2019-20 Season

 

 

"Welcome to the 2019-20 Theatre Calgary season. I am honoured to be announcing my second season
as Artistic Director with a collection of stories that will both entertain and engage.

Theatre has the ability to tell stories of people from all walks of life. These stories place us in their shoes, and allows us to share in their journey. The marvelous narratives within each of these plays are filled with captivating and unique tales that I promise will make you laugh out loud, pull at your heartstrings and offer a spectacular window into brand new worlds. I hope that you will have fun, reminisce and feel a deeper connection with all of our characters in this season of plays and musicals."

- STAFFORD ARIMA, Artistic Director


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You also save up to 20% on your tickets, enjoy free exchanges, pay zero service fees, and have access to our Special Productions before they go on sale to the general public – you can’t go wrong. For more information about becoming a subscriber today, click here or call Audience Services at 403-294-7447.


"The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.” - The New York Times

What typically goes on behind the scenes? Witness a group of actors humorously navigate their rehearsal just hours before performing British sex comedy “Nothing On.” This is an exhilarating farce with banter that will have you laughing until it hurts and wondering if you’ve ever seen so many sardines. Often referred to as one of the best farces ever written, Noises Off is witty and elegant, striking comedic-gold with unlimited energy and precise timing.

This established British comedy is the perfect way to start the season. The play is quite relatable to anyone who has been a part of the cast or crew of a production. And for those who haven’t, it’s an exaggerated glimpse at what can go wrong when bringing a play to life.” - Stafford

Directed by Mark Bellamy · Set and Lighting Anton de Groot · Costumes Deitra Kalyn · Noises Off is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


"A detailed and cleverly written script performed and directed with real verve. This is an Iceland with lots of fire.” - Toronto Star

This powerful one-act, Canadian-born piece follows three expertly written, imperfect characters through their relationships with money, greed and righteousness. Told through three interconnected monologues, this dark comedy explores humanity and the state of capitalism.

“Iceland puts a theatrical window up to capitalism, commenting on greed through satire. Nicolas Billon’s expertly written play brings humanity and humour to those characters struggling with the guiding systems of capitalism.” - Stafford

Directed by Jenna Turk · Set and Costumes Hanne Loosen · Lighting Cimmeron Meyer


"A show that champions human rights, celebrates diversity and shines a glitterball in the face of intolerance." - Montreal Gazette

Destined for Broadway, this dazzling musical follows the compelling and inspirational true story of Marc Hall as he navigates the Catholic school system to fight for his right to take his boyfriend to prom. With colourful pop-inspired songs and heart-warming unity, you won’t want to miss this electric love story at Theatre Calgary.

“I am so excited to bring this true Canadian story to our stage, written by Calgarians and featuring some amazing Broadway talent. The Louder We Get is entertaining, dynamic and leaps off the stage. This new musical is something we are all very proud to be a part of.” - Stafford

Based on the true story of Marc Hall · Directed by Lonny Price · Associate Director Matt Cowart · Music Director Joshua Zecher-Ross · Set James Noone · Costumes Cory Sincennes · Lighting Jason Hand ·
Sound Joshua D. Reid ·
Casting by Dayton/Walters Casting, CSA, CDC.


“ A smart, provocative drama with a rich vein of humor that pulls the rug out from under liberal white America, letting nobody off scot-free.” - Hollywood Reporter

As the admissions director at a New England prep school, Sherri Rosen-Mason aims to change the school for the better through increasing inclusivity and diversity. When her son and his Black American best friend both apply to Yale, Sherri’s vision for her son’s future gets in the way of her liberal, white beliefs. Admissions is yet another stunning, raw, honest and hilarious depiction of humanity by Joshua Harmon, the author of Bad Jews.

“From parenting to privilege, this contemporary American play is as thought provoking as it is relevant. This astonishing piece of playwriting challenges the notion of privilege and deserving a seat at the table.”  - Stafford

Directed by Jamie Dunsdon · Set Andy Moro · Costumes Victoria Krawhuck · Lighting Scott Reid · Admissions is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. · Originally produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 2018.


“ The story feels impossibly nostalgic in the age of auto-tune and streaming media.”  - Chicago Tribune

Four rock n’ roll legends are brought together in Memphis Tennessee at Sun Record Studios for an impromptu jam session. Prepare for a blast from the past! It’s December 4, 1956, you are in the recording studio with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. You see them play together for the first and only time. These nostalgic rock n’ roll classics will have you wanting to jump out of your seat to dance.

“Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this nostalgic musical with hit-after-hit songs including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “I Walk the Line.” It’s the perfect way to escape and reminisce through the magic of music and theatre.”  - Stafford

Original Concept and Direction by FLOYD MUTRUX · Inspired by ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, JERRY LEE LEWIS and CAROL PERKINS · Directed by Dean Paul Gibson · Music Director Joe Slabe · Choreographer Katharine Zaborsky · Set and Projections Scott Reid · Costumes Deitra Kalyn · Lighting Alan Brodie


“A perfect reminder of the reason why we celebrate this season.”  - Calgary Herald

It's a frigid Christmas Eve and with a heart as cold as the freezing London winter, Ebenezer Scrooge is paid a visit from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, and is forced to finally confront how his actions have affected others and where they are leading him.

“This brand-new family-friendly adaptation by a Calgarian playwright brings the spirit of Christmas to life on our stage. Join us and celebrate this festive season!”  - Stafford

Directed by Stafford Arima · Associate Director Haysam Kadri · Choreographer Marc Kimelman · Set and Projections Scott Reid · Costumes Deitra Kalyn · Lighting Michael Walton · Composer Allison Lynch · Dramaturg Jenna Turk · This production is made possible by the generous support of the Cal Wenzel Family Foundation


“You immediately feel like the stuff that dreams are made of as you descend the grassy hill, spreading a blanket, and stretching out before the simple scene amongst the trees.”  - Alberta Theatre Guide

This summer, come together with the Calgary community to celebrate and support Alberta’s emerging artists in a gorgeous natural setting. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors through the forest as they are influenced and manipulated by a band of forest-dwelling fairies. Join us in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.

“Support the next generation of theatre artists as they take on this magical tale and lead you through a frenzy of love and mischief.”  - Stafford

Directed by Ted Dykstra · Designer Rebecca Toon · Composer Ted Dykstra


 

Subscribe today and join the 10,000+ patrons who have decided to make great theatre a part of their lives. As a valued subscriber, you'll have guaranteed tickets to five extraordinary shows, and you’re first in line for the best seats in the house.

You also save up to 20% on your tickets, enjoy free exchanges, pay zero service fees, and have access to our Special Productions before they go on sale to the general public – you can’t go wrong. For more information about becoming a subscriber today, click here or call Audience Services at 403-294-7447.