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SMOKE (World Premiere) - CALGARY


Performance Times
Nightly at 7:30 pm on February 13-17 and February 19-23, 2019
Matinee at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

100 minutes, 2 /3 actors.

Elena Eli Belyea - Playwright 
Christine Brubaker – Director 
Alexandra Dawkins - Performer (Jordan, F) 
Chantelle Han - Performer (Aiden) 
Joel David Taylor - Performer (Jordan, M) 
Graham Frampton – Lighting Designer 
Thomas Geddes – Sound Designer 
Anton deGroot - Set Designer 
Jordan Wieben - Costume Designer  
Aldona Barutowicz - Publicist 
Andrea Donaldson - Script Dramaturg
Ivanna Ihekwoaba – University of Calgary Theatre Intern 
Jessie Paynter – Production Manager
Katherine Penhale - Production Assistant 
Jenna Rodgers – Production Dramaturg 
Carissa Sams - Stage Manager 
Meags Fitzgerald - Poster Design

Jordan, Aiden's ex, shows up at Aiden's apartment to confront her about the allegation that Jordan sexually assaulted her two years ago. The smoke is thick and the town is burning. What will it take to put it out?

Split Casting
Half of the evening performances feature the characters of Aiden (played by Chantelle Han) and Jordan (played by Alex Dawkins) as two women. The other half, feature the character of Aiden as a woman (played by Chantelle Han) and the character of Jordan (played by Joel David Taylor) as a man. Downstage celebrates the wide range of gender identities across the gender spectrum, that exist beyond the binary of “men” and “women".

Find the Theatre
The Big Secret Theatre is on the second floor of Arts Commons in downtown Calgary, opposite Olympic Plaza at 225 8 Avenue SE. Check out our Motel page for directions to Arts Commons including travelling by transit and by car.

Development History
Smoke was developed as part of Nightwood Theatre's Write From The Hip script development program as well as Caravan Farm Theatre's National Playwrights Retreat. The actors who appeared in the 2017 WFTH workshop reading were Diana Luong and Jesse LaVercombe.

Tickets available now (including a limited number of tickets available at no cost through Downstage’s Pay-It-Forward program) at