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!


19 weeks

19 weeks

(Canadian Premiere)

by Emily Steel

a co-production with Azimuth Theatre
March 28 – April 13, 2019 | Studio Theatre, 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) TBC
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back) TBC
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


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.

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