Four Plays in Four Nights? We have quite the Birthday Party planned. For two decades, Sage Theatre has been exploring deep into characters and stories that look into what it means to be alive today. We have created memorable productions, world premieres and given Calgary theatre artists a chance to challenge themselves on powerful work. And of course, with our IGNITE! Festival, we have the chance to engage emerging artists and help mentor them into established careers in the Calgary Arts Scene. We are celebrating at the Pumphouse Theatre from October 16th-19th with some exciting announcements, and you’re invited.
Artistic Director Jason Mehmel has decided to return to a few of the scripts from Sage’s past as a way of recognizing some high moments and exploring the stories that are as relevant now as they were when first approached! Join us for these four one-night-only performances!
Oct 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Slavs!: Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness by Tony Kushner.
This is a witty and theatrical comedy parodying the fall of the Soviet Union in a way that might be particularly fitting as we move through an election! This production will be directed by emerging director Lizzy Evashkevich.
Oct 17 @ 7:30 p.m.
Scorched, by Wajdi Mouawad, translated to English by Linda Gaboriau.
Twins living in Canada follow their mother’s last wishes home to the Middle East, uncovering their own history, and their legacy of war and tragedy. These powerfully human characters will come home with you long afterwards. This production will be directed by visionary director Javier Vialta.
Oct 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
King Kirby, by Fred Van Lente and Crystal Skillman
The genius behind Captain America, The Hulk, the Avengers, and more. And why you don’t already know his name? Jack Kirby’s story is a pop-culture tragedy, told with wit and lightness with this fast-moving script. This production will be directed by emerging director Rebecca Fauser.
Oct 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
AIAM, a developing project with Bruce Barton and Vertical City.
What if our fevered attempts to develop artificial intelligence are driven by the question of what it means to be human? Join us for a reading of Bruce Barton’s brand new script-in-progress, AIAM, a developing project with Vertical City. In an isolated location, four strangers strive to figure out who among them is not a machine. This tale of subtle clues and high stakes is part mystery, part science fiction, and part our contemporary reality. Audiences and actors alike will be offered a new puzzle to solve in every performance.