Tag Archives: Workshop West Playwrights Theatre

The experimental spirit lives on in Edmonton theatre, live and in unusual hybrids

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Calling the pandemic an “obstacle” to live theatre, or maybe a “challenge,” is a bit like saying COVID is the flu. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on an art whose raison d’être is the … Continue reading

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One on one theatre: Here There Be Night takes you into an underground resistance network

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Sometimes the creative ingenuity and resilience of theatre artists just about takes your breath away. In a dangerous time when big live theatre gatherings have been cancelled, thwarted, delayed, diverted, they will find a way. I … Continue reading

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A night walk through Strathcona: Workshop West launches season with ‘an adventure into the unknown’

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre is back in action next week — live, on its feet, and in motion. And it’s with an original promenade adventure that takes you on a nocturnal walk through Old Strathcona. The … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance playwright: have a one-on-one consultation with Workshop West’s new resident dramaturg

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Got a script in your sock drawer? A draft in your Google Docs? An idea for a play rattling around in your head? Workshop West Playwrights Theatre has an invitation for you. Their latest initiative, under … Continue reading

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What do you know now that you didn’t know on March 12? 12thnight asked theatre artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s been a learning curve.” Once more, with feeling. Since March I’ve heard the line from theatre artists too many times to count. And it’s been delivered in every intonation and cadence: exasperation (sardonic or direct), … Continue reading

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Theatre Six Pack 2021

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. … Continue reading

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Back to live theatre: are you game? That’s the question as E-town theatres make (and re-make) plans for the fall

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lessons from the pandemic: “Phases” may come (and go). But a great triple-sided mystery remains. You can throw open theatre doors. But will people want to return? Under what conditions? And when? The good news is … Continue reading

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The strangest of seasons: a truncated year on Edmonton stages in Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two high-contrast shows, one a subterranean prairie slow-burn tragedy and the other a riotous blood-spattered revenge comedy of the Shakespearean persuasion, proved the top choices of jurors as the 33rd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced … Continue reading

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Sad news: In Barbara Reese Edmonton theatre has lost a fine artist

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca With the death last month of Barbara Reese, Edmonton theatre has lost a fine artist, a generous collaborator and friend to artists, and an irreplaceable player in the drama of its history. Her departure has left … Continue reading

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Locked out by a union? Whaaaat? Allan Morgan’s one-man show I Walked The Line comes to Chinook Series 2020

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I could not believe it! I could not get my head around it!” declares Allan Morgan. The veteran Vancouver-based actor, whose conversation rolls in exclamation points, is known to Edmonton audiences since he was the touring … Continue reading

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