The New Year begins with a bang in the Calgary theatre scene. Everything from a docu-play about Monsanto to a ghostly ex-wife is onstage in January. Here’s a sampling of plays worth braving the chilly weather for.
January 15th – 18th
Theatre Junction Grand
Theatre Junction Grand has a habit of bringing some truly incredible theatrical works right into the heart of our city. Seeds, a production of Montreal-based company, Porte Parole, takes a story from the news and transforms it into a piece of documentary theatre. Percy Schmeiser is a Saskatchewan farmer accused by Monsanto of growing their patented seeds without a license. Developed in 2004, the play draws from court transcripts and interviews for a deep and unsettling look at our food and the ownership of life.
The 29th Annual High Performance Rodeo
January 15th – 25th
One Yellow Rabbit
OYR’s High Performance Rodeo is rife with things to see and do, including touring acts and great local artists. Don’t miss the 10-Minute Play Festival featuring Calgary companies like Urban Curvz, Swallow-a-Bicycle, Downstage’s Creation Ensemble and more. A particular highlight is in fact a One Yellow Rabbit production, the highly-charged and visually stunning Agokwe, a story from 23-year-old Ojibwa playwright, Waawaate Fobister, about a boy discovering his sexuality in his small reserve community.
The Huron Bride
January 25th to February 23rd
A ghostly presence overshadows a newly-engaged couple in this Canadian thriller. After crossing the Atlantic to work for James, Hazel Sheehan is faced with the haunting of her new man’s ex-wife. Vertigo does mysteries right, and this production will be sure to excite theatre newbies and whodunit junkies alike.
By Geneviève Dale