CORE SEASON – WORLD PREMIERE
ENBRIDGE NEW CANADIAN PLAYS

1979

BY MICHAEL HEALEY
DIRECTED BY MILES POTTER

APRIL 4 – APRIL 22, 2017

This hilarious battle of wits is based on true events. The year is 1979, and our hero is Prime Minister Joe Clark: young, idealistic, and stubborn. He’s in his office, deciding if he should put his first budget before Parliament. He knows that if he does he could lose everything. Everyone begs him not to do it: his wife, his colleagues… Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau… They tell him he should pull some strings, make some deals. Compromise.

But like we said, he’s stubborn.

This sparkling and rowdy political comedy is a hugely relevant debate about leadership and power.

“This unbelievably funny play takes us inside the corridors of power to meet some fascinating figures in Canadian politics. No matter where you stand, or even if you don’t follow politics, you’ll relish these great characters and their sometimes questionable shenanigans.”

-Vanessa Porteous, Artistic Director

Audience Advice: Mature Content


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Exchange Events

Welcome to the Exchange: events that mix audiences and artists to talk theatre and think big!

Tuesday, April 4, 5 & 6 – After the Show
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT | FREE WITH TICKET
Talk about the world premiere of 1979 with internationally celebrated Canadian playwright Michael Healey.


Thursday, April 6 – 6:30pm

PIZZA NIGHT AT ATP | FREE WITH TICKET
Join us for a conversation with 1979 playwright Michael Healey and director Miles Potter, and enjoy Papa John’s Pizza with special beer samplings from Big Rock Brewery. Hosted by Artistic Director Vanessa Porteous.


Friday, April 7 – After the Show

CELEBRATE OPENING NIGHT! | FREE WITH TICKET
Mingle with the artists, talk about the show, and celebrate with a glass of prosecco compliments of La MarcaPost-show reception generously provided by An Affair to Remember.


Monday, April 10 – 7:30pm

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT | $11
Calgarys funkiest speaker series returns to ATP by popular demand! Creative Calgarians share their stories using only 20 images for 20 seconds each. Uncover the unexpected — unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Check out the Pechakucha Website


Tuesday, April 11 – 7:30pm

THAT $10 TICKET THING Presented by TD
Calling all students! Buy a ticket to the show for only $10 and be entered to win a door prize. Stay afterwards to meet the cast. Student ID is required.


Tuesday, April 11 – After the Show

MEET THE CAST | FREE WITH TICKET
Join us for a conversation with the cast of 1979.


Sunday, April 16 – 1:00pm

AFTERNOON TEA | FREE WITH TICKET
Enter the halls of Canadian political power and the true tales of 1979. Hosted by Artistic Associate Laurel Green. Enjoy a cup of gourmet Tea Trader tea and a delicious pastry from Sidewalk Citizen. 


Thursday, April 20th – 6:00pm

COCKTAILS IN THE COMMONS | $35 | Click HERE or call our Ticket Office for tickets: 403-294-7402
ATP’s Sommelier Michael Bigattini of Willow Park Wines & Spirits hosts an exclusive cocktail tasting inspired by the fascinating figures of Canadian politics in 1979. Paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres, enjoy a toast with the cast after the show.


Saturday, April 22 – After the Show

HARRY AND MARTHA COHEN AWARD | FREE WITH TICKET
Honouring a distinguished Calgarian for their significant and sustained contribution to theatre in our community.