Edmonton downstage | 03.21.2016

Hey folks, happy spring! I hope you enjoyed the gorgeous first day of spring we had here in Edmonton. I’m going to take some time off Edmonton downstage, so I’ve jammed as much as possible into this one.

  • What’s on stage in the next few weeks:
    • You have until March 23 to check out the Serca Festival of Irish theatre.
    • Shadow Theatre’s A Picasso by Jeffrey Hatcher plays at The Backstage Theatre until April 3.
    • Wild Side Productions is presenting The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno as part of the Roxy Performance Series March 22 – April 3.
    • Hannah Moscovitch’s new play, The Kaufman Kabaretruns at the UofA Studio Theatre March 24 – April 2.
    • L’UniThéâtre and Northern Light Theatre are teaming up again – this time they’re presenting La Passion de Narcisse Mondoux, or in English The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux at La Cité Francophone March 30 – April 9.
    • MacEwan University Theatre Department closes off its season with Heathers: The Musical by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe and directed by Trevor Schmidt. The show runs March 31 – April 9 at the Theatre Lab at the MacEwan Centre for the Arts – seating is very limited in this small space!
    • Walterdale’s Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet runs April 6 – 16.
    • Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz runs at the Citadel April 9 – May 1.
  • Check out Hill Strategies Research’s report on volunteers and donors, including a specific study on volunteers and donors in the arts sector.
  • Freewill’s March newsletter is out – including an announcement that they’ll have two ‘date night’ packages this year and a teaser about a high tea package.
    • This year’s festival runs June 21 – July 17 and will alternate Romeo & Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost. 
  • The next Alberta Playwrights Network Script Salon is April 3, where Karen Hines’ All the Little Animals I Have Eaten will be read.
  • I missed the Stage Struck Festival, but Alberta Theatre Guide gave Unsuspicious a positive review.
  • What It Is Podcast’s latest episode about the Edmonton Poetry Brothel is hilarious – my favourite line is ‘it’s like a lapdance, but with words’.
  • Spring fundraisers!
    • Theatre Network’s Spring Fling Gala Fundraiser is March 31 at the Chateau Lacombe.
    • Next up is Catalyst Theatre’s Over the Edge with 4 Play is April 1, 2016.
    • The Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival is also having a fundraiser called Foolish Friday on April 1 at CKUA (9840 Jasper Avenue).
    • Alberta Playwright’s Network is taking over the Citadel’s Tucker Amphitheatre for the APN 30th Anniversary Showdown on April 9 – a night of quick-fire play readings, drinks, food and voting for the play you think stole the show.
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