Talking The Invisible with Catalyst Theatre’s Jonathan Christenson and Tara Jackson

This week’s interview features Jonathan Christenson, artistic director of Catalyst Theatre, and performer Tara Jackson talking about Catalyst Theatre’s newest show, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Scroll down to listen to the episode; the interview starts around 7:15.

 

But first, let’s talk about doing our civic duty: the Alberta government wants to hear from you about Budget 2020. They have a survey open until February 7, 2020. So if you’re reading this before that date, go do that right now and let them know your thoughts – such as how the arts could maybe use some basic funding instead of being yet another victim to the province’s multi-billion dollar corporate tax break. Arts jobs count as jobs, Kenney, so you’re still making good on your campaign rhetoric by throwing us a few scraps every now and again.

This past week I saw The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, Theatre Network’s latest show. Read the full review here.

Justine Westby and the cast of The Invisible. Photo by Citrus Photography.

On to this week’s interview: features Jonathan Christenson, artistic director of Catalyst Theatre, and performer Tara Jackson talking about Catalyst Theatre’s newest show, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

The show is about a group of women in World War II, who performed in various under-the-radar roles like being spies and saboteurs. It’s a collection of fascinating stories, the likes of which we rarely (if ever) hear about. The cast is super talented – Tara Jackson was just in town last fall in the lead role of The Color Purple, and her vocal prowess is amazing.

During the interview, I asked Jonathan if this is the female version of Vigilante. You’ll have to listen to the interview for his response; obviously this isn’t a perfect analogy and it’s certainly an oversimplification, but I feel like this one is going to be a similarly powerful retelling of fascinating personal stories, set against a backdrop of some of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century.

Show notes and listings:

Link to the online consultation form for Alberta Budget 2020

APAC Response to the Government of Alberta’s 2020 Budget Consultation Survey

Happy Birthday Baby J, Shadow Theatre, Varscona Theatre, Jan 22 – Feb 9

The Crucible, MacEwan University, Theatre Lab in Allard Hall, Jan 29 – Feb 8

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, Theatre Network, The Roxy on Gateway, Jan 30 – Feb 16

Every Brilliant Thing, Citadel Theatre, Feb 1 – 23

The Marriage of Figaro, Edmonton Opera, Jubilee Auditorium, Feb 1/4/7

The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Catalyst Theatre, Maclab Theatre in the Citadel, Feb 4 – 23

1984, Walterdale Theatre, Feb 5 – 15

Chinook Series 2020, ATB Financial Arts Barns, Feb 6 – 16

Shakespeare’s Dog, Studio Theatre, Timms Centre, Feb 7 – 15

Second-hand Dances for the Crude, Crude City, Mile Zero Dance, Spazio Performativo, Feb 7 – 8

Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway Across Canada, Jubilee Auditorium, Feb 11 – 16

Epilogos, Brian Webb Dance, Triffo Theatre in Allard Hall, Feb 14 – 15


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