Happy holidays with A Christmas Carol

Happy holidays with A Christmas Carol

This is the last episode of the year! Ghost Light is taking a mid-season break but will return promptly in January 2020. Until then, enjoy this lovely conversation with playwright David van Belle, who adapted the Citadel Theatre’s brand-new production of A Christmas Carol. This…

Performing the apocalypse with Mr. Burns

Performing the apocalypse with Mr. Burns

This week’s episode dives into myth-making, storytelling and oral history through the lens of a nuclear apocalypse – and The Simpsons. Mr. Burns: a post-electric play is currently running as part of Fringe Theatre’s off-season and director Andrew Ritchie and performer Paula Humby talk about…

Small town hospitality with Bed and Breakfast

Small town hospitality with Bed and Breakfast

This week I had a fun conversation with Mathew Hulshof and Chris Pereira, the two performers in Theatre Network’s production of Bed and Breakfast. This fast-paced, hilarious script is written by Canadian playwright Mark Crawford and tells the tale of a Toronto couple who inherit…

Commercialized queens – reviewing Citadel Theatre’s SIX

Commercialized queens – reviewing Citadel Theatre’s SIX

At the risk of being a complete party-pooper and raining on Edmonton’s current theatre parade, I have to say that SIX didn’t blow me away. There has been no shortage of hype for this show – tickets appeared on Stub Hub, for heaven’s sake. Due…

Telling stories of healing with Three Ladies

Telling stories of healing with Three Ladies

This week, I spoke with Lady Vanessa Cardona: poet, performer, artist and community builder. Her show, Three Ladies, is opening Fringe Theatre’s off-season. In Three Ladies, Lady Vanessa weaves together monologue, ceremony, poetry, hip-hop and traditional Colombian dance in a story of healing. She is…

Staging a true crime – reviewing The Ballad of Peachtree Rose

Staging a true crime – reviewing The Ballad of Peachtree Rose

NOTE: I decided to break this review into two parts: the first gives a spoiler-free overview of the show and the second discusses some very specific aspects of the story. If you haven’t seen the show and/or do not want it to get spoiled, stop…

Crime and stage management with The Ballad of Peachtree Rose

Crime and stage management with The Ballad of Peachtree Rose

We don’t often get to hear from the perspective of stage managers when talking about theatre, so this week I spoke with Millie Winzinowich, the apprentice stage manager for Workshop West’s new show, The Ballad of Peachtree Rose. We talk about what stage management even…

Home invaders: Shadow Theatre’s The Roommate

Home invaders: Shadow Theatre’s The Roommate

Shadow Theatre’s season opener will have you thinking about your experiences with roommates, past or present. This two-hander, written by New York playwright Jen Silverman, features Coralie Cairns and Nadien Chu as a pair of middle-aged women who become roommates in small town Iowa. Sharon…

Bloody and bejeweled: reviewing Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs

Bloody and bejeweled: reviewing Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs

Despite the kooky premise, there’s a lot to find familiar in Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs. Sure, most of us probably aren’t blood-addicted nurses descended from Eastern European nobility who can sniff out your blood type from 50 paces, but our host Bianka has a familiar tale…

Dancing the Alberta budget blues with Mile Zero Dance

Dancing the Alberta budget blues with Mile Zero Dance

Alberta’s new budget slashes funding for the arts and I went on a rant about it. Then I have a wonderful conversation with Gerry Morita, artistic director of Mile Zero Dance Society, about their upcoming season. Contemporary dance is fascinating both to experience and to…