The World Premiere of Benefit
by Matthew MacKenzie
Directed by Simon Mallett, featuring Tyrell Crews, Barbara Gordon, Duval Lang & Donna Soares
April 13-16, 20-24 & 27-30 at 7:30pm, 2:00pm matinees April 22 & 30 6:30pm stay-after-work performance April 26
Motel Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8 Avenue SE)
Recommended for ages 16 & up
There are two ways to get your tickets:
1) Guarantee your seat by buying a ticket for $25 in advance online by following this link, by phone at (403) 294-9494 or in person at the Arts Commons Box Office.
2) Through our new Pay It Forward program, 25% of the tickets for each performance will be available at no cost at the door to ensure access for all. Arrive at the theatre up to one hour prior to the performance to claim your ticket, all we ask for in exchange is that you provide us your email address so we can send you a brief survey about your experience. After attending, participants are encouraged to pay the opportunity forward by inviting others to attend or by making a donation to the program.
A gala fundraiser. An explosive secret. Everything at stake. What would you sacrifice for the greater good?
An Albertan charitable foundation that supports young girls' education around the world is holding a glittering gala in the Rockies. At the centre of the event is Srey, a beneficiary of the Foundation's work and their official spokesperson since she immigrated from Cambodia years before.
Her husband Greg sits in the dark in a room off the main hall, having discovered traces of an explosive secret that threatens to destroy both their relationship and the future of the thousands of girls who benefit from the Foundation's work.
Benefit is a riveting drama that wrestles with what trade-offs, big and small, we are willing to accept in order to do good.
FIND THE THEATRE
Visit our Motel Theatre page for directions as well as transit and parking information.
- There are no assigned seats in the Motel Theatre. The doors will open 20 minutes before the performance time so that you can choose your spot.
- Because the venue is so tiny, we unfortunately can't allow latecomers (you'd have to walk right across the stage)!
- All of our performances are followed by a post-show discussion that lasts about twenty minutes. If you stick around, you can expect a lively chat with other audience members about the themes of the show, moderated by one of our artists or staff. You can share your thoughts and questions or just sit back and listen. We also encourage our audience to leave feedback on the show on sticky notes - you can check out reactions to past shows on our Facebook page.
PRAISE FOR SIA
Our last collaboration with playwright Matthew MacKenzie was on the Western Canadian premiere of his play Sia in 2012, which dove into the ethically murky world of global voluntourism with a captivating story set in a Liberian refugee camp. The production was held over an extra week due to audience demand.
"...[a] taut, heartbreaking drama...doesn't flinch when it comes to articulating difficult truths." - Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald, 4 stars
"...three remarkable performances, MacKenzie's beautiful, agonizing prose and Simon Mallett's careful, respectful direction make Sia as unforgettable as it is harrowing. Because of its unflinching honesty and its searing insights, 'Sia' is a play that demands to be seen… " - Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun, 5 stars