Show Dates:
January 12 - February 5, 2017

Show Location:
TPM Backspace



“I have a sense of humour. The dark doesn’t.”

 

Coming to us from a space between spaces, poet Gwendolyn MacEwen (Beatriz Pizano) has a message: Imagination is dying, imagination won’t get you a bank loan, and a life of poetry is as beautiful as it is deadly. In Alien Creature MacEwen uses magic, stories, and rhymes to entice audiences with a glimpse of her life. As she reflects on forty-six years of addiction, artistry, and love the writer sparks fire from her hands and pulls her heart from her chest. She is trying to be seen, not to disappear.

 

Theatre Passe Muraille is proud to present Linda Griffiths’ Alien Creature (Winner of Chalmers Canadian Play Award). During Griffiths’ life she was known for her humor, pathos, and poetry. Alien Creature sees the writer at her best, using her signature style to explore the work of Canadian poet Gwendolyn MacEwen, and questioning whether the world of myth and the world of reality are all that different.


At Passe Muraille we are committed to making our theatre as accessible as possible. Alien Creature has a number of performances to help with accessibility:


Relaxed Performance on January 21st at 2pm.
Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.


Audio Described Performance February 5th at 2pm. Audio Described Performances offer partially sighted and blind patrons a companion piece to the shows delivered through an earpiece and a small receiver. 

 

Info about the fantastic doc on Gwendolyn MacEwen by Brenda Longfellow, our guest for Egg Rolls with Andy, can be found here.

Credits

A Theatre Passe Muraille Production


Written by Linda Griffiths
Directed by Jani Lauzon
Starring Beatriz Pizano
Music & Sound Design by Deanna Choi
Lighting & Set Design by Trevor Schwellnus
Projection Design by Melissa Joakim
Costume Design by Amanda Wong
Stage Managed by Erika Morey
Magic Consultant; Chris Turchi
Design Assistant: Sebastian Marziali
Additional Special Effects: Joey Morin
Reviews

NNNNIt’s a remarkable performance in a play that has only become more relevant ad powerful with the passage of time. Don’t miss it”NOW Magazine

 

★★★ As a portrait of creativity, and the extremes to which it can push an artist, exposing her to humourless darkness and fantastic loneliness, Alien Creature is merciless.” The Globe and Mail

 

 “Alien Creature is a beautiful way to connect with legendary Canadian women artists, “those magic women, alien creatures,” both here and gone.” – The Toronto Star

More Info

Alien Creature: a visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen was nominated for the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award, and won the 2000 Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

 

1968-2018 – TPM 50th Anniversary Celebration Play Series*

 

From now until the 2018-2019 Season, Theatre Passe Muraille will be programming one play per season that comes from the vast canon of over 600 TPM productions. After the overwhelming success of last year’s 50th Anniversary remount of Anusree Roy’s PYAASA, a celebratory reimagining of award-winning past TPM hit Alien Creature marks the second year of the series, honouring playwright Linda Griffiths. 


More from current season

Show Dates:
January 12 - February 5, 2017

Show Location:
TPM Backspace



“I have a sense of humour. The dark doesn’t.”

 

Coming to us from a space between spaces, poet Gwendolyn MacEwen (Beatriz Pizano) has a message: Imagination is dying, imagination won’t get you a bank loan, and a life of poetry is as beautiful as it is deadly. In Alien Creature MacEwen uses magic, stories, and rhymes to entice audiences with a glimpse of her life. As she reflects on forty-six years of addiction, artistry, and love the writer sparks fire from her hands and pulls her heart from her chest. She is trying to be seen, not to disappear.

 

Theatre Passe Muraille is proud to present Linda Griffiths’ Alien Creature (Winner of Chalmers Canadian Play Award). During Griffiths’ life she was known for her humor, pathos, and poetry. Alien Creature sees the writer at her best, using her signature style to explore the work of Canadian poet Gwendolyn MacEwen, and questioning whether the world of myth and the world of reality are all that different.


At Passe Muraille we are committed to making our theatre as accessible as possible. Alien Creature has a number of performances to help with accessibility:


Relaxed Performance on January 21st at 2pm.
Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.


Audio Described Performance February 5th at 2pm. Audio Described Performances offer partially sighted and blind patrons a companion piece to the shows delivered through an earpiece and a small receiver. 

 

Info about the fantastic doc on Gwendolyn MacEwen by Brenda Longfellow, our guest for Egg Rolls with Andy, can be found here.

Credits

A Theatre Passe Muraille Production


Written by Linda Griffiths
Directed by Jani Lauzon
Starring Beatriz Pizano
Music & Sound Design by Deanna Choi
Lighting & Set Design by Trevor Schwellnus
Projection Design by Melissa Joakim
Costume Design by Amanda Wong
Stage Managed by Erika Morey
Magic Consultant; Chris Turchi
Design Assistant: Sebastian Marziali
Additional Special Effects: Joey Morin
Reviews

NNNNIt’s a remarkable performance in a play that has only become more relevant ad powerful with the passage of time. Don’t miss it”NOW Magazine

 

★★★ As a portrait of creativity, and the extremes to which it can push an artist, exposing her to humourless darkness and fantastic loneliness, Alien Creature is merciless.” The Globe and Mail

 

 “Alien Creature is a beautiful way to connect with legendary Canadian women artists, “those magic women, alien creatures,” both here and gone.” – The Toronto Star

More Info

Alien Creature: a visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen was nominated for the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award, and won the 2000 Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

 

1968-2018 – TPM 50th Anniversary Celebration Play Series*

 

From now until the 2018-2019 Season, Theatre Passe Muraille will be programming one play per season that comes from the vast canon of over 600 TPM productions. After the overwhelming success of last year’s 50th Anniversary remount of Anusree Roy’s PYAASA, a celebratory reimagining of award-winning past TPM hit Alien Creature marks the second year of the series, honouring playwright Linda Griffiths. 


More from current season