Welcome to The Off Season.
When the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival goes dark, The Off Season lights up our stages. Featuring five brave works by local Edmonton artists, The Off Season delivers an illuminating and totally unpredictable season worth watching. Storming the ATB Financial Arts Barns November 2019 through May 2020.
COVID-19 Update: We are living in unprecedented times, and the constant updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming. This is having very real, very difficult impacts not just on our local arts community, but also on our global community. We feel it, too. And we’re here to support you however we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we gather information and update our processes on a day-to-day basis. Our upcoming production of The Cave has been postponed for the time being. We will announce new dates as soon as it is safe for us to gather in the theatre again. We are still planning for our final season show, Tracks, to go forward as scheduled, but the creative team is working to reimagine how the show can be delivered, and what theatre can look like when our audience is unable to gather.
Check out the five shows in The Off Season below!
Remix the Ritual in association with Hip Hop in the Park and Punctuate! Theatre
November 13 - 17
In her new play Three Ladies, Edmonton-based dramatist and poet Lady Vanessa Cardona uses monologue, ceremony, poetry, hip-hop and traditional Colombian dance to tell the story of how her life’s most traumatic events — sexual violence and civil war — impacted her sense of identity. More than simply a story of struggle, Three Ladies uses diverse modes of story-telling in combination with unflinching, gritty, vulnerable performance to explore–and ultimately celebrate–her healing journey, and the possibilities of healing that exist in all human beings. Three Ladies is a play in which every word, poem, gesture and intention suggests that it is possible to re-claim the power of one’s personal narrative even in the face of complex legacies of trauma and violence.
Please note, November 13 is a preview performance.NOW CLOSED
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
You Are Here Theatre and Blarney Productions
November 26 – December 7, 2019
by Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn
In a post-apocalyptic future with no electricity, no food, and no hope humans gather together to retell their favourite Simpsons episodes to survive. Part musical, part dark comedy and all Simpsons. Mr. Burns, a post-electric play presents a possible future when mere cartoon characters are transformed into GODS. Follow a group of survivors through a generation as storytelling evolves in a contemporary allegory that begs the questions what happens to our culture and our storytelling when we lose everything. Indie theatre’s Sterling Award winning Blarney Productions and You Are Here Theatre unite for the first time in the Albertan premiere that takes television’s most famous family nuclear.
Please note, November 26 & 27 are preview performances.NOW CLOSED
January 14 – 25, 2020
Written by uncompromising UK playwright Sarah Kane, Crave is a dizzying one-act story of love, loss, and desire. Four parts of a fragmented psyche spin through their obsessions about sex, violence, and relationships with brutal honesty and breathtaking poetry. Crave is a broken mirror with dozens of moments of heartbreak and doubt and love and delight. It is about connection, about sorting through the complex puzzle pieces of your mind, sharing in the hopes of moving forward. It is a shared experience of solitude. “It demands physical communion.” (Financial Times)
Please note, January 14 & 15 are preview performances.NOW CLOSED
POSTPONED - please check back for new dates!
The Cave by Jessica Peverett with contributors Effy Adar , Nasra Adem, Nikki Hulowski, Suzie Martin and Ben Stevens
Meet us in the cave. You know where it is, through that patch of trees and rock in the River Valley. We’ll be there waiting for you, the whole crew: Effy Adar, Nasra Adem, Nikki Hulowski, Suzie Martin, Jess Peverett, and Ben Stevens . You can help us make our mark on this world, leave something to be discovered. Who wouldn’t want to be remembered?
Please note, March 31 & April 1 are preview performances.POSTPONED
May 5 – 16, 2020
You write a message that you’ll never send. You connect to a stranger in the crowd. You finally get that off your chest. Tracks is an immersive tour through the things we said, wish we’d said, and wonder if we’ll ever give ourselves a chance to say. You choose every step of how you take in this story of self destruction and reconstruction. By Edmonton playwright Mac Brock.
Please note, May 5 & 6 are preview performances.BUY TICKETS