DATE PICKED (Wednesday Sept 11)

Downstage proudly presents a Fieldwork presentation of a work-in-development

by David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor

Show runs September 11-13, 2013, 8 pm nightly 
Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall
EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
(enter through Stage Door on 9th Avenue)
To purchase tickets, call (403)[masked] or go to

(Seating is unassigned so please make your own arrangements for tickets in advance or at the door. Tickets are $20)

"Jealousy flirting with fire
Avarice making a fortune
Everything coming up green
Everything coming up corpses!"

Fieldwork, our work-in-development series, takes plays in process into their natural environment: with you, our audience. Catch a glimpse of this new work set to premiere in our[masked] season, and provide valuable feedback to the creators.

Award-winning Calgary composer David Rhymer and musician & Calgary Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor are collaborating to create a musical and theatrical exploration of the glorification of crime, proliferation of violence in the media, the nature of censorship and the responsibility of artistic creation.

This new concert musical is inspired by the 1940s comic book Crime Does Not Pay that depicted an astonishing array of offenses in lurid detail under the guise of morality tales about supposedly true crime exploits - with the bizarre twist of cartoonist Bob Wood committing a murder much like the characters of his nightmarish creation.

The artists will share some of the songs, stories and design ideas that are currently being developed, and speak about the creative process to this point.

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  • carol

    Enjoyed the workshop and like, Kim, thought the players were
    great - particularly Mr. Crime. At times, I found it hard to follow the plot. Looking forward to seeing the final version next year.

    September 12, 2013

  • Kim Z.

    All in all a very good workshop - I look forward to to seeing the full production. Some thoughts\suggestions . . .
    1) The chemistry between the players was outstanding
    2) Elenor's first number to the council to me appeared muddled and confusing. Too much dialog embedded in the number at too fast a pace. If that was the intent - it worked, otherwise not so much.
    3) Mr. Crimes final number also suffered from too much intellectual lyrics that interfered with message delivery of the number. Theme was spot on, but I'd streamline it a bit.
    4) The number where Wood kills his partner has great potential bet I feel the balance and transition from Mr Crimes narration to the actual murder scene needs work.


    September 12, 2013

  • Kim Z.

    Hi Folks. Sorry for the late RSVP but there was a danger I might have had to work tonight

    September 11, 2013

  • Elaine M.

    I am new to the city, so my perennial question - how and where is the parking? Is it obvious and easy? Thanks

    September 3, 2013

    • carol

      FYI-parkcade in EPCOR Centre is open but it is fairly small and Theatre Calg. will be on, too - allow lots of time.

      September 10, 2013

    • Elaine M.

      thank you. see you there

      September 10, 2013

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