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WORLD PREMIER

THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS
BY CAT WALSH

Presented in partnership with Workshop West Theatre

February 5 - 15, 2015

ATB Financial Arts Barns - Westbury Theatre - 10330 84 Avenue

You can’t win, you can’t break even, you can’t get out of the game. Three days before the end of the world, a journalist is searching for his family when his car breaks down outside the town of Crumb, population: 3. And while those three seem friendly…ish, he soon realizes their relationship is much more complicated than it seemed. In fact, everything about Crumb is complicated, except for this: there’s no leaving, no matter how hard you try. A darkly funny and spirited look at human behaviour in the face of imminent death, The Laws of Thermodynamics is a gas-station gothic that examines loss, obsession and what it means to really say “The End”.

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THIS SEASON’S PAST SHOWS

NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT

MAGNETIC NORTH STAGES THEATRE FESTIVAL
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
JUNE 22 - 25, 2014

Featuring 4 short plays by Atlantic Canadian playwrights performed in working elevators.

“An Indelible experience” - Paul Blinov Vue Weekly

“The first of its kind in Canada” – Huffington Post

“Full of surprises, suspense and unexpected discoveries” - Edmonton Journal

The Tip of Things by Catherine Banks (NS)
Commissioned by Mulgrave Road Theatre

We have all left loved things behind in hotel rooms. There is a window of time that you might get them back. Even if the maid has already cleaned the room if you can catch her as elevator door is closing you might just change fate.

Earworm Duet by Megan Coles (NL)
Commissioned by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland

She can’t get married. He needs a body. Dude in the corner is oblivious. There are way worse people leading way better lives. This they know for sure. Facebook told them.

Shepody, Rage and Wolfe by Ryan Griffith (NB)
Commissioned by Eastern Front Theatre

A mystery with elevator and music.

Dear Mr. Keith by Rob Maclean and Melissa Mullen (PEI)

Commissioned by Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre

What’s worse than a pissed off wife when you skip flying home for a visit again?  Meeting same wife in an elevator while taking a strange woman to your hotel room.

SHOW DATES & TIMES

Each show is approx 10 minutes or less and runs multiple times on performance days between the time slots indicated.

Sunday, June 22

Shepody, Rage and Wolfe - Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle St. Halifax

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Noon – 2:00 PM

Monday, June 23

Dear Mr. Keith - Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington St. Halifax

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, June 24

The Tip of Things - Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington St. Halifax

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 25

Earworm Duet - Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington St. Halifax

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

TICKETS

By Donation at the Door
Limited Capacity
Reserve through Eastern Front Theatre
(902) 466- 2769 www.easternfronttheatre.com

Learn more about the Magnetic North Festival

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I LOVE YOUR HAIR AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS
BY JASON CHINN

Featuring: Melissa Thingelstad & Isabelle Rousseau

As presented during National Elevator Project Part 1

PRESENTED AT SKIRTS AFIRE FESTIVAL
Arts Hub 9225 118 Ave, Edmonton

March 7   7 - 8:30 pm
March 8   2 - 3:30 pm

Tickets by Donation At The Door

For more information visit Skirts Afire

National Elevator Project Photos by: Dave DeGagné dbphotographics

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THE ELEVATORS ARE BACK IN SERVICE. JOIN US FOR THE THRILL RIDE!

January 23 - February 2, 2014

Featuring 8 short plays written for and performed in working elevators
Presented with Workshop West Theatre’s Canoe Festival

What can happen in an elevator? Absolutely anything!

Theatre Yes’s National Elevator Project features short plays written for and performed in working elevators.

Theatre Yes has arranged commissions for noted Canadian Playwrights from across the country to write very short plays (5 minutes and under) that explore the ritual of the elevator ride. The plays require audiences to enter elevators with the actors for one-of-a-kind, unforgettable performance experiences.

You will start at Tix on the Square, Sir Winston Churchill Square (9930 – 102 Ave), where you will be given a map and directions to the nearby elevators where performances will take place. From there you will make your way to each play in your own time and which ever order you choose. Plays are approximately five minutes in length and will be available on demand during each 2-hour performance window. Dress for the weather. Be prepared to stand walk and lean during each performance.

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“An Indelible experience” - Paul Blinov Vue Weekly

“The first of its kind in Canada” – Huffington Post

“Full of surprises, suspense and unexpected discoveries” - Edmonton Journal

COMMISSIONING THEATRES

Theatres and Arts Organizations involved: Eastern Front Theatre (NS), Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (NL), Mulgrave Road Theatre (NS), Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre (NS), Magnetic North Theatre Festival (ON),  Imago Theatre (QC), Nightswimming Theatre (ON), Persephone Theatre (SK), L’Unithéâtre (AB), Ghost River Theatre (AB), Workshop West Theatre (AB), The Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation (AB), Shadow Theatre (AB), Rumble Productions (BC).

PLAY LIST

Cycle A

#Abandonhope by Peter Boychuk (BC)
A madcap tour through the Inferno, the most sought-after postal code in the afterlife. Dante for the modern age.

Commission funds provided by Rumble Theatre (Vancouver)
Featuring: Ben Gorodetsky, Perry Gratton, Colin Matty, Morgan Smith, Murray Utas, Ntara Curry
Director –Heather Inglis

Rite of Passage By Jordi Mand  (ON)
A couple enters an elevator only to loose what they most wanted.

Commission funds provided by Nightswimming (Toronto)
Featuring: Murray Cullen and Laura Raboud
Director – Brooke Leifso

Dear Mr. Keith by Rob Maclean and Melissa Mullen (PEI)
What’s worse than a pissed off wife when you skip flying home for a visit again?  Meeting same wife in an elevator while taking a strange woman to your hotel room.

Commission funds provided by Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (Sackville)
Featuring: Lora Brovold*, Liana Shannon*, Fred Zbryski*
Director – Heather Inglis*

Trajet dit by Donia Mounsef (AB)
Trajet dit, a height-specific murder-mystery about love, loss, and what happens when the doors open. (French Language)

Commission funds provided by L’UniThéâtre (Edmonton)
Featuring: Vincent  Forcier*, Ian Leung*, Joelle Prefontaine
Director - Piet Defreye

Cycle B

The Program by Eric Rose and David van Belle (AB)
Welcome to The Program, dedicated to helping you help us!  Don’t forget to pick-up your souvenir photo!

Commission funds provided by The High Performance Rodeo (Calgary)
Featuring: Ben Gorodetsky, Ian Leung*, Liana Shannon*
Director - Heather Inglis*

First Father by Brad Fraser (ON)
Sometimes that stranger on an elevator has a closer connection to you than might be imagined.

Commission funds provided by Shadow Theatre (Edmonton)
Featuring: Murray Cullen, Fred Zbryski*
Director - Heather Inglis*

Closed for Urgent & Extraordinary Work by Alexandra Haber (QC)
We are actually living in a million parallel realities every single minute. Sometimes those realities intersect.

Commission funds provided by Imago Theatre (Montreal)
Featuring: Lora Brovold*, Ntara Curry*
Director – Dave Horak*

Replay By Melissa Thingelstad (AB)
Seventy-three seconds. Every day. Twice a day. Five days a week. How many days until you finally take a chance?

Commission funds provided by Workshop West Theatre (Edmonton)
Featuring: Vincent Forcier*, Joelle Prefontaine, Laura Raboud
Director – Melissa Thingelstad

*Appearance courtesy of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association

PLAYWRIGHT BIOS / DIRECTOR BIOS / ACTOR BIOS / CREW BIOS

TICKETS AT

The Door Prior To Each Show (Tix On The Square)
Workshop West Theatre - www.workshopwest.org

Regular Adult:
$20 - 1 cycle pass (4 plays)
$30 - 2 cycle pass (8 plays)

Seniors/Students/Artists:
$15 - 1 cycle  pass (4 plays)
$25 - 2 cycle pass (8 plays)

SHOW TIMES

January 23 - February 2 2014
Nightly 7:30-9:30 pm (No shows Mondays)
Matinees Saturday and Sunday 2 pm -4 pm
Meet at Tix on the Square
– South East Corner of Sir Winston Churchill Square, 9930 – 102 Ave

A CYCLE OF 4 PLAYS WILL BE PERFORMED IN EACH 2-HOUR SLOT

Thurs, Jan 23   Open Cycle A 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan 24   Open Cycle B 7:30 pm
Sat, Jan 25   Cycle A 2:00 pm
Sat, Jan 25   Cycle B 7:30 pm
Sun, Jan 26   Cycle B 2:00 pm
Sun, Jan 26   Cycle A 7:30 pm
Tues, Jan 28   Cycle B 7:30
 pm
Wed, Jan 29   Cycle A 7:30
 pm
Thurs, Jan 30   Cycle B 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan 31   Cycle A 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb 1   Cycle B 2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 1   Cycle A 7:30 pm
Sun, Feb 2   Cycle A 2:00  pm
Sun, Feb 2   Cycle B 7:30 pm

SPECIAL SPONSOR THANKS!

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