpuz, Isabel Kanaan, Ellie Posadas, Alia Rasul, and Maricris Rivera. Tita Collective won the 2019 Steamwhistle Producers’ Pick at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Best Newcomer at the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival, and the Second City Outstanding New Comedy Award and Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace Patrons’ Pick at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. They were featured as part of the “19 Asian Millennial Women You Should Know” listing by Cold Tea Collective.
Tita Jokes will be broadcast virtually for those who purchase tickets. In addition, Tita Collective will be checking in virtually from a secluded cabin called “Camp Tita” leading up to the performances. There, the collective will be developing new material, sharing their creative process, and posting their wacky adventures of being isolated in a cabin together on their social media.
There will also be a panel run by Kristina Guevarra, a local comedian and improviser, that will feature on Filipinx creatives in Winnipeg.
“We have a hugely talented Filipinx community in Winnipeg,” says Kristina Guevarra. “We hope folks check out this show to celebrate the Filipinx artists in our city and Canada.”
The show times are Thursday, Sept 24 at 6:30pm, Friday, Sept 25 at 12:30pm, and Saturday, Sept 26 at 6:30pm.
Tickets are 15 dollars for single shows and a full festival pass is available for 50 dollars. We ask that folks check the schedule for additional showtimes, and read our COVID-19 protocols if attending an event in-person.
About FemFest: Founded in 2003 by Sarasvàti Productions, FemFest presents the work of both established and emerging women and non-binary artists from across Canada.
About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, Sarasvàti Productions is experimental and transformative theatre that presents significant social issues; engages in community collaboration; and supports emerging artists.