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News from NLT

April 9, 2019

What we have in
this newsletter:


  1. 19 WEEKS ONE WEEK LEFT
  2. AN INTERVIEW WITH 19 WEEKS PLAYWRIGHT EMILY STEEL
  3. READ THE RAVE REVIEWS FOR 19 WEEKS
  4. APRIL 10th SALON EVENT HOSTED BY AZIMUTH THEATRE
  5. NLT’s NINTH ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION IS LIVE UNTIL 6PM APRIL 15
  6. EARLY BIRD SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2019-2020 ONSALE UNTIL APRIL 15
  7. VOLUNTEER FOR NLT – BATTLE FOR THE LIMELIGHT IS COMING!
  8. WHAT’S ON IN THE THEATRE DISTRICT

19 WEEKS by EMILY STEEL

MARCH 28- APRIL13, 2019
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH
AZIMUTH THEATRE

19 Weeks

Canadian Premiere

March 28 – April 13, 2019 (Preview March 28)
The Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave
Featuring Vanessa Sabourin

The box office at Fringe Theatre Adventures opens at 6:30pm.
Tickets can be booked over the phone by calling 780-471-1586 or online through NLT’s website

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NLT'S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR INTERVIEW WITH PLAYWRIGHT EMILY STEEL

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.

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

Trevor Schmidt: It's apparent in all your interviews and in marketing materials that this is based on fact- your own personal experience- so let's consider that common knowledge. Could you tell us your experience with people's reactions to the play? Any in particular that stand out? What has been critical/public response?

Emily Steel:  For the most part, both critical and public responses to the play have been thoughtful, emotional, and empathetic. A lot of audience members have wanted to talk to me after the show. Some of them have been through similar experiences, and haven’t felt able to talk about it. I’ve had emails from people who have heard the BBC radio version, who also tell me their stories. During the first season of our production I got a message from a woman who told me that until she saw the show she thought that no one in the world understood how she had felt. I read it on my phone and had to sit and have a cry in my car. That has always been the point of this play - I wrote it in the hope that, in talking openly about something so taboo, it would help other people feel less alone.

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

TS: We expect there will be some controversy here in Canada between pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Was that the case in your production- or where you "preaching to the converted”?

EM: It has never been my intention to preach to anyone - I am firmly pro-choice, but I think preaching, about anything, makes for bad theatre. Our audience is, of course, self-selecting, and I suspect that most of them would describe themselves as pro-choice, but many of them have still found the show confronting and thought-provoking. 

With each season of our production, we have braced ourselves for a reaction from people with anti-abortion views, for protests or shouting or walkouts. Fortunately, our fears have been largely unfounded. I had one email telling me abortion was murder. One or two people have quietly left the show before the end. One woman contacted me asking for tickets and it became clear from her messages that she was anti-abortion - I told her she was welcome to come to the show, but I needed her to reassure me that she wouldn’t disrupt it. She told me she would listen respectfully, and she was as good as her word - she even thanked me afterwards. I don’t know what she thought of the play, but I was glad she came.

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

TS: Some may choose to focus on the fact Down Syndrome/Trisomy 21 angle in the piece. Was that your focus- or were you more interested in revealing the inner conflict surrounding any abortion? Or does it even matter- are they inextricably, linked in your personal experience?

EM: My focus was not on Down Syndrome specifically, but I decided it needed to be part of the story if I was going to tell it truthfully. Some people would have preferred me not to name the genetic condition concerned. Some would have liked the play to have included more, or different, information about Down Syndrome. Some have felt that in attempting to tackle the stigma around women who choose terminations after a fetal diagnosis, the play has contributed to the stigma that people with Down Syndrome, and their families, face every day. I don’t have an answer for that. I can tell you that while I was writing the script I sought guidance and feedback from Down Syndrome South Australia, from parents of children with Down Syndrome, from a genetic counsellor, and a social worker who works in this field - but that doesn’t invalidate the responses above. And conversely, those responses don’t invalidate the need to talk about experiences like mine. It’s a complex situation.

To my mind, the focus of the play is on the expectations that society has, of women in general, and mothers in particular. Women are expected to be carers by default - to look after children, older people, family members who need extra support. However rewarding this work might be, it is also exhausting, and it can push aside anything else you might want in your life - from things as basic as sleep and showering, to education or career ambitions. I think that until these responsibilities are shouldered more equally, by men and by society more broadly, there will be an uncomfortable conflict between women’s rights and disability rights. I think people don’t really want to talk about that, and I think we need to.

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

TS: The premiere production of the play, which has toured extensively to great acclaim (yay!), was staged in various swimming pools. Can you elaborate on what precipitated this artistic choice- and how it may have influenced the story itself- or how people experienced it?

EM: It happened like this: the original director and I had recently seen a pool while scouting for a venue for a completely different show. When we started work on 19 weeks, we agreed it would be a good idea to stage it in an unusual space - the subject matter is heavy but we hoped the theatrical experience of it could be beautiful. So I, half-joking, suggested the pool - and something clicked. It’s worked really well - there’s an intimacy and a vulnerability to the show, and to the way the audience experiences it. The script was deliberately written with no stage directions, to allow for interpretation, but in our production the water has become an integral part of the staging and storytelling.

RAVE REVIEWS FOR 19 WEEKS!

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

“19 Weeks is devastating and one of the finest and most involving theatre experiences of the season.”
– Colin MacLean, Gigcity.ca (read full review)

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

“Northern Light Theatre rips away a veil of secrecy and shame in 19 Weeks”
- St. Albert Gazette Anna Borowiecki (read full review)

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

“And Sabourin, a gutsy actor, steps bravely up to raw.”
Liz Nicholls, 12th Night.ca (read full review)

PLAYING FOR ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL SATURDAY APRIL 13th

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Studio Theatre inside Fringe Theatre Adventures
Performances are 7:30pm Nightly

19 WEEKS SALON EVENTS

Join us for Azimuth Theatre’s upcoming Salon event, as we continue to examine the themes and topics presented in Emily Steel’s 19 WEEKS. Our Salon events are free, and a great way to further connect with the stories we tell, in addition to broadening the impact of your theatrical experience.

19 Weeks

Wednesday April 10th
Special Added Salon Event hosted by Azimuth Theatre, Post Show
The Joys and Challenges of Raising Children with Special Needs

Azimuth Theatre is a producer and presenter of original performance, an avid supporter of local independent creators and an engaged community member. Azimuth believes in social change and the vital role that professional theatre has in contributing to that change.

NLT’S ONLINE SILENT AUCTION WILL CLOSE 6PM APRIL ON 15th.  DON’T MISS OUT ON ONE OF THE BEST AUCTIONS OF THE SEASON!

2019 NLT Silent Auction

With over 100 items valuing over $12,000.00 this is NLT’s biggest auction yet.

Don’t miss out on this great selection of items and gift certificates donated by the very best of Edmonton’s local business community all in the spirit of raising funds for NLT’s artistic programing.

HERE’S A SMALL SAMPLE OF WHAT YOU CAN FIND ONLINE ONLY UNTIL 6PM APRIL 15


Shopping Party from The Bamboo Ballroom valued at $500.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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Family Pass for 4 to see Sprouts 2019
DATES: May 25 & 26
NEW VENUE: Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave. NW. Edmonton valued at $32.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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Gift Basket from the Cutting Room including a Kerastase Paris-Kit valued at $150.00, and a gift certificate for a cut and colour with Danni valued at $158.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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Night Out Pass and Games Fees for four from the Gamer’s Lodge, valued at $80.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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A basket of items from Hole’s Greenhouses including: A Bistro Gift Card for $25.00,
“I'll Never Marry a Farmer” by Lois Hole, a set of Gardening Knee Pads, a Clean Window Fly Trap, and Dramm Commercial Fan Nozzle for your gardening hose valued at $120.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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A Kent of Inglewood Shaving Brush and Shaving Lesson with a Straight or Safety Razor, from Kent of Inglewood. This class is suitable for both beginners and intermediate skill levels, valued at $75.00

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2 Adult Season Passes to L’UniThéâtre’s 2019-2020 Season valued at $160.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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One Night Stay for Two at the Metterra Hotel on Whyte, valued at $280.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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Snow Valley Aerial Park Family Day Pass for up to 5 immediate family members, Valid to Sept 30, 2019, valued at $100.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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2, 2 - day ski/snowboard rental packages from Sundance Ski & Board Shop valued at $100.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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Sampler Package of Wild Prairie’s Handmade Soaps, Stone Soap Plate & $50.00 Gift Certificate

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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Monochromatic set of ceramic bowls from Crate & Barrel valued at $50.00

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Wooden Dump Truck Toy with Articulated Wheels and Box, valued at $150.00

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Wooden Plane Toy with Articulated Wheels and Propeller, valued at $60.00

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Wooden Bulldozer Truck Toy with Articulated Wheels and Shovel, valued at $150.00

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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How to Place a Bid
1.) Click on the prize icons on the auction page find out more about each silent auction item. When you are ready to bid… 
2.) Click on the “Place A Bid Now” button at the bottom of each auction page
3.) Enter your information: your name, contact phone number, and email 
4.) Type in your bid amount (do not put a $ sign in front of your amount)
5.) WATCH YOUR INBOX!  You will receive an email with a link that you will need to click to CONFIRM your bid.  NLT will also send you an automatic update if you are ever out-bid - so you do not have to keep checking in on the website to see how your bid is doing, but you can if you want to.  (If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam or junk folders!) 

NLT ANNOUNCES
OUR 2019-2020 SEASON
CONFESSIONS & OBSESSIONS!

EARLY BIRD SUBSCRIPTIONS
ON SALE NOW UNTIL APRIL 15

Confessions & Obsessions

Early Bird Subscriptions for our upcoming season are on sale now through NLT’s website and over the phone by calling 780-471-1586.

There are so many perks to being an NLT subscriber including specially reserved seating, the opportunity to bring one guest to the play of your choice each season, as well as being included in special ticket and prize draws and discounted tickets with NLT’s community and artistic partners.

Early Bird Subscription Prices:
Opening: $75.00
Adult: $70.00
Student/Senior: $50.00
Thursday Preview Performance/Sunday Matinee: $40.00

Baroness Bianka's Bloodsongs

North American Premiere
October 18 - November 2, 2019
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

Preview October 17, 2019

Featuring: Kristin Johnston as Baroness Bianka
Director Set & Costumes: Trevor Schmidt
Music Direction and Sound Design: Darrin Hagen

BARONESS BIANKA’S BLOODSONGS tackles the issue of addiction head-on through the revelations of a quirky Bulgarian Baroness who has unquenchable, unspeakable yearnings. A black comedy with a blood-red heart, the show explores life with an unusual addiction and the battle to overcome it. A wicked one-woman cabaret about a spooky character with a fetish for blood.


Everybody Loves Robbie

World Premiere of a New Work by an Edmonton Playwright
January 10, 2020 – January 25, 2020
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

Preview January 9, 2020

Featuring: Jayce Mackenzie, Richard Hsi Lee
Director: Trevor Schmidt

Chloe loves Robbie. Everybody does. But Robbie loves Chloe back. They are the star triple-threat couple of their high school drama club and have dreams of their future success together in Musical Theatre (or straight plays, if Musical Theatre doesn’t work out). But — speaking of straight — suddenly Robbie wonders if he’s gay. And Chloe begins to wonder, too. And what does that mean for their future together?

This brand new comedy was first seen as a ten-page rehearsed reading at Loud & Queer 2014, produced by Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre and Guys In Disguise. We are delighted to have Ellen Chorley expanding her original piece into a full-length play for NLT’s 2019-2020 season.


Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

World Premiere
March 27, 2020 - April 11, 2020
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

Preview March 26, 2020
Featuring: Brian Dooley and Davina Stewart
Director: Trevor Schmidt

Mae, a struggling young actress, loses both of her parents to cancer. Peggy - her kind, peacemaker mother - dies of cancer in 1995. Six years later Mae moves back home to care for her terminally ill father. She imagines moments of reconciliation, but unlike Peggy, Al does not handle his cancer treatment with grace and Mae struggles in her role as his caregiver. As her father's health declines, his obsession with the Sci-Fi Network and creating a machine to deliver him to another dimension intensifies. Mae summons memories of her mother for guidance, and with humor and compassion strives to reach her final goal...to give her father a good death.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are still looking for volunteers for our upcoming Bingo dates, and ushers for 19 WEEKS.  And we will be looking for 60 volunteers for the Battle for the Limelight May 25, 2019!

If you would like to volunteer for NLT, please call our office at 780-471-1586, or email
General Manager Gina Moe at gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com

A downloadable copy of our volunteer form is also available on our website.

Get your rain boots and sunscreen ready! Northern Light Theatre needs over 60 volunteers for our Battle for the Limelight race! Want to get in on the fun?

NLT needs pit stop bosses, volunteers for our communications team, and help with hosting our post race party.

Battle for the Limelight
May 25th
Volunteer shifts 11am - 7pm

Volunteer Orientation will be at 11am, followed by a light lunch.

Race will commence at 1:30pm – 4:30pm followed by after party for all racers and volunteers.

Bingo

Upcoming Bingo Dates at Caesar's Palace WEM
Friday June 14, 2019, 4:45pm-11:30m
(12 volunteers needed)

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

Upcoming Casino Dec 26, 27, 2019
NLT’s upcoming Casino is schedule for this coming December.  We will be seeking over 30 volunteers for our Casino.

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 as well as the companies who are collaborating with Northern Light Theatre.


FRINGE THEATRE ADVENTURES ATB FINANCIAL ART BARNS

Westbury Theatre
13 ENCOUNTERS
and FISH AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
April 2-13, 2019

13 ENCOUNTERS and FISH AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

13 Encounters and Fish at the Bottom of the Sea are sister plays performed as a double bill incorporating rich poetic imagery, physical theatre, live music and aerial circus.  These plays take you by the hand into the tenderness of new love, and the wet wound of heartbreak.  They are love stories for Edmonton, to Edmonton and from Edmonton. 
110 minutes

Physical Theatre –Strong Language and Mature Themes – Parental Guidance

Backstage Theatre
A MAN DRAWS A BIRD
April 30-May 11
created and performed by BOOMING TREE

A MAN DRAWS A BIRD

In A Man Draws a Bird, a man and his partner are trapped in the inbetween place that is life after a brain injury.  Here, while there is darkness and uncertainty, there is also the possibility of life-changing transformation, but at what cost?  Innovative, poignant and uplifting, this play probes the visceral connection between memory and identy.  A man draws bird because he wants to fly.  A play with music and taiko drumming, based on real events. – 90 minutes

Fringe Theatre Adventures
10330 – 84 Avenue (780-448-9000)
Tickets


THE VARSCONA THEATRE

FUN HOME  - The Musical
April 11 - 20
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Dave Horak • Musical Director Janice Flower
Starring: Jocelyn Ahlf, Kate Ryan, Jeff Haslam and More!

FUN HOME

FUN HOME, based on the best-selling graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to unlock the mysteries of the man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life as she grows to understand her own sexuality.

This ground breaking musical was the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and has received worldwide critical acclaim for its stunning score and moving storytelling.

Varscona Theatre
10329 – 83rd Ave.
Tickets


THEATRE NETWORK

Roxy on Gateway
THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER
by Darrin Hagen
April 16 – May 5

THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER
On the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, Darrin Hagen premieres a new play about the life of drag queen / activist Ted northe, also known as the Empress of Canada. Mr. northe’s activism draws a young Minister of Justice, Pierre Trudeau to his side, and the two form a remarkable connection that changed Canada.

Featuring: Darrin Hagen as Ted northe & Joey Leperance as Pierre Trudeau
Director: 
Bradley Moss

Theatre Network
8529 103 Street
Tickets: 780-453-2440
https://theatrenetwork.ca


GRINDSTONE THEATRE
Grindstone Theatre’s performance venue offers 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.

CHINOOK SERIES

Grindstone Comedy Theatre
10019 -81 Ave
(780) 244-9076

Learn more about their nightly programing at: https://www.grindstonetheatre.ca


And Don’t Miss the final show of Edmonton Opera’s 2018-2019 Season

THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER

From the composer of The Barber of Seville comes a raucous comedy with gorgeous bel canto melodies and vocal fireworks galore! Come along for the ride as a love triangle unfolds between notorious skirt-chaser Count Ory, his cunning Page, and a feisty Countess — complete with naughty nuns, scandalous set-ups, and way too much wine.

Edmonton’s own John Tessier, praised by Edmonton Journal for his “effortlessly light tenor” as the Prince in Cinderella, stars as the Count in our madcap new production directed by Brian Deedrick. This Western Canadian premiere promises you an unforgettable night of laughter, entertainment, and Rossini's charming music! 

Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Jubilee Auditorium
11455 – 87th Avenue
Edmonton Opera Box Office:
15230 – 128 Ave. (780-429-1000)
http://www.edmontonopera.com

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