PETER FECHTER: 59 MINUTES
By Jordan Tannahill
Directed by Megan Andres
Featuring Kevin P. Gabel
Part of Jordan’s Governor General Award winning collection of works, Age Of Minority, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes is based on the real-life Peter Fechter, who was killed at the age of 18 while trying to cross from East Berlin to the West. He was left to bleed to death on the Death Strip, with no one from the West able to reach him, and the guards on the East having no protocol of what to do.
The play is performed in exactly 59 minutes, flashing back and forth from the Death Strip and the fateful events and day that led Peter there. It’s a gripping tale of youth and the quest for love and freedom.
Part of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival
The Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre
3A-91 Albert St.
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Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director and filmmaker. Jordan has been called “the future of Canadian theatre” by NOW Magazine and “the poster child of a new generation of artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life” by The Globe and Mail. In collaboration with William Ellis, he runs the alternative art-space Videofag, out of a defunct barbershop in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Jordan received the 2014 Governor Generals Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays and Dora Awards for rihannaboi95 in 2013 and Concord Floral in 2015. His book, Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama was published by Coach House Press in 2015 and called “essential reading for anyone interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance” by The Globe and Mail. His double-bill, Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom premiered at Canadian Stage in May 2016. (Photo by Lacey Creighton)
Megan Andres is a Vancouver and Winnipeg based director, performer, dramaturg,and playwright. The Winnipeg Fringe may just be her favourite time of the year. Past Fringe credits include: as director Offices, Kissing Sweet, Antipode, and Gorilla. Other Fringe credits include: as performer in Bedbound, Disco Pigs, The Darling Family and as playwright/performer in Catching Shadows and her Harry Rintoul nominated play only just….Megan is currently one of the producers of the Brave New Play Rites festival in Vancouver, where she also serves as the director and dramaturg for its stage reading series. Megan is pursuing a Joint Creative Writing and Theatre MFA at the University of British Columbia.
Kevin P. Gabel
Kevin’s recent Winnipeg Fringe performances include last year’s Georama and his self-written solo show Undress Me, which was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Award for Playwriting in 2014. Kevin has also appeared in such plays as Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Royal MTC), Miss N Me (Sarasvàti), Proud (TPM), and How the Other Half Loves (Tara Players). Onscreen he has acted in TV’s The Pinkertons and several short films, including Seven Drinks, which he wrote and co-directed and which has been accepted to over 15 film festivals across North America. Kevin appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.