Co-produced with Theatre Replacement in association with Crow’s Theatre (Toronto).

January 25 – January 28th at High Performance Rodeo (Calgary, AB).

March 24 – March 26 2017 at the Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR).

Written and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long / Directed by Chris Abraham / Lighting by Jonathan Ryder / Stage & Production management by Elia Kirby

In 2011, Marcus and James Long of Theatre Replacement were making a play – a Kafka-esque thing about two office workers. To warm up they played a game called ‘winners and losers’: name a person, place or thing and debated whether it’s a winner or a loser. They also made long lists of various skills or attributes (parenting, wrestling, cooking, ping pong, etc.) and debated who was better at them. They recorded and transcribed it all, and when they read it back, they realized the games were better and more dangerous than the play they were writing. Because the game was real.

Less than 5 years later, Winners and Losers has had over 100 performances in 17 cities. The play has been published by Talonbooks, filmed live and streamed online by On The Boards TV, and been seen by thousands of theatre-goers around the world. Through it all, we’ve collaborated with our good friends at Theatre Replacement. Which is ironic, in a way. It’s a show about competition and the destructive impact of capitalism and privilege on our most intimate relationships. And we created and produced in the most collaborative, mutually supportive way we can imagine. And yes, they’re still friends. Maybe it doesn’t get any more real than that.

Rent for purchase a full performance of Winners and Losers from OntheBoardsTV

For touring info please contact Dani Fecko at Fascinator Management

HISTORY

WORLD PREMIERE
The Gateway Theatre, Studio B
November 22 – December 1, 2012
RICHMOND, CANADA

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 30 – February 2, 2013
VANCOUVER, CANADA

Brighton Festival
May 22 – 24, 2013
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
BRIGHTON, UK

Festival TransAmériques
May 27 – 29, 2013
Espace Libre
MONTREAL, CANADA

Magnetic North Theatre Festival
June 11 – 15, 2013
OTTAWA, CANADA

Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival
August 23 – 25, 2013
GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS

Lokal
August 28 & 29, 2013
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Aarhus Festival
September 3 – 5, 2013
AARHUS, DENMARK

Terni Festival
September 22 – 23, 2013
TERNI, ITALY

Dublin Theatre Festival
September 26 – 29, 2013
DUBLIN, IRELAND

Canadian Stage, Berkley Street Theatre
November 10 – December 8, 2013
TORONTO, CANADA

Intrepid Theatre, Metro Theatre
April 11 & 12, 2014
VICTORIA, CANADA

On the Boards
April 23 – 27, 2014
Northwest Series
SEATTLE, USA

Foreign Affairs Festival
June 26 – 28, 2014
BERLIN, GERMANY

Soho Rep
January 2 – February 1, 2015
NEW YORK, USA

University Theatre
UBC Okanagan
March 20 & 21, 2015
KELOWNA, CANADA

Citadel Theatre
April 9 – 18, 2015
EDMONTON, CANADA

Woolly Mammoth
October 26 – November 22 2015
WASHINGTON, DC

The Cultch
February 16 – 27 2016
VANCOUVER, BC

Vernon and Distict Performing Arts Centre
March 3, 2016
VERNON, BC

 

Photos of Marcus Youssef and James Long by Simon Hayter
Video by Michael Sider

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