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For Immediate Release: August 25, 2015

Edmonton Media Contact: Melissa Thingelstad | melissathingelstad@yahoo.ca | 780.945.1869

BONE CAGE by CATHERINE BANKS

(Edmonton, AB) Theatre Yes presents Canadian playwright Catherine Banks’ 2008 Governor General award-winning play, Bone Cage, at La Cité Francophone (8627 91 Street) September 24 – October 4, 2015. Tickets are on sale now at TIX on the Square (9930-102 Avenue, Sir Winston Churchill Square; by phone 780.420.1757 or online www.tixonthesquare.ca)

Directed by Heather Inglis, Bone Cage features the achingly raw Andy Northrup and a host of Edmonton’s young emerging talent including Karina Cox, Murray Cullen, Alyson Dicey, Neil Kuefler, Byron Trevor Martin, and Emily Siobhan McCourt. “It’s exhilarating to feature a cast of some of Edmonton’s most exciting up and coming actors in a modern Canadian master work which is built to show them off to their best potential” says Inglis.

Catherine Banks’s Bone Cage is a poetic masterwork set in a rural Nova Scotia town where logging is the way-of-life. The play follows the unraveling of a group of tough-talking twenty-somethings who ache to take the world by storm, but are hobbled by life in their industry town. It is an urgently contemporary coming of age story that calls out poignantly to Alberta, where the backbone of the economy is built on volatile industries and jobs often come at a distinct personal price.

The team putting together the haunting rural Nova Scotia atmosphere includes: set and costume design by Brian Bast, lighting design by Kevin Humphrey, sound design by Paul Morgan Donald, movement and assistant direction by Melissa Thingelstad, fight choreography by Cliff Kelly, production management by Adam Turnbull, and stage management by recent U of A graduate Kate Quinn-Feehan.

With her expert command of dramatic metaphor, Catherine Banks shows us the life-blood of rural Canada flowing through the conflicted, con-caged human heart. The playwright finds that which is most noble in unexpected places, the heroic in what appears to be the simplest of lives.” — Governor General’s Literary Award Jury Citation

Theatre Yes creates access points to national and international cultural conversations via the production of unique and challenging works from Canada and the world. In 2013/2014 Theatre Yes brought the critically acclaimed National Elevator Project to Edmonton and received a special Sterling Award for Outstanding Innovation in the Theatre. Theatre Yes is about risky, challenging, contemporary theatre that takes audiences to places they have never been before. (theatre-yes.ca)

Bone Cage runs September 24 – October 4, 2015 at La Cité Francophone. Tickets are on sale now at TIX on the Square (9930-102 Avenue, Sir Winston Churchill Square; by phone 780.420.1757 or online www.tixonthesquare.ca). The production contains strong language and mature content.

In conjunction with their production of Bone Cage by Catherine Banks, Theatre Yes will be hosting four ancillary outreach events:

BONE CAGE IN ALBERTA: What about our workers?

A Panel Discussion that explores the issues BONE CAGE in the context of Alberta focusing on the experiences, health, and well-being of Alberta workers in the natural resource industries.
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 5:00pm
Location: La Cité Francophone Theatre (8627 91 Street)

CONSTRUCTING BONE CAGE, Moderated by U of A faculty member, Stefano Muneroni

An artist talk back featuring Catherine Banks (playwright), Heather Inglis (Director, Artistic Director of Theatre Yes), Neil Kuefler (playing the role of Jamie) 
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: Following 7:30 performance of Bone Cage
Location: La Cité Francophone Theatre (8627 91 Street)
RATTLING THE BONE CAGEFree Play Reading by Catherine Banks, Hosted by Kim McCaw

Acclaimed Nova Scotia Playwright Catherine Banks, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, will be reading from her award-winning plays, Bone Cage and It Is Solved By Walking in a free, lunchtime reading. This reading is hosted by the U of A Department of Drama and is supported by the PGC and the Canada Council’s Play Readings Program.
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: Noon
Location: Timms Centre Lobby, University of Alberta Campus (87 Avenue 112 St NW)

SPEAK -UP: Personal Storytelling as a Tool for Change, Facilitate by Lindsay Ruth Hunt

A public Storytelling Workshop – “The truth about stories is, that’s all we are” – Thomas King

This workshop is a fun opportunity to explore the power of personal story to transform community.  Explore how your own stories and those of others are tools for change. Lead by PhD candidate, artist and educator, Lindsay Ruth Hunt, participants will exchange their own lived experiences in a collaborative workshop aimed at finding connections through the power of sharing and listening.
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Time:  10:30am 12:30pm
Location: La Cité Francophone Theatre (8627 91 Street)
Open to the Public. Free of charge. Maximum 12 participants.
Please contact Laura Raboud larboud@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.

Lindsay Ruth Hunt is a community-engaged theatre artist, critical educator, and researcher. She is passionate about the role of arts in activism and social justice projects and believes that critical education and art can provide a necessary means to intervene in/change our troubling social and environmental realities. In her work she aims to engage with communities and to transform social structures in a manner that improves the capacity of individuals, communities and society at large. She envisions and works with arts as a tool for promoting such change, advocating for a more equitable and just society through a creative means. Her background includes a BFA in theatre and development, an M.Ed. focusing on popular education and the arts, and she is currently a PhD candidate, investigating the potential of activist and interventionist art.


 

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