Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree

by Harley Morison

July 5-8, 2018

Presented by Common Ground Arts Society as part of Found Festival 2018
Rollie Miles Athletic Field
University Avenue & Calgary Trail 

She’s scrolling through Tinder. Left, left, left, right, left. She freezes. Something about the picture, something about the bio, something about choice of emojis. Swipe right. It’s a match. She flirts. She flirts back. “Let’s meet up?” First dates are best held in public: a café, a bar, a mall, she suggests. The other responds, “Meet me under the gnarly tree.”

The Listening Room

by Michaela Jeffery

January 19-28 & February 15-25, 2018

Presented with the generous support of Azimuth Theatre and Downstage
Edmonton
The Studio, ATB Financial Arts Barns
Calgary
Motel Theatre, Arts Commons

On the fringes of a remote desert society, a group of teenage dissidents search for fragments of earlier civilizations still ricocheting between stars. Using antiquated 21st century radio telescopes, The Listeners risk everything to connect to a past that has faded both from memory and record. On the eve of a trial that would decide their fate, The Listeners must choose to conform, or to strike out and seize the future they want to inherit.

“It listens intently for sounds of youthful anger in the world, and connects to a revolutionary cycle that rolls on through time.”
– Liz Nicholls, 12th Night 

Pompeii, L.A.

by Declan Greene

August 17-26, 2017

Presented as part of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival at
The Walterdale Theatre
10322 83 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A darkly funny fever dream that follows a burnt-out child star in the wake of an accident. Inspired by the suicide of ‘90s child star/heartthrob Jonathan Brandis, POMPEII, L.A. leads audiences through a gallery of bright young stars who were broken by the Hollywood machine: Johnathan Brandis auditions for the role of his life. Judy Garland is backstage at the Johnny Carson show. Meanwhile, a volcano bubbles up beneath the streets of Los Angeles.

Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes

by Jordan Tannahill

January 10-22, 2017

Presented at the PCL Studio Theatre
in the ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 84 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“An intricate theatrical achievement.”
-Liz Nicholls, 12th Night

1962, East Berlin. A teenage boy lies in the Death Strip with a fatal bullet wound to the pelvis after an attempt to escape to the West. For 59 minutes, his body remains where it fell – in full view of Western onlookers and Eastern guards. As he dies, Peter’s hearing intensifies and the voices of the people he loves come back to him in his final hour.

Inspired by the death of the real Peter Fechter, one of the first people killed while attempting to cross the Berlin Wall, Tannahill’s play is an ode to risk and love in the face of oppression.

Cardiac Theatre History - Pacamambo

Pacamambo

by Wajdi Mouawad
translated by Shelley Tepperman

August 11-20, 2016

Presented during the 35th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival at
The Roxy on Gateway
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Julie’s grandmother has died. In the middle of the night, the moon came and stole her away.

But Julie has a plan. Armed with a backpack full of perfume bottles and her beleaguered dog, Julie holds a nineteen-day vigil in the basement with her grandmother’s corpse. While she waits to meet death, Julie passes the time by remembering her grandmother’s stories about Pacamambo: the country where you become the people you love.

Cardiac Theatre History - Hot Mess

Hot Mess

by Ella Hickson

March 2-12, 2016

A site-sympathetic production presented at
El Cortez Tequila Bar
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Polo and Twitch are twins born with one heart between them. One can’t love, and the other can do nothing but. It’s the eve of their 25th birthday and they’re preparing to celebrate with old friends and new bedfellows. An electric modern myth of no-strings-attached gone wrong, HOT MESS stages a growing reality where sex and romance are strangers. This is not a love story. It’s a hot mess.