2018-2019 Season

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THE CARDIAC SHADOW

(Canadian Premiere)

by Clay McLeod Chapman

Co-production with Good Women Dance Collective
January 18 – February 2 | The Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave

Featuring the women of the Good Women Dance Collective

Based on a true story – Four women are procured from the Ravensbruck concentration camp, hand-selected by SS Second Lieutenant Dr. Sigmund Rascher for a series of experiments specifically designed to measure the human body's endurance to extreme temperatures - tests that would benignly come to be known as the Cold Conference. The voices of these four women have since disappeared. Where does the human spirit go when the body must remain behind, frozen inside an atrocity?

"...We need only remember the four girls who were taken from the Ravensbruck concentration camp and made to lie naked with the frozen and all but dead Jews who survived Dr. Rascher's tank of ice water. One of these women, whose hair and eyes and figure were pleasing to Dr. Rascher, when asked by him why she had volunteered for such a task, replied, "Rather half a year in a brothel than half a year in a concentration camp."
Dr. Elie A. Cohen

Performance Dates
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:30PM Preview (PWYC)
Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30PM Opening
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:00PM Matinee (Preshow Director’s Circle Event)
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon)
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back)
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00PM Matinee
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:30PM Closing

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CAST & COMPANY

CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN - PLAYWRIGHT

Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of the short story collections nothing untoward and rest area, along with the novel miss corpus, which was recognized in part of The New Yorker's "Reading Glasses" series in 2003. He recently completed The Tribe trilogy, a middlegrade novel series for Disney—Homeroom Headhunters, Camp Cannibal and Academic Assassins.
Chapman’s story late bloomer was adapted into a short film, directed by Craig Macneill. An official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the short won the audience award for Best Short at the Lake Placid Film Festival and the Brown Jenkins Award at the 12th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Their second short, Henley, based on the chapter “The Henley Road Motel” from Chapman's novel miss corpus, was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It was awarded Best Short Film at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival and the 2011 Carmel Arts and Film Festival.

The Boy, a feature-length adaptation of Henley co-written with director Macneill, was produced by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller) in 2015. Other film credits include co-scripting the segment The Trouble With Dad for the horror anthology feature Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear with director Glenn McQuaid. 

In comics, Chapman has written for Edge of Spider-Verse and Venomverse, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man (Marvel), American Vampire, and Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 POP! (Vertigo). He is the creator of Self Storage (451 Media) and Lazaretto (BOOM! Studios).

Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. In the twenty years of its existence, it has performed internationally at the Romanian Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Dublin-based thisisnotashop art space, IGNITE Festival, Women Center Stage Festival and Impact Theatre Festival. 

Chapman has written the book for the musical Hostage Song with music and lyrics by Obie-winner Kyle Jarrow. He is the author of such plays as commencement and volume of smoke. His story-monologues birdfeeder, undertow and the wet echo were selected for The Best American Short Plays: 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 anthologies.
Chapman was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts for Drama, the Burren College of Art, and Sarah Lawrence College. He currently teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.


A Woman's Body

This year's collection of plays centres on women's bodies- their right to autonomy, how that autonomy can be subjected to the will of others, and the indomitable spirit that resides within. From a large-scale multi-media work of a movement based piece in collaboration with our past collaborating company Good Women Dance Collective, and in tandem with new community partner Loud Whisper Productions (an offshoot from Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta) incorporating video, dance and a traveling audience in a pageant- play styled venue, to a quietly disturbing confession of the controversy and conflict surrounding a late-term abortion - these plays all take an unflinching look at the physical, psychological and emotional violence inflicted on women by society, by misogyny - and sometimes by each other. We know our salon events are going to be lively!

Thank you

Northern Light Theatre gratefully acknowledges The Canada Council, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Community Council and Cinders Fund as well as the support of our season sponsors and individual donors for their ongoing support of NLT and our 2018-2019 season.

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