Edmonton downstage | 19.01.2015

  • Opening this week:
    • Birdie on the Wrong Bus by Promise Productions, January 20 – 25.
      • Check out my preview, Vue Weekly’s preview, and the Journal’s preview.
      • And don’t forget about Promise Productions’ very adult fundraiser on January 23.
    • The Antyssey by Joel Crichton and Richard Lee, produced by Concrete Theatre January 23 – 24.
      • Watch out for my preview later this week.
  • Of course, on everyone’s mind this week was the fire at the Roxy Theatre. Here are a few articles I’ll point you to, if you haven’t seen them already:
    • This gorgeous piece called Remembering the Roxy by Paul Blinov published by Vue Weekly.
    • Liz Nicholl’s piece about the Roxy Theatre changing lives.
    • Otiena Ellwand at the Journal writes about Theatre Network’s plans to rebuild.
    • Kristen’s thoughts on a week of ups and downs for Edmonton theatre.
    • Theatre Network invited people to share their #RoxyMemories on Twitter.
    • A number of theatre companies also stepped up to help raise funds to support the Roxy – companies like Rapid Fire Theatre and the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Local blogger and artist John Richardson has also offered a painting for sale, proceeds from which (after cost of materials & as John says, “lunch for a couple days”) will support the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and the Roxy.
    • If you wish to donate to Theatre Network, you can do so through their Canada Helps page.
  • The What it is Podcast released episode 62: But, But… Problems, which discusses the fire at the Roxy as well as Promise Productions’ new show, Birdie on the Wrong Bus.
  • Walterdale Theatre’s next show is Jeffery and plays February 4 – 14. The play takes place in New York at the height of the AIDS epidemic and follows Richard Jeffery, a gay man who has decided to be celibate out of fear of falling in love with someone who has AIDS and is bound to die. As a lead-up to the show, Kristen is posting interviews with the cast of Jeffery on Walterdale’s blog.
  • And finally, in preparation for the 2015 Canoe Theatre Festival (which I’ll be bombarding you with previews for later this week), I’ll leave you with this odd, yet fitting promo video for Toy Guns’ show Fortuitous Endings:

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