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Stage It Festival


Downstage's Stage It Festival features a bevy of new works by local artists! Enjoy new plays, music, local arts market and more. 

KINDLING by Stephanie Alexandre & Keith Boniol 
SECRET SALOON by Islay McKechnie & Ciarán Volke
RIDE OR DIE by Tara Beagan ~ listening party with playwright talkback
GOOD GRIEF! by Dana Prather & Rosemary Morrison ~ staged reading

Plus enjoy FREE local music and arts market

Visit for more information and the full lineup.



Creator-Producers: Stephanie Alexandre and Keith Boniol

When is a stranger no longer a stranger?

Lyla is left bewildered when her best friend and roommate, Jay, suddenly decides to pack up and leave the province without an explanation. The night before they’re set to move out, two strangers with tornado-like personalities show up at their door, ready to move into their new home. Between phone calls to an irresponsible landlord, a kitchen fire, and an accidental unveiling of secrets, these pairs of strangers begin to unpack a kindredness towards each other, realising they are not as alone in their struggles as they thought.

Tickets $20.00 Each

Select Your Performance:
Thursday, May 11, 2023  |  7:25 PM
Friday, May 12, 2023  |  9:25 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2023  |  5:45 PM
Sunday, May 14, 2023  |  6:45 PM

Buy Both Kindling & Secret Saloon - $15.00 Each


Secret Saloon

Secret Saloon

Creator-Producers: Islay Mckechnie and Ciaran Volke

A storyteller’s playground

Feast your eyes, ears and hearts on bar dogs Islay McKechnie and Ciaran Volke as they interview local queer artists and creators, and from their stories fashion a completely improvised musical before your very eyes. What will you discover in the Secret Saloon?

Tickets $20.00 Each

Select Your Performance:
Thursday, May 11, 2023  |  8:30 PM
Friday, May 12, 2023  |  8:20 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2023  |  6:50 PM
Sunday, May 14, 2023  |  5:40 PM

Buy Both Secret Saloon & Kindling - $15.00 Each

Good Grief!

Good Grief! - Staged Reading

By Dana Prather and Rosemary Morrison

Good Grief! Puts the fun back in funeral!

Good Grief! Finds Dana and Rosemary in the midst of a funeral. Faced with the question of how to move on, if that’s even possible, they go back to the drawing board and learn how to grieve from the ground up. In an exploration of the ways love, loss, and life shape who we are, Dana and Rosemary bring a uniquely morbid sense of humour to put the fun back in funeral!

Tickets $10.00 Each

Select Your Performance:
Friday, May 12, 2023  |  7:25 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2023  |  4:45 PM

Ride or Die (1)

Ride or Die Listening Party and Conversation with Tara Beagan

By Tara Beagan


Though Win and his Grams are growing weary of life in a temporary camp, they never tire of each others’ jokes. In a world of floods and fires, they are family, and Win will get his Grams to her lucky spot at bingo through hell and highwater.

Ride or Die is one play in the series Climate Change and Other Small Talk created by Sunny Drake and produced in association with 9 companies around the world.

Tickets $10.00 Each

Select Your Performance:
Sunday, May 14, 2023  |  4:45 PM