2018-2019 Season

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19 weeks

(Canadian Premiere)

by Emily Steel

a co-production with Azimuth Theatre
March 28 – April 13, 2019 | The Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave
Featuring Vanessa Sabourin

The words are rattling because the story is real. Everyone knows someone who has had an abortion or lost a pregnancy - even if they don’t talk about it. In 2016, playwright Emily Steel had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This is her story, told honestly and publicly, because there are so many more stories out there. We want 19 weeks to be part of a bigger conversation.

I made the decision that I was going to tell people the truth about what happened because keeping quiet about such a traumatic experience would have felt like even more of a burden. My fear was that people would think I was a horrible, heartless person, and I had to process those feelings myself, but how people are going to perceive you cannot alter your decisions about the course of your life.
For the most part, my fears did not come true. The response of so many women was to tell me stories of their own abortions or miscarriages, and that was a huge part of the inspiration for the play. There is a lot of controversy about late abortions, but it’s not until you go through that process that you realize how much time it can take to do what you think is the most responsible thing.
- Emily Steel

Awards and reviews can be found at 19weeks.com

Performance Dates
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30PM Preview (PWYC)
Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:30PM Opening
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2:00PM Matinee (Preshow Director’s Circle Event)
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon)
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back)
Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00PM Matinee
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30PM Closing

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CAST & COMPANY

Emily Steel - PLAYWRIGHT

Emily Steel

Emily Steel is originally from Wales and now lives in Adelaide, Australia. Her work in Australia includes: 19 weeks (Best Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe 2017), Rabbits (State Theatre Company South Australia, Umbrella production 2017), Sepia (Tour Ready Award, Adelaide Fringe 2012), Rocket Town (inSpace Award, Adelaide Fringe 2011), Impersonal Space with Company AT (an Autistic theatre ensemble), and an adaptation of Ben Jonson’s Volpone for State Theatre Company SA. Her work in the UK includes: Frank and the Bear, Bite and Boom Boom for BBC Radio 4, and Station and Six for Sherman Cymru theatre (Wales). She trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama and completed the Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre, London. She has a degree in English from Oxford University and a master’s in Science and Society from Imperial College London/UCL. A radio version of 19 weeks will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.

Trevor Schmidt - Director / Set & Costume Designer

Trevor SchmidtTrevor has been the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre for the past
16 years, and involved with NLT for the past 23 years as a performer, director, designer,
and playwright, as well as being a multiple Sterling award winner. He has been awarded three times for playwrighting, (THE WATERMELON GIRLS, CHANGE ROOM, and FLORA & FAWNA'S FIELD TRIP!), twice for directing (the Canadian premieres of THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE and Carol Anne Duffy's THE WORLD'S WIFE.) He received the Outstanding Fringe Performance award for the one-man show COFFEE DAD, CHICKEN MOM, AND THE FABULOUS BUDDHA BOI, penned by Nick Green, which toured to New York as part of the FRIGID FESTIVAL. His plays have been produced across Canada and far away as Australia (MABEL STARK!).  He has created and choreographed a one-woman dance piece entitled MARKED for the Expanse Dance Festival that was extended and nominated for a Sterling award for Outstanding New Work. He was honored to be awarded for Outstanding Choreography for 6.0: HOW HEAP AND PEBBLE TOOK ON THE WORLD AND WON at the Betty Mitchell Theatre Awards in Calgary, and the DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction as part of the Mayor's Evening for the Arts in Edmonton.  He is an Artistic Associate of GUYS IN DISGUISE theatre company.

Vanessa Sabourin - Emily

Vanessa Sabourin

Vanessa is co-artistic producer at Azimuth Theatre, and co-founder and co-producer for The Maggie Tree. Selected acting credits include THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, HAMLET (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); THE CRUCIBLE (Theatre Calgary); NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre); THE LAST VOYAGE OF DONALD CROWHURST(GhostRiver Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects); THE PENELOPIAD (Alberta Theatre Projects); ONCE UPON AN ATOM BOMB (Green Fools Theatre); MONSTROSITIES, FOLIE A DEUX Monstrosities, (The Maggie Tree), BECKETT’S SHORTS, (Surreal Soreal); THE DROWNING GIRLS (Alberta Theatre Projects and Bent out of Shape Productions); DANGEROUS CORNER, WHEN GIRLS COLLIDE,  (Vertigo Theatre); GREASE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, and CHRISTMAS CAROL (Citadel Theatre). Selected directing credits include CLEAVE (Tiny Bear Jaws); 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, THE SUPLINE COBBLER, HROSES, AN AFFRONT TO REASON, SHATTER, A LIFE IN THE DAY, and HUNGER STRIKING (The Maggie Tree).

Beth Dart - Lighting Designer

Beth DartBeth is an Edmonton based director, producer, lighting designer and theatre collaborator. Previous Northern Light Theatre credits include lighting design for DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME and SLUT. She is the co-artistic producer of award-winning indie theatre company Catch the Keys Productions, best known for DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN, an annual site-specific theatre experience inspired by the true crime and ghost stories of Edmonton’s past, and the recipient of an Award of Excellence in Interpretation from Interpretation Canada. She is the artistic producer of Common Ground Arts Society and Found Festival, Edmonton’s only multidisciplinary found space and site-specific arts festival.  Select lighting design credits include CONVERGENCE (Good Women Dance Collective, 2013-2018), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions, 2013-2017), OVER HER DEAD BODY (Small Matters Productions), and SNOUT (Catch the Keys Productions).  She has directed over 20 new works, including OCD, FUNCTIONAL, and GEMINI by Louise Casemore (Defiance Theatre), 900 SECONDS by Christine Lesiak (Small Matters Productions), JEZEBEL AT THE STILL POINT by Ainsley Hillyard (Bumblebear Productions), FOSSEGRIM & NØKK by Leif Ingebrigtsen and Megan Dart (Alberta Opera), and SNOUT (Catch the Keys/Azimuth) and URSA MAJOR (Catch the Keys/Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre) by Megan Dart.

Liz Han - Composer / Sound Designer

Liz HanLiz is an Edmonton-based, freelance violinist, pianist/keyboardist, composer, arranger, orchestrator, music director and band leader, who has been performing live music on Edmonton stages since the age of 5.

Liz has musical directed for the Citadel Theatre, Mayfield Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, and Leave it to Jane Theatre.  She has over 70 national credits under belt, as well as 11 international productions.  Recent events and musicals she has enjoyed performing in include:  The Edmonton Opera Annual Gala (2016-2018), and the Citadel Theatre’s productions MAMA MIA, MARY POPPINS, EVANGELINE, IT TAKES TWO and AVENUE Q.  

Liz is also known for her Rock n’ Roll side with Edmonton’s THE RETROFITZ and the all-girl 80’s cover band GODIVA, that performed across western Canada from 1995-2000, as well as jammed with international artist Cyndi Lauper at the infamous “COWBOYS” bar in Calgary for gay pride. Liz has also played with renowned artists Sheri Sommerville, Kennedy Jensen, and Alfie Zappacosta.

Her true passion is music and theatre and it is a new challenge for her to compose and sound design. “It wouldn’t be anyone but Trevor Schmidt who would dare me to dream, laughing his laugh and telling me to ‘go for it’, in this deeply moving play.  So thank you to the universe for this chance to dream and join them in the same goal - to serve the play.”

Liz wishes to acknowledge the late Hon. Tommy Banks, Tim Yakimec, PJ Perry, Murray Smith, Van Wilmott and Don Horsburgh for giving her a superb education over 25 years.    

Elizabeth Allison - Stage Manager

Elizabeth Allison

Liz is very pleased to be back Stage Managing for Northern Light Theatre Previous shows with NLT include; SLUT, BONNIE AND CLYDE: THE TWO PERSON SIX GUN MUSICAL, THE GOOD BRIDE, DUST, and THE FOURTH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE. She has also Stage Managed for Plain Jane Theatre, The Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Prospero Theatre and Shadow Theatre among others. Liz is also a Sterling Nominated Costume Designer and is cofounder and Artistic Director of NextGen Theatre who recently produced WATERMELON GIRLS (Fringe 2016), KINGFISHER DAYS (Fringe 2017) and CLEAN CUT (Fringe 2018). When she is not doing Theatre she can also be found at StreetFest and Lecky School of Dance. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support and love, and you for supporting local theatre. 

Tyler Herman - Production Manager/Technical Director

Tyler Herman

Tyler is thrilled to be a part of the new NLT season! Tyler is an Edmonton based theatre and festival technician with experience in sound, set building, technical direction and lighting. He is also a ticketed electrician. Recent projects include: INFINITY (Audio technician, Theatre Network), SLUT (Production manager/technical director, Northern Light Theatre), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FRINGE 2017 (Site technical director, Fringe Theatre Adventures). Tyler wishes to thank his partner for her patience and support, as well as Trevor Schmidt, Gina Moe, and Adam Turnbull for the chance to be a part of a great team.

Jake Tkaczyk - Artist Intern / Artist in Residence

Jake Tkaczyk

Jake is an Edmonton-based theatre artist with a passion for creating new and engaging work collaboratively. Last season Jake assistant directed THE TESTAMENT OF MARY with Northern Light Theatre and is thrilled to be back again this year. He graduated from the BFA Acting at the University of Alberta. Also a graduate of Red Deer College's Theatre Performance and Creation program, Jake has worked as an actor, director, creator, and educator in central Alberta. His selected credits include: THAT'S DANGER! (Alberta Workers' Health Centre), DON'T FROWN AT THE GOWN (Guys in Disguise), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN X (Catch the Keys Productions), URINETOWN (Grindstone Theatre), THE BIG FAT SURPRISE (innocent operations), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN! (Opera Nuova), and  THE LAND THAT ART FORGOT (Mile Zero Dance). Jake recently received the AFA Young Artist Prize.


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!

Thank you

Northern Light Theatre gratefully acknowledges The Canada Council, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Community Foundation and Cinders Fund as well as the support of our season sponsors and individual donors for their ongoing support of NLT and our 2018-2019 season.

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