Downstage and CalgaryCan proudly present

in partnership with the Calgary Public Library

the World Premiere of

The Bottle Picker Monologues

October 19 & 20, 2018, 7:30 pm

Memorial Park Library, 1221 2 Street SW

November 1, 2018, 1:00 pm

New Central Library, 800 3 Street SE

Join us for a theatrical event created by current and past bottle pickers that gives insight into their diverse experiences.

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Tickets for the Memorial Park Library performances are free and available to reserve on the Library's websiteby calling 403.260.2620, or in person at your nearest library. Note that you need a library card to register (they are free)! 

The New Central Library performance is a free event as part of their Opening Day Celebration.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Our overall goal is to use the skills of theatre to increase empathy and reduce stigma towards bottle pickers. Everyone deserves to feel safe. 

This project is created, designed and performed by Calgarians with current and past experience bottle picking, with mentorship from professional artists. Want to join us? Learn more below!

Mentorship by Lara Schmitz, Matt McKinney, Britt van Groningen and Ellen Close.

Set design & construction by Lane Shordee.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

A 15-minute "pop up" version of The Bottle Picker Monologues was performed November 25, 2017 for the PWYC lineup of Theatre Calgary's A Christmas Carol and November 27, 2017 at Arts Commons' Happenings. The contributing artists were Kim Brown, Ellen Close, Maryam Dashti, Anna Johnson, Amberle Kalhavy, Nigel Kirk, Greg Lang, Jessi Letizia, Kate Letizia, Jamie Lynem, Matt McKinney, Darren Mycroft, Jessie Paynter, Kwanita Roy, Lara Schmitz, Kathryn Smith and Rick Vigrass.

DOWNSTAGE is a professional theatre company based out of Arts Commons. We produce Canadian theatre, usually new plays by local artists, that explore big questions and social issues. We're now doing more "co-creation" with community members who may not consider themselves to be theatre artists.

CALGARY CAN is a group of Calgarians who are dedicated to reducing waste and improving recycling opportunities in Calgary by collaborating with the bottle picking community. Their vision is that bottle pickers are valued and compensated for their environmental and economic contributions; and their mission is to create a community-driven enterprise that involves and employs bottle pickers on their own terms.

For Participants

This project is open to:

  • anyone who has bottle picked, whether it's something you do currently or did in the past, do it full-time or part-time, downtown or in the suburbs, etc.

  • anyone with a relationship to bottle picking (bottle depot employees, bylaw officers, transit employees...)

  • people who are curious about learning more about creating theatre - you don't need any previous experience in this!

What you can expect at our rehearsals:

  • You'll be invited to contribute in this project in whatever way is interesting to you, including (but not limited to) as a performer, writer, designer, technician or stage manager, or just by sharing a story.

  • You get a small honourarium and a bus ticket for each session.

  • Meals are served at all sessions.

  • You can drop in for just one or two sessions, or join us a couple of times a week throughout September and October! Come as often as you like.

  • We'll spend time writing, workshopping and strengthening stories.

  • We'll learn and practice theatre skills including bringing in mentors to support any special skills we need.

  • We'll discuss and create or find any production components we need such as costumes, props, set pieces or sound cues.

  • We'll be taking photos and video of our work at a lot of the sessions but will make sure to get your permission first; if you prefer not to be photographed or recorded, that's totally fine. 

PAST REHEARSALS

Here we’ll post notes and sometimes photos from each rehearsal!

Tuesday, September 11, 5:00-7:45: read the meeting notes

Wednesday, September 12, 5:00-8:00: read the meeting notes

Saturday, September 15, 12:00-3:00: individual sessions

Tuesday, September 18, 5:00-7:45, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Group session: read the meeting notes

Wednesday, September 19, 5:00-8:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Group session: read the meeting notes

Saturday, September 22, 12:00-3:00: Individual sessions

Tuesday, September 25, 5:00-7:45, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Group session: read the meeting notes

Wednesday, September 26, 5:00-8:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Group session: read the meeting notes

Saturday, September 29, 12:00-3:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Individual sessions

Tuesday, October 2, 5:00-8:00, Cancelled due to bad weather

Wednesday, October 3, 5:00-8:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Individual sessions, read the meeting notes

Saturday, October 6, 12:00-3:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Group session, read the meeting notes

Tuesday, October 9, 5:00-8:00, Motel Theatre, Arts Commons, read the meeting notes

Wednesday, October 10, 5:00-8:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 1, read the meeting notes

Friday, October 12, 1:00-4:00, Motel Theatre, Arts Commons, read the meeting notes

Saturday, October 13, 12:00-3:00, Motel Theatre, Arts Commons, read the meeting notes

UPCOMING REHEARSALS

Tuesday, October 16, 5:00-8:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Group session, run through first half of the show

Wednesday, October 17, 5:00-8:00, Memorial Park Meeting Room 2
Group session, run through second half of the show

Thursday, October 18 - Dress Rehearsal, 6:30-8:00, Memorial Park Lobby
Group session, run through full show in space

Friday, October 19 - Performance #1, 6:00-9:00, Memorial Park Lobby

Saturday, October 20 - Performance #2, 6:00-9:00, Memorial Park Lobby

Thursday, November 1 - Performance #3, 12:00-2:30, New Central Library, Performance Hall

*More sessions to be added between the Memorial Park and New Central Library performances.

 REHEARSAL LOCATION

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Most of our meetings are at the Memorial Park Library, located at 1221 2 St SW between 12th and 13th Avenue and the east side of Memorial Park. This is close to The Beltliner restaurant. On the other side of the park is the Sheldon Chumir Hospital. Bus routes 3, 7, 13, 17, 90, and 449 all have stops close to the Library. 

When you enter Memorial Park Library from the front, go down the stairs to your left all the way to the basement. Meeting Room #2 is to your right - the entrance looks like wooden closet doors. If you have a problem finding the space, please email Lara at community (at) downstage.ca.

The front entrance does require the use of stairs; however, there is a back entrance facing the Park that has a ramp down to where the meeting rooms are.  This does require someone buzzing you in or opening the door for you, so please let Lara know in advance if possible, so she can ensure you get in.