On the heels of Ignition Theatre’s riveting tale Bug comes the critically-acclaimed Big Shot, set to open in the Nickle Studio.
Written and performed by Jon Lachlan Stewart and directed by Georgina Beaty, the play runs Nov. 17-20 with curtain at 7:30 p.m.
There is also a matinee Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
The story follows at 12-year-old Vancouver boy who loves action movies. But when he witnesses a brutal murder on the Skytrain, he realizes that the ‘live’ experience is far more thrilling. He’s here to pitch the tragedy he witnessed to the audience as the greatest action sequence ever made.
He weaves into every character involved, from a recovering heroin addict named Killiger to a 70-year-old Japanese pickpocket Odosung. There’s also the officer who shot the weapon and of course the filmmaker inspired by the tragedy.
Big Shot has been described as a play about our constant need to connect past our desensitization to everyday tragedy.
“I’m honoured to come out to work in Red Deer on the continued tour of Big Shot around Canada,” said Lachlan Stewart. “It’s companies like Ignition, who are dedicated to offering smaller touring companies opportunities like this, that keep vibrant theatre going.”
Tickets for Big Shot are $22 for adults and $18 for students and seniors and are available by calling Ignition Theatre at 403-341-6500 or going online at www.ignitiontheatre.ca.
Meanwhile, rounding out the year is what has become a traditional local holiday favourite – It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama. It runs Dec. 15-18 at City Centre Stage.
Directed by Jeremy Robinson, this beloved American holiday classic come to captivating life as a 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that bring a few dozen characters to life on the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Looking into 2012, highlights include Reasons to Be Pretty in February, Divide (written and directed by Joel Crichton) in March and Corpus Christi in June.