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What’s On (Calgary): Crime Does Not Pay – Downstage Theatre

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What’s On (Calgary): Crime Does Not Pay – Downstage Theatre

Artwork by Serena Malyon.
Artwork by Serena Malyon.

Downstage proudly presents
a Fieldwork presentation of a work-in-development


by David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor
directed by Simon Mallett

September 11-13, 2013, 8 pm nightly
Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall
EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
(enter through Stage Door on 9th Avenue)
Tickets on sale August 12, 2013

“Jealousy flirting with fire
Avarice making a fortune
Everything coming up green
Everything coming up corpses!”

Fieldwork, our work-in-development series, takes plays in process into their natural environment: with you, our audience. Catch a glimpse of this new work set to premiere in our 2014-15 season, and provide valuable feedback to the creators.

Award-winning Calgary composer David Rhymer and musician & Calgary Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor are collaborating to create a musical and theatrical exploration of the glorification of crime, proliferation of violence in the media, the nature of censorship and the responsibility of artistic creation.

This new concert musical is inspired by the 1940s comic book Crime Does Not Pay that depicted an astonishing array of offenses in lurid detail under the guise of morality tales about supposedly true crime exploits – with the bizarre twist of cartoonist Bob Wood committing a murder much like the characters of his nightmarish creation.

The artists will share some of the songs, stories and design ideas that are currently being developed, and speak about the creative process to this point.

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