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October 11, 2018

What we have in
this newsletter:


  1. ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES OPENS FRIDAY OCT 12
  2. REAL WORLD CONTEXT:  ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES
  3. ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES PLAYWRIGHT BYRONY LAVERY
  4. NLT’S FIRST DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE OF THE SEASON OCT 14 at 1:15pm
  5. NLT SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM $40.00-$75.00, ON SALE ONLY UNTIL OCT 27
  6. DON’’T MISS OUR FRANK N’STEIN FUNDRAISER
  7. VOLUNTEER FOR NLT
  8. WHAT’S ON IN THE OLD STRATHCONA THEATRE DISTRICT

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES OPENS OCTOBER 12

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES by Bryony Lavery
October 12 – October 27, 2018
Preview October 11
The Studio Theatre, in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave.

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

Holly Turner as Molly
- photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

Kristin Johnson as Victoria
- photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

The performance dates and show times:

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30PM Preview
    (Pay What You Can)
  • Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:30PM Opening
    (Currently Sold Out)
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee
    (1:15 pm Preshow Director’s Circle Event with Trevor Schmidt, and snacks from Under the Highwheel)
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018, 7:30PM Performance

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door) 
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon with Pizza from Famoso on Whyte)
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back)
  • Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee 
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:30PM Performance

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door) 
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30PM Performance 
  • Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30PM Closing

The ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES is also NLT’s contribution to the Theatre Six Pack Subscription Series, so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

To book your tickets you can call NLT’s office 9am-4pm daily, or visit our website at www.northernlighttheatre.com.

Our onsite box-office at Fringe Theatre Adventures will be open one hour before curtain.

We hope that you will consider taking in one of our Salon Events this year, offered at each show they are a great add-on to your evening out.


Trevor Schmidt Discusses Origin of the Species and NLT’s 2018-2019 Season
To every thing there is a season: Trevor Schmidt on life at Northern Light Theatre
- Edmonton Journal

The dystopian vision of Trevor Schmidt: a new season at Northern Light Theatre
- the 12th Night

Interview with Origins Assistant Director Anne Marie Szucs
Northern Light Theatre debuts Origin of the Species
- St. Albert Gazette

REAL WORLD CONTEXT:
THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES

The Leakeys

Louis and Mary Leakey
- photo credit The Leakey Foundation

Louis and Mary Leakey were the first paleo-archeologists to make credible finds of hominine fossils in the Olduvai Gorge - a 48 km ravine that stretches across Eastern Africa in present-day Tanzania.

The Olduvai Gorge took its shape from a river that cut its way through the sediment deposits of an ancient lake bottom, revealing a 2 million year old “layer cake of evolution”, exposing ancient tools, as well as the remains of extinct animals and early hominins who had once gathered there.  (Hominins were distinguished from other primates for their erect posture, bipedal locomotion, larger brains, and the use of specialized tools). 

The Leakey’s ground breaking excavation work in the Olduvai Gorge demonstrated the increasing development and social complexities of the earliest humans.  In 1959, Mary Leakey uncovered a human skull that dated back 1.75 million years, a find that made the couple famous and led to funding from National Geographic.  In 1960, Louis discovered the ancient hand and foot bones of a 12-year-old Homo Habilis, which structurally exhibited both ape and human characteristics, as well as the skull cap of an Homo Erectus, the first hominid discovered to have a brain size larger than 1,000 cubic centimeters.

Known as the first family of paleoanthropology, Mary and Louis Leakey together with their sons Jonathan and Richard, Richard’s wife Maeve and their daughter Louise have contributed over seventy years of combined fieldwork towards the study of humankind’s origins on the African continent.

Source Material
Ancestral Passions by Virginia Morell
- Leakey’s biographer (1995)
Journal of Human Evolution
- Kidd RS, O’Higgins P & Oxnard CE (1996)

PLAYWRIGHT BYRONY LAVERY ON THE HOT-SEAT
WITH QUESTIONS BY
TREVOR SCHMIDT

Byrony Lavery

Byrony Lavery
-
photo credit Scott Graham

#1 (bo-ring, traditional, gotta ask it question) What inspired THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES? What was happening politically/personally? Was it in reaction to anything?
I wrote ORIGIN in response to a workshop with Monstrous Regiment, a feminist theatre company . We visited zoos, read up on the history of early man...and realised it was as cockeyed and male-centric as later history!!!

#2 The play is being constantly performed. What is keeping it in constant rotation on the stage?
I have no idea why. Except, it is a lovely play with two extraordinary roles for two women.

AGREED!

#3 How would it be different if you were to (re)write it today?
Ooo, hard question. I might look at the last section about us possibly developing from fish...as it is a bit dense and hard to follow...I'd make it sound more like Victoria's voice and brain...

#4 You've been considered a strong voice for women in theatre. What do you feel is the fundamental difference between the work of male and female playwrights? IS there a difference? There's a real trending idea that, as playwrights, we can't tell certain stories because they are "not our story to tell". What's your take on that?
The fundamental difference is how the audience receives male and female voices. Mel Kenyon, a famous agent here, says selling Male-written plays is easier than selling female plays. We are STILL not considered the voice of authority...which has its disadvantages...and advantages. As for "not our story to tell"...I always know when it is NOT my story...but it is to do with something in my heart...as there has to be a HUGE reason to write a story...because writing a play is HARD...but my stories are not always recognisably a female-centric story. I really like reaching for something I DON'T KNOW...to meld it with something I DO know emotionally. As with ORIGIN...I was learning about evolution.

NLT’S FIRST DIRECTOR’S
CIRCLE EVENT OF THE SEASON
OCTOBER 14th 1:15pm

NLT’s Director’s Circle Event is a preshow chat with our own Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt.

Join Trevor as he takes you through his process of picking plays for the season, casting, design concepts for Origin of the Species, and reveals exclusive behind the scenes stories from rehearsal.  This preshow event will really ad to your Sunday Matinee experience, and also features snacks from our season Sponsor Under The Highwheel.

Trevor Schmidt

Trevor
- photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Season Subscriptions Are
Available Only Until October 27
$40.00 – $75.00

NLT offers some of the best ticket prices in Edmonton.  Subscriptions for our 2018-2019 Season are still on sale until Oct 27th – see three shows for the price of two!  And get all of our exclusive perks – only available to NLT subscribers.

Origin of the Species

SUBSCRIBER PERKS

Subscribers get first dibs on the best seats in the house!
We will set your seat aside with your own personalized reservation sign.   No waiting in line to get the best seats in the house.

Bring a Guest
Only NLT subscribers receive one complimentary ticket (per subscription) each season, so you 
can treat a 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’UniTheate’s upcoming 2018-2019 season. 

Stay tuned to hear our exclusive cross promotions
with the Good Women Dance Collective and Azimuth Theatre available for this season only.

What’s in the Tickle Trunk?
Only NLT subscribers receive insider info about NLT special events, deals and surprises from 
our patron appreciation sponsors (but here is a sneak-peak just for you - each of our 
subscribers this season will be automatically entered into three prize draws to win a $100.00 gift certificate to THE NEXT ACT!  There are three chances to win). The draw for THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES will happen on Oct 11th, so you must subscribe before Oct 10th to be eligible for the first draw of the season.

ANNOUNCING NLT's
FRANK N' STEIN FUNDRAISER
ONE NIGHT ONLY: NOVEMBER 4

Ever wanted to share a hot dog with Alice B. Toklas? How about a beer with Gertrude Stein? Here's your chance!

FRANK N' STEIN FUNDRAISER

Northern Light Theatre presents a ONE NIGHT ONLY fundraising event that pairs the best pub snacks around with the best improv in Edmonton- all in support of NLT! 

Join us for a special performance of Gertrude & Alice, starring improv goddesses Davina Stewart and Leona Brausen as Alice B Toklas and Gertrude Stein. This hilarious gender-bending improvised show, fashioned after the classic television show The Honey Mooners, also features Northern Light Theatre’s intrepid Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt in the cast as Gertrude and Alice’s unpredictable upstairs neighbour Dickie.

Your $50.00 ticket includes:  a signature 118th Ave Slugger hot dog, a Ribstone Creek Lager in your own souvenir beer stein, a $30.00 tax receipt, a ticket to see Gertrude and Alice and infinite laughs!

Grindstone Comedy Theatre
10019 -81 Ave
Tickets $50.00 with a $30.00 tax receipt

Doors Open 5:30pm – Beer & Hotdogs
Performance of Gertrude & Alice starts at 7:00pm
Tickets through NLT at (780) 471-1586, or online at www.northernlighttheatre.com

Limited Seating: Only 75 tickets will be sold.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are still looking for volunteers for our upcoming Bingo dates, and ushers for THE ORGIN OF THE SPECIES.  And we will be looking for 60 volunteers for the Battle for the Limelight May 25, 2019!

Bingo

Upcoming Bingo Dates at Caesar’s Palace WEM
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

All volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to see an upcoming NLT production.

To volunteer for one of our upcoming Bingos, or Usher during our performance runs please email Gina Moe at gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com

WHAT'S ON IN OLD STRATHCONA'S THEATRE DISTRICT

As an active partner in Old Strathcona’s Theatre District, Northern Light Theatre is working hard to find new creative ways that we can collectively work together, boost each other’s success and create a stronger voice for the arts in Edmonton.  We are dedicated to not only telling you about NLT, but all of the companies, professional and indie that work and perform in Old Strathcona.


TEATRO LA QUINDICINA

Skirts On Fire
Written and Directed by Stewart Lemoine

September 27 – October 13, 2018

Teatro La Quindicina takes a bow on the 2018 season with a madcap screwball comedy! This classic caper is set in the world of magazine publishing in 1950’s Manhattan.  A famous literary hoax begets a further series of deceptions, misunderstandings and outright lies, until things come to a head in the smallest hotel room in New York.

Skirts On Fire

Starring: Ronald Pederson, Louise Lambert, Andrew MacDonald-Smith, Paula Humby, Kendra Connor and Andrea House as Evangeline Gold.

Varscona Theatre
10329 - 83 Avenue
Tickets: https://tickets.shadowtheatre.org
Season Subscriptions Still on sale


WALTERDALE THEATRE
The Triangle Factory Project
by Christopher Peihler in collaboration with Scott Allan Evans

Directed by Barbara Mah
October 10-20, 2018-09-30

March 25, 1911. 4:45 P.M. a brutal fire erupts in In the Triangle Waist Factory off downtown Manhattan’s Washington Square. The culprit, a cigarette tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames sweep through the eighth, ninth and tenth floors. Panic-stricken workers of all different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicity and communities run in all directions. On the ninth floor, some make it to the fire escape. Some are trapped, locked, their fates sealed.

THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed.

The Triangle Factory Project

Walterdale Theatre
10322 - 83 Avenue
Tickets: http://walterdaletheatre.com/tickets

The Walterdale Theatre Associates is one of the longest running community theatres in Western Canada


THEATRE NETWORK ROXY PERFORMANCE SERIES
Jezebel, at the Still Point
Created and Performed by Ainsley Hillyard  & Jezebel The Dog

OCT 11 – 21, 2018

Jezebel, at the Still Point

Obsessed with traveling to the past, an astronaut and her French bulldog, Jezebel, explore the universe attempting to crack the code to time traveling. A tale of adventure, heroism, mortality, and love, it is a modern day Turner and Hooch, meets Space Jam, meets Einstein’s theory of relativity.  An interweaving of text, movement, and an untrained French bulldog, each show is a new adventure.

Theatre Network
8529 Gateway Blvd.
Tickets: https://theatrenetwork.ca


FRINGE THEATRE ADVENTURES BACKSTAGE THEATRE
Blood: A Scientific Romance
by Meg Braem

Oct 16-27, 2018

Twin sisters Poubelle and Angelique are bonded in both biology and shared tragedy after a car accident leaves them orphaned along a prairie highway in a  pool of blood.  But the young twins are brought home with Dr. Glass after their remarkable recovery, and quickly find themselves the subject of endless experiments.  In a quest to study Poubelle and Angeliques undeniable bond Dr. Glass’ questionable practices are soon scrutinized by a young doctor you might be the twin’s only hope for a normal life.

Blood: A Scientific Romance

Blood: A Scientific Romance is a Maggie Tree Production presented as a part of Fringe Theatre Adventures’ Spotlight Series.  

Fringe Theatre Adventures
10330-84th Ave
Tickets  


SHADOW THEATRE

The Comedy Company
by Neil Grahn (A world Premiere)
October 24th to November 11th 2018
From the head writer of CBC’s The Irrelevant Show

The Comedy Company

An extraordinary true Canadian story of the members of the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Division! Company members were asked by their commander to put together a comedy/musical revue to entertain the troops. During some of the most difficult fighting of the war they would conceive, write and perform comedy sketches and musical parodies to lift the morale of the soldiers. With the help of surprisingly realistic comedy scenes and startlingly pretty cross-dressing performances they become wildly popular. What inspires comedy and light entertainment when you are surrounded by death?

 A Fictional Recounting of an Absolutely True Story, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1

Varscona Theatre
10329 - 83 Avenue
Tickets: https://tickets.teatroq.com/f/2018


GRINDSTONE THEATRE
Grindstone has now opened its new performance venue, an intimate 75 seat theatre with licenced restaurant, producing 14 shows a week open 6pm to late, Tuesday to Sunday.

Well known for their improvised musical the 11 O’clock Number! Grindstone Theatre produces main-stage plays, musicals, and sketch comedy. They offer public access classes, provide school workshops, corporate entertainment and offer monthly events such as The Open Improve Jam.

GRINDSTONE THEATRE

Grindstone Comedy Theatre
10019 -81 Ave
(780) 244-9076
Learn more about their nightly programing at: https://www.grindstonetheatre.ca

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