ATP’s 2019/20 season promises excitement and ‘collisions of diverging ideas’

Alberta Theatre Projects’ 48th season lineup was announced this week, with some changes to their current format including returning to a six-play season and longer show runs. The 2019/20 season will be the first programmed by ATP’s new executive and artistic director, Darcy Evans, who describes the upcoming season’s plays as exploring “exciting onstage collisions of diverging ideas, points of view, class, gender or cultural perspectives.”

The plays announced for the upcoming season are:

• The Wedding Party by Kristen Thomson, directed by Darcy Evans and running Sept. 11 – 29, 2019. The Martha Cohen Theatre will be transformed into cabaret-style seating for this production to create a “hilarious, spirited immersive theatre experience.”

• Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Nigel Shawn Williams running Oct. 16 – Nov. 3, 2019. The theatre will be turned into a dinner party for this play, which was the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

• The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, story by C.S. Lewis and adapted by Joseph Robinette, directed by Darcy Evans running Nov. 19 – Dec. 29, 2019. This will be ATP’s annual holiday show, where audiences will be taken on a journey to the snowy and mystical land of Narnia.

• Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, a 2b theatre company production created by Hannah Moscovitch, Christian Barry and Ben Caplan, running Feb. 5 – 16, 2020. Old Stock offers something for everyone, incorporating humorously dark story-theatre with a high-energy concert.

• Actually by Anna Ziegler, directed by Jenna Rodgers running Feb. 26 – Mar. 15, 2020. Actually examines the issue of consent, the politics of race, gender and privilege on a contemporary university campus.

• Cowgirl Up by Anna Chatterton, directed by Christine Brubaker running Apr. 15 – May 3, 2020. Finishing up the season is Cowgirl Up , which was commissioned and developed by ATP, and is a story of the power of women and a heartfelt love letter to rodeo life, featuring elements of modern dance and movement.

For more information about Alberta Theatre Projects and their upcoming season, visit

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