Artwork by Meags Fitzgerald.    Directed by Christine Brubaker   Recommended for ages 16 & up  Jordan, Aiden's ex, shows up at Aiden's apartment to confront her about the allegation that Jordan sexually assaulted her two years ago. The smoke is thick and the town is burning. What will it take to put it out?  This powerful new play by Albertan playwright Elena Eli Belyea will be staged with a unique approach that features an opposite-sex and same-sex couple on alternate nights.

Artwork by Meags Fitzgerald.

Directed by Christine Brubaker

Recommended for ages 16 & up

Jordan, Aiden's ex, shows up at Aiden's apartment to confront her about the allegation that Jordan sexually assaulted her two years ago. The smoke is thick and the town is burning. What will it take to put it out?

This powerful new play by Albertan playwright Elena Eli Belyea will be staged with a unique approach that features an opposite-sex and same-sex couple on alternate nights.

Tickets are $25 after fees with a limited number of tickets available at no cost through our Pay-It-Forward program

PERFORMANCE TIMES

Nightly at 7:30 pm on February 13-17 and February 19-23, 2019
Matinee at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

FIND THE THEATRE

The Big Secret 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 to Arts Commons including travelling by transit and by car. 


ACCESSIBILITY & TIPS

Childcare
Downstage will be offering child-minding for the matinee performance on Saturday, February 23 at 2pm.

ASL Interpretation
Downstage will be partnering with Inside Out Theatre's Good Host Program to offer ASL interpretation for the performance on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30pm.

Audience Members using Wheelchairs or Walkers
The theatre is physically accessible, with an accessible washroom located opposite the theatre. 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 and can reserve your spot - just get in touch with Danielle at 403.294.7459 or email danielle at downstage.ca

Split Casting

Half of the evening performances feature the characters of Aiden (played by Chantelle Han) and Jordan (played by Alex Dawkins) as two women. The other half, feature the character of Aiden as a woman (played by Chantelle Han) and the character of Jordan (played by Joel David Taylor) as a man. Downstage celebrates the wide range of gender identities across the gender spectrum, that exist beyond the binary of “men” and “women".

Performances with Chantelle Han and Joel David Taylor: February 13, 15, 17, 20, 22 and the matinee on the 23rd.

Performances with Chantelle Han and Alexandra Dawkins: February 14, 16, 19, 21, and the evening show on the 23rd

If you would like to see both versions, you're welcome to purchase tickets on two nights, or check out our Pay It Forward program to see the show at no cost on a second night. 

General Admission
There are no assigned seats in this theatre. The doors will open about 20 minutes before the performance time so that you can choose your seat.

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

PLEASE NOTE: a non-toxic smoke effect will be used during the performance.

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

Smoke was developed as part of Nightwood Theatre's Write From The Hip script development program as well as Caravan Farm Theatre's National Playwrights Retreat. The actors who appeared in the 2017 WFTH workshop reading were Diana Luong and Jesse LaVercombe.

CREATIVE ENSEMBLE

Elena Eli Belyea - Playwright 

Christine Brubaker – Director 

Alexandra Dawkins - Performer (Jordan, F) 

Chantelle Han - Performer (Aiden) 

Joel David Taylor - Performer (Jordan, M) 

Graham Frampton – Lighting Designer 

Thomas Geddes – Sound Designer 

Anton deGroot - Set Designer 

Jordan Wieben - Costume Designer  

Aldona Barutowicz - Publicist 

Andrea Donaldson - Script Dramaturg

Ivanna Ihekwoaba – University of Calgary Theatre Intern 

Jessie Paynter – Production Manager  

Katherine Penhale - Production Assistant 

Jenna Rodgers – Production Dramaturg 

Carissa Sams - Stage Manager