The Board of Directors of Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

is pleased to announce the appointment of

Vern Thiessen as Artistic Director

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Vern Thiessen's plays have been seen across Canada, the US, Asia, and Europe, including Einstein's Gift, Blowfish, Lenin's Embalmers, Bird Brain, The Resurrection Of John Frum, and Vimy. Three of his plays have premiered off-Broadway, and both Shakespeare's Will and Apple have each had over 60 productions worldwide.

 

Vern has served as Playwright in Residence and Dramaturge at various organizations including Workshop West Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, the Banff Centre, and the Blue Heron Arts Centre. He is a Past President of both the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Writer's Guild of Alberta. For the past seven years, Vern has been based in New York City where he is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and an Artistic Associate and Teaching Artist with Epic Theatre Ensemble. Last month he completed a two-year position as Project Associate for the New Play Frontiers Program at People's Light & Theatre in Malvern, Pennsylvania. For several years he was the co-director of both the La Bella Vita Playwriting Retreat and the Catskill Mountains Writers Retreat.

 

Vern is the recipient of the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding New Play, The City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, the University of Alberta Alumni Award for Excellence, The Carol Bolt Award, The Alberta Playwriting Competition, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, the Governor General's Literary Award, and just last week he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for his adaptation of Of Human Bondage produced by Soulpepper Theatre, Toronto.  

Watch: Vern Thiessen's Welcome

Vern's Edmonton Journal Interview

 

WATCH: Vern Thiessen announces the 2014 -2015 Season

 

The 21st Annual

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Presented by Guys in Disguise, Workshop West Playwright Theatre & Fringe Theatre Adventures

November 7 & 8, 2014

ATB Financial Arts Barns - Westbury Theatre - 10330 84 Avenue

 

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Guys in Disguise

 

 


 

 The Complete Maggie-Now Cycle of Plays:

"MAGGIE-NOW PART ONE: PATRICK DENNIS MOORE"

"MAGGIE-NOW PART TWO: THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING"

MAGGIE-NOW PART THREE: I'LL BURY YOUSE ALL!"

Based on the beloved novel by Betty Smith

Adapted for the Stage and Directed by Jennifer Spencer

Presented by: Fringe Theatre Adventures in association with Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre, Theatre Prospero and the Prosperous Paddies

November 14 – 22, 2014

ATB Financial Arts Barns - Westbury Theatre - 10330 84 Avenue

The Maggie-Now Cycle of Plays is a big, bold, bittersweet tale of life, disappointment, love and redemption in a Brooklyn Irish immigrant's family.  Kendra Connor, Brenna Corner, Julie Golosky, Mark Henderson, Elliot James, Jenny McKillop, Luc Tellier and Vanessa Wilson incarnate 72 strange and loveable characters full of gentle power, humour, tenderness, on an epic journey, from 1890s Ireland to 1930s Brooklyn, that ". . . reveals the truth of our lives and hearts" - Todd Babiak.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 7:30 PM (Public Performance) - PART ONE

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30 PM (Public Performance) - PART TWO

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:00 PM (Public Performance) - PART THREE

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00 PM (School Matinee) - PART ONE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00 PM (School Matinee) - PART TWO

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:30 PM (Public Performance) - PART ONE

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 7:30 PM (Public Performance) - PART TWO

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7:30 PM (Public Performance) - PART THREE

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Marathon Day – PARTS ONE, TWO and THREE + DINNER

Ticket Prices: 

Adults [Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 3] $28.75 (incl. GST)

Students/ Seniors $23.50 (incl. GST)

Pass [Parts 1, 2 and 3] $86.50 (incl. GST)

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The Canoe Theatre Festival 2015

January 28 – February 1, 2015
ATB Financial Arts Barns - Westbury Theatre and PCL Theatre -10330 84 Avenue

The Canoe Theatre Festival 2015 presents cutting-edge works by local, national and international performing artists. Audiences are treated to innovative, challenging and multi-disciplinary performances by acclaimed groups from Canada and around the world. Performances, panels, and works-in-progress are all part of a contemporary theatre festival that is diverse, daring and sometimes dangerous.

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The Laws of Thermodynamics by Cat Walsh

Directed by Heather Inglis

Produced by: Theatre Yes

Presented by: Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

February 5 - 15, 2015

ATB Financial Arts Barns - Westbury Theatre - 10330 84 Avenue

You can't win, you can't break even, you can't get out of the game. Three days before the end of the world, a journalist is searching for his family when his car breaks down outside the town of Crumb, population: 3. And while those three seem friendly...ish, he soon realizes their relationship is much more complicated than it seemed. In fact, everything about Crumb is complicated, except for this: there's no leaving, no matter how hard you try. A darkly funny and spirited look at human behaviour in the face of imminent death, The Laws of Thermodynamics is a gas-station gothic that examines loss, obsession and what it means to really say "The End".

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