By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
Lights up. Gather ‘round (in a socially distanced way, of course). The Citadel continues its return to live in-person performance with the three-show series announced Thursday.
Horizon Series LIVE! is a trio of small-cast productions programmed by the Citadel’s three associate artists, Helen Belay, Tai Amy Grauman and Mieko Ouchi. The venture follows on the success of Horizon Lab at the end of August. It was an experimental two-night live run, for a live audience of 100 in the 681-seat Shoctor Theatre, of a workshop presentation: five original 10-minute pieces commissioned to tell the stories of Alberta BIPOC, LGBTQ and disabled artists (now available online).
Look for more detail, in another 12thnight post soon. But here are the basics. First to come, Oct. 24 to Nov. 15, in the new live series is a play originally slated for the Citadel’s 2020-2021 Highwire Series. A Brimful of Asha by Ravi Jain and his mother Asha Jain, is the story of a mother’s ill-fated attempts to arrange a marriage for her son. Mieko Ouchi directs the two-hander, starring Hamed Dar and Nimet Kanji.
Mary’s Wedding: A Métis Love Story (Nov. 28 to Dec. 20) is Grauman’s re-imagining of the award-winning 2002 Stephen Massicotte play, a romantic fantasy set during the First World War. The characters, two young lovers from rural Alberta, are Métis people in this version that Jenna Rodgers directs, starring Grauman as Mary.
The third, curated by Belay and slated for a January run, has yet to be finalized. All three productions happen in the Shoctor Theatre, for a distanced, masked, hand-sanitized audience of 100. Tickets and series packages (starting at $90) are available now.
Meanwhile, there are more online projects. One is An Exceptional Night In With Lucy Darling, a magic show starring Carisa Hendrix, with Miranda Allen and Richard Lee Hsi (Oct. 9 and 10, 16 and 17. And in a collaboration with the International Voices Festival, the Citadel, partnering with Chicago’s Silk Road Rising, presents an online reading of Kareem Fahey’s A Distinct Society (Oct. 21).