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Runs from Friday March 24 2023 to Saturday March 25 2023

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes


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

Play Notes

× The Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival
March 24 - 25, 2023 at Victor Mitchell Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre
7:30PM Nightly
Tickets: $18 Adult General Admission
If you have questions or concerns, contact or 403.263.0079 ext 100

The Pumphouse Theatre and Alberta Drama Festival Association are finally back again for the 38th Annual Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival. Over two evenings, from March 24 to March 25, 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.

This years’ festival includes the following shows:

Friday March 24th
SHOW #1 A Part of Myself
by Steven Morton
presented by Aida Cupcakes Present
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A drag queen confronts his conservative family about what he's given up and been asked to give up for them.
Drama | Musical | 40 min
A Part of Myself is produced with permission by the playwright

SHOW #2 Bathsheba and the Books by David Ellis Heyman
presented by Handmade Ivy Stage and Screen
SHOW DESCRIPTION: King Solomon gives his mother Bathsheba fifteen minutes to pick the books of the Bible so he can rush it to publication to avoid bankruptcy from temple construction cost overruns.
Farce | Comedy | 50 min | ADVISORY—Strong Language
Bathsheba and the Books is produced with permission by the playwright

SHOW #3 Wrestling with Andy Kaufman by Safia Elder and AJ Pearce
presented by Workshop Theatre
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A one man show about Andy Kaufman descends into a dissection of the nature of performance.
Drama | Comedy | 20 min | ADVISORY—Strong Language & Violence
Wrestling with Andy Kaufman is produced with permission by the playwright

Saturday March 25th
SHOW #1 Emi Laara: Little Stories to Dream
by Hebert Poll Gutierrez
presented by Imaginante SC
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Emi laara: little stories from the soul to defend and promote the authentic Afro-Cuban identity.
Drama | Comedy | 30 min
Emi Laara is produced with permission by the playwright

SHOW #2 Dispatches From the Asylum: The Story of Nellie Bly, Badass Girl Reporter by Wendy Froberg
presented by Archetype Productions
SHOW DESCRIPTION: In 1887, investigative journalist Nellie Bly feigned a mental illness to be admitted to a lunatic asylum and exposed the maltreatment of psychiatric patients, ushering in a new age of more humane mental health understanding and treatment.
Drama | 60 min
Dispatches From the Asylum is produced with permission by the playwright

SHOW #3 Mudflap Girl by Sya Sen
presented by Sundog Storytellers
SHOW DESCRIPTION: In the 1970s an iconic image of a silhouetted woman started appearing on truck mudflaps; this is her story.
Drama | 60 min | ADVISORY - Silhouetted nudity
Mudflap Girl is produced with permission by the playwright

Each night will feature a new group of three 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 25th 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 Lethbridge. 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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