Our Canada, Our Story
Produced by ActionDignity in partnership with Arts Commons.
Saturday February 1, 2020
Martha Cohen Theatre
Matinee at 2:30pm
Evening performance at 7:30pm
Lobby opens 60-minutes prior to the performance.
Our Canada, Our Story weaves together the narratives of Calgarians deeply impacted by racism. The production is a daring, honest study in resilience. At times surreal, at times difficult, a cast of both youthful and seasoned storytellers conjures an alchemizing magic: dramatized accounts of real life events transform pain into action, adversity into self-awareness. The show challenges myths, labels and stereotypes. The candor of youth creators and adult performers provides a compassionate look at those deemed ‘the other.’ Together they ask the question, “in the age of ‘Politicians in Black Face’ and our Polarized Neighbours to the South – what does Canada’s Mosaic really mean?”
Directed by five time Rosie Award winner and Gemini Award winning actor, playwright and director Michelle Thrush, Our Canada, Our Story grapples with tough issues. Systemic racism, suicide, racial profiling, First Nations genocide, anti-Black bigotry and anti-Muslim hatred are not off limits. Emerging teen, young adult and professional actors share the realities of those who face racism on a regular basis. Created by award winning playwright, filmmaker and actor Melanee Murray-Hunt, the show features the writing and performances of racialized youth. This ensemble work forges a dynamic portrait of Calgary’s unsung and often underserved communities of color.
This event is most suitable ages 14 and over.
Parents with infants are asked to be respectful of other patrons by seating themselves near the doors so they may attend to their infant in the lobby if they begin to disturb others.
Please be on time. For the respect of the artists and other patrons, latecomers will only be seated at an appropriate break in the performance.
Arts Commons wishes to recognize that this performance takes place on Treaty 7 Territory, and that this land has been stewarded since time immemorial by the people of the Treaty 7 region: the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Piikani, Kainai, and Siksika First Nations; the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations; and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. These lands are also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
This space is accepting of all-types of difference, and all attendees have a right to feel safe at Arts Commons regardless of age, ancestry, colour, family status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, place of origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or source of income (Alberta Human Rights Act). To this end, Arts Commons will not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behaviour, please know that such behaviour is grounds for removal from the event. If you witness abusive or discriminatory behaviour please speak with a member of staff.
We regret that a relaxed performance, audio described performance, or audio-enhanced/subtitles are not available for this presentation.
Please do not hesitate to call our box office with any questions or concerns regarding ticketing or accessibility: 403-294-9494.
To make planning your trip a bit easier, the most convenient parking can be found in the Arts Commons Parkade or across the street in the City Hall Parkade (attached by a +15 with an elevator). Arts Commons is also easily accessible by Calgary Transit (the C-Train is a block away) and the Centre City Cycle Track Network (there are bike racks out front of each entrance on 8th Ave SE).
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