Poster Photography: Shae Paterson, Design: Giselle Boehm.

Poster Photography: Shae Paterson, Design: Giselle Boehm.

A Cardiac Theatre production
Part of Azimuth Theatre's Alberta Emerging Company Showcase
with the generous support of Downstage

The Listening Room by Michaela Jeffery

February 14-24, 2018 at Arts Commons, Motel Theatre

Note Feb. 22: Wow - the rest of the run of "The Listening Room" is entirely sold out, so we've added a show on Friday, February 23 at 11:00 pm. Still hoping to get in to one of the other performances? Email to get on the waitlist in case there are any cancellations. 

Recommended for ages 14 & up                          

Run time apx. 70 minutes 

A potent drama set at the turn of the next century, written by an up-and-coming Calgary playwright.

Tickets are $20 with a limited number of tickets available at no cost through our Pay-It-Forward program. 


“… a speculation, and a knowing one at that, about the inevitable nature of government, of revolution and revolutionaries, of youthful radicalism and radicals… there’s no doubting the heat of the Cardiac production. It listens intently for sounds of youthful anger in the world, and connects to a revolutionary cycle that rolls on through time.” – Liz Nicholls, 12th Night Review

"... fiery performance[s]… The evolution—and implied apocalyptic destruction—of tech plays a subtle role in the set design that makes one question our heavy reliance on digital technology today.” – Vue Weekly Review



February 14-17 & February 20-24 at 7:30 pm

February 24 at 2:00 pm

No show Sunday, February 18 or Monday, February 19


"You have to fight, or there's nothing." – Marcus, The Listening Room

On the fringes of a remote desert society, a group of teenage dissidents search for fragments of earlier civilizations still ricocheting between stars. Using antiquated 21st century radio telescopes, The Listeners risk everything to connect to a past that has faded both from memory and record. On the eve of a trial that would decide their fate, The Listeners must choose to conform, or to strike out and seize the future they want to inherit.

Photos by Nico Laroche-Humby. 


This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.*Check out the Cardiac Theatre site to see photos and bios for the full team!

Michaela Jeffery - Playwright

Harley Morison - Director 

Jessica Glover - Producer

Kiidra Duhault - Edmonton Stage Manager & Assistant Sound Design

Andrea Murphy - Calgary Stage Manager

Elise Jason - Production Designer

Thomas Geddes - Sound Designer

Cliff Kelly - Fight Choreography

Tyler Ferguson - Builder

Colin Dingwall - Fayette

Philip Geller - Marcus

Ashleigh Hicks - Squeak

Carmen Nieuwenhuis - Lanolin 

Jay Northcott - Rouke


The Motel Theatre is on the second floor of Arts Commons in downtown Calgary, opposite Olympic Plaza at 225 8 Avenue SE. Check out our Motel page for directions including travelling by transit and by car. 


- There are no assigned seats in this theatre. The doors will open about 15 minutes before the performance time so that you can choose your seat.

- The Motel Theatre is accessible to patrons using wheelchairs and walkers but if you give us a heads up that you or someone in your group uses a wheelchair, we'll be better prepared to welcome you - just get in touch with Danielle at 403.294.7459 or email danielle at The nearest accessible washroom is currently on the main floor by the Box Office.

Have any questions about the show or the theatre-going experience? Get in touch


Since 2009, Azimuth Theatre has been offering its Emerging Company Showcase as a way to support independent producers and ad hoc groups creating and presenting new work in Edmonton.

This year, Downstage is excited to support Azimuth's efforts to expand their program into an Alberta Emerging Company Showcase. This project will bring together a team of independent artists from both Edmonton and Calgary and will perform in both cities with a week of redevelopment in Calgary to incorporate discoveries made in the first presentation.

This showcase provides support and mentorship to emerging producers allowing them to keep the art-making at the forefront of their process, which can all too easily be swamped by the demands of first forays into independent production. Each engagement is unique to the needs and goals of the company and the project. We provide resources like counsel and advice on practical company matters, front of house and box office support, marketing materials, a presentation fee, and/or assistance with performance venue costs.

We are proud to support Cardiac Theatre’s vision and thrilled to bring it to fruition via a partnership with Azimuth.

Cardiac Theatre is an Edmonton-based collective comprised of producer Jessica Glover and director Harley Morison. Founded by the pair in 2015, their focus is producing intimate theatre in styles not normally seen in Alberta, providing opportunities for the development of young, professional artists, and cultivating young adult audiences. 

Since their inception, they have set their sights on producing works in Alberta by contemporary national and international playwrights: Hot Mess by Ella Hickson, Pacamambo by Wajdi Mouawad, Pompeii, L.A. by Declan Greene, and the Sterling-nominated Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes by Jordan Tannahill.


Azimuth Theatre is an Edmonton-based producer and presenter of original performance, an avid supporter of local independent creators, and an engaged community member. We make theatre, build partnerships, gather communities, and invest in the art of formulating crucial questions for today’s society and presenting them in surprising, thoughtful and creative performances. We believe in social change and in the vital role that professional theatre has in contributing to that change.