*Banner photo of Georgina Beaty in "Extremophiles", photo by Caitlind r.c. Brown

We are delighted to share our plans for our fifteenth anniversary season!

It’s exactly the kind of season Downstage fans have come to expect – ambitious works from local creators, highly relevant and complex subjects, inventive approaches, and an emphasis on accessibility for all audience members.

We are deepening our work in collaboration with community participants on the World Premiere of The Bottle Picker Monologues in October, 2018, in partnership with the lovely folks at CalgaryCan. Created and performed by past and current bottle pickers, this full-length show will be a surprising and moving exploration of informal recycling in our city and the diverse people who take on this vital role.

Save January 12, 2019 in your calendars for the 19th annual 10 Minute Play Festival at the High Performance Rodeo. It’s the same zany fun as the previous 18 years but each year there are new companies and a surprise host… and the middle-of-the-night creative mayhem means you’ll see pieces that couldn't have been created anywhere else!

Smoke is a powerful new play by Albertan playwright Elena Belyea that will receive its World Premiere at Downstage in February, 2019 in the Big Secret Theatre. Elena is a formidable talent who has crafted a provocative exploration of the fallout after an alleged sexual assault within a relationship. The unique staging will feature an opposite-sex and same-sex cast on alternate nights (and our no-cost Pay It Forward tickets make it easy to see both versions)! We’ll also be extending our commitment to audience accessibility by offering child-minding for two performances.

Finally, we will be running a workshop production of The Temporary by Col Cseke both in Brooks and Calgary in July, 2019. This work of documentary theatre explores the transformation of the small prairie city of Brooks into one of Canada’s most diverse municipalities through interviews with its residents conducted over the past four years. The play uses the lens of the Temporary Foreign Worker program to dig into truly fascinating themes of labour, citizenship, change and hope. 

We hope to see you at the theatre (and at various community spaces) throughout the 2018-19 season for these powerful new works and the fascinating conversations they're sure to provoke. As always, we're eager to hear what you think about what we have coming up - don't hesitate to be in touch!

-- Ellen Close, Artistic Director
on behalf of Danielle Whyte, Managing Director; Jessie Paynter, Production Manager; and the Downstage Board of Directors