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Lac/AthabascaMarch 3, 2016
Live Bait Theatre & Mount Allison University Present Theatre Free Radical’s Lac/Athabasca a play by Len Falkenstein. March 2nd & 3rd at 7:30 pm, Motyer-Fancy Theatre, Mount Allison University. Tickets: $20.00 general / $15.00 student
Ice becomes fire. Men become monsters. Things that were buried become exposed. Lac/Athabasca departs from a glacier in the West, stops at a city of oil in the North, and terminates in a river of fire in the East, telling tales of lives lived and lost on the rivers and railways in between: a pair of nineteenth-century fur traders pursued by an unseen terror along Alberta’s Athabasca River; two scientists studying fish kills and cancer rates downstream from the oil sands; the residents of a small town united in grief after an entirely preventable disaster. Their stories intersect and echo in ways that are shocking, unsettling, and deeply moving.
Weaving together strands of the past and present, the personal and the political and the mythic and the mundane, Falkenstein has created a cultural and ‘geographic’ tapestry of our Canadian landscape that is both terrifying and hopeful. Iris Turcott, juror, Ottawa Little Theatre National Playwriting Competition.
Lac/Athabasca is a play that takes audiences on a thought-provoking and emotional cross-Canada journey from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast. Set both along Alberta’s Athabasca River and in a small town in northern New Brunswick, the play was inspired by the train derailment tragedy that occurred in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in 2013 as well as the social, environmental and economic impact of the Alberta oil sands and the ongoing debate over oil production and transportation in Canada.