Armin's Shorts
The Recipe
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Growing out of the mid-twentieth century Mennonite culture situated between Manitoba's Red River and the Pembina Hills, my new play The Recipe is a comedy-drama featuring a plus-sized woman as romantic lead. The play wrestles with still-current issues of social class, body image, self-esteem, sexism, and a woman's reproductive options.

Oata is an abundant woman who has been tormented for her size since childhood. Not only that, she has endured community ridicule for her misfit father and her mentally ill mother.

Out of loneliness and "Holem de grül, needs a woman not sometimes?" she seduces Yasch, another misfit, and shows him she can be a lot of fun. However, when she's about to tell him she may be pregnant he lets slip that he is obsessed with skinny Sadie Nickel. "Skin and bones? That's your dream?" Oata skewers him with the full wrath of a woman scorned. But should she, can she still tell him now?

Meanwhile, her rival Sadie, fleeing a date with Pug Peters, also worries that her period is late and approaches Oata with a rumour that Oata's mother knows how to help. Though insulted, Oata searches her mother's midwife notebook and finds a remedy for when a woman's monthly period has not occurred.

Suddenly, Oata's narrative is disrupted. Can such a recipe work? Should she try to help Sadie? Should she try to help herself? Is skinny Sadie the enemy? Or is she an ally? Is Yasch worthy of her abundance? Does she need pants with a man in them to run the farm?

Set in a time before Pierre Elliot Trudeau declared that the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation, a time when contraceptives are hard to come by and still illegal, The Recipe is about a woman coming into her power in ways that surprise everyone, including herself.

Link to download The Recipe Pronunciation Guide.
For production inquiries please email: arminwiebe954@gmail.com
Armin Wiebe reads an excerpt from The Recipe.
Copies of the script available from Canadian Play Outlet.