Free-man On The Land

Free-man On The Land

by Steve Pirot

January 17–27, 2013

A cerebral, lively look into an onerous topic. - VUE Weekly
Free-man On The Land


Azimuth Theatre remounts its exploration of the complicated bundle of principles, tenets, and mantras that comprise the Free-man on the Land philosophy. Through a playful structure, integrated video design, and live original music by local singer/songwriter Dale Ladouceur, you will be introduced to the theatrical fiction of The Man Commonly Known As Richard Svoboda as he strives to disengage from the system of legal fictions that claim to govern us.

Director: Murray Utas • Playwright: Steve Pirot • Performers: Murray Utas, Steve Pirot, Des Parenteau, Dale Ladouceur • Video Design: Matt Schuurman • Original Music Composition: Dale Ladouceur

*Photo by Monika Czuprynski, Visual Index Photography

READ: Free-man On The Land Music

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January 17–27, 2013

Previews January 15
Opening January 17

January 15 - 27; Tues - Sat 8PM, Sun 2PM




Dale Ladouceur has the distinction of being one of a few Chapman Stick players in Canada. Ladouceur has worked in a variety of bands, duos and in solo performance. Her work has given her the opportunity to take part in many interesting collaborations with artists like Bruce Cockburn, Angelique Kidjo, Artis the Spoon Man, John Hammond Jr. and Valdy. She has performed in groups led by Laura Smith, Laura Vinson, Lester Quitzau and Bill Bourne and has taken her from coast to coast in Canada and overseas.

Her latest original project “Dale Ladouceur and the Broke Ensemble” released their CD “Brimstone & Clover” in May 2003 and receives regular rotation on CBC and CKUA.

Recently Ladouceur has branched out into writing soundscapes for a number of Edmonton theatre companies and has just finished the soundtrack for a documentary; 50 YEARS OF TRANSPLANT HISTORY for the American Kidney Foundation.



Steve is an Edmonton based theatre artist and administrator. As either an actor, director, or playwright, or he has worked for most every professional theatre company in Edmonton. He began his career with Rapid Fire Theatre’s sketch comedy shenanigans THE 11:02 SHOW with which he was a performer and writer for four years. His formal education includes a BA Drama and a BFA Acting both from the University of Alberta. One of his BFA classmates was his brother-in-arms Christopher Craddock with whom he fought constantly and forged the bitter bitter combative relationship that continues to this day. He also trained in Winnipeg with Primus Theatre for a brief time. He is not a suspicious character but often plays one on stage. He has been nominated for some awards. His written work has been presented by Azimuth Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, interFear Arts Festival, and the Edgewise Ensemble. He has been Festival Director for NextFest: Syncrude Next Generation Arts Festival since 2001 and co-Artistic Producer for Azimuth Theatre since 2004. He hopes you enjoy the show and thanks you for your attention to work by local creators.



A man of at least three talents, Matt is an actor, improvisor and animator. Matt most recently appeared as Mr. Fogg in SWEENY TODD and various roles in 00:00 AM. Matt is also a regular performer with Rapid Fire Theatre and can be seen in weekly shows of THEATRESPORTS and CHiMPROV. Matt’s recent video design and animation work includes DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN: GHOST TRAIN for Catch the Keys, URBAN TALES 12: MOTEL for Northern Light Theatre, NEXTFEST for Theatre Network, SU-KAT for Azimuth Theatre and Secrets of the DINOSAUR MUMMY for Discovery Network Canada.