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Runs from Thursday March 21 2024 to Saturday March 23 2024

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes


Pumphouse Theatre
Victor Mitchell Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW
Calgary AB T3C 3P5

Play Notes

× The Pumphouse Theatre & Alberta Drama Festival Association Present:
The Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival
March 21 - 23, 2024 at Victor Mitchell Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre
7:30PM Nightly
Tickets: $17 General Admission
If you have questions or concerns, contact or 403.263.0079 ext 100

The Pumphouse Theatre and Alberta Drama Festival Association are at it again for the Annual Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival. Over three evenings, from March 21 to March 23, we are thrilled to be presenting six one-act plays from a diverse array of local artists. From drama to comedy, new work to classics, the One Act Play Festival offers something for everyone.

Thursday March 21st
SHOW #1 I Am Not Batman
by Marco Ramirez presented by Third Draft Theatre
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A street kid with a stomach full of grocery store brand macaroni and cheese fulfills the ultimate Batman fantasy.
Comedy | 40 min
I Am Not Batman is produced with permission by Playscripts

SHOW #2 In Hot Water by Trish Clark presented by Ma Teresa Productions
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A decades married couple travel to Macchu Picchu to enjoy a bucket list trip. But their plans are literally ‘rail roaded’ when the only train company goes on strike. With most of the inn keepers, cooks, and townspeople being part of the strike, their local guide Eduardo becomes their link to food, water, and getting out of TOWN.
Drama | Comedy | 30 min
In Hot Water is produced with permission by the playwright

Friday March 22nd
SHOW #1 A Forgotten Patriot
by Alan LeBouef presented by Confederation Theatre Society
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Smedley Butler was an American War hero decorated many times for bravery. After experiencing over 30 years of action and being wounded many times he began to realize the absurdity of war and published a short book titled “War is a Racket”. The play begins on the day of his funeral as his friends recount how Butler may have prevented a fascist takeover in the USA and how it might have impacted Canada. Sadly, this man is largely unknown to most Americans.
Drama | 50 min
A Forgotten Patriot is produced with permission by the playwright

SHOW #2 Trooper Brown by Susan Carpenter presented by BrokeHer Productions
SHOW DESCRIPTION: The play follows Nellie's struggle to reconcile her resurrected grief over her larger-than-life deceased husband as their granddaughter, Rose, and husband, Evan, pack up a lifetime of memories for her move into a nursing home. Nellie is haunted by her past in an Irish orphanage and dreads being warehoused again. She longs to live large and leave suddenly like husband Trooper Brown, idolized by Evan and Rose, rather than being forgotten. But will Nellie's adventure be a heroic story or a tragedy?
Drama | 15 min
Trooper Brown is produced with permission by the playwright

Saturday March 23rd
SHOW #1 Teach Stede, Jamie
by Greg Miller presented by Grandora Players
SHOW DESCRIPTION: One dark night Jamie ends up somewhere a very long ways away. She meets Stede, who has suspicions. As they learn about each other, one of the fiercest characters in history appears. All have their own hidden truths, revealed in due course, until all is finally clear. Or is it?
Drama | Comedy | 45 min | ADVISORY: Strong Language, gun shots, depiction of drinking
Teach Stede, Jamie is produced with permission by the playwright

SHOW #2 Like and Subscribe by AJ Pearce presented by Workshop Theatre
SHOW DESCRIPTION: The Olsen family have a very successful YouTube channel. Although, as they approach a new record for subscribers, their eldest daughter has decided she no longer wants to create content. This throws the family’s dynamic, and livelihood, into turmoil.
Drama | 30 min
Like and Subscribe is produced with permission by the playwright

Each night will feature a new group of two performances, all which will run under sixty minutes in length. After the shows are completed, the audience is encouraged to stay for our festival adjudicator’s public adjudication. An award ceremony will take place on Saturday March 23rd where our festival adjudicator will decide the recipients of the Calgary Region Awards including Outstanding Performer, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Technical Merit, Outstanding New Work, and Outstanding Production. The recipient of this last award will represent the Calgary Region at the Provincial Festival happening in May in Grand Prairie. The Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival is an exciting way to see some of Calgary's most passionate up and coming theatre artists. Come take in a night of great entertainment while supporting local performing arts!

About the ADFA
The Alberta Drama Festival Association is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to encourage, develop and maintain community theatre in Alberta. The main vehicle for pursuing this mandate is the adult, non-professional One-Act Play Festivals held throughout Alberta. Regional organizations in each of the nine zones host annual festivals which bring together community groups in a celebration and sharing of theatre excellence.

About the Pumphouse Theatre
For almost 50 years, The Pumphouse Theatre has been a home for Calgary’s emerging performing arts scene. In any given year more than a dozen companies will produce over 35 shows in the two theatres. The many diverse groups that perform at the Pumphouse Theatre range from large established companies to small up-and-coming artists’ collectives. The Pumphouse Theatre is committed not only to providing a high-quality venue for the arts but also to keeping the venue affordable for Calgary’s arts community.

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