Hey folks! I hope you are having a great long weekend and happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate the holiday. After taking a few weeks off, Edmonton downstage is back!
Before we get started though, I’d like to tell you about a fundraiser I’m helping to organize for SkirtsAfire herArts Festival– SkirtOberfest. It’s October 24 at 7:00 p.m. at The Mercury Room. Included with your $30 ticket is tacos, a tasting of sipping tequilas, performances by the Yana Loo Trio and Kimberley MacGregor, a reading from an upcoming play we’re developing, The Mommy Monologues, and a spoken word performance. We’re also trying out a ‘community art piece’ where attendees will create a painting together with the help of professional artists. Of course, there will also be some great silent auction items as well. Hope to see you there!
Now, on to what’s happening in Edmonton theatre this week:
- There are a lot of shows opening this week!
- L’Unithéâtre opens it’s season by presenting Pierrette Requier’s Les Bleus des Oubliées at La Cité Francophone October 14 – 24. L’Unithéâtre’s latest newsletter has some insight into the play, which is about a Franco-Albertan woman literally and figuratively journeying to trace her roots.
- Ravenscroft by Don Nigro takes to Walterdale’s stage October 14 – 24 as well.
- The UofA Studio Theatre presents Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang October 15 – 24.
- Northern Light Theatre tells a coming of age story that reflects on the Quiverfull faith with The Good Bride by Rosemary Rowe, running at the PCL Studio October 16 – 24.
- Northern Light Theatre’s latest newsletter includes an interview with Rosemary as well as information about special events being presented in conjunction with The Good Bride.
- Alberta Opera is presenting an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier at the Westbury Theatre October 16 – 24.
- Closing this week:
- Stewart Lemoine’s The Hothouse Prince plays at The Backstage Theatre until October 17.
- Kristen wrote about having a problem with downtime and her newest projects and some thoughts on Theatre Yes’ Bone Cage.
- Workshop West showcases its refreshed digs, shares information about their #writesofpassage program and New Play Dramaturgy partnership, and welcomes Azimuth Theatre to their space in their latest newsletter.
- Congratulations to Beth Graham, who is a finalist for a Governor General’s Award.
- The What It Is Podcast is back with Episode 86: Doug and Dan, Dudes.
- The Fringe never really ends, does it? Lottery applications for Fringe 2016 are open until 5:00 p.m. November 23.