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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

OYR 2008-09 Creations




One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre celebrates another year of performance creation when it revisits two of its most popular friends Sylvia Plath and Leonard Cohen, pushes the boundaries at the High Performance Rodeo, shares its interpretation of the world's oldest epic, and combines sex, hockey and rock n' roll for an electric night of erotica.

Founded in 1982 and based in the Big Secret Theatre in Calgary's EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, One Yellow Rabbit creates new, original theatrical works by its Resident Performing Ensemble each year. The OYR Ensemble has also toured its unique brand of performance across North America, Australia, Asia, Mexico and Europe. In addition to producing new Ensemble creations, OYR hosts the annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts, and the Summer Lab Intensive school of performance creation. For more information, please visit

One Yellow Rabbit's 23rd annual
High Performance Rodeo
Calgary's International Festival of the Arts
January 5th to 31st, 2009

Celebrating its 23rd year, the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts, has mapped the craggy edge of new, original and unusual live performance and has landed firmly in Canada's cultural consciousness. While the complete line up for the 2009 Rodeo won't be announced until mid-Fall, OYR is excited to give patrons a sneak peek of what's to come. OYR is pleased to announce world-renowned composer, Philip Glass, will be this year's artist-in-residence. The residency will include a variety of live appearances and performances by Glass, as well as a special co-presentation with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's premiere of Glass' symphony, Low. Other Rodeo treats include the Calgary premiere of Catalyst Theatre's Frankenstein, co-presented by OYR and Theatre Calgary, and the return of His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond as the 2009 Honorary Patron.

The High Performance Rodeo will be hosted at various venues throughout Calgary, including the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. Show times vary: please consult the festival calendar for a full list of acts and times. The Rodeo Guide, including the full festival calendar, will be released in mid-Fall 2008.

Headlining the High Performance Rodeo
One Yellow Rabbit presents
Gilgamesh La-Z-Boy
Directed by Blake Brooker
Staged by Denise Clarke
Adapted and performed by the One Yellow Rabbit Performing Ensemble
January 27th to 31st, 2009
Big Secret Theatre

Gilgamesh: the world's oldest epic, already ancient by the time of Christ, earlier thanand vastly different fromany other great myth we know. Think of it as the first-ever buddy movie over 4,000 years before movies were invented. Gilgamesh La-Z-Boy is One Yellow Rabbit's re-telling of the story, a modern interpretation unlike any other.

Gilgamesh: the son of a goddess, born a hero and a king, god-ruler of the Sumerian city Uruk, located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now Iraq. He is unconquerable, strong beyond all others and beloved by his armies. But also tyrannical, childish, selfish, ruthless, and bored. Meet Enkidu: wild-man, half beast, sent by the gods to terrorize the countryside and chastise Gilgameshthat is, until the two become fast friends, together undertaking a lethal quest in search of immortality. It is a tale of snarling demons, giant divine bulls, serpents and devastatingly seductive priestesses. But most of all, it is a moving and celebratory story about what it means to live a good life, the nature of happiness, friendship, and of men learning to be, above all else, human.


Scheduled to tour across Canada in 2008-09, the One Yellow Rabbit Performing Ensemble is happy to return to the Calgary stage and reprise its role in three of the company's most popular and powerful productions.

Doing Leonard Cohen
Adapted and Directed by Blake Brooker
Staged by Denise Clarke
Performed by the OYR Ensemble
November 25th to 29th, 2008
Big Secret Theatre
The OYR Ensemble reprises this multi-layered homage to the incandescent Mr. Cohen, which features some 50 poems from early works like Death of a Lady's Man and The Spice Box of Earth, as well as an extended treatment of the novel Beautiful Losers. Along with its sultry yet aggressive movement, the hallucinatory stream of consciousness captures the erotic and sensual qualities of Cohen's finest poetic voice. Put on your bell-bottoms and Greek sandals, then get set to revel in the sexy 60s as only Leonard canand did.

"Poetry in motion" Globe & Mail

Sylvia Plath Must Not Die Unplugged
Written and Directed by Blake Brooker
Staged by Denise Clarke
Performed by the OYR Ensemble
TBA (During the run of Doing Leonard Cohen) One show only
Big Secret Theatre

Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, two of the 20th century's most prolific and complex literary figures, are inexorably linked, as much by their mutual zeal for life as by their infamous deaths. Originally premiering at the 2008 High Performance Rodeo, the award-winning One Yellow Rabbit Performing Ensemble invites audiences to revisit its voyeuristic journey to another era, where cocktails are swilled and conflicted souls are expressed in a cathartic torrent of ink and emotion.

"Onalea Gilbertson and Denise Clarke light up the stage" Teresa Taylor, Sun Media

Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica
Written by Dave Bidini
Adapted for the stage by Dave Bidini and Blake Brooker
Directed by Blake Brooker
Staged by Denise Clarke
Original music by Rheostatics
Performed by OYR Ensemble and Rheostatics
February 16th, 2009 One show only
Jack Singer Concert Hall

Rock n' roll, theatre, hockey and sex! Together at last for a four-way power play, two of Canada's longest-standing creative forcesCalgary's One Yellow Rabbit and legendary Toronto rock band Rheostaticshook up to create and perform a series of incisive erotic hockey stories for the stage. Written by Rheostatic and author Dave Bidini, Five Hole weaves together a suite of electrifying, tender and hilarious love stories through the lens of our national pastime.

"ĶFive Hole reverberates like a well-thrown bodycheck" Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald


Once again the One Yellow Rabbit Performing Ensemble takes its unique brand of performance creation theatre on the road touring Canada with three of its most provocative and powerful productions, including Doing Leonard Cohen, the Toronto premiere of Sylvia Plath Must Not Die, and Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica.

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts presents
Sylvia Plath Must Not Die and Doing Leonard Cohen
Toronto, ON - December 2nd to 13th, 2008 Info: 416-866-8666
Cross-Canada tour
Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica
Whitehorse, YK February 24th, 2009Yukon Arts Centre Info: 867-667-8574
Ottawa, ON February 27th, 2009Centrepointe Theatre Info: 1-866-752-5231
Kingston, ON March 3rd, 2009Grand Theatre
Kitchener, ON March 4th, 2009Centre In The Square Info: 1-800-265 8977
Oakville, ON March 5th, 2009Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts Info: 905-815-2021
St. Catharines, ON March 6th, 2009Centre for the Arts at Brock University Info: 1-866-617-3257
Parry Sound, ON March 7th, 2009Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts Info: 1-877-746-4466
Brampton, ON March 10th, 2009Rose Theatre Info: 905-874-2800
Other date to be announced


10th Annual Wine Stage
Friday, September 26th and Saturday, 27th, 2008

The 10th annual Wine Stage offers another year of unlimited tasting of the world's finest wines poured for you by the experts and served alongside culinary creations from Calgary's most talented chefs. Tickets are limited so book early! Tickets on sale July 15th, 2008 from the One Yellow Rabbit Box Office by calling 403-264-3224 or information at

Participating Wine Merchants include BIN 905, J. Webb Wine Merchant, Kensington Wine Market, Metrovino, Richmond Hill Wines, The Banff Wine Store, The Wine Cellar South

Participating Restaurants include Brava Bistro, The Tribune, Gruman's Extraordinary Catering, The Cookbook Company, Living Room Restaurant and many more!


Marketing Manager and Publicist: Tonya Zelinsky 403.264.3224 ext. 25

Rodeo Publicist: Bottom Line Productions

Brad Walker 403.567.1507

Todd Hawkwood 403-.567-1507

Mailing Address

#21, 225-8 Avenue S.E.

Calgary, AB T2G 0K8

P. 403.264.3224 F. 403.264.3230


The Big Secret Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

(and various locations throughout the year, especially during the High Performance Rodeo)

One Yellow Rabbit Flex Pass $96

Good for any four regular season admissions to any regular OYR presentation,

completely flexible and transferable

Tickets: 403.299.8888 or, or online at

Information: 403.264.3224 or

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