20th Anniversary Showcase
Presented by The Nextfest Arts Co
MERCURY THEATRE (11315 106 AVE)
The Nextfest Arts Co. presents two plays from its esteemed past. No One Showed Up for the Anarchist Rally by Rosemary Rowe and Code Word: Time by Leah Simone Bowen will be presented in repertory by directors Andrew Ritchie and Beth Dart. This event will not only showcase Edmonton’s emerging talent but will celebrate 20 years of Nextfest creations.
No One Showed Up for 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
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.
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
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.