Sat February 23 - Sat February 23, 2019

Downstage proudly presents the World Premiere of
Smoke by Elena Belyea

Jordan, Aiden's ex, shows up at Aiden's apartment to confront her about the allegation that Jordan sexually assaulted her two years ago. The smoke is thick and the town is burning. What will it take to put it out?

** Please note: Downstage's production of Smoke will include nudity and non-toxic smoke effects and is recommended for ages 16 years and up

Split Casting

Half of the evening performances feature the characters of Aiden (played by Chantelle Han) and Jordan (played by Alex Dawkins) as two women. The other half, feature the character of Aiden as a woman (played by Chantelle Han) and the character of Jordan (played by Joel David Taylor) as a man. Downstage celebrates the wide range of gender identities across the gender spectrum, that exist beyond the binary of “men” and “women".

Performances with Chantelle Han and Joel David Taylor: February 13, 15, 17, 20, 22 and the matinee on the 23rd.
Performances with Chantelle Han and Alexandra Dawkins: February 14, 16, 19, 21, and the evening show on the 23rd

If you would like to see both versions, you're welcome to purchase tickets on two nights, or check out our Pay It Forward program to see the show at no cost on a second night.

Ideal for: Performances, lectures, workshops
Capacity: 165 – Theatre-style seating
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: customizable theatre lighting and A/V options, event planning support 

The Big Secret Theatre is not a secret anymore and at one point it wasn't even a theatre! The space, hidden away on the +15 level of Arts Commons was originally designed to function as a lounge. In 1987, One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre approached Arts Commons seeking space and the lounge space was leased to them on a trial basis. Today the company calls the Big Secret Theatre their permanent home. 

This venue has limited rental dates, to inquire about renting this space, please contact Johanne Deleeuw at or 403-264-3224, ext. 4370.

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