Winners & Losers
Theatre Replacement/Neworld Theatre (Vancouver)
Feb 16 – 27, 2016
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Nominated for a 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award
Winners and Losers is a conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships, and our most intimate experiences of self. Theatre artists and long-time friends Marcus Youssef and James Long sit at a table and play a game they made up, called winners and losers. In it, they name people, places, or things — Pam Anderson, microwave ovens, their fathers, Goldman Sachs, Mexico, etc. —and debate whether they are winners or losers.
As each one seeks to defeat the other, the debate becomes personal as they dissect each other’s individual, familial, and class histories. And because one of these men is the product of economic privilege, and the other is not, the competition very quickly adds up.
The draw: A homegrown hit. The show has already toured to 16 cities in 8 countries, including a hugely successful off-Broadway run to full houses and rave reviews.
Years after its inception, Winners & Losers continues to be a funny, fierce, unsettling theatrical experience that refuses to let you go after you’ve left the theatre” – The Vancouver Sun
A sure-fire winner…disturbingly entertaining” – Vancouver Observer
Invigorating, hilarious, infuriating, and it may very well have you examining your own friendships and the beliefs you hold on everything from the plight of the First Nations in Canada to Beyoncé’s recent video” – Vancouver Presents
The performances are raw and the lines between reality and stage are completely blurred. The show however, is definitely a Winner” – Fun Fun Vancouver
How can I convince you to go see this one? Because you really should see this one…one of the most exciting, intelligent—and entertaining—shows you’ll see this season” —The Georgia Straight
★★★★ Tour de force…The men’s virtuoso wordplay is a delight…Winners and Losers is heady stuff. Formidable, indeed” – Globe and Mail
★★★★ Winners and Losers is the kind of play that makes you want to talk and, better still, to listen” – Time Out New York
A sly theatrical microcosm of how people compete” – The New Yorker
Both Youssef and Long radiate tremendous charm and vivacity… The effect is devastating and strangely invigorating. One leaves the theatre feeling entertained, exhilarated, psychologically flagellated” — Victoria Times Colonist
Winners and Losers looks a lot like open heart surgery. Metaphoric blood is spilled but, strangely, the experience for the audience is exhilarating. The possibility that friendship can survive or even be strengthened by such excruciating honesty is inspirational and opens up floodgates of introspection.” — Vancouver Courier
Credits: Written and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long
Venue: Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables Street
Show Dates and Times:
Feb 16 8 PM: Opening
Feb 17 – 20, 23 – 27: 8 PM
Feb 21, 27: 2 PM
Post-show talkbacks: Feb 17, 21, 23
Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Created and Performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long
Directed by Chris Abraham
Lighting Design by Jonathan Ryder
Production and Stage Management by Elia Kirby
Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
Winners and Losers has toured nationally to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria, Edmonton, Richmond,and Kelowna, and internationally to Brighton, Reykjavik, Aarhus, Dublin, Terni, Seattle, Berlin, New York, and Washington.