2017 WINNIPEG FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL The Winnipeg Free Press
"It's a bit like if the detention in The Breakfast Club just kept going until it curdled into the hell-is-other-people existential nightmare of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit. Friendship can be dangerous when the line between intimacy and inspiration becomes blurred."
The Stock is the debut production of Winnipeg's ArtLaunch Theatre Company, an ad-hoc collective mandated to produce plays and performance pieces that challenge human agency in the digital age. The play was inspired by, and conceived out of, conversations in the public sphere surrounding #MeToo and sexual assault in the aftermath of the Jian Ghomeshi allegations.
This play was workshopped from September 2016 to April 2017 by co-Artistic Directors and Producers Camille Intson and Raffie Rosenberg, and had its premiere at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People's Richardson Hallon July 19th, 2017, running until July 30th as a part of the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival with the following cast and creative team:
Brooks Steve Morrow
Kat Jillian Willems
Clay Wes Rambo
Sam Elena Howard-Scott
Director Raffie Rosenberg
Lighting Design Tori Popp
Stage Manager Katie Schmidt
ArtLaunch Theatre Company at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Photos by Camille Intson
Photo by Camille Intson
The Stock Created by Camille Intson and Raffie Rosenberg
Written by Camille Intson
Directed by Raffie Rosenberg
Steve Morrow, Jillian Willems, Wes Rambo, and Elena Howard-Scott are uniformly excellent, each one mining truth in a tight script by Camille Intson. There is enough wordplay, irony, and allusion here to reward multiple viewings."
Crisply directed at a nimble pace by Raffie Rosenberg, not a moment is wasted, not a motion unnecessary. Even the multiple cameras, laptops, and screens are integral to the story as well as to the staging of it."
- Ben Wiebe, The Winnipeg Free Press
"THE STOCK, a short but powerful dramedy, is about four life-long friends who have each attempted to forge a creative path in the arts and the tensions that can arise from that.
It's a bit like if the detention in The Breakfast Club just kept going until it curdled into the hell-is-other-people existential nightmare of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit. Friendship can be dangerous when the line between intimacy and inspiration becomes blurred."