Edmonton downstage | 11.23.2015

  • Opening this week:
    • Kenneth T. Williams’ Café Daughter, presented by Workshop West, opens at The Backstage Theatre November 25 and runs until December 6.
    • The University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre is presenting Iphigenia at Aulus November 26 – December 5.
    • The Citadel Theatre’s holiday classic, Tom Wood’s A Christmas Carol, opens November 28 and runs until December 23. As usual, they are also raising funds for the Edmonton Food Bank at each performance. The Servus Pay-What-You-Can Sunday is November 29.
  • Closing this week:
    • She Loves Me, playing at the Campus Saint Jean Auditorium, closes November 28. Check out my preview for all the details.
  • Applications for the 2016 Fringe lottery close today, November 23, at 5:00 p.m. Get yours in! The lottery draw is November 30.
  • J. Kelly Nestruck wrote an article for the Globe and Mail about how our theatre community pulled together to help out Theatre Network following the fire at the Roxy this year, and puts it in context of all the venue shuffling that’s happened this past year.
  • Metro Cinema and Theatre Alberta have put out a call for proposals from all disciplines for their event on February 8 that will celebrate the life of Michael Green, co-founder and Artistic Director of One Yellow Rabit Performance Theatre, co-founder and curator of the High Performance Rodeo, and producer of the Calgary 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada initiative and Making Treaty 7. Michael and three other artists –  Narcisse Blood, Michele Sereda, and  Lucy Morin-Desjarlais – died in a car accident February 10, 2015.
  • MacEwan University’s 2016 Arts and Cultural Management students are looking for projects to take on as part of their practical experience requirements. Does your arts organization have a project you need help on from January – April next year? One of their students may be able to help.
  • The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations has a couple of learning opportunities coming up for those who are interested in taking their volunteer engagement to the next level.
  • Check out this profile of Theatre Network’s new General Manager – a MacEwan University grad – about how literally breaking your leg (no, not just the theatre saying) led to new opportunities for her.
  • The Varscona rebuild continues – now that they’ve finalized the layout of the theatre, they’ve found more seats that are available for donors to claim. But that’s not all – gear, bricks, and more are all available!

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