2018-2019 Season

A Woman's Body

This year's collection of plays centres on women's bodies- their right to autonomy, how that autonomy can be subjected to the will of others, and the indomitable spirit that resides within. From a large-scale multi-media work of a movement based piece in collaboration with our past collaborating company Good Women Dance Collective, and in tandem with new community partner Loud Whisper Productions (an offshoot from Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta) incorporating video, dance and a traveling audience in a pageant- play styled venue, to a quietly disturbing confession of the controversy and conflict surrounding a late-term abortion - these plays all take an unflinching look at the physical, psychological and emotional violence inflicted on women by society, by misogyny - and sometimes by each other. We know our salon events are going to be lively!


The Origin of the Species

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

by Bryony Lavery

October 12 – October 27, 2018 | Studio Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave.

Featuring Holly Turner from Northern Light Theatre’s Production of The Testament of Mary

Evolution, feminism and comedy come together in Origin of the Species.
In Bryony Lavery's quirky Origin of the Species, ardent archaeologist Molly, digging for prehistoric man in Olduvai Gorge finds instead a four-million-year old female body. Upon kissing her lips, the four million year old woman comes to life, and is smuggled back to England and named Victoria, after Molly’s grandmother. Once in possession of this anthropological miracle, Molly spends New Year’s Eve seeking to teach Victoria what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century, and incidentally gains much more than she expected.

“...a telling allegory of the loss of innocence...Lavery's wit and imagination are unquestionably present." (London Observer)

Performance Dates

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30PM Preview (PWYC)
Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:30PM Opening
Saturday, October 12, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee (Preshow Director’s Circle Event)
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon) TBC
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back) TBC
Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30PM Closing

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CAST & COMPANY

BYRONY LAVERY - Playwright

Byrony Lavery

Playwright Bryony Lavery (born 1947) is a British dramatist, known for her successful and award-winning 1998 play Frozen. In addition to her work in theatre, she has also written for television and radio. She has written books including the biography Tallulah Bankhead and The Woman Writer's Handbook, and taught playwriting at Birmingham University.

Having begun her career as an actress, she decided that she was fed up with playing poor parts in plays, such as the left arm of a sofa, and decided to write plays with better parts for women. Early in her career she founded a theatre company called Les Oeufs Malades with actor Gerard Bell, she also founded Female Trouble, More Female Trouble and served as artistic director of Gay Sweatshop.
Her plays have a feminist undertone in them and she has even written plays (like More Light which has only one male speaking role) with almost entirely female casts. She has written more than twenty plays since 1976.

Her play Frozen won the TMA best play award, the Eileen Anderson central Television award, was produced at Birmingham Rep, then the National Theatre, then on Broadway where it was nominated for four Tony awards. Stockholm, for Frantic Assembly, won the Wolff-Whiting award for Best Play of 2008.  Beautiful Burnout for The National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly received a Fringe First at Edinburgh, before productions in the UK, New York, Australia and New Zealand.Dirt was nominated for the Charles McArthur award for most outstanding play or musical of 2013, Washington DC]
Recent work includes: The Believers[Frantic Assembly] Queen Coal [Sheffield Crucible] Treasure Island [National Theatre] 101 Dalmatians[Chichester Festival Theatre] Brideshead Revisited[York Theatre Royal/ETT] Our Mutual Friend[Hull Truck/City of Culture 2017] and Balls [One Year Lease/Stages Theatre- Houston and NYC.

She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature, an honorary Doctor of Arts at De Montford University and an Associate Artist at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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