Stephen Hopwood Is Not Dead
by Matthew Stacey
Pengwin Productions - Winnipeg, MB
V.12 - Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (U of W) 
But if he were, his obituary would read: “Here lies Stephen Hopwood. Dead at 40, having achieved nothing. He leaves behind his only love, Anna (who did not love him back), a legacy of regrets and a vast collection of odd socks.” Directed by Alan MacKenzie (ImproVision) and Matthew Stacey. Featuring Leith Clark, Luke Falconer and Shawn Kowalke (The Horrible Friends), Giovanni Navarro and Alexis Silver.

Cast:
Leith Clark, Luke Falconer, Shawn Kowalke, Giovanni Navarro, and Alexis Silver.

 
Show Info:
75 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Students, seniors, Fringe performers

Genre:
Play-Dramedy

Audience:
Mature

Warnings: Coarse language, sexual content

Wed July 17 8:15 PM
Fri July 19 5:15 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Sat July 20 3:15 PM
Mon July 22 6:45 PM
Wed July 24 1:45 PM
Thu July 25 9:15 PM
Sun July 28 1:45 PM

Stephen Hopwood Is Not Dead

Pengwin Productions—Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (U of W)

An imaginative piece that is sharply and simply staged. When you know every person in the cast it’s difficult to dissociate — and everyone did a great job capturing distinctive characters, but in particular Leith Clark’s serene performance erased the person I knew and I saw only the benevolent Walter.

Audra Lesosky


Stephen Hopwood Is Not Dead

Pengwin Productions—Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (U of W)

This dramedy follows Stephen Hopwood (Luke Falconer) as he wakes up from a bender in a place called “The Rooms”. With the help of a guide (Leith Clark) it is meant to be a place where you can fix your problems, aided by the way you can control what happens in the Rooms with the power of your imagination. There are a number of vignettes of Stephen’s past including his time in university with his roommate (Giovanni Navarro) and him falling in love with and his obsession over Anna (Alexis Silver). His baser instincts are represented by a sock puppet (Shawn Kowalke), which surprisingly enough, was the second jizz sock- sock puppet I’ve seen this Fringe (the other being in the Container). It can be a little crude at times, but overall a good show with good performances, and a good ending.

Murray Hunter


Pengwin Productions

Stephen Hopwood Is Not Dead—Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (U of W)

If a fortysomething year-old who questions his life’s choices wrote a play about a fortysomething year-old who questions his life’s choices and is offered a chance to go back and put things right, would the writer give his character a happy ending, or would he ruin everything for his character, as the writer resents the fact that he cannot go back and change things for himself? This new play by Winnipeg playwright Matthew Stacey is that play, and this is your chance to find out.