Theatre Yes’s National Elevator Project is a series of very short plays written for and performed in working elevators. We’ve arranged for commissions from playwrights across the country by partnering with theatres from Nova Scotia to Vancouver. The 14+ plays in the cycle will be performed for the first time in Edmonton in the 2013-14 theatre season.
Feb 1st, 2nd, and 3rd that’s (this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday) we’re test-driving three of the plays by Greg MacArthur, Jason Chinn and Melissa Thingelstad in workshop-performances as part of the Canoe’s Festival. We’re pleased to be partnering with, Workshop West, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, The City Market Building, and Artshub 118 to present this series of workshop performances.
This is what we are calling the ‘incubator phase’ of the project. We’ll be testing the aesthetics of working in elevators and of course the practicalities, and then disseminating the information to other writers and theatre companies across the county who are taking part in the project.
We need audiences to see the shows and help us trouble-shoot the making of theatre in elevators. Come on any (or all) of the three evenings and see the play we’re featuring that night, between 7:00PM-8:30PM. Each play is no longer than 5 minutes in length. They’re free and and probably the coolest thing to do next weekend in 5 minutes or less.