“Every January, Workshop West turns its word-based mandate upside down to program non-traditional theatre that pushes boundaries and buttons” says newly appointed Artistic Director Vern Thiessen. “It’s our chance to show people what kinds of theatrical experiments people are cooking up from around the world.”
Gavin Crawford: Sh**ting Rainbows
Written by Gavin Crawford and Kyle Tingley
Star of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Gavin Crawford Show, Just for Laughs, Second City,and Wild Wild West, Lethbridge-born Crawford returns to Alberta to wow Edmonton audiences with this hilarious comedy tour de force!
Fortuitous Endings (What To Do When You Wake Up Drunk In A BBQ Cover In Your Neighbor’s Backyard)
A piece by Jake Hastey; in cooperation with Toy Guns Dance Theatre
Hot off sold-out shows at last summer’s Fringe, Toy Guns Dance Theatre’s Jake Hastey brings his ingenious mix of dance, spectacle, violence, and sex to the Westbury Theatre.
The Hierarchy of The Lost Children
Conceived and directed by Mark Harris; produced by Murmur (New York) in partnership with Rapid Fire Theatre
An immersive theatre and film experience like you’ve never had before, The Hierarchy of the Lost Children puts you at the centre of a strange initiation, and let’s you decide where and how far you want to go.
The Girl with Two Voices
By Alan Williams
Now a star of West End London and a frequent face on BBC series such as Rome, Starlings, and the UK version of Shameless, Alan Williams returns to Edmonton after a 20 year absence to bring us a sweet, funny story about redemption.
How iRan: three plays for iPod
Conceived, Written and Directed by Ken Cameron; produced by Productive Obsession
*How iRan: Three Plays for iPod* takes one story and divides it up amongst multiple tracks on several iPods. As you enter the library you are given an iPod and a map. Your iPod is programmed to shuffle, resulting in over 10.6 million combinations and ensuring that your experience will be different from everyone else’s, no matter how many times you come back.
Lavinia (workshop production)
Written and Performed by Jon Lachlan Stewart; A Surreal SoReal Theatre production
Some of William Shakespeare’s plays aren’t exactly pro-feminist. Lavinia takes several of the Bard’s victimized female characters, suffering various acts of sexual violence, and puts them in a survivor group together, where some of their unfinished stories continue in the contemporary world.