By Sara Elizabeth Taylor
CALGARY — There’s something fascinating about fear. Fear causes our hearts to race, our palms to sweat, and our hands to shake — yet some of us seek it out. We watch horror movies, we visit haunted houses, and, later this month, we will even celebrate Halloween, an entire holiday that has become associated with fear. It’s no wonder, then, that Calgary’s theatre companies all seem to be leaning towards provocative, mysterious, dark and even downright terrifying creations this month. Here are a few plays that you should mark on your calendar for October.
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight
Vertigo Theatre and Western Canada Theatre
The Playhouse at Vertigo Theatre
Until October 18
Recovering from a nervous disorder, Jan rents an isolated farmhouse for a getaway with her husband Greg. But their holiday soon turns into a nightmare when unsettling and terrifying events start to occur. First produced back in 1980 and one of Western Canada Theatre’s most requested plays, this spine-chilling contemporary thriller will make you want to sleep with the lights on.
Max Bell Theatre
October 13 – November 8
Evil walks amongst the devout citizens of Salem, Massachusetts, and no one is above suspicion. When hysteria flares and accusations are thrown, a farmer, his wife and a dangerous young woman must face the ultimate test. Based on the Salem witch trials, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is considered one of the most powerful plays of our time.
University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts
Five people sit in a freight container somewhere in Europe with one thing in common: they all want to get to England and start a new life. But who can they trust to get them there, and how far will they go to get what they want? First debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007, Clare Bayley’s The Container is even more relevant now as the world watches the Syrian refugee crisis unfold.
Alberta Theatre Projects
Martha Cohen Theatre
October 20 – November 7
A group of high school misfits – a genius, a drug dealer, a runaway and more – find themselves at a garage party in the suburbs of Calgary. Though they come from different backgrounds, they all have one thing in common: they’re all just looking for a place to belong.AB, Alberta, Alberta Theatre Projects, I'll Be Back Before Midnight, live theatre, The Circle, The Container, The Crucible, Theatre Calgary, University of Calgary, Vertigo Theatre, Western Canada Theatre