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Origin of the Species

Northern Light Theatre

October 12 - October 27
Studio Theatre

Evolution, feminism and comedy come together in Origin of the Species.

In Bryony Lavery’s quirky Origin of the Species, ardent archaeologist Molly, digging for prehistoric man in Olduvai Gorge finds instead a four-million-year old female body. Upon kissing her lips, the four million year old woman comes to life, and is smuggled back to England and named Victoria, after Molly’s grandmother. Once in possession of this anthropological miracle, Molly spends New Year’s Eve seeking to teach Victoria what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century, and incidentally gains much more than she expected.

“No book, no paper, no learned tome I had ever dug through during my dusty days as a student of archaeology had made mention of this. They said… ‘Man discovered fire.’ Man.””

Featuring Holly Turner (The Testament of Mary) and Kristin Johnston in her NLT debut

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Blood: A Scientific Romance

The Maggie Tree

October 16 - October 27, 2018
Backstage Theatre

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 Angelique’s undeniable bond, Dr. Glass’s questionable practices are soon scrutinized by a young doctor who might be the twins’ only hope for a normal life. Blood: A Scientific Romance probes the questions: Do relationships take on new meaning when they begin to shape not only our experiences, but our biology? And do we, in fact, complete one another?

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE DETAILS: 
The Tuesday, October 16, 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Wednesday, October 17 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What you Will
The Saturday, October 20 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What you Will
The Tuesday, October 23 8pm performance is a Relaxed Performance, and 100% Pay What you Will 
The Saturday, October 27 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What you Will

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MOBILIZE!

CRIPSiE

October 19 & 20
Westbury Theatre

CRIPSiE presents MOBILIZE!

The evening will feature 6 dance-based performances by self-described Mad or disabled artists. Work presented will delight your senses, inviting new ways of imagining movement and mobilizing social change.

This production features CRIPSiE artists, with choreography by Kelsie Acton, Lindsay Eales, Nathan Fawaz, Alison Neuman, and an improv collaboration with Gerry Morita and Jodie Vandekerkhove.

CRIPSiE prioritizes accessibility.
Relaxed performances*
ASL interpretation by NICA consolidated
Visual description
Barrier-free
Accessible washrooms
All-ages

*The house lights will stay on during the show, so audience members can move around and/or leave freely throughout the performance. The show will be live streamed in the lobby with soft seating in front of the TVs for anyone who needs to take some time out of the theatre.

Tickets available on Eventbrite or at the door.
$5-$25 sliding scale.

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Nerd Night #44: Exercise your Brain!

Nerd Night Edmonton

October 23, 2018
Westbury Theatre

When we plan Nerd Nite, we look for variety. Something a little science, something a little arts, and something way out of left field. Your obsessive nerd bosses have delivered this month. Join us for the 44th ever Nerd Nite Edmonton, when you’ll learn something about kettlebells, the economy, and gluten-free vegan cooking!

You know when people say, “I want to have it all”? Well, mission accomplished, nerds.

Nerd Nite: It’s like the Discovery Channel, but with beer!

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (doors @ 7:30pm | show @ 8pm)
Where: Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Ave NW)
Tickets: $20 in advance, available soon

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Woof and Other Tales of Abigail

Kompany Family Theatre

November 3 & 4
Westbury Theatre

Just how hard can it be to train the perfect dog?

Bring your group, bring your kids or just bring yourself to this delightful trio of tales about Abigail & her best friend, Woof. Featuring a live Kitty Kat DJ, this show is especially created for kids 3 & up and is full of music, movement & mayhem!

Join us in the Westbury Lobby 1 hour before the performance for “WAG-A-PALOOZA.” Face Painting! Live music! Crafts! Games & All things that Wag! Wag-A-Palooza Admission is included in Ticket Price!

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Lake of the Strangers

Nehayawin

January 22 - February 2, 2019
Backstage Theatre

Lake of the Strangers in a powerful new play by Hunter Cardinal. Inspired by ancient Nehiyaw mythology, this story follows two brothers in their last summer adventure. Through forests, rivers, and not knowing, Lake of Strangers is a journey of two brothers finding each other and themselves.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE DETAILS:
The Tuesday, January 22 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Wednesday, January 23 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Saturday, January 26 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Tuesday, January 29 8pm performance is a Relaxed Performance and 100% Pay What You Will
The Saturday, February 2 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What You Will

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13 Encounters & Fish at the Bottom of the Sea

April 2 - April 13, 2019
Westbury Theatre

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.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE DETAILS:
The Tuesday, April 2 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Wednesday, April 3 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Saturday, April 6 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Tuesday, April 9 8pm performance is a Relaxed Performance and 100% Pay What You Will
The Saturday, April 13 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What You Will

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A Man Draws a Bird

Booming Tree

April 30 - May 11, 2019
Backstage Theatre

What they survived might kill you.

After a catastrophic impact a man and a woman are trapped in a strange world called The In-Between. Here in the darkness their broken lives are curiously linked to those of a coyote, a bird and an unearthly sage who holds the secret power of taiko. This is a hero’s tale told by driving rhythm and racing pulse. How will they finish the journey? Where will it take them? And when they emerge from this world within, will they remember who they were or recognize who they’ve become?

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE DETAILS:
The Tuesday, April 30 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Wednesday, May 1 8pm preview performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Saturday, May 4 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What You Will
The Tuesday, May 7 8pm performance is a Relaxed Performance and 100% Pay What You Will
The Saturday, May 11 2pm matinee performance is 100% Pay What You Will

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Yoga at the Barns - Yoga for Theatre Artists

October 22 - December 17
ATB Financial Arts Barns

Yoga for Theatre Artists. Welcome to this Monday morning yoga class specifically designed with the theatre artist in mind. For actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians, administrators and all those working in theatre – we can all benefit from the centering, relaxation, opening and strengthening that yoga offers us. With a focus on breath and movement, this class will prepare you to be grounded in performances and connected with your creative soul.

Mondays 10:30-11:30am at The ATB Financial Arts Barns
8 classes, October 22- December 17 (no class November 12)
$70 artist discount pass (buy all 8 classes and get one class FREE)
OR $10 drop-in fee for each class

Join Theatre Director/ Dramaturg and Certified Yoga Instructor Tracy Carroll for these playful, energizing classes.

*Bring your own mat

*All levels welcome!

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We give thanks to the peoples of Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Nehiyawak (Cree), Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Papaschase, and Nakota Sioux. We also acknowledge our Treaty obligations and are committed to living in accordance with the spirit and intent of peace and friendship.