BY MARK CRAWFORD
MARCH 5 – 23, 2019
“On matters of laughter and identity, The New Canadian Curling Club is on the button.” – London Fuse
“[Mark] Crawford’s clever dialogue and witty comebacks make this another laugh-out-loud comedy.” – Entertain This Thought
The New Canadian Curling Club tells the story of a Chinese physician, a Jamaican-Canadian Tim Horton’s manager, a South Asian father, and a 17-year old Syrian refugee who live in a rural Canadian town. In an effort to welcome newcomers to Canada, the community decides to offer a free, “Learn to Curl” program. But when its organizer slips on the ice and breaks her hip, the rink’s ice custodian and former champion curler Stuart MacPhail is forced to step in as head coach. Trouble is, Stuart has some strong opinions about immigrants—opinions he has trouble keeping to himself. What follows is the hilarious and inspiring story of a group of unlikely athletes who face off against local prejudice and become a true team.
A comedy that “is funny, very funny… profound and diverse and encouraging” (London Fuse), The New Canadian Curling Club is a laugh-out-loud, heart-warming reminder of what it means to be Canadian.
“Four out of five stars. [The New Canadian Curling club] Achieves what may seem the impossible task of portraying its serious subject realistically and yet being warmly funny at the same time.” – Stage Door
IF YOU LIKE:
Audience Considerations: Contains coarse language. Suggested for ages 14+.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes (includes 20 minute intermission.)
Ideal for: Performances and recitals
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) has been the resident tenant in the courtyard-shaped, Georgian-style Martha Cohen Theatre since 1985. Tiered levels of seats form a three-quarter circle around the performing area eliminating the separation between the audience and performers. The farthest seat from the stage is a mere 39 feet away.
Situated in the heart of Arts Commons beside Jack Singer Concert Hall, Martha Cohen Theatre received state-of-the-art sound upgrade in 2014, as well as all new seats and a new lighting console in 2016, ensuring that it remains at the top of theatre industry standard. The Martha Cohen Theatre was named after the late Dr. Martha Cohen ($1M donated by her husband in honour of her birthday).
This venue has limited rental dates
To inquire about renting this venue, please contact David Fraser at dfraser@ATPlive.com or 403.294.7476