Edmonton Downstage | 15.09.2014

We’re back from our vacation and had an absolutely amazing time! Before we left, I planned on seeing some European theatre, but to be honest, I didn’t get around to doing so. Instead, I got to marvel at ancient and renaissance sculpture, artwork and architecture.

In getting caught up on what I’ve missed over my vacation, it’s certainly noticeable that the Edmonton theatre scene is getting ready to kick into high gear:

  • I’ll be starting off my Edmonton theatre scene with Edmonton Actors Theatre’s Fatboywhich opens this Thursday, September 18 at the Roxy Theatre.
  • The UofA Studio Theatre’s The Violet Hour opens September 19.
  • The 11 O’Clock Number is back for a third season, starting this Friday! Catch them at 11:00 on Fridays at the Varscona Theatre.
  • The What it Is Podcast released Episode 53: The Most Hated Person in Edmonton Theatre. They’re also looking for feedback in their second listener survey.
  • I Don’t Get It Podcast released their first episode of their second season, The YEG Dance Season Preview.
  • Rapid Fire Theatre announced a new show to its upcoming season called Maestro, which Vue Weekly describes as “improv Survivor”.
  • Catalyst Theatre made a number of exciting announcements in its newsletter last week:
    • In addition to Vigilante playing at the Citadel next year, they will also be re-mounting their first international hit, Elephant WakeTickets go on sale October 1.
    • Catch the Keys will be Catalyst Theatre’s 2014-2015 Company-in-Residence, working on their new production Ursa Major.
    • Patrick Lundeen will be Catalyst Theatre’s 2014-2015 Intern Artistic Director.
  • Check out this interesting study on transforming communities through the arts. Sure, it was conducted in Toronto, but I’m sure there are a lot of similarities with Edmonton.
  • Kim’s Convenience starts at the Citadel Theatre September 20, and after the September 21 matinee there will be a Q&A with playwright Ins Choi.
  • The University of Alberta now has a central hub for all art exhibit, theatre, and concerts on campus, including UofA Studio Theatre shows.
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