Edmonton downstage | 10.07.2016

Opening & closing this week

  • Opening:
    • The 20th-anniversary production of Darrin Hagen’s Tornado Magnet, runs at the Roxy on Gateway November 10 – 27 (previews are on November 8 – 9). 
    • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying runs at Campus St. Jean November 11 – 19.
    • Mama Miaruns at the Jube November 11 – 13.
    • Toy Guns Dance Theatre is holding a fundraiser that sounds like a blast on November 12 – The Ultimate Dance Battle! Proceeds support Toy Guns Dance Theatre and a dancer or dance group of your choice. Find out more from Toy Guns.
    • Linda Wood Edwards’ show Never Let the Crew See You Cry – based on her mother who worked as a Flight Line Mechanic during World War II – runs at Campus St. Jean November 12 and 13. Tickets are at Tix on the Square.
  • Closing
    • Bridget Ryan’s Under the Influence runs at The Backstage Theatre  until November 12.
    • David Belke’s The Red King’s Dream closes at the Varscona November 13.


  • Congratulations to Ellen Chorley, who is the new festival director of NextFest! I’m so excited to see what Ellen does with the festival. 🙂
  • Million Dollar Quartet at the Citadel has been held over, with additional performances through to November 19.
  • Walterdale Theatre is looking for an Artistic Director for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons – apply by December 5!
  • Check out what Rapid Fire Theatre’s got on in November!
  • The hiring of Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre’s new artistic director has thrust conversations about equity (and hiring practices) in theatre back into the spotlight.

Local media

  • What It Is Podcast dropped Episode 118, featuring the Good Women Dance Collective.
  • Alright, so this isn’t exactly directly related to our theatre scene, but I wanted to share this awesome write-up on local Edmonton media experiment Taproot. Taproot is the brain child of Karen Unland and Mack Male, and aims to support meaningful local journalism through a community of members who contribute to the stories that Taproot publishes.
    • Interested? Check out their first two articles:
      • South Edmonton’s surprising deer paradise
      • Making a ripple towards reconciliation

Less local media

  • I really enjoyed this article about the particular dilemma theatre writers sometimes find themselves in when it comes to hanging out with theatre folks.

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