Every so often a moment comes along that forces us to look deep within ourselves and decide who we are and what we stand for.
Riding a wave of profound change, Calgary finds itself in one of these defining moments – a place where it is neither what it once was, nor entirely clear what it might become. So too does Alberta Theatre Projects.
These moments often seem to take place in the midst of chaotic events or sweeping change, and it’s only in hindsight that the depth of their impact fully revealed. Likewise, our 2018-19 season catches its characters on the cusp of major turning points in their own stories, unbeknownst to them.
Some characters are iconic – like a smouldering, young Queen Elizabeth I, bursting with ambition and lust for power; the comically ill-fated Shakespearean duo of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; or the legendary outlaw Zorro. Others are unsung heroes who display quiet grace and perseverance in the face of adversity like Yvette Wong, or a charming, adolescent audacity like a group of young, renegade Girl Guides who decide to take their training into their own hands.
Whatever destiny might ultimately hold in store, one thing is certain: their futures are brimming with possibility.
THE VIRGIN TRIAL
By Kate Hennig
Directed by Glynis Leyshon
September 11 – 29, 2018
Sequel to The Last Wife
After the death of both her parents, 15 year old Elizabeth I, must defend herself against accusations of plotting to kill her brother the king, and having an illicit affair with her stepfather.
ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
BY Tom Stoppard
Directed by GLYNIS LEYSHON
A SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND HIT & MYTH PRODUCTION
October 9 – 21, 2018
To ___ or not to ___
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is Tom Stoppard’s classic Tony Award-winning black comedy that follows the hilarious and heartfelt antics of two minor characters from Shakepeare’s Hamlet as they question their place in the story and their inevitable fate.
ZORRO: FAMILY CODE
BY Rebecca Northan, Bruce Horak and Christian Goutsis
Directed By Rebecca Northan
November 27 – December 30, 2018
The legend lives on
In 19th century Spanish California, a heroic (but aging) masked outlaw known as el Zorro gets some unexpected help defending the small village of Los Angeles against his arch nemesis, Sergeant Pablo Gonzales.
Alberta Theatre Projects and One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre present:
By Kenneth T. Williams
Directed by Lisa C. Ravensbergen
A Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre production in association with Alberta Aboriginal Arts
January 15 – 27, 2019
Fitting in is hard when you’re born to stand out.
In 1950’s small town Saskatchewan, nine-year-old half-Chinese, half-Cree Yvette Wong struggles to find her in place in a small-minded community until an unexpected ally helps set her on a path that’s destined for greatness.
WROL (WITHOUT RULE OF LAW)
BY Michaela Jeffery
Directed by Laurel Green
March 5 – 17, 2019
Sugar and spice and… duct tape?
Four 8th grade friends defect from their troupe, turning instead to the online survivalist movement to teach them the skills they believe they’ll need to survive the post-collapse world they anticipate inheriting. Can the group put their new skills to use to solve the mystery of what happened to an enigmatic group of social outsiders that disappeared from their neighbourhood overnight?