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What’s On (Calgary): World Premiere of “Crime Does Not Pay” – Downstage, Forte Musical Theatre & Hit & Myth Productions

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What’s On (Calgary): World Premiere of “Crime Does Not Pay” – Downstage, Forte Musical Theatre & Hit & Myth Productions

Crime Does Not PayDownstage and Forte Musical Theatre proudly present
with the generous support of Hit & Myth Productions
the World Premiere of


Written by: David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor; Directed by: Simon Mallett
Dates: March 2-5 & 7-11, 2017 @ 7:30pm with a matinee Saturday, March 11 @ 2:00pm with Relaxed Performance on Tuesday, March 7 @ 7:30pm.
Location: Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8 Avenue SE)
Recommended for ages 16 & up

Recognized internationally for work that is incisive, heartwrenching and darkly funny, Calgarians David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor have spun a true story into a brand-new musical that will plant gorgeous songs and explosive ideas in your head.

Bob arrives in the big city in the late 1940s with a sketchbook full of comics about how the little guy always gets pushed into the dirt by corporations and politicians, but publishers say there’s no money in bleeding hearts. When Bob falls for Violet, a lounge singer with an abusive ex-husband, inspiration strikes! He gets his big break after sexing up his stories with ‘babes and blood’ – dark depictions of true crimes where the criminals are the heroes, in a hot new title called “Crime Does Not Pay”.

The comics become an overnight sensation but inspire a backlash from children’s advocate Eleanor Flood, who claims their racy content is spurring horrible copycat crimes. Turns out that the trappings of success, the threat of censorship and Bob’s possessive love of Violet make for one dangerous cocktail…

Five years in the making, Crime Does Not Pay is one racket you’ll want to get in on!

With rehearsals beginning in less than two weeks, hear what the artists are most excited to see come to life when Crime Does Not Pay premieres in March 2017:

A HEADS UP: Crime Does Not Pay includes material that some people may find upsetting or triggering, including profanity, sexual innuendo, scenes of domestic violence, and references to suicide. If you would like to learn more about the content of the show before attending, please feel free to contact us.

TICKETS: There are two ways to get your tickets:

  1. In Advance. Guarantee your seat by buying a ticket for $25 in advance online, by phone at (403) 294-9494 or in person at the Arts Commons Box Office.
  2. Pay It Forward Program. Through our Pay It Forward program, 25% of the tickets for each performance will be available at no cost at the door. Arrive at the theatre up to one hour before the show to claim your ticket. In exchange, we’ll ask for your email address so we can send you a brief survey about your experience. If you love the show, you can pay the opportunity forward by inviting others to attend or by making a donation to the program.

For more information, please visit our website.

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