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.
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
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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