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Event (Edmonton): Women and Leadership: A Political Discussion – The Passion Project

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Event (Edmonton): Women and Leadership: A Political Discussion – The Passion Project

The Passion Project, as part of the Roxy Performance Series,
Invites You To:

Women and Leadership: A Political Discussion

 That monarch is first a woman; this woman is first a monarch”
Glenda Jackson in her portrayal of Elizabeth I referring to Mary Queen of Scots
in the 1971 film,
Mary, Queen of Scots

The Passion Project Co-op is pleased to invite you to a political discussion on Thursday, September 13th at 9:30 p.m. following the 8 p.m. showing of The Passion of Mary, by Annette Loiselle. The discussion will take place at the Roxy Theatre (10708 – 124 Street), and will be hosted by Paula Simons from the Edmonton Journal. Guests Laurie Blakeman, Ashley Casovan, Linda Sloan, Sue Huff , Rachel Notley, and Danielle Smith, will discuss the complexities of being a woman in a leadership role.

Reaching beyond party lines, the above quote will serve as a jumping off point for the discussion, as the panel examines what it means to be strong women of vision with a passion toward politics. The Passion of Mary mirrors the lives of contemporary women leaders who must negotiate their womanliness, struggle to remain equal partners, esteemed and respected leaders, all while attempting not to be discounted by the familial choices they make. In Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary we see one woman who denies her femininity in order to rule, and the other embracing the passions within her, but being unable to rule as a result. 

The Passion of Mary takes place as Mary Queen of Scots awaits her fate in an English castle where she has been imprisoned for 18 years. As the chopping block for her execution is waiting to be set, she still holds out hope for a pardon from Queen Elizabeth. More then anything, Mary needs redemption not just for the sins she has been accused of, but for the sin she has yet to confess…….until now.

Featuring Siân Williams and playwright Annette Loiselle, the creative team is led by director Glenda Stirling. The rest of the artistic team is rounded out with production designer Bretta Gerecke, music composer Binaifer Kapadia, sound designer Paul Morgan Donald and production stage manager Gina Puntil. The production runs from September 6-16, 2012 at the Roxy Theatre, as part of Theatre Network’s Performance Series. Tickets to this moving and passionate piece, range from $11 to $26 and are available by calling Theatre Network at 780.453.2440 or visiting

The Passion Project ~ In association with The Roxy Performance Series Presents
The Passion of Mary
By Annette Loiselle
Directed by: Glenda Stirling
Featuring: Annette Loiselle & Sian Williams

Sound Designer: Paul Morgan Donald • Production Designer: Bretta Gerecke
Original Composition of Musical Score: Binaifer Kapadia
Production Stage Manager: Gina Puntil • Publicist: Lana Michelle Hughes

September 6-16, 2012
Roxy Theatre
10708 124
Edmonton AB  T5M 0H1

For interviews/photos contact: Lana Michelle Hughes, Publicist  780-970-1245

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