Daly House Museum is once again partnering with 7 Ages Productions to offer a night of Canadian theatre as a museum fundraiser.
Their second annual show on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall features two Canadian plays, “Paper Wheat” and “Rinse the Blood Off My Toga.”
“Paper Wheat, Act One” tells the story of immigrants who come to the Prairies at the turn of the century to homestead. There are a British couple, a Ukrainian couple, an Irishman, and a merchant from Ontario.
“These characters are representative of the groups that settled in the Brandon area,” Daly House board member Trish Buri said.
“Although the setting is Saskatchewan, the experiences are the same as those of early western Manitoba residents.”
The play is light-hearted and humourous, with an underlying seriousness, and features fiddle music by local musician Genista Buhler.
“Rinse the Blood Off My Toga” is Wayne and Shuster’s absurd parody of the assassination of Julius Caesar. After the assassination, Brutus hires a “private eye” to investigate and find the murderer.
More of a skit than a play, this is the comedy sketch that caught Ed Sullivan’s attention and catapulted Wayne and Shuster to fame in the United States.
They had always been, and continued to be, among the most popular entertainers on Canadian TV.
“The Wayne and Shuster Show” ran for years across Canada. Their humour was always tasteful and inspired generations of Canadian comedians.
“Baby Boomers will remember them well and a younger generation, hopefully, will discover them,” Buri said.
The play will be accompanied by refreshments and a talkback. All proceeds go to the museum. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 204-727-1722, and cost $15.
Showtime Saturday is 8 p.m. at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at the Brandon University School of Music.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 5, 2013