Alberta Theatre Projects
Martha Cohen Theatre
By Michael Healey
This hilarious battle of wits is based on true events. The year is 1979, and our hero is Prime Minister Joe Clark: young, idealistic, and stubborn. He’s in his office, deciding if he should put his first budget before Parliament. He knows that if he does he could lose everything. Everyone begs him not to do it: his wife, his colleagues… Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau... They tell him he should pull some strings, make some deals. Compromise.
But like we said, he’s stubborn.
This sparkling and rowdy political comedy is a hugely relevant debate about leadership and power.
“This unbelievably funny play takes us inside the corridors of power to meet some fascinating figures in Canadian politics. No matter where you stand, or even if you don’t follow politics, you’ll relish these great characters and their sometimes questionable shenanigans.”
- Artistic Director, Vanessa Porteous
Audience Advice: Mature Content
Ideal for: Performances and recitals
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) has been the resident tenant in the courtyard-shaped, Georgian-style Martha Cohen Theatre since 1985. Tiered levels of seats form a three-quarter circle around the performing area eliminating the separation between the audience and performers. The farthest seat from the stage is a mere 39 feet away.
Situated in the heart of Arts Commons beside Jack Singer Concert Hall, Martha Cohen Theatre received state-of-the-art sound upgrade in 2014, as well as all new seats and a new lighting console in 2016, ensuring that it remains at the top of theatre industry standard. The Martha Cohen Theatre was named after the late Dr. Martha Cohen ($1M donated by her husband in honour of her birthday).
This venue has limited rental dates
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To inquire about renting this venue, please contact David Fraser at dfraser@ATPlive.com or 403.294.7476
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