Edmonton downstage | 02.06.2017


  • L’Unithéâtre and Workshop West are joining forces on Moi, Monsieur, Moi!, running February 7 – 11 at La Cité Francophone.
  • The University of Alberta’s Drama Department’s New Works Festival runs February 7 – 12.
  • Rapid Fire Theatre’s teen improv festival, Wildfire, runs February 7 – 25.
  • MacEwan University’s drama department is putting on Footloose, Feb. 8 – 18 at the John L. Haar Theatre.
  • Nikolai Gogol’s Government Inspector, will be running at the University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre February 9 – 18.
  • The Chinook Series is back! Chinook runs February 9 – 19. Read all about it in Workshop West’s latest newsletter, or on the Chinook Series’ website.
  • Matthew MacKenzie’s newest play, Bust, runs at Theatre Network February 9 – 26.


  • Edmonton Opera’s Cinderella runs at the Jubilee February 7 and 9.
  • Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced is running at the Citadel Theatre until February 12.

From Edmonton, will travel

  • Kenneth T. Williams’ Café Daughter starring Tiffany Ayalik, will be playing at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa June 16 – 18. Once again, this will be a co-production between Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts.
  • Send in the Girls announced their newest show, With Glowing Hearts, will be debuting on March 10 at the Jasper Pride Festival (the whole festival runs March 9 – 12).


  • Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton’s latest newsletter is chock-full of good stuff, including brief notes on the coalition’s discussion of the state of coverage in the arts in Edmonton.

What’s on at the University of Alberta

  • Look at all these awesome events being put on by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts.
  • In stark contrast to the above, the University of Alberta announced it is culling 14 more programs from the arts faculty, similar to what was done back in 2013.


  • By now you’ve likely heard about Walterdale Theatre’s decision to cancel their upcoming production of Othello, following threats in response to casting Othello as a caucasian. Here is some commentary on the casting decision I’ve been reading over the past week or so:
    • Edmonton Journal – “Walterdale Theatre cancels ‘Othello’ production due to threats”
    • Gig City – “Walterdale Cancels Othello over racial tempest”
    • Global News – “Edmonton’s Walterdale Theatre cancels ‘Othello’ production due to threats over controversial casting”
    • National Post (an article from November about a Toronto production that made similar casting choices and was subsequently cancelled) – “Queen’s University stage production scrapped over ‘oppressive’ choice of white woman to play Othello”
    • CBC – “Walterdale Theatre cancels Othello citing anger over racial casting controversy”
    • Wordless Scribbles – “Theatre – On Othello, Walterdale, and White Privilege”

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