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News from NLT

September 17, 2018

What we have in
this newsletter:


  1. ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES
  2. NLT’S STELLAR SALON SERIES EVENTS RETURNS
  3. 2018/2019 SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE UNTIL OCT 27
  4. NORTHERN LIGHT THEATRE AGM, OCTOBER 14, 2018
  5. VOLUNTEER FOR NLT: UPCOMING BINGO SEPT 26, 4:30pm – 9:45pm
  6. ONLY 20 THEATRE SIX PACK SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE

NLT OPENS ITS 2018-2019 SEASON WITH: ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES BY BYRONY LAVERY

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

October 12 – October 27, 2018
Preview October 11
The Studio Theatre, in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave.

“No book, no paper, no learned tome I had ever dug through during my dusty days as a student of archaeology had made mention of this.  They said… ‘Man discovered fire.’  Man.”

Evolution, feminism and comedy come together in ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

In Bryony Lavery's quirky ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, ardent archaeologist Molly unexpectedly finds a four-million-year old female body in the Olduvai Gorge. Upon kissing her lips the four million year old woman comes to life. Molly smuggles the woman back to England and names her Victoria, after Molly’s grandmother.  They spend New Year’s Eve together, where Molly tries to teach Victoria what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century, while she in turn learns much more than she ever could have expected.

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Featuring Holly Turner as Molly last seen in NLT’s Production of THE TESTAMENT OF MARY

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

And Featuring Kristin Johnson as Victoria in her NLT debut

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Trevor Schmidt - Director, Set & Costume Designer
Anne Marie Szucs - Assistant Director
Elise Jason - Lighting Designer
Kiidra Duhault – Sound Designer
Elizabeth Alison - Stage Manager
Tyler Herman - Production Manager

Performance Dates & Times:
Evening Performances 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees: 2pm
Preview: Pay What You Can at the door, October 11, 2018
Opening: 7:30pm, Friday, October 12, 2018
2 for 1 Tuesdays: 7:30, October 16 & 23, 2018
Sunday Matinees: 2pm, October 14 & 21, 2018
Closing: Saturday, October 27, 2018
No performances on Mondays

Location:
The Studio Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns: 10330-84 Ave.

Tickets:
$30 Adult, $25 Student/Senior, $20 Sunday Matinee (prices do not include GST)

Available at the door, www.nothernlighttheatre.com, or 780-471-1586


Playwright Byrony Lavery

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

photo credit Scott Graham

Playwright Bryony Lavery, (born 1947) is a British dramatist, known for her successful and multiple award-winning play Frozen.  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 with almost entirely female casts. She has written more than twenty plays since 1976.

In addition to her work in theatre, Ms. Lavery has also written for television and radio and written books including a biography of Tallulah Bankhead and The Woman Writer's Handbook.  She has taught playwriting at Birmingham University, 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.

NLT'S STELLAR SALON SERIES EVENTS RETURNS

Northern Light Theatre’s Salon Series events returns for another year of interesting conversations.

Why not add to your experience by taking in one of NLT’s salon events at each of our three productions.  These insightful preshow and post-show discussions offer meaningful insights into the work that has gone into the production, an opportunity to meet and greet with the creative team, as well as some very interesting discussions about the themes raised in each play.

Director’s Circle Preshow Discussion

Sunday October 14, 2018
Board Room Fringe Theatre Adventures, Westbury Lobby
The Director’s Circle provides an exclusive insider’s view behind the curtain.  Before taking the first Sunday Matinee, join Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt for a half hour discussion as he takes you through the ins and outs of each play, from his thoughts after first reading the script, the concepts behind each production’s design, casting, insider stories from the rehearsal process, to the fully realized production you are about to see.  (No spoilers!)
-snacks provided by Under the Highwheel

Wednesday Evening Post Show Guest Speaker Salon

Our Guest Speaker Salon Event for ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES will be facilitated by Edmonton Playwright Beth Graham, with a panel discussion of expert guest speakers to be announced. The Guest Speaker Salon offers a thought provoking, post-show discussion about the production and topics raised, including the overarching theme of the season: A Woman’s Body.
-snacks provided by Whyte Avenue’s Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

Beth Graham

Beth Graham is a playwright and actor. Her plays have been produced professionally across Canada as well as internationally in the U.S., the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award as well as the Carol Bolt Award. Beth has received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award, Sterling awards, Betty Mitchell awards and the Alberta Playwrights’ Network award for her plays and collaborations. She has been an artist-in-residence with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Catalyst Theatre, and has attended retreats at the Banff Playwrights’ Lab, The National Theatre School and The Stratford Festival of Canada. Her plays include: The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Flight, Pretty Goblins and Working It Out. Her co-creations/ collaborations include: The Drowning Girls, Fortune Falls, Comrades, Mules, and Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program. Her most recent play, Pretty Goblins, was produced at Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre last season. She is currently collaborating with Theatre Yes on their upcoming project, Slight of Mind, which will be produced in March 2019.


Thursday Post Show Actor’s Talk Back

Meet the Actors’ and other members of the creative team in this post show Q & A. This is your chance to stay after the show and have a conversation with NLT’s company of artists one on one.

Season Subscriptions Are Available Now! Don't miss a single show in NLT's 2018-2019 Season

Origin of the Species

It is not too late to subscribe to NLT!  Don’t miss a single play in NLT’s 43rd season as we continue to present some of the most entertaining, exciting, and ahead of the curve theatre in Edmonton.  (Opening Night $75.00, Adult, $70.00, Student/Senior $50.00, Preview or Sunday Matinee Matinee $40.00). Season Subscriptions are available through to Oct. 27, 2018.

Your subscription provides you not only with a discounted price to see all three shows in NLT’s season but all of our exclusive subscriber perks as well.

As well as our first play ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES our season includes:


THE CARDIAC SHADOW
by Clay McLeod Chapman

A Co-Production with the Good Women Dance Collective

January 18 – February 2, 2019
Preview January 17
Studio Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330-84 Ave

Featuring the women of the Good Women Dance Collective, with multi-media design by Loud Whisper Productions

“Phenomenal how hypothermia is really nothing more than an economic process…”

This is a True Story - Four women from the Ravensbrück concentration camp were hand selected by SS Second Lieutenant Dr. Sigmund Rascher and “volunteered” for experiments that would eventually come to be known as the cold conference. Designed to determine the body’s endurance to extreme temperatures, these tests would unexpectedly reveal the capacity of the human heart. The voices of these women are now gone, but Clay McLeod Chapman’s riveting play demands that they not be forgotten. Where does the human spirit go when a body must remain behind, frozen inside an atrocity?

Featuring: The Good Women Dance Collective
Alida Kendell as Mary
Alyson Kause as Sarah
Kate Stashko as Anna
Ainsley Hillyard as Judith

Featuring the voice-over acting by:
Nadien Chu as Mary
Eliza Benzer as Sarah
Rachel Bowron as Anna,
Meghan Dart as Judith
Vance Avery as SS Second Lieutenant Dr. Sigmund Rascher

Trevor Schmidt - Director, Set & Costume Designer
Beth Dart - Assistant Director & Lighting Designer
The Good Women Dance Collective - Choreography
Katrina Beatty of Loud Whisper Productions - Multi-Media Film and Projection Designer
Dave Clarke - Original Composition & Sound Designer
Jenn Best - Stage Manager
Tyler Herman - Production Manager

Alyson Kause of the Good Woman Dance Collective as Sarah

Beth Graham

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography


19 weeks
by Emily Steel

A Co-Production with Azimuth Theatre

March 29 – April 14, 2019
Preview March 28
Studio Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330-84 Ave

Featuring Vanessa Sabourin in her NLT debut

“I used to think
when I heard about someone
when I read about them
because it was always someone in the news or in a magazine
and not a real person I knew
if I heard about someone who’d had a ‘late’ abortion I’d think
well
that’s not very clever.
That’s not very responsible, is it?”

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.

Vanessa Sabourin

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Trevor Schmidt - Director, Set & Costume Designer
Beth Dart - Lighting Designer
Liz Han – Composer / Sound Designer
Elizabeth Allison – Stage Manager
Tyler Herman - Production Manager


SUBSCRIBER PERKS

Advance Seat Reservation
Subscribers get first dibs on the best seats in the house!  Simply call to book you tickets in advance and we will set your seat aside, with your own personalized sign.

Bring a Guest
NLT subscribers receive one complimentary ticket (per subscription) each season, so you can bring an additional guest to the performance of their choice!

Meet our Friends
NLT subscribers will receive a 50% discount off their single ticket purchase to any show in L’UniThéâtre’s upcoming 2018-2019 Season.   Stay tuned to hear our exclusive cross promotions with the Good Women Dance Collective and Azimuth Theatre for this season.
www.lunitheatre.ca

Exclusive Prize Draws
Each of our subscribers this season will also be entered into 3 draws to win a $100.00 gift certificate to THE NEXT ACT, season sponsor of NLT’s patron appreciation program! 

What’s in the Tickle Trunk?
Only NLT subscribers will get insider info about special events, exclusive deals, surprises and items from our patron appreciation sponsors. You must subscribe to find out.

NORTHERN LIGHT THEATRE AGM OCT 14, 2018

Northern Light Theatre would like to invite all interested parties to join us for our Annual General Meeting on Sunday October 14th, 2018 at 2pm at the ATB Financial Arts Barns / Fringe Theatre Adventures Board Room (10330-84 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9) Please RSVP Gina Moe
At gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com by Oct 1, 2018 if you plan to attend the AGM or if you are interested in becoming a board member.

Provocative. Unique. Innovative.  Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre has defined itself as a company dedicated to embracing and promoting local Edmonton talent, fostering and developing new work, and producing intimate and affecting theatre that speaks to the modern audience.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Become part of the NLT family and volunteer!  Whether you can help out with ushering, volunteering at our bingos/casinos, or helping with special events such as our Battle for the Limelight Fundraiser we would love to hear from you!

To volunteer for NLT please contact General Manager Gina Moe at 780-471-1586 or email gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com

Bingo

NLT is currently seeking volunteers for our upcoming Bingo Fundraisers at Caesar’s Palace in West Edmonton Mall. (Located under Simons in the South West corner of WEM)

Upcoming Bingo Dates at Caesar’s Palace WEM
Wednesday September 26, 2018, 4:30pm-9:45pm
Thursday October 4, 2018, 11am-3:45pm
Friday November 9, 2018, 11am-3:45pm
Monday December 17, 2018, 11am-3:35pm
Saturday January 19, 2019, 11am-3:45pm
Friday February 8, 2019, 11am-3:45pm

Bingos are approximately 5 hours in length.

Customer service, counting small amounts of cash and balancing a float, as well as and being able to walk for 4 hours are required skills.

If you are not able to walk for an extended period let us know, as there are two cage positions, but you must be proficient in handling and balancing cash.

Training can be provided on arrival – it is super easy to learn how to call back Bingo Winners!

All volunteers receive a complimentary meal from the concession in Caesar’s Palace as well as a ticket to see an upcoming NLT production.

Volunteers will also be invited to NLT’s exclusive volunteer appreciation events which include prizes from our generous volunteer appreciation sponsors.

Volunteer Sponsors

LAST CHANCE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE THEATRE SIX PACK
LESS THAN 20 PASSES LEFT!

Theatre Six Packs

Are you a Theatre Six-Pack Subscriber that still needs to renew your subscription, or a past subscriber that has taken a break for a few seasons, or someone that is wondering “what the heck, there is a subscription package offering shows from six different theatre companies” - Well there are less than 20 passes left for the 2018-2019 season!! 
DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT DEAL.

The Theatre Six Pack is a great way to sample an eclectic season of theatre from 6 different companies from Teatro La Quindicina, Northern Light Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Shadow Theatre, The Walterdale Theatre and the U of A drama departments Studio Theatre for just $125.00, including all applicable fees, available at Tix On The Square: https://www.tixonthesquare.ca

Teatro La Quindicina
Skirts on Fire by Stewart Lemoine, September 27-October 13, 2018

Northern Light Theatre
Origin of the Species by Byrony Lavery, October 11 – October 27, 2018

Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre
Mantra by Conni Massing, November 28 – December 9, 2018

Shadow Theatre
Miss Teen by Michele Rimi, January 23 – February 10, 2019

U of A Studio Theatre
All for Love by John Dryden, February 7 – February 16, 2019

Walterdale Theatre
The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls by Martha Ross, Alessa Dufresne, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jennifer Brewin, Alisa Palmer and Leah Cherniak, April 3- April 13, 2019

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