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February 13, 2015

The Pink Unicorn

THE PINK UNICORN by Elise Forier Edie

FEBRUARY 20-28, 2015
(Preview February 19, 2015)
PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Avenue

The Pink Unicorn

Same big hair... same play... different actor...

Did you catch this year's Loud & Queer Cabaret at the ATB Financial Arts Barns? Then you would have seen NLT’s Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt performing a sneak peek reading from THE PINK UNICORN.



THE PINK UNICORN was originally created and performed by Elise Forier Edie. Over the next month we'll be sharing NLT's Artistic Director, Trevor Schmidt's conversation about the play with the charming, funny and talented Elise. (That's her in the below photo)


TREVOR:  Tell us more about your novels. We understand that they are horror/romance/YA. Can you break that/them down for us?
ELISE:  I’ve only been writing fiction for a short time—maybe two or three years (as opposed to twenty years of writing plays)—but I’m really enjoying it.  It feels quite luxurious not to have to limit myself to only dialogue and brief stage directions, and to just be able to send off a manuscript for publication, instead of having to coerce a bunch of actors and directors and designers to help me bring my creation to life.  Also, with fiction I don’t have to worry about a production budget.  If I want a twenty-meter-long sea monster in my story, or an epic battle, I can just put one in, without having to worry about how to put that on stage. But I still write about the same stuff—young people, love, magic and death.  For the fiction publishers, this brands me as a “YA/romance/fantasy/horror” writer.  I don’t think that’s all that I am, but they seem to feel more comfortable about marketing my work if I have a label. (BTW, People who are interested in my fiction, but don’t want to shell out money for my fantasy romance novella THE DEVIL IN MIDWINTER, can check out two short stories, currently free and online. BLACK DOG, at THE ENCHANTED CONVERSATION, is a modern fairy tale about a little girl and the Gurt Dog of British folklore, and THE LOVE MAGNET, at THE NONBINARY REVIEW is a decidedly grown up story about the Shaggy Man of Oz.)
TREVOR:  How does writing for the stage differ from writing a novel? Or do the same principles apply?
ELISE:  I think the same story principles apply—a strong plot, complex characters, specificity in craft, voice and rhythm.  But a play is really just a set of instructions for other theatre artists—actors, directors and designers—to put on an event for an audience. It’s not a “work of literature” or even meant to be read by anyone except maybe an artistic director. With a novel, I will never get to watch my readers thrill to a moment I crafted, or cry happily when my heroine triumphs.  But I can just write, and surrender completely to the story, without worrying about the needs of other artists. That’s very nice. Very different, but very nice.

Stay tuned for next week’s NLT newsletter for more of our conversation with Elise and more exclusive details about THE PINK UNICORN.   

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With three plays that include challenging conversations, Northern Light Theatre is delighted to unveil our salon-style events which provoke further dialogue and discussion.

Group Rates Available
Northern Light Theatre offers an exclusive group rate for our performance run of THE PINK UNICORN.  Groups of ten can purchase tickets for $12.00 each- that’s a $10 discount.  (Standard booking rates apply).

Group Rates Available

Free Student Preview
Thursday, February 19, 2015 (7:30 pm)

Bring your valid student id and receive a free ticket!

Free Student Preview

Director’s Circle
Saturday, February 21, 2015
(6:15 pm Director's Circle, 7:30 pm Show)
Join Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt as he takes you through the ins and outs of the play.  Where did he find the script?  Why did he choose the play?  How does it fit into the season? 
(With complimentary treats sponsored by Under the High Wheel)

Director’s Circle

Two-For- One Tuesday
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (7:30 pm Show)
We’re overjoyed to bring back our steal of deal on tickets.  Come check out THE PINK UNICORN and your guest gets in for free. 
Two-for-one tickets are only available at the door so get there early before we sell out!

Two-For- One Tuesday

Special Pink Shirt Day Performance
February 25, 2015 (7:30 pm Show, Talk Back Immediately After Show)

Special Pink Shirt Day Performance

Stand against intolerance. Stand against discrimination. Stand against bullying.

NLT encourages our audiences to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

Pink Shirt Day is a nationally recognized day started by two Nova Scotia high school students named David Shepherd and Travis Price who organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

Northern Light Theatre will celebrate PINK SHIRT DAY with a very special performance of our play “The Pink Unicorn” paired with a post-show discussion surrounding the topics of Alberta GSAs and gender queer youth. 

For more information on Canada’s national Pink Shirt Day visit

Speaker's Salon
Thursday, February 26, 2015 (7:30 pm Show, Speaker's Salon Immediately After Show)

Speaker's Salon Thursday

Wanna talk about it?  Northern Light Theatre is delighted to bring back our Salon Series to disscuss the themes and topics of THE PINK UNICORN featuring Dr. Ruth Dyck Fehderau from the University of Alberta’s Department of English and Film Studies, Laurie Blakeman, the Liberal MLA for Edmonton-Centre who proposed the Safe and Inclusive Schools Act (Bill 202), and Courtney Cliff, a Community Liaison Worker with The AltView Foundation who works with high schools in Elk Island to create and sustain GSAs.
(The event will be catered by MEAT)


Booty Call
Friday, November 28, 2014 (10:30 pm Cocktails and Mingling, 11:30 pm show)
Set the stage for some late night fun with Northern Light Theatre. All attendees of our Late Light Booty Call performance will be entered to win a prize gift basket from Lacombe Park Spirts in St. Albert.

Booty Call

To book single tickets to THE PINK UNICORN please click here: or call Northern Light Theatre
(780) 471-1586.

What have we been up to?

Director Circle

Director Trevor Schmidt, MLA Laurie Blakeman and leading actress Louise Lambert.

The Pink Unicorn

THE PINK UNICORN Coffee Break at Wild Earth Bakery!

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