Alberta Theatre Projects 2019-2020 Season

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Alberta Theatre Projects is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company that plays in the Martha Cohen Theatre. They produce a wide range of high-quality plays, often focusing on Canadian playwriting, some of which are designed for children. They traditionally perform a specifically family-friendly production for Christmas. This year, 2019, the production was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Here’s what’s coming up for the 2019/20 season.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story: February 5 – 16, 2020

“Humorously dark story-theatre with a high-energy concert, Old Stock debuted in Halifax and has become an international sensation, also enjoying a wildly popular seven-week run Off-Broadway. The play tells the true story of Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, who landed on Pier 2 as Jewish Romanian immigrants to start a new life. Dark and hilarious, Old Stock is a genre-bending folk tale, woven together in a concert of brash, rollicking, joyful Klezmer Folk music.”

Audience Considerations: Suggested for ages 14+

Actually: February 26 – March 15, 2020

“The winner of the Ovation Award in Los Angeles for best new play, Actually takes place on the contemporary campus of Princeton University, and tells the story of two very different Freshmen. Amber comes from a well to do Jewish family. Tom is a young African American man raised in poverty, the first in his family to attend university. The two meet one night at a frat party, hit it off, share some laughs and a few too many drinks. Precisely what happens next is the devastating, complex question at the heart of this riveting new drama. Tom and Amber both plead their case in a direct address to the audience, each defending their own very different versions of events.”

Audience Considerations: Suggested for ages 16+

Cowgirl Up: April 15 – May 3, 2020

“Joyce, Effie and BB are cowgirl goddesses on Mount Olympus who lament what they see down on earth. It’s a cowboy’s world. Cocky steer-ropers have stolen the spotlight for long enough. The goddesses decide to use their considerable supernatural powers to give rise to a Cowgirl Revolution. When they discover Cassidy Clark, a talented, charismatic loner from Okotoks, Alberta, they know they have found the barrel racer poised to lead their cause. The three goddesses appear to her one day, offering her all the gifts she will need to earn her first buckle at the Canadian Finals Rodeo championship. We follow Cassidy atop her trusty mare, Starbright, as she rises to the top of the circuit, throwing back shots of Jack Daniels and two-stepping along the way. Cassidy wrestles with her new-found fame, and just how far she will push herself and Starbright in pursuit of their dream.” 

Audience Considerations: Suggested for ages 12+

Here’s what’s coming up for the 2020/21 season:

Teenage Dick: September 16 – October 3, 2020

“The high stakes tragedy and political drama of Shakespeare’s Richard III are transported to the hallways of a contemporary High School. The play’s brilliant, charismatic anti-hero is Dick. Tired of being bullied for his cerebral palsy, he decides to cut a ruthless path to power in a high-stakes student council election. Aided by his wheelchair using best-friend Buck, he seeks to seduce the most popular girl in school while overthrowing bullish Eddy from his station as student council president. Dick’s razor-sharp wit, charm and persuasion are in full force right up to the play’s explosive conclusion. Teenage Dick originally premiered at New York’s Public Theatre to critical and popular acclaim. Produced in association with The Shakespeare Company and Hit & Myth Productions, this marks the Canadian premiere of Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick.”

New Magic Valley Fun Town: October 21, – November 1, 2020

“A trailer in Cape Breton becomes the setting for a reunion between two childhood friends – who haven’t seen each other in 25 years. A rollicking Maritime celebration – complete with music, drinks and laughter – eventually winds down, and the old friends begin to confront the secrets they’ve both tried so hard to leave behind. A funny, beautiful play about the length and limits of memory, New Magic Valley Fun Town was created by Siminovich Prize and Governor General Award-winner Daniel MacIvor. Originally produced at Tarragon Theatre, it has played to sell-out crowds and rave reviews across the country.”

Peter Pan: November 17 – December 27, 2020

“For our annual holiday production, Alberta Theatre Projects will bring another timeless literary fantasy to life onstage. This coming year, it’s a new, high-flying, swashbuckling adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s beloved classic, Peter Pan, featuring the same creative team that brought Narnia gloriously to life in the record-breaking The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. With a touch of pixie dust, Peter Pan takes the three Darling children on a daring adventure filled with mischievous lost kids, blood-thirsty crocodiles and a crew of snarling pirates – led by the legendary Captain Hook.”

Bang Bang: February 3 – 2o, 2021

“A young, black cop shoots an unarmed black kid. The story becomes a hit play, and the hit play is about to become a big-budget film, and Lila – the cop at the heart of it all – doesn’t want anything to do with it. When the white playwright comes knocking at her door, followed by a washed-up child star slated to play the film’s lead, the unusual collection of characters try to bridge their differences by staging a farcical reading of the play in the middle of Lila’s living room. With irreverence and razor-sharp wit, Kat Sandler’s ripped-from-the-headlines social satire explores art, identity and how we engage with experiences that aren’t our own.”

Undressed: March 17 – 27, 2021

“This hilarious, heartfelt solo show, written and performed by dynamic Calgary theatre artist Louise Casemore, explores a simple but confounding question: What do you do with a used wedding dress? What follows is a real-time zero waste auction, as Casemore embodies each of the brides who have chosen to let their wedding gown go. Each woman has a unique, moving story to tell as Casemore morphs from character to character. Undressed is a world premiere, commissioned and developed by Alberta Theatre Projects. It is a deeply personal play full of humour and heart, with more than a few dynamic interactive surprises.”

Cabaret: April 14 – May 2, 2021

“The winner of eight Tony awards, Cabaret explores the excesses and decadence of Berlin’s Kit Kat Club as the 1920’s draw to a close – a time where everything was possible – until it wasn’t. The unforgettable Sally Bowles will draw audiences into the Berlin underworld with a daring, immersive and up-close production. Featuring a cast of 9 – all playing instruments atop a sprawling bar at the centre of a new immersive seating configuration in the Martha Cohen Theatre, this unique production will add a new resonance to one of the most beloved titles in the music theatre canon. This Grand Theatre production is directed by Dennis Garnhum, a name well known to Calgary audiences. “This musical is set against a backdrop where a brilliant society becomes a scary, scary world,” said Garnhum. ‘Freedoms become restricted and being unique becomes a threat.'”

Alberta Theatre Projects:

Where: Martha Cohen Theatre
Address: 220 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Website: www.atplive.com

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