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News from NLT

October 10, 2015

What we have in
this newsletter:

  1. Meet the Playwright- Part Two of our Exclusive Interview with The Good Bride Playwright, Rosemary Rowe
  2. THE GOOD BRIDE Special Events
  3. Online sales for subscriptions, donations and single tickets are now available
  4. How to Subscribe to Northern Light Theatre's 40th Anniversary Season, including your last chance to buy a discounted ticket with your season subscription to Flora & Fawna's Field Trip! (with Fleurette)
  5. We've moved! A New Office for NLT

Meet Rosemary Rowe

“… All I had to do was weave in all of the various threads of the story to create this big, Jesus-y tapestry.”  
(Rosemary Rowe, playwright)

Rosemary Rowe

Northern Light Theatre is delighted to present the world premiere of THE GOOD BRIDE by Rosemary Rowe running October 15-24, 2015.  Over the next few newsletters, we’ll share our interview with Rosemary.

TREVOR:  Was this your first one-person play? How is this play a departure for you and/or your writing style/substance?

ROSEMARY:  I’ve actually written three previous loooooong one-act, one-person plays but this is my first one WOMAN play, weirdly, and my first one-person play in about 20 years. The last two plays I wrote were historically-based, so this more contemporary story is a bit of a departure for me – although because of the subject matter, it’s still a little old fashioned, which I like. Most of my recent work involves homosexuals because I am one – this is probably the straightest thing I’ve written in a decade.
Also, my forte is dialogue, so writing a one-person play is not a great way to show that off. But I didn’t start out planning to write a one-person show.

After about three years of reading these Stay-At-Home Daughter blogs and watching the Duggars and learning about the whole Quiverfull movement – both the pros and the cons - I really wanted to tell the story of a young woman coming of age in this culture. I had about half a totally fictional, multi-character, full-length play written but it started to feel very forced and preachy; when I came across the (true) story of Maranatha waiting for her wedding, it’s like everything clicked into place. Suddenly, it HAD to be a one-woman show and the structure was already there; all I had to do was weave in all of the various threads of the story to create this big, Jesus-y tapestry.

TREVOR:  Tell us about the development process of the piece thus far- its various incarnations and readings in workshops, etc. How has the play changed from your first draft?

ROSEMARY:  Well, it all started when I joined Vancouver’s Wet Ink Collective, which is this excellent writing group for women playwrights in Vancouver, in the fall of 2014. I signed up for their fall intensive – 10 sessions over 10 weeks – in the hopes that it would kick my ass into writing more consistently. Every other week, you have to bring in new writing; it’s read aloud by someone in the group; then you receive feedback in a very structured way. My goal in joining Wet Ink was really just to give myself a deadline - I’ve been in writers’ groups before and in my experience, it often becomes an exercise in the loudest person in the group telling you how to write your play. Wet Ink was a COMPLETELY different experience; it was a delightfully bullshit-free environment, which encouraged me to really stretch myself and try to get a full draft finished by the end of the intensive.  I didn’t quuuuite make it, but right after the holidays, they had a master class with playwright extraordinaire Colleen Murphy, so I signed up for that so that I would finish the first draft. Colleen Murphy gave me some very useful feedback.
Then, you know, I joined the spring Wet Ink intensive and went through the whole play in pieces again, which helped clarify some key issues and fill in some blanks. Over the summer, a couple of my Wet Ink colleagues (Lynna Golhar-Smith and CJ McGillivray) and my favourite religion expert and dramaturge (my wife Kate) and I had a couple of mini-workshop/readings of the play, so that I could hear it all at once, which illustrated a lot of what work and didn’t work.

I’d say the first draft was a little more driven by research – because it’s based on a true story, I was really clinging to some of the elements of that story that just raised more questions that they answered. The play in its current incarnation relies less on facts and research and is driven more by Maranatha and the crazy emotional rollercoaster she rides from start to finish.

TREVOR:  What's your personal writing process like? Is it labourious?  Do you do a lot of research? Do you have particular habits? A schedule? What distracts you?

ROSEMARY:  I’m a percolator. I think for a long time, I do a ton of research and then I procrastinate like it’s my job. Then, when I have a deadline, I give ‘er and hope that something decent emerges. If I really need to get something done, I try to dedicate at least a 4-hour time slot for writing; I have my headphones on, usually with something really emo playing. I enjoy having cool writer fantasies writing in coffee shops and shit but honestly, I get my best work done at home, with my big keyboard and easy access to a bathroom. I’m old now, I need to go more often, you know how it is. Once I get started, the writing part actually happens pretty quickly.

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The Good Bride Special Events

Northern Light Theatre is delighted to bring back our famous, thought-provoking salon-style events which incite further dialogue and discussion.

Pay What You Can Preview (and Free Student Preview)

Pay What You Can Preview (and Free Student Preview)

Thursday, October 15, 2015 (7:30 pm)

Come join us in our first audience and get a bargain on tickets! Students get a free ticket (bring your valid student ID) and its Pay What You Can for everyone else!

Director’s Circle

Director’s Circle

Saturday, October 17, 2015
(6:15 pm Director’s Circle, 7:30 pm Show)

Join Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt and Playwright Rosemary Rowe as they take you through the ins and outs of the play.  Where did the inspiration come from?  How does it fit into the season?

With complimentary treats sponsored by Under the High Wheel

Two for One Tuesday

Two for One Tuesday

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
(7:30 pm Show)

We’re overjoyed to bring back our steal of deal on tickets.  Come check out THE GOOD BRIDE 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!

Conversation Salon

Conversation Salon with Maggie Barton Baird and Dan Taylor

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
(7:30 pm Show, Conversation Salon Immediately After Show)

Join our two guests for an enlightening and thrilling conversation about the customs and traditions (both religious and non-religious) of wedding ceremonies over the past century.

Maggie Barton Baird is the driving force behind MB&COMPANY, a boutique wedding & event planning service.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management from the University of Alberta and is the Events Manager for the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Festival Manager for the Nextfest Emerging Arts Festival.

Dan Taylor is a Pastor and Comic based in Edmonton, AB. After over a decade of experience speaking all over Western Canada, Dan began to make an impact on the comedy scene as well. He was named SiriusXM Edmonton's top comic and opened for Russell Peters at Rexall Place and performed at JFL42 in Toronto. Drawing on his experience as a husband, father, social worker, pastor, and barista, Dan's unique background enables him to connect with a diverse audience. Dan's versatility is making him a sought after comic and communicator across Canada. Dan is the Lead Pastor at Disciples Church in Edmonton.

With complimentary treats sponsored by Famoso Pizza West Edmonton Mall

Talk Back Thursday

Talk Back Thursday

Thursday, October 22, 2015
(7:30 pm Show, Talk Back Immediately After Show)

Here’s your chance to hob knob with the Director Trevor Schmidt and Actor Arielle Rombough.  Ready all of your burning questions and launch away!

Booty Call Performance

Booty Call Performance

Friday, October 23, 2015
(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 Night Booty Call performance will be entered to win a prize gift basket from Lacombe Park Spirits and the Travelling Tickle Trunk.

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Subscriptions now on sale for our 40TH Anniversary Season!

Our 2015-2016 Season Subscriptions include tickets to The Good Bride, The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux, and Wish

NLT's 40th Season


by Rosemary Rowe

October 16 - 24, 2015  (Preview October 15)
PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Avenue

“I just don't understand why Pete won't come. I just want him to come for me.”

Every night from 3 p.m. to midnight, fifteen year old Maranatha Graham puts on her homemade wedding dress and hopes that today will be the day her groom Pete picks her up from the Pullman's house, where Daddy sent her to wait. Pete could arrive at any moment. But as her wait wears on, Maranatha has an increasingly difficult time ignoring Satan's whisperings…


by Gratien Gélinas, translated by Linda Gaboriau

March 31 - April 9, 2016 (Preview March 29) 
L'Uni Théâtre 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury

“It seems to me, in most couples, there’s always one who’s more in love than the other.”

Narcisse Mondoux, retired Master Plumber, sets out to woo the recently widowed Laurencienne Robichaud- at her husband's funeral. Thinking he knows the secret to her heart, he soon discovers that she is a liberated woman who intends to fulfill her secret ambition by herself. 
A co-production with L'Uni Théâtre. 


based on the novel by Peter Goldsworthy adapted for the stage by Humphrey Bower

April 29 - May 7, 2016 (Preview April 28)
PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Avenue

“We see her as a spokesperson for her whole species. Her whole genus.“

J.J., the hearing son of deaf parents, agrees to teach sign language to the mysterious Eliza, a gorilla rescued from a research lab by animal rights activists. Eliza demonstrates a gift for signing and bonds passionately with her new teacher until they face an ethical conundrum. 
A co-production with Good Women Dance Collective.

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by Darrin Hagen & Trevor Schmidt

January 15-23, 2016 (Preview January 14) 
PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Avenue

“My mom says that there will always be conflict in our lives.  No matter how nice and good and decent we are.  My other mother says ‘sometimes people treat you poopy for no reason.’ But she didn’t say poopy.”

Best friends Flora and Fawna (along with their pal, Fleurette) are creating a safe place for girls just like them by launching The NaturElles, a social group with a difference. Come inside the Magic Fairy Ring, and you'll develop wilderness survival skills, collect badges, and learn new campfire songs. No Mean Girls Allowed! 


Fawna poses with Edmonton author, Janice MacDonald at the Edmonton Fringe in August 2014.

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