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Winnipeg community theatre veterans Shoestring give us a glimpse into a corner of Winnipeg’s history — the world of a Mennonite maedchenheim or girls’ home. The Mary & Martha home offered young domestics shelter from the non-Mennonite worlds in which they worked, and by 1959 it was becoming a historical relic. Few girls lived there and even fewer were willing to follow the Victorian house rules.

Mary & Martha explores the tug-of-war between old- and new-world values, which leads both the girls and their caregivers to the brink of tumultuous change. The varying abilities of the six-actor cast and a script that at times leans more to information than entertainment makes Mary & Martha a moving yet flawed drama, albeit a treat for Winnipeg history lovers.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the Fringe program:

Set in Winnipeg in 1959, the play tells us about life in a house (Maedchenheim) for young Mennonite girls. These homes were temporary residences which provided a safe environment where the girls could share similar experiences.

Our story, however, explores a time of change, conflict and upheaval for the church, the girls and their caregivers.

 

"I cried - that was the way it was for us." - an elderly Mennonite woman at MAP studio reading of Mary & Martha.

 

Recommended for: General audience

Length: 75 min

Tickets: $8

Discount Tickets: $6 for matinees, students

Under 10 not admitted.

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