Though going to the theatre isn’t possible right now, that doesn’t mean that the theatre can’t come to you! Edmonton’s many talented theatre companies continue to entertain by streaming their productions right to your screen. Comedy shows, Canadian classics, boundary-pushing short films, and more—here’s what’s streaming from the stage this month!
1) Works in Progress: Pisces by Darrin Hagen | May 16
Get an in-depth look at what goes into creating and staging a play with Theatre Network’s Works in Progress Series. In each livestream, the playwright will take audiences through the creative process in a unique presentation, whether that be performing scenes, discussing the play’s development, or sharing the discoveries that have been made along the way. Attendance is free, but donations are encouraged to allow Theatre Network to continue offering high-quality programming for Edmontonians. You can register as well as watch past livestreams on-demand on the Theatre Network website.
2) Tell Us What You Really Think | May 16
Get ready to laugh, argue, and maybe even learn something new as Grindstone Theatre brings you the second edition of their gut-busting debate show! A war of wits is underway as comedians Cian Beatty and Danger Cats’ Uncle Hack take on the topic of Capitalism vs. Communism in three rounds of livestreamed hilarity. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, available through the Grindstone Theatre website.
3) Hamlet in Isolation | May 21–June 25
It’s the Bard’s most famous work as you’ve never seen it before. In this series of six original performances, six Albertan performers take on the role of Prince Hamlet, adapting his iconic soliloquy into unique, thought-provoking productions that put a mirror up to the world we face today. Tickets are pay-what-you-can; a full schedule of performances is available through Thou Art Here Theatre’s website.
4) The Transformers
Three of Edmonton’s most groundbreaking performers—Chris Dodd, Kristi Hansen and Rebecca Sadowski—were commissioned by Catalyst Theatre to develop short films in conjunction with cinematographer Tamarra Lessard as part of the Canada-wide Transformations Project. These three ‘transformers’ have created bold pieces that challenge the status quo and celebrate resilience. All of these films are available to watch on the Catalyst Theatre website.
5) A Brimful of Asha | Until May 31
It’s a clash of cultures and generations as mother and son face off in this hilarious true story of an arranged marriage gone wrong. Citadel Theatre has brought back A Brimful of Asha to stream through their website all this month. Buy your streaming pass to catch this play before it’s gone!
6) Mary’s Wedding | Until November 30
One of Canada’s most beloved plays, Mary’s Wedding explores love and loss in a dreamscape set against the backdrop of the First World War. Streaming passes for this Citadel Theatre production are available through their website.