Winners and Losers a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award

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      A home-grown piece of theatre has been nominated for a Governor General's (GGs) Literary Award.

      Winners and Losers, the critically acclaimed production that premiered at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre in late 2012, has since toured across the world to places like Berlin, Reykjavik, and New York City. It was selected from a group of more than 30 entries as a finalist in the GGs drama category. 

      Written and performed by East Vancouver residents Marcus Youssef and James Long, Winners and Losers presents the viewer with a staged conversation that tests the logic of capitalism. The two men sit across from each other at long table, debating whether certain things, people, or places—Pamela Anderson, microwave ovens, the rainforest, and more—are winners or losers. Like debates often do, the conversation becomes heated as the men seek to defeat each other. Personal histories are dissected as their political and economic differences pit them against each other. 

      A Straight reviewer called the show, “one of the most exciting, intelligent—and entertaining—shows you’ll see this season.” 

      Finalists in the GG awards are each given $1,000, with the grand prize of $25,000 being announced on October 28.

      Winners and Losers returns to Vancouver’s Cultch theatre from February 16 to 27, 2016.