By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
It’s happened for two decades, and it’s always sold out in a flash. One of Edmonton theatre’s perennial bright ideas is a subscription series that’s a cross-section sampling of the work of this town’s theatre companies.
The Theatre Six-Pack gathers a sextet of productions, one each from six theatre companies — and the tab is a bargain ($135). All six in this year’s season of shows happen in 2021. And since physical distancing is de rigueur in these pandemical times, there are only 250 of the packages available this time around.
What’s in this year’s six-pack?
First up (Jan. 14 to 31) is Northern Light’s The Look by the Australian American playwright/ screenwriter Alexa Wyatt. The protagonist, an aging supermodel who’s the former face of Estelle Cosmetics, has been reduced to training younger women to work on the new campaign. Linda Grass stars in Trevor Schmidt’s production.
The Mountaintop (Jan. 20 to Feb.7), by the young American playwright Katori Hall, is Shadow Theatre’s six-pack offering. Named for one of Martin Luther King’s most celebrated speeches, it is spun from the interaction of King and a mysterious housekeeper. As artistic director John Hudson announced in March, Shadow is bringing in Rosebud Theatre’s production of the play, by the young American writer Katori Hall. Directed by Morris Ertman, it stars Ray Strachan and Patricia Cerra.
The protagonist of John Anderson’s The Boulder, set in the American Old West, is a nomadic hangman who travels town to town dispensing justice. Walterdale Theatre’s production runs Feb. 3 to 13.
Teatro La Quindicina, who transplanted their entire 2020 summer season to 2021, revives Stewart Lemoine’s 2006 comic mystery Evelyn Strange, a thriller of the Hitchcockian persuasion, May 27 to June 12. Shannon Blanchet directs.
Speaking of mysteries, there are two unknowns in the six-pack. One is Workshop West’s contribution, yet to be finalized, May 13 to 23. The other is a production from one of Edmonton’s plentiful supply of theatres, yet to be announced.
Six-packs are available at TIX on the Square (780-420-1757, tixonthesquare.ca). If any of the producing companies cancels or reschedules, refunds and credits are available from that source.