Turning 30 is funny. At least, it is if you’re the Gas Station Arts Centre, which is marking its 30th anniversary by showcasing the work of two Winnipeg comics who have taken the bold step from joke-telling to playwriting.
Under the festive banner The 30th Anniversary Extravaganza, the Gas Station will present dramatic readings of Al Rae’s autobiographical work One Man’s Show and Bruce Clark’s play Incongruous, which was inspired by the life and work of local comedy legend Irwin Barker.
One Man’s Show is a gender-switching autobiography that stars Sarah Constible in an examination of how childhood experiences affect adult lives; this updated version of Rae’s work-in-progress includes his recent coming-out experience after more than 20 years in a heterosexual marriage.
Incongruous, which was first workshopped at the 2011 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, features Seán Cullen in an exploration of the eternal comedy-biz conflict between art and commerce.
The plays will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. Tickets are $30 each for $45 per pair, available online at www.gsac.ca or on a cash-only basis at the Gas Station box office.