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January 17, 2019

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The Cardiac Shadow

A Co-Production with the Good Women Dance Collective

January 18 – February 2, 2019
Preview January 17
Studio Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330-84 Ave

Featuring: The Good Women Dance Collective
Alida Kendell as Mary
Alison Kause as Sarah
Kate Stashko as Anna
Ainsley Hillyard as Judith

Featuring the voice-over acting by:
Nadien Chu as Mary
Elisa Benzer as Sarah
Rachel Bowron as Anna,
Megan Dart as Judith
Vance Avery as SS Second Lieutenant Dr. Sigmund Rascher

Direction Set & Costume Design: Trevor Schmidt
Multimedia Film & Projection Design: Katrina Beatty of Loud Whisper Production
Original Composition & Sound Design: Dave Clarke
Lighting Design: Beth Dart
Stage Management: Jenn Best
Production Management: Tyler Herman

The Cardiac Shadow

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

About The Cardiac Shadow

Based on a true story – The Cardiac Shadow is an historically driven drama about the experiments conducted in the Dachau concentration camp by Dr. Sigmund Rascher and overseen by Heinrich Himmler, the Third Reich Commissioner for the Strengthening of German Nationhood. 

Four women are procured from the Ravensbrϋck concentration camp, hand picked 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. The play asks the question: “Where does the human spirit go when the body must remain behind, frozen inside an atrocity?”

Women’s stories from the Holocaust and specifically the women prisoners of the Ravensbrϋck concentration camp are vastly under-represented in historical accounts of World War II.  In our current era of dehumanizing language and violent actions towards society’s most vulnerable, THE CARDIAC SHADOW is more than resonate. 

This full-fledged multi-media production under the direction of Northern Light Theatre’s Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt will incorporate dance, choreographed by The Good Women Dance Collective, an intricate multi-media design created by Katrina Beatty of Loud Whisper productions, along with an immersive sound scape of the spoken text and original music composed by Sound Designer Dave Clarke.

All in all, THE CARDIAC SHADOW will feature the work of 17 artists, making it one of the biggest artistic endeavours our company has undertaken in the past seven years.  We are excited to be creating a show that involves so many mediums and creative collaborators. 

The Cardiac Shadow

The run of the Cardiac Shadow will also coincide with World Holocaust Day on January 27, 2019. We hope that you will consider taking in one of our Salon Events during this production.

Performance dates and show times:

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:30pm Preview
    Pay What You Can
  • Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30pm Opening
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:00pm Matinee
    1:15 pm Preshow Director's Circle Event with Trevor Schmidt, and snacks from    Under the Highwheel

The Cardiac Shadow

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Monday, January 21 – no performance
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:30pm
    NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door 

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30pm
    Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon and Pizza from Famoso on Whyte

The Cardiac Shadow

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30pm
    Post Show Talk Back with members of the cast and company

The Cardiac Shadow

  • Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00pm Matinee 
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Monday, January 28 – no performance
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:30pm
    NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door 
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:30pm Closing

To book your tickets you can call NLT's office 9am-4pm daily, visit our website at or...


Our onsite box-office at Fringe Theatre Adventures will be open one hour before curtain.

Our Interview with Playwright

The Cardiac ShadowNorthern Light Theatre’s Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt chatted with THE CARDIAC SHADOW’s playwright Clay McLeod Chapman about the development of the piece.  Read the interview below.


TREVOR:  This play is inspired by an obscure footnote in history (I know, because I've tried to research it after the fact). How did you stumble upon it- and why did it strike you as grist for your theatrical mill?

CLAY:  Fate really. Stumbled is the right word for it. It was a used book.  "Human Behavior in the Concentration Camp" by Dr. Elie A. Cohen. It's still on my bookshelf right now. The cover is falling apart, but cracking it open... there are all my underlined passages. It is a nightmare of humanity. The freezing experiments are mentioned briefly. The names of the female participants go unnamed, and I remember thinking to myself, "these women will never be named." Their identities have already faded, already vanished, and I found that truly heartbreaking. I just wanted to hear what their stories might have been. Hear their voices.

TREVOR:  Did one piece come before the rest of the others?

CLAY:  It was rather linear. At least in the sense of beginning to end, the way the pieces are presented is the way it was written. One story informed the next. Starting with the doctor, who was a framing device for the women's narratives, and then letting each woman's narrative inform the next, let them build upon one another.

TREVOR: The piece has never had a full staging before. How did you envision it? Was it intended to be a reading piece, rather than a performance?

CLAY: There has been two presentations -- one Pumpkin Pie Show production at PS 122 in part of their "New, New Stuff" festival back in, lordy, 2005! Then there was a staged reading in 2006 in part of the Women's Center Stage festival at the Culture Project. The PS 122 presentation was a very lean production. We had all four women contained in a small space onstage, a bed, while the doctor sat directly next to the bed and played harp. We had a quartet of cellists surrounding the bed, essentially one cellist per actress. With each of the women's story, we'd add another cello. The first story was just one soloist, then two cellists, then three, four... and then there was a full-bodied song at the end. It was static, but we were hoping the audience would feel as if they were looking into the stage-space, like they were observing these women, isolated, trapped.

TREVOR: You've had a widely varied career. Can you talk about the development from theatre, and your intimate one-person PUMPKIN PIE SHOW work, through your YA novels and anthologies to your current work with Spiderman and MARVEL? And what does this book deal entail?

CLAY: I can't speak too-too much about the book deal just yet but it'll be a novel for adults... A spooooky novel! And as far as the rest of my career, I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to fail within multiple mediums. There are so many stories I want to tell, and so many stories that need someone to tell them, that sometimes I have a chance to tell those stories. I'm mastering the master-of-none mentality. At this point, I try to let the story dictate its desired medium... whether that's comics or novels or children's books. I'll have an idea that sticks in my craw until I find the proper platform to spin it. I'm fortunate that I've been able to convince other people that I can help tell their stories too, working with pre-existing characters such as Spider-Man... which is a joy. I just like telling stories. Silly as that sounds, it makes me very happy to be able to share these stories.

TREVOR:  You've recently returned to tread the boards in one-on-one theatre around Halloween. What was it like to be back?

CLAY:  The One-On-Ones was something I wanted -- needed -- to do for myself. It might've been a cry for help. I've been feeling kinda grumpy with theater and my relationship to it. I wanted to put myself in a
position where the relationship between performer and audience were brought to the forefront. I didn't want to hide... and I didn't want the audience to hide, either. Having a show where the entire performance was directed toward one audience member and one audience member only felt like a way to forge a connection that didn't exist performer, but through the alchemy of character and narrative. I wanted to tell a story and let the world of that story envelope the audience member until the space we were in became the space of the

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The Art of Cake Fundraiser

Northern Light Theatre presents
THE ART OF CAKE (and Theatre)
Our 2019-2020 Season Launch and Fundraiser

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm
The Art of Cake Cafe
11811 105 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 0L9

We hope you will join us for an evening of indulgence and wonderful surprises.

Be the first to get a sneak peek of Northern Light Theatre's upcoming 2019-2020 season: CONFESSIONS AND OBSESSIONS, along with a cake tasting by The Art of Cake.

Featuring performances from our 2019-2020 shows, huge announcements about our season and readings by Trevor Schmidt, Ellen Chorley, Jake Tkaczyk, Kristin Johnston Snelgrove and many more!

Tickets: $30.00

To purchase tickets, visit or call (780) 471-1586


We are still looking for volunteers for our upcoming Bingo dates and ushers for THE CARDIAC SHADOW.  And we will be looking for 60 volunteers for the Battle for the Limelight May 25, 2019!


Upcoming Bingo Dates at Caesar's Palace WEM
Saturday January 19, 2019, 11am-3:45pm
(3 more volunteers needed)

Friday February 8, 2019, 11am-3:45pm
(8 more volunteers needed)

All volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to see an upcoming NLT production.

To volunteer for one of our upcoming Bingos or Usher during our performance runs please email Gina Moe at


Special Ticket Offer for Northern Light Theatre’s Audiences

Give your heart an extra work out this midwinter with two cardiac shows.  When you purchase a ticket to see THE CARIAC SHADOW at Northern Light Theatre, get your ticket for KALDRSAGA: A QUEER TAVERN DRAMA FOR A MIDWINTER’S NIGHT presented by Cardiac Theatre for only $15.00.

The Art of Cake Fundraiser

Beers and queers. Thor and tequila. Giants and gin.

All this and more awaits you at Cardiac Theatre's KaldrSaga: A Queer Tavern Drama for a Midwinter’s Night by Harley Morison. Playing January 11-26 at The Almanac.

Tickets on sale at


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Theatre Network - Roxy on Gateway
Ghost Writer Theatre presents
The World Premiere of
Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs
By Ron Pearson

Minerva - Queen of Handcuffs

No binds can hold her! No box can contain her! She can escape from anything… anything but the clutches of the master himself! Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs is the true story of the world’s most famous female escape artist and her rivalry with Harry Houdini. This world premiere production features Edmonton’s own master escape artist, Miranda Allen.

Featuring: Miranda Allen & Richard Lee Hsi
Director: Bradley Moss

Roxy on Gateway
8529 103 Street
Tickets: 780-453-2440

Varscona Theatre

Shadow Theatre presents
From the author of Sexy Laundry
January 23rd — February 10th, 2019

Miss Teen

When her awkward daughter inexplicitly wins the local Miss Teen Pageant, a struggling single mother seizes the opportunity to improve her family’s difficult circumstances. Determined to help her daughter succeed, she resorts to increasingly desperate measures, even as the glare from the spotlight threatens to expose her eccentric methods and tear the family apart.

Varscona Theatre
10329 – 83rd Ave.

Tickets: 780-434-5564

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