Downstage proudly presents the World Premiere of

by Elena Belyea

Directed by Christine Brubaker

February 13-23, 2019
Arts Commons, Big Secret Theatre

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 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


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


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. 


Downstage will be offering child-minding for two performances to increase accessibility for parents. More details to come!

ASL Interpretation
Downstage will be partnering with Inside Out Theatre's Good Host Program to offer ASL interpretation for one performance. More details to come!

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

Split Casting
Jordan & Aiden will be portrayed as an opposite-sex couple on February 13, 15, 17, 20, 22 and the matinee on the 23rd, and a same-sex couple on 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


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.