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Harley Howard-Morison & Jessica Glover founded Cardiac Theatre in Edmonton in 2016. We tell stories with big heart in intimate settings. 

The Alberta Queer Calendar Project

In 2020-2021, we produced 13 plays by queer, Albertan writers in a podcast series.



by Harley Howard-Morison

Best friends Kaldr and Saga only get to see each other one day a year these days. Living a great distance apart, it is their annual tradition to journey towards each other and meet in the middle at their favourite pub. Storytellers by trade, they swap tales from their year apart over a pint. Inspired by Norse myths & legends, Kaldr & Saga search for stories of pride in the epics of the gods.

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January 11-26, 2019

The Almanac on Whyte, Edmonton

The Listening Room

by Michaela Jeffery

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.

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with the generous support of Azimuth Theatre:

January 18-28, 2018

ATB Financial Arts Barns, Edmonton

with the generous support of Downstage:

February 15-24, 2018

Motel, Arts Commons, Calgary

Pompeii, L.A.

by Declan Greene

A burnt-out child star lies in an L.A. hospital after a freeway car crash. Jonathan Brandis auditions for the role of his life. Judy Garland is backstage at the Johnny Carson show. Meanwhile, a supervolcano bubbles up beneath the streets of Los Angeles.
A darkly funny fever dream, Pompeii, L.A. collages a gallery of bright young stars broken by the Hollywood machine during an American apocalypse.   

August 17-26, 2017

presented during the 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes

by Jordan Tannahill

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.


January 10-22, 2017

ATB Arts Barns, Edmonton


by Wajdi Mouawad
translated by Shelley Tepperman

Julie’s grandmother has died. In the middle of the night, the moon came and stole her away.
But Julie has a plan. Julie arms herself with a backpack full of perfume bottles and barricades herself in the basement with her grandmother’s corpse. She’s baiting death, daring him to meet her face-to-face so she can punch his face in.
Over her nineteen-day vigil, young Julie revisits her grandmother’s stories of Pacamambo: the country where you become the people you love.

August 11-20, 2016

presented during the 35th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival at the Roxy On Gateway, Edmonton

Hot Mess

by Ella Hickson

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.


March 2-12, 2016

El Cortez, Edmonton

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