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Theatre Alberta’s Playbill is the province’s most comprehensive source of theatre production information and plays in Alberta. Listings include professional, community, and post-secondary theatre productions and festivals together in a month-by-month format.

All Albertan theatre companies are invited to list their company information in Playbill free-of-charge. Current Theatre Alberta group members may list their season information free-of-charge on the Playbill poster, and their season information will remain online as long as their membership remains current. For non-members each event listing will cost $30.

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Pia and Maria - The Radio Play

Concrete Theatre
Online

When 2 elderly Italian sisters decide to fulfill their lifelong dream of completing their education after leaving school as children to help run the family bakery, an Elementary school and a young newcomer girl have their lives upended as quickly as a pineapple upside down cake!

The 2 nonnas are so curious, but also full of firm rules and ideas. So, like their young classmate, they need to figure out how to take turns, work as a team and learn how to fit into a new environment! When the legendary school Bake Sale looms, the 3 must learn to work together for everyone to succeed!

Presented as a radio play and available online, this Covid friendly version is sure to delight and entertain.
Runtime: 55 min

Genres: World Premiere, Comedy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Other
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NO SEX PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH

Morpheus Theatre
Calgary

Directed by Jay Newman
Show times: Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sat at 2:00pm (*no matinee SUN October 10*)
Pumphouse Theatre: 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW
Tickets: Adult $23, Student/Senior $18

A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man’s mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending of closed or slamming doors.

Note: Our ticketing program automatically holds the seats in front, behind and beside your group when you purchase tickets to allow for extra space.

Genres: Comedy

Steel Magnolias

Waterworks Players
Wetaskiwin

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on their underlying strength—and love.

Genres: Dramedy
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Makings of a Voice by Dana Wylie

SkirtsAfire Festival
  • The Arden Theatre
St. Albert

"Makings of a Voice" is a theatrical song cycle about discovering our individual identity within generational narratives. A personal journey situated somewhere between the past and the present, between motherhood and daughterhood, between music and monologue, this intimate piece follows a messy trajectory into the heart of one woman’s story and provides a compelling argument for why our stories need to be told.

This play premiered online at SkirtsAfire in March 2021, and we are thrilled to be co-presenting it live with The Arden Theatre this fall.

SHOWTIMES
October 14, 15, 16* @ 7:30pm
October 17 @ 1:30pm
*Silent Auction Fundraiser in the lobby!

Limited capacity to accommodate physical distancing. Masks must be worn at all times, including in the theatre.

Genres: World Premiere, Dramedy, Musical, Storytelling
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Michael Mysterious

Pyretic Productions
Edmonton

Written by Geoffrey Simon Brown

Directed by Patrick Lundeen
Production Design by Stephanie Bahniuk

ABOUT THE PLAY

Michael joins a new family. It builds and burns around him. Sometimes he wonders if he is invisible.

When Michael’s grandmother dies, he is taken in by the mother of his estranged childhood best friend and invited to live at her new boyfriend’s suburban home. Arlene wants a family. July wants to leave. Jeremy wants to fit in. Paul wants to be young again. Everyone wants Michael to be something; Michael needs a place to be.

Sex, drugs, wasps, graduation, and matrimony, Michael Mysterious is a hilarious, dark, refreshingly honest portrayal of the awkwardness and loneliness of life and love.

Genres: World Premiere, Comedy, Drama, Dramedy
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Hello Friend

Quest Theatre
Calgary & Area

A safe outdoor performance for young people and their families!

Hello Friend is a 15-minute outdoor play that borrows masked characters from Quest’s production Snow Angel. The play is designed for performances in outdoor public spaces or school yards for small cohorts of distanced audience members.

Presented in mask using movement and music, Hello Friend illustrates the joy of divergent thinking and celebrates the creative play of one undeterred young kid. Our hero meets three interesting characters but will any of them match our youngster's capacity for imagination? A short, whimsical, hunt for friendship, Hello Friend brings wonder and delight to audiences of all ages!

Themes: Resiliency, imagination, adaptability, friendship.

Free performances on October 22 & 29, 2021 at 3pm, 3.30pm & 4pm at cSPACE King Edward
Other public performances in Calgary TBA

Genres: World Premiere, Theatre for Young Audiences, Storytelling
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Ridge Theatre Festival

Banff Theatre Collective
Banff

Banff Theatre Collective is pleased to be launching its first Ridge Theatre Festival in partnership with The Radiant and Town of Banff Building Bridges Grants 2021. The Ridge Theatre Festival will run from Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 to Monday, October 25th, 2021 at The Radiant in Banff, featuring an exciting lineup of scripted and improvised one-act theatre pieces. There are nine shows being produced including children’s theatre, storytelling, laugh-out-loud comedy, drama, and memoir pieces.
Tickets are available to purchase online at The Radiant’s website (www.theradiantbanff.ca/events/).
It is highly recommended to book in advance as show seating is limited.
More information on the shows can be found at www.ridgefestival.ca.
All shows are $10 and there are 2-3 performances per show. (Kids storytelling show tickets are $5 per family). The Radiant is a full service venue offering cocktails, delicious food and drink options during the performances.

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery, Improv/Sketch/Variety, Storytelling, One-person show, LGBTA2S+
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The December Man

Walterdale Theatre Associates
Edmonton

Written by: Colleen Murphy
Directed by: Alex Hawkins
Stage & Production Manager: John Anderson
Performance Times
Evenings: November 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 8PM
Matinées: November 7 at 2pm
All Tickets: $26.50

The December Man is based on the historical event in December 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montréal where fourteen female engineering students were fatally shot by an armed intruder, who objected to women trying to enter what he regarded as a male profession. The intruder prevented the male engineering students from intervening to stop these murders. In the play, the character Jean Fournier is one of the male students, and he is burdened by survivor guilt. Jean and his parents, Benoit and Kathleen, work hard to face this tragedy, and to help each other to recover from its effects on them as a family.

Content Warning: Suicide

Genres: Drama
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Nunsense

Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre Society
Bragg Creek

Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre is pleased to present its production of Nunsense: A Musical Comedy from November 5 to 7, 2021. Purchase tickets at www.showpass.com. Additional information about the production available at www.swampdonkeytheatre.ca

Genres: Comedy
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Past Tense

Fire Exit Theatre
Calgary

Past Tense
Written and performed by Val Lieske

How soon after someone dies are you allowed to talk about them in past tense? Does peer pressure come into casket selection? Is it strange to think about pantyhose on the day of your father's funeral? Embrace the normality of everything life-altering, in a personal story contemplating death, grieving and whether or not there is pie in heaven.

Genres: Dramedy
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Metronome

Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre
Edmonton

The WORLD PREMIERE of an autobiographical, origin-story by award-winning Edmonton playwright/performer/historian Darrin Hagen. Metronome is about falling in love with music, and the very special Ennis & Sons piano which changed Darrin’s life.

WRITTEN BY AND STARRING: Darrin Hagen
DIRECTED BY: Heather Inglis
STAGE MANAGEMENT: Gina Moe
TECHNICAL DIRECTION AND PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Chris Hicks
VIDEO DESIGN: Ian Jackson
SOUND DESIGN: Jason Kodie
LIGHTING DESIGN: Adam Turnbull
SET, PROP, AND COSTUME DESIGN: Beyata Hackborn

SHOWTIMES: November 11 - 4, @ 7:30pm
TICKET PRICES AND SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS: Tiered, Available at https://www.workshopwest.org/buy-tickets

Genres: World Premiere, Comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Storytelling, One-person show, LGBTA2S+, Multimedia
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All Together Now

Edmonton Musical Theatre Society
Edmonton

Edmonton Musical Theatre will be performing a production of MTI's All Together Now! - A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. An opportunity for schools and theatres around the world to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI's beloved shows.

Performance schedule is:
Nov. 12, 2021 at 7 p.m. at Woodcroft Hall - 13915 115 Avenue
Nov. 13, 2021 at 8 p.m. at Evolution Wonderlounge - 10220 103 Street
Nov. 14, 2021 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. at Woodcroft Hall - 13915 115 Avenue

Ticket price is $20.00 for Adult and $15.00 for Seniors/Youth.

Steffni Ault will direct this musical revue, along with Joy van de Ligt as Music Director.

This is a fundraising event to assist Edmonton Musical Theatre following the COVID 19 challenge.
This performance is made possible through Music Theatre International.

Please contact Edmonton Musical Theatre at [email protected] for ticket purchase and for more information.

Genres: Theatre for Young Audiences, Musical

Barefoot in the Park

Pine Tree Players
Canmore

Pine Tree Players is pleased to present Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, directed by Danelle White. Performances are at the Canmore Miners’ Union Hall on November 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2021 at 7:30pm and November 21 at 2pm. There is a pay-what-you-can preview on November 17 at 7:30pm.

Happily Ever After? Not as simple as newlyweds Corie and Paul expected when they start with new life together. Opposites attract with these two, and nothing can drive them apart! Not the six-flight stairs to their apartment... not the busted heating ... not the frequent visits from Corie's mother or the eccentric neighbour... Okay, maybe they have some work to do as they learn that marriage is no easy walk in the park.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at pinetreeplayers.com.

Genres: Comedy

The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921

Northern Light Theatre
Edmonton

“Big Blaze near Big Valley. A house occupied and owned by a woman named Hastings who was living a mile and a half North of town was totally destroyed by fire at 4:30am on Monday morning.”

NLT is pleased to be producing the professional premiere of this play, by Edmonton Playwright Linda Wood Edwards.

PERFORMANCE DATES
Thursday, November 18 – Preview 7:30pm

Friday, November 19 – 7:30pm

Saturday, November 20 – 7:30pm

Sunday, November 21 – 2:00pm Matinee, Director’s Circle Event 1pm

Sunday, November 21 – 7:30pm

Tuesday, November 23 – 7:30pm

Wednesday, November 24 – 7:30pm

Thursday, November 25 – 7:30pm

Friday, November 26 – 7:30pm

Saturday, November 27 – 7:30pm

Sunday, November 28 – 2pm Matinee, Closing

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Historical

Drinking Habits

Windmill Theatre Players
High River

Drinking Habits is a hilarious farce by Tom Smith presented by arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.. Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud comedy. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.
Drinking Habits is a full-length play running November 19-21, and November 26-28 from 7:30 - 10:00 at the Highwood Memorial Centre in High River, Alberta. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Genres: Comedy

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