RISER Edmonton is a collaborative producing model for theatre and interdisciplinary artists to create and present new work presented by Common Grounds Arts Society with support from Why Not Theatre. Fringe Theatre is proud to support RISER Edmonton as the Lead Senior Partner, in collaboration Senior Partners Citadel TheatreCatalyst Theatre, and Azimuth Theatre.

RISER Edmonton 2023 culminates with the presentation of four new works in our Backstage Theatre.
Read on for details and ticket information.

After Faust

January 31 - February 5, 2023
Backstage Theatre

By Connor Yuzwenko-Martin
Directed by Ebony R. Gooden

Many know the classic tragedy of Doctor Faustus, who made a deal with a demon and ultimately gave up his soul. But few have asked the question, “What happened to Mephistopheles after?” Performed in ASL by a Deaf cast, the legendary demon is reintroduced to a modern audience in the same moment that they are unexpectedly bound to another human.

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February 8 - 12, 2023
Backstage Theatre

By Shyanne Duquette
Directed by Danielle LaRose

Two strangers on the Edmonton LRT meet and find out they’re sisters. When questions about their paternity and Indigenous identity occur they find affirmation in each other.

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In My Own Little Corner

February 22 - March 1, 2023
Backstage Theatre

By Carly Neis
Directed by Sarah J Culkin

You know that person? The one you just get, and who gets you? In this solo cabaret, Carly Neis explores the mess, beauty, grief, joy and care of an unexpected friendship stitched together by the love of music and a shared longing to be acknowledged as artists, creators, and “normal” humans. Join Carly as she takes you into her world, embracing the systems of her disabled life, and deconstructing the ways we hold each other, even when the world continues to underestimate you.

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March 4-5, 2023
Backstage Theatre

By Ashleigh Hicks
Directed by Andrew Ritchie

Hundreds of feet below the ocean floor, in the dark, in the damp, the men of the deeps mine for coal. Down below, they’re forced to crawl – but on the surface, they’ll resist, and rise again. Based on an unbelievable true story, MINE shares the struggle of the revolutionary Cape Breton coal mining communities at the turn of the twentieth century.

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