Lac/Athabasca Heading to the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Our brand new play, Lac/Athabasca will be premiering very soon at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Read on for some information on the show and for where and when you can catch it.

The story of Canada is a story of rivers and railways.
Lac/Athabasca takes audiences on a cross-Canada journey that begins at a sea of ice in the West, stops at a city of oil in the North, and ends in a river of fire in the East, travelling through time and space to tell tales of lives lived and lost on the waterways 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 tar sands. An oil worker who uncovers a horrible secret. The residents of a small town united in grief after an entirely preventable disaster. Their stories echo and intersect in ways that are shocking, thought-provoking, and deeply moving. Inspired by the tragedy of Lac Mégantic, Lac/Athabasca is a powerful and poetic work that connects the dots between ravished landscapes and ravenous souls, accidental missteps and sacrificial victims, beauty and horror.

Making its premiere at the Vancouver Fringe, Lac/Athabasca is a new play by Fredericton, New Brunswick-based Theatre Free Radical, whose previous Vancouver Fringe productions include Utopia (2012), Free/Fall (2010) and Doppelgänger (2008). Theatre Free Radical’s works have earned rave reviews and Best of Fringe ratings from coast to coast, and have twice been selected for production at Toronto’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival, one of Canada’s most prestigious juried festivals (Utopia in 2013, Doppelgänger in 2009). Utopia also won second place in the nationally-renowned Ottawa Little Theatre’s One-Act Playwriting Competition for 2013. In keeping with the company’s mandate of creating works that are both ideas-driven and artistically challenging, Lac/Athabasca is a theatrically and visually rich multimedia work that features an original score by ambient/electronic musician Eric Hill.

Lac/Athabasca will be performed at Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston Street

Thursday September 4, 6:45 PM

Saturday, September 6, 4:30 PM

Sunday, September 7, 12 PM

Wednesday, September 10, 6:45 PM

Thursday, September 11, 8:45 PM

Saturday, September 13, 7:15 PM

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