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May 2015

Nextfest 20th Anniversary Showcase

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Somewhere on a patio in Edmonton, Theatre Network is rubbing its temples, and lamenting over a frosty locally-brewed craft cider: “Where has the time gone? They just grow up so fast!”

Nextfest, Theatre Network’s exuberant emerging artist festival celebrating the creative voice of the next generation, turns 20 this year. In celebration of two decades of original encounters in Edmonton-made art, Nextfest mines from the vaults two works originally produced in the early years of the festival, directed anew by two rising theatre artists, featuring an all-star cast of local emerging performers.

Nextfest 20th Anniversary Showcase
May 7 – 17, 2015
Preview May 5 & 6
The Mercury Theatre  (previously the Living Room Playhouse)
11315 106 Avenue
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm | Sunday at 2pm
Tickets available at Tix on the Square
Both shows performed in repertory

Originally produced at Nextfest in 1998, No One Showed Up to the Anarchist Rally by Rosemary Rowe is the story of three unlikely college roommates. Unwashed dishes, rotting food, pajamas, and tea. The apartment has never looked or smelt worse. Veronica was dumped, Anna won’t leave the bathroom, and Celia is planning the event of a lifetime. No One Showed up to the Anarchist Rally is a poeticized comedic investigation into the undergraduate angst we all go through about our own sexual, artistic, and political expression.

In Leah-Simone Bowen’s Code Word: Time – first produced at Nextfest in 2001 – a maintenance man distracted by his aspirations to become a filmmaker leaves three strangers trapped in an elevator. This poignantly dark comedy on new media is perhaps even more relevant in today’s fast-paced world of online social connectedness.

No One Showed Up to the Anarchist Rally
by Rosemary Rowe | directed by Andrew Ritchie | featuring Paula Humby, Marina Mair-Sanchez & Lianna Makuch | costume and light design by Cheyenne Sykes | set design by Kevin Green | sound design by Andrew Ritchie | stage managed by Kate Quinn-Feehan

Code Word: Time 
by Leah Simone Bowen | directed by Beth Dart | featuring Bonnie Ings, Cliff Kelly, Graham Mothersill and Ben Gorodetsky | costume and light design by Cheyenne Sykes | set design by Kevin Green | video design by Matt Schuurman | stage managed by Mona Jiang

Stay tuned for more details on Nextfest 2015, taking over Edmonton June 4 – 14 in various venues in and around downtown.

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