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Shows & Tickets

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast

This story follows the lives of two sisters, daughters of a minister of a strict religious sect in a small village on an isolated coast of Norway in the 1800’s. Their lives are changed and enlivened with interesting visitors, one being a vivacious French woman who comes to serve them and demonstrate the passion and resourcefulness of an artist. This play is told through the ensemble and is based on the Isak Denison’s short story of the same name.  It is a unique tale of spiritual hunger and communion.

"A powerful, delightful story of our shared humanity...and of the art that strangers have to share – if we accept it." – Portland Press Herald

Conceived & Developed by Abigail Killeen
Written by Rose Courtney; adapted from the short story by Isak Dineson
Directed by Jeany Van Meltebeke

Everyone deserves a FEAST this season! Please bring a donation to the Calgary Food Bank when you come to enjoy Babette’s Feast. Their top holiday needs are:

Canned meat (turkey, chicken, ham, tuna)
Kraft Dinner
Canned pasta sauce & pasta
Peanut Butter
Baby food

December 11 – 15, 2019

7:30pm nightly Wednesday to Sunday
Including an extra show on Sunday evening!

2:00pm matinee Saturday & Sunday

Engineered Air Theatre at the Arts Commons
200 block of 9 Avenue SEParking Info

TICKETS: $20–$25

Call: 403-640-4617 or purchase online:

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Eleemosynary

Eleemosynary

The play examines the delicate relationship of three women: a grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to exert her independence through strong willed eccentric behavior, Artie her daughter, who has run from her overpowering mother, and Echo, Artie's daughter, who is incredibly smart and equally sensitive. After Dorothea (who has raised Echo into her teens) suffers a stroke, Echo is forced to reestablish contact with her mother through extended phone conversations, during which real issues are skirted and the talk is mostly about the precocious Echo's unparalleled success in a national spelling bee. In the end, Artie and Echo come to accept their mutual need and summon the courage to build a life together, despite the terror this holds after so many years of estrangement.

"Eleemosynary dazzles with its simplicity and grace – one of those rare shows that make acting, directing, and writing look incredibly easy." – Chicago Reader

By Lee Blessing
Directed by Val Lieske

February 5 – 9, 2020

7:30pm nightly Wednesday to Saturday

2:00pm matinee Saturday & Sunday

Engineered Air Theatre at the Arts Commons
200 block of 9 Avenue SEParking Info

TICKETS: $20–$25

Call: 403-640-4617 or purchase online:

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Save up to $5/ticket with season tickets!

This Random World

This Random World

Through a swirl of nearly missed connections, an assortment of intersecting lives unfold in on each other.

Journey along world-wide adventures, break-ups for the books, an internet prank gone awry. and characters who ping-pong into, around, and away from each other. A story that makes space for the seemingly random connections and funny but familiar investigations of what it is to lose, and be touched by the serendipity of life.

"Shimmers with wit, heart, and a gentle but affecting wisdom." – San Diego Union Tribune

By Steven Dietz
Directed by Heather Laubenstein

May 13 – 17, 2020

7:30pm nightly Wednesday to Saturday

2:00pm matinee Saturday & Sunday

Engineered Air Theatre at the Arts Commons
200 block of 9 Avenue SEParking Info

TICKETS: $20–$25

Call: 403-640-4617 or purchase online:

Buy Tickets Online Visa and Mastercard

Save up to $5/ticket with season tickets!

Taste & See

Taste & See

The Annual Season Launch Celebration and Fundraiser is coming Friday, September 20th at 6:00pm.

Sneak-a-peek at next season's shows, indulge in amazing food by BubbaQ's babarbaque, and bid on one-of-a-kind experiences & items and items in our always lively auctions.

We put the fun in fundraiser!

September 20, 2019

The Blessing of the Artists

The Blessing of the Artists

Blessing = God's Favour & Protection

We believe in the power of gratitude, the job of community, and that we could all use a little help this season.

Come Be blessed. It's free, for everyone.

October 7, 2019

Say Yes:
A Liturgy of Not Giving Up on Yourself

Say Yes: A Liturgy of Not Giving Up on Yourself

Written and performed by Scott Erickson – Part of our Guest Artist Series

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“Juxtaposing story-teaching, participation, humor, and image curation, artist Scott Erickson walks us through the very personal and universal conversation about the death of a dream and the overwhelming voice of Giving Up in our lives.”

Say Yes: A Liturgy of Not Giving Up on Yourself is a multi-sensory experience that reveals this moment not as an ending but as a sacred doorway into a much deeper invitation to our hopes, vocation, and our existence itself.”

Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance speaker, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, mythology, and aesthetics to create art and moments that speak to our deepest experiences.

Using his passion and commitment to craft, Scott has been a working artist for over a decade, and has had his work appear on CNN, National Geographic, and various magazines, newspaper outlets, and book covers.

As a speaker, Scott brings his training as an educator and his experience as a visual communicator to all of his presentations. His goal is to bring something for his “A.D.D. brothers and sisters out there”… making sure every speech is thoughtful, entertaining, wondrous, and filled with visual elements and live creating.

He is the writer and performer of two one man shows. Wrestling with his own professional burnout and clinical depression, “We Are Not Troubled Guests” is a performance story-telling piece in which he navigates the surprising gift of an existential crisis. His current show, “SAY YES: A Liturgy of Not Giving Up On Yourself”, juxtaposes story-teaching, participation, humor, and image curation as Scott walks us through the very personal and universal conversation about the death of a dream and the overwhelming voice of Giving Up in our lives.

He is the co-author of Prayer: Forty Days of Practice and May It Be So, a Spiritual Director to brave women and men, and a professional dishwasher for his food blogging wife.

Scott lives in Vancouver, WA and is most loved by his wife Holly and his children Anders, Elsa, and Jones.

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October 9 – 13, 2019

The Art & Craft of Stage
Management

The Art & Craft of Stage Management
Ever wanted to try your hand at stage management? Or even just understand what it is that a stage manager does? Come and join Fire Exit Theatre for a comprehensive overview of this challenging theatre position which combines organization with art to keep any show, large or small, running smoothly! This will be a general over-view work-shop exploring the stage manager’s role in rehearsal, from recording blocking to tracking cues and props; and in the theatre, including how to run technical rehearsals and Q2Q, running a show, and keeping track of all the paper work! 
 

Our Instructor

Jennifer Behie-Ratzlaff has stage managed for Ground Zero Theatre, Burning Night Sky Productions, Sage Theater and Pleiades Mystery Theatre (now Vertigo). She is the former technical director of Fire Exit Theatre and most recently has worked with Fire Exit as a set and light designer.

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November 9, 2019