A Trio of National Honours for Theatre Free Radical’s Latest
After a critically-acclaimed premiere at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival, Lac/Athabasca, the newest play by Len Falkenstein and Theatre Free Radical, has been selected for production at the 2015 SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto.
Founded in 1991, the SummerWorks Performance Festival is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious juried festivals and most important platforms for launching new Canadian artists – locally, nationally, and internationally. For 11 days every August, SummerWorks hosts over 500 artists, performing in over 60 performance projects. 2015 marks SummerWorks’ 25th year as one of the country’s most preeminent multi-disciplinary hubs featuring a wide variety of artistic programming including, music, dance, theatre, live art – and everything in between.
Lac/Athabasca will be performed at the festival from August 6-15. This after the play won a pair of national awards earlier this year: the Dorothy White Award for second prize in the Ottawa Little Theatre’s 74th National Playwriting Competition for 2015, which earned the play a staged reading in Ottawa in April, 2015, and Second Prize in the 2015 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Contest, which brings with it a week-long professional workshop in January, 2015 at Queen’s University. The play has also been selected for production as part of the Saint John Theatre Company’s Professional Presentation Series for 2015-16, with a run in Saint John set for May, 2016.
In Lac/Athabasca, ice becomes fire. Men become monsters. Things that were buried become exposed.
Lac/Athabasca departs from a glacier in the West, stops at a city of oil in the North, and terminates in a river of fire in the East, telling tales of lives lived and lost on the rivers and railways in between: a pair of nineteenth-century fur traders pursued by an unseen terror along Alberta’s Athabasca River; two scientists studying fish kills and cancer rates downstream from the oil sands; the residents of a small town united in grief after an entirely preventable disaster. Their stories intersect and echo in ways that are shocking, unsettling, and deeply moving. Inspired by the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, Lac/Athabasca connects the dots between voraciousness and victimhood, beasts without and the beast within, ravaged landscapes and ruined souls.
“Weaving together strands of the past and present, the personal and the political and the mythic and the mundane, Falkenstein has created a cultural and “geographic” tapestry of our Canadian landscape that is both terrifying and hopeful”—Iris Turcott, adjudicator, Ottawa Little Theatre National Playwriting Competition.
“This play is a necessity”—Karina Billesberger, Plank Magazine (Vancouver).
Thursday, August 6 – 8:00 pm
Friday, August 7 – 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 9 – 9:45 pm
Tuesday, August 11 – 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 13 – 7:00 pm
Friday, August 14 – 4:30 pm
Saturday, August 15 – 9:45 pm
All performances at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Ave).