Hadestown filters the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the anachronistic imagination and emotionally immediate voice of singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and her seven-piece orchestra. In this version, the titular pair descend into the underworld not because of supernatural meddling or because Eurydice dropped her cell phone down a hole, but because Mr. Hades' gold-mining town seems to offer a darkly shining road out of their poverty. The work first reached a broad audience as a critically acclaimed 2010 album that built what Paste Magazine called "wondrous ensemble singing" from famous voices including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Ani DiFranco.
Penned by internationally featured playwright Chris Craddock, one-man show Moving Along also stars the playwright as he unfolds his life for audiences through autobiographical monologue. Seated in a wired and theatrically lit "electro-chair," Chris employs a striking blend of humour and touching nostalgia as he divulges childhood memories, adolescent struggles, and adult rites of passage, such as building his first house with straw. The multimedia chair bathes the space in dramatic lights and sound to aid in storytelling and highlight Chris's fast-paced, stationary performance. Through an ever-evolving script and dramatic sound design from Dave Clarke, Chris invites audiences to explore a stranger's memory without having to wade through photo albums or learn telepathy. Audiences gather around the stage of the Roxy Theatre, a refurbished 1938 cinema and the nonprofit Theatre Network's permanent space.
Written and performed by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn of DualMinds, the same forces behind the internationally acclaimed Tuesdays & Sundays, Any Night unweaves a tale that tests the thin line between trust and fear. A young woman plagued with night terrors and sleepwalking begins a romance with the man living above her, who, for unknown reasons, appears to know the woman abnormally well. Elements of romance, terror, and intrigue contribute to the overall theme of the story, creating a compound that is both compelling and capable of beating up a vampire. Any Night has received critical acclaim in Toronto and Vancouver and is now in development as a feature film.
Fool for Love catapults theatregoers back into America's fading Old West, landing them directly in the crossfire of a verbal duel between two quarrelling lovers. Penned by Obie Award–winning playwright Sam Shepard, the production plunges into a Mojave Desert motel room, where Eddie and May drag the gaffes of their decaying relationship out into the light. Shadow Theatre co-founder Shaun Johnston, who plays Jack Bartlett on CBC’s television series Heartland, co-stars as a mystifying old man that absorbs the couple’s rapid-fire banter as it reveals the trio’s most binding secrets and the location of the trendiest sushi joint in town.
As one of the world's largest chains of stand-up comedy clubs, Yuk Yuk's cripples audiences with side-splitting laughter cramps at giggle factories across the country. Patrons can set their smile lines at the Edmonton location while showing off gilded molars or savouring the uncensored performances on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., when amateur jokesters tickle the stage with their burgeoning humour or in-case-of-emergency feather. Yuk Yuk's features and promotes Canadian comedians such as upcoming performers Lori Ferguson-Ford (June 10–11) and Damonde Tschritter (July 15–16), an energetic storyteller whose tear-jerking skills won him first place at the renowned Seattle International Comedy Competition.