2017 - 2018 SEASON
What Are You Hungry For?
This season indulge in family secrets, holiday hilarity, girl talk, authentic Canadian tales, and a pageant story that will leave you speechless.
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$145 Adult Early Bird until May 31, 2017
$115 Student / Senior Early Bird until May 31, 2017
BOOK CLUB II: THE NEXT CHAPTER
By Meredith Taylor-Parry Directed by Shari Wattling
September 17 - October 7, 2017
There’s trouble in suburban paradise and once again it’s Book Club to the rescue. It’s two years later and Lisa realizes her marriage has become mired in routine. Her girlfriends decide that a weekend in a resort hotel would be a perfect get away for all of them. But when conversation turns to the possibility of creating a Mommy Commune and Lisa bumps into an old flame, the ladies have to examine what marriage and sisterhood truly mean to them.
By Meg Braem Directed by Samantha MacDonald
October 23 - November 11, 2017
Hank Dunfield is on the verge of his 100th birthday. Sarah, the new nurse at his care facility is determined to help him celebrate this milestone, even though Hank doesn’t want anything to do with it. As their relationship unfolds Hank reveals his past as a tail gunner during the Second World War. When Sarah finally gets to the heart of Hank’s pain and sorrow he opens up to her and is finally able to find the peace he has desperately been seeking. Inspired by the true story of a Calgary WWII Veteran, Flight Risk was developed through the Suncor Stage One Festival in June 2016.
THE SANTALAND DIARIES
By David Sedaris Adapted by Joe Mantello Directed by Kelly Reay
November 27 - December 23, 2017
His name is Crumpet and he'll tell you the truth about Santaland. An out of work and broke actor in New York city takes a job as an elf in Macy's Santaland Village. The behind-the-scenes reality of holiday cheer is not the blissful peppermint dream that he had imagined. Fortunately, he's willing to share his hilarious horror story publicly. Based on David Sedaris' hilarious book chronicling his outlandish experience working as an elf in a Macy's Santaland, The Santaland Diaries is a one-man riff on one elf's truly odd encounters with his fellow man. A Christmas comedy for the little bit of humbug in all of us.
By Michelle Thrush
January 15 - 27, 2018
As part of the High Performance Rodeo we are thrilled to present Inner Elder, a new one-woman show created and performed by award winning Calgary actress, Michelle Thrush. A show that will take audiences on a journey of discovery using real moments remembered through the eyes of Michelle and the impact her Grandmother had on her life. Through her stories you will see the transformation from a child to an elder, showing us that for everyone laughter is the best healing medicine.
AI YAH! SWEET & SOUR SECRETS
By Dale Lee Kwong Directed by Trevor Rueger
February 19 - March 10, 2018
More than one family secret comes out of the closet in this cultural comedy with a fortune cookie twist! Chinese-Canadian Jade Wong is caught between being true to herself and living up to her family’s cultural expectations. When her father invites a surprise guest to celebrate Chinese New Years, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. Winner of the Discovery Prize in the 2006 Alberta Playwrighting Competition, this funny and heart-warming story speaks to anyone who has ever faced an awkward family dinner!
By Melody Johnson Musical Score by Allison Porter Directed by Karen Johnson-Diamond
April 2 - April 21, 2018
Desperate to escape the stall-cleaning, hay-baling drudgery of 1950’s life on Rural Route 2, Peggy Ann Douglas dreams of becoming a Hollywood movie star and she is going to start her journey to the top by winning the local pageant! Can she sing, twirl and pivot her way into the judges’ hearts or will shaky nerves and work ethic sabotage her efforts? Follow the quest of this beauty queen on her pursuit for the Miss Caledonia tiara.
EMERGING DIRECTOR'S SHOWCASE
May 8 - May 12, 2018
Following the final show of our season we will once again present the work of an aspiring, up and coming young director. The Emerging Director’s Showcase is a unique opportunity for Lunchbox Theatre to provide mentorship to an emerging Calgary artist, and for our audiences to have the opportunity to see the work of a Calgary’s next great director.
STAGE ONE FESTIVAL OF NEW CANADIAN WORK
May 21 - June 9, 2018
For more than 30 years Lunchbox theatre has been dedicated to the creation, development and production of new Canadian one-act plays, many of which have gone on to great acclaim after their premiere on our stage.