Walterdale Theatre’s Artistic Director, Adam Kuss, has announced the 56th Season of outstanding community theatre in Edmonton. Season subscriptions, single tickets, and flex passes are available from TIX on the Square: 780-420-1757.Buy Tickets
By Andy Garland
Directed by David Johnston
On Stage: October 15-25, 2014
Auditions: July 6 & 7, 2014
Guns. Secrets. Lies. Cigarettes. Sexy dames. Hulking henchmen. Smugglers. Assassins. More guns. Death. Life. More secrets. More lies. …Guns again? Sexier dames? Rain! Tension! Atmosphere! Cops. Corrupt cops. Corrupter cops. Alcohol, oh yeah, plenty of alcohol. Erm…guns? How long has it been since we did guns?
Thomas Levine has been reconstituting these ingredients for six increasingly pedantic noir detective novels… and the seventh is due in the morning. Desperate, he reaches out to the only people who still care about his pulpish dreck: the characters themselves, who have more than a few qualms about the corners they’ve been written into.
And Then the Lights Went Out is a thrilling saga of dames, deceit, and writer’s block.
By John Guare
Directed by Louise Large
On Stage: December 3-13, 2014
Auditions: August 27 & 28, 2014
Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of Paul, who introduces himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple trying very hard to keep from falling through the upper-crust. Paul has just been mugged, and happens to be the son of the acclaimed actor Sydney Poitier. Upon taking the charming young man into their home, Flan and Ouisa quickly discover that things with their houseguest may not be what they seem. Despite their brief encounter, when Paul vanishes, his impact on their lives manages to linger.
Heralded as a “tragicomic masterpiece” and “the most intelligent, immediate and artful American play in years”, Six Degrees of Separation provides us with a startling display of contemporary urban life, asking us to examine the importance of appearances and how we are connected to each other – and what those connections truly mean.
“I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation. Between us and everybody else on this planet. The president of the United States. A gondolier in Venice. Fill in the names.
I find that A) tremendously comforting that we’re so close and B) like Chinese water torture we’re so close. Because you have to find the right six people to make the connection.”
– Ouise in John Gueare’s Six Degrees of Separation
By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Kyle Thulien
On Stage: February 4-14, 2015
Auditions: November 5 & 6, 2014
Jeffrey’s choice is MUCH harder than any choice Sophie had to make. Deciding to be a gay celibate in the New York City is an impossible challenge, but what else is a guy to do when the alternative is certain death. As fate would have it, just when he makes his choice to repress it than wrap it, his friends introduce him to the man of his dreams. Jeffrey needs to navigate into a possible lifelong relationship, under the cloud of HIV, to discover the difference between the pursuit of love and physical gratification.
By Edward Albee
Directed by Adam Kuss
On Stage: April 8-18, 2015
Auditions: January 10 & 11, 2015
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Is a 1962 play by Edward Albee. It examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.
An Evening of New Work
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014
On Stage: May 18-23, 2015
Auditions: To be announced
This season, new works running 60-120 minutes will be considered and all submissions must be complete; no unfinished works will be considered. New, unproduced works can be submitted to Walterdale for consideration, and must be received in a hard-copy format by midnight September 15, 2014. As always, playwrights selected for the festival will receive the benefit of work with a dramaturg and a workshop production of their new piece on the Walterdale stage.
By Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Directed by Lauren Boyd
On Stage: July 2-12, 2015
Auditions: April 25 & 26, 2015
In 1964 Dublin, Alfie Byrne dispenses tickets and recites the works of Oscar Wilde to the passengers of his bus by day. By night, he is the artistic director of the St. Imelda’s Players, an odd assortment of locals who come together to put on shows in the church basement for the love of theatre. Their lack of experience is made up for by their enthusiasm and they launch into rehearsals for Wilde’s scandalous drama, Salome. Alfie struggles to keep the production afloat under the nose of Father Kenny, who is opposed to any less-than-wholesome productions, and deal with the shortcomings of his spirited crew while he deals with his own personal revelations. Alfie has always been different though well-liked, but at a cost: he has hidden his secret love “that dare not speak its name” from the world to avoid the shame and bigotry he may have to endure if he chose to reveal his true self.
In the spirit of community theatre, the love of the art must overcome the lack of experience and Alfie must allow his personal truth to overcome the closed minds of those who surround him. Featuring a melodic score by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (the team behind Ragtime, Seussical and Once On This Island), A Man of No Importance will remind everyone how important one man can really be to uphold the integrity of a community by challenging their assumptions and sparking their creativity.