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February 05, 2009
  Perusing the playsPDF files may take a moment to load

Four plays are premiering at this year's playRites. Read on to learn more about the productions.

NiX

Despite the snowy setting, NiX is nothing like a winter wonderland. Set in a sudden ice age, the play focuses on the nature of humanity in the post-apocalyptic wintry wastes.

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February 05, 2009
  playRites exposes emerging artistsPDF files may take a moment to load

Bob White, artistic director of Alberta Theatre Projects, has seen the playRites festival start from its infancy. He helped it through its toddler years, its terrible teens and now to its current incarnation as the hip young adult of the Canadian theatre scene. Sadly, this is his last playRites, as he leaves ATP at the end of the year.

"It's mixed emotions for sure," laments White. "I came here for the second festival and this is my 23rd festival so you can do the math. That's 22 festivals that I've been to."

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January 15, 2009
  Mixing Cowtown persuasions with high performance artistryPDF files may take a moment to load

The One Yellow Rabbit theatre company may have turned 25-years-old recently but they've had some wild times creating and introducing some of the most important and eclectic theatre Calgary has seen. Michael Green, one of the Rabbit's founding ensemble members and artistic director for the High Performance Rodeo, discusses the history and the current status of the performance art festival that has become Canada's premiere destination for experimental theatre, dance and music performance.

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November 20, 2008
  Online Only: Sage theatre's latest features fast-paced comedyPDF files may take a moment to load

The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls is a story about three sisters whose father's death reunites them in a fast-paced comedy, directed by Sage Theatre founding artistic director Rob Moffat.

The show is a comedy featuring the three Fine sisters, played by Nicola Elson, Elinor Holt and Ava Jane Markus, whose theatrical backgrounds include clown training and improvisational theatre. The humour in this comedy can be described is slapstick, satirical with some pop culture references, and provocative.

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November 20, 2008
  Poking fun at the boy-meets-girl paradigmPDF files may take a moment to load

Dark. Tragic. Funny. All words director Jamie Dunsdon uses to describe Canadian writer Karen Hines' musical play Hello...Hello, the latest instalment of the University of Calgary's current drama season.

"Really, this is a black and white movie on stage and now we're just kind of twisting it, poking fun at it, and throwing in a splash of colour," says Dunsdon. "It talks about everything from art to environmentalism to love. . . but there's always a little twist under everything."

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October 23, 2008
  Mamet's words ring in Lunchbox's new spacePDF files may take a moment to load

In a crowded hallway near the base of the Calgary tower, dozens of eager theatre goers look on as Lunchbox Theatre's board member and CEO James Bailey cuts a crimson ribbon unveiling Lunchbox's brand new space. After all the speeches and thanks, the show begins: David Mamet's classic comedy A Life in The Theatre, directed by Martin Fishman. The wonderfully executed production certainly did justice to the new space and makes an excellent lunchtime diversion for any lover of the thespian arts.

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October 23, 2008
  Mixing up Don JuanPDF files may take a moment to load

Hedonism isn't as fun when the devil tricks you into it. The University of Calgary drama department's explores this reality with David Ives' Don Juan in Chicago. The production serves as MFA student David Owen's thesis project and the season opener for the department's 2008-09 program. Owen says the script hooked him immediately and was a no-brainer for inclusion in his possible choices.

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October 16, 2008
  ATP's latest examines past guiltPDF files may take a moment to load

Set in Paraguay in 1969, East of Berlin is a play about a young man named Rudi who sets out on a life long path of redemption after discovering the atrocious past his father lived throughout the Second World War.

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September 25, 2008
  Celebrated playwright takes the reigns of U of C dramaPDF files may take a moment to load

There's nothing that mimics life as graphically, or as realistically as theatre," says new head of University of Calgary drama department, Clem Martini.

An award-winning playwright, screenwriter and writer of short fiction, he's been a professor at the University of Calgary for a number of years, prior to his new position. With this experience, he's ready to show the city what his department has to offer.

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