Gemini

Artists: Defiance Theatre, Louise Casemore, Vern Thiessen
Fri Feb 8 @ 10:30pm
Sat Feb 9 @ 8:30pm
Sun Feb 10 @ 7:00pm
Fri Feb 15 @ 8:00pm
Sat Feb 16 @ 8:30pm
Sun Feb 17 @ 6:00pm
The Almanac
10351 – 82 Ave NW

Written by Louise Casemore
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
Starring Louise Casemore and Vern Thiessen

She’s a bartender.
He’s a regular.
They have nothing in common except they’re both there. Every day.

After a sold out run at the 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Defiance Theatre returns home with a brand new production of GEMINI. A comedic exploration of the peculiar relationships forged on both sides of the bar, Casemore and Thiessen will be calling The Almanac home as part of the Chinook Series for a whiskey soaked night out that won’t be soon forgotten. An honest and unflinching love letter to hospitality in a post “Me Too” world, the new full length production will also serve as an exciting homecoming for “the sorcerer of site-specific theatre”, Mitchell Cushman. Grab a drink, settle in, and get tied up in the bonds of dependency and boredom. Created with countless interviews, research, blurry mornings, and over a decade of personal experience in the service industry, we invite you to belly up to the bar and ask yourself who really holds the power here. WINNER – Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award: Outstanding New Fringe Work, Louise Casemore. NOMINEE – Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award: Outstanding Performance by A Fringe Actor, Vern Thiessen Imbibe, bear witness, or intervene, with what Liz Nicholls calls an “uncannily seductive two hander”.


Part fairytale, part cautionary tale.
(Don't forget to tip your server.)


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Anthem of Life by Tololwa Mollel

Artist: Tololwa Mollel
Mon Feb 11 @ 4:00pm
The Lobby

For his session, Tololwa will draw on his play “Anthem of Life” that he wrote for the 2017 Thousand Faces Festival. He adapted it from 8 books of Anthem of the Decades, a massive 15-book poetic tome by the late Mazisi Kunene, a celebrated South African Zulu writer and poet. In a future phase, Tololwa hopes to expand “Anthem of Life” to encompass Kunene’s remaining 7 books. Based on Zulu creation mythology, Mazisi’s work features bitter dissension among the gods following a contentious decision to create mankind. Some gods compassionately advocate for mankind, others vociferously against. Tololwa will do performed readings of excerpts from his compact play adaptation and correspondingly, of excerpts from the original Kunene’s luxuriant work. He has asked the producer, the director and the designer of the play to share, as part of this presentation, something unique from their experiences in the production. The presentation will also feature stunning photographs and one or two video clips of the production and a demo of the giant masks and other props used.

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The System by Althea Cunningham

Artist: Althea Cunningham
Mon Feb 11 @ 5:00pm
Backstage Theatre

The story of Ritalin a black youth, who’s been in child services most of their life, within a couple years she'll be an adult and age out of care. What happens then when she doesn't have the necessary skills to survive in mainstream society. She is repeatedly kicked out of school due to bad behavior and undiagnosed illness. Assigned to Ritalin as a last resort Constance the new youth worker - brings with her a secret & ulterior motive

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FUMBO by Mukonzi Musyoki

Artist: Mukonzi Musyoki
Mon Feb 11 @ 6:00pm
The Lobby

Five years after a detrimental civil war, Fumbo’s family is still suffering from a loss that seems to haunt both the family and the entire nation but the recent turn of events seems to promise some excaputory truth.

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A Lesson On Justice by Jay Sanni

Artist: Jay Sanni
Mon Feb 11 @ 7:00pm
The Lobby

After the death of her father, Nyameama (a blind Ghanian girl) is compelled to defend the family land in a heated land squabble waged by greedy uncle who sees an opportunity within a world that gives us a glimpse of precolonial Africa.

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E-DAY by Jason Chinn. A play Reading

Artist: Jason Chinn
Tue Feb 12 @ 8:45pm
Studio Theatre

Set during the historic 2015 Alberta provincial election and the Orange Wave, E-DAY tells the story of a low-priority NDP campaign that gets thrust into the spotlight when it becomes unexpected competition to a high-profile Conservative candidate.


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SLOWDANCE

Choreographer/Poet: Shanel Edwards
Wed Feb 13 @ 10:30pm
Backstage Theatre

SLOWDANCE is a collaborative poetry and movement experience that specifically centers Black Queer Femmes. Using laughter, intimacy, and the power of stillness it allows for time to slow; giving us space to breathe, process and celebrate.

Dancers:
Mpoe Mogale
Imani Khalifa
NASRA
Effy Adar

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Tales From The East Coast

Company: Signs of the Maritimes
Wed Feb 13 @ 7:00pm
Thu Feb 14 @ 7:00pm
Fri Feb 15 @ 12:00pm
Sat Feb 16 @ 4:00pm
Studio Theatre

Direct from Nova Scotia, Tales From The East Coast is an entertaining and interactive series of poems and stories by Canadian Deaf writers in both ASL and MSL (Maritimes Sign Language).

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