B. Strong

WROL (Without Rule of Law)

Tuesday, April 30, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

In the garage of her suburban duplex, twelve-year-old Josephine makes apocalypse preparedness videos and posts them to YouTube. Vic takes Jujitsu. Maureen encrypts her text messages and hordes matches (because lighters fail). Sarah stuffs her knapsack with extra socks, granola, water filtration tablets and Tolkien novels, because “you don’t know where you’re going to be… when it happens… you might not be at home.”

Convinced the world at large can’t be trusted to prioritize the well-being of adolescent girls in the event of a cataclysmic event (or just in general), this determined troupe of 8th grade ‘doomers’ are committed to preparing for survival in the post -collapse society they anticipate inheriting. Judy Blume meets Rambo, WROL. (Without Rule of Law) is a darkly comic coming-of-age story for complicated times.

Playwright: Michaela Jeffery

Michaela Jeffery is a Calgary based playwright and recent graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada (2016). Recent writing credits include: WROL (Without Rule of Law), The Listening Room, Cardiac Theatre (Edmonton) in conjunction with The Azimuth Theatre & Downstage Performance Society – February 2018 (finalist, Project Playwright 2017 – Sanguine Theatre, NYC). Always (The Cultch Emerging Artist Festival – Vancouver, 2017), Hardscrabble RoadGODHEAD, (Shortlist, Headwaters New Play Festival – Creede, Colorado; The Sunset Theatre, Wells, BC), Sundogs (Holding Hollow Productions; Edmonton International Fringe Festival), and others. Her piece Expanding Concepts of Dislocated Space (And Associated Boundaries)  was recently published in the July 2018 edition of Bare Fiction Magazine (UK Publication).

Michaela was a recent finalist for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s RBC Emerging Playwright Award (2016) for her play The Listening Room, as well as recipient of the 2015 national Enbridge Playwrights Award (Emerging Category) for her developing play, Going West. This season she’s honoured to return to the beautiful big skies of her home province for a second season as part of Alberta Theatre Projects’ national Playwrights Unit.

Director: Laurel Green

An adventurous director, dramaturg, and arts manager who works extensively in new play development. Laurel’s work embraces and explodes a wide variety of styles including plays, staged readings, sensory performances, podcasts, bike games, and secret backyard shows. She is currently the Festival Producer for One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. For seven seasons she was part of the artistic team at Alberta Theatre Projects; production dramaturg for world premiere productions, leading workshops and readings, and forming the national ATP Playwrights Unit. Some of Laurel’s recent credits include: TROPHY (High Performance Rodeo/Prague Quadrennial upcoming), Goosebumps: The Musical (Storybook Theatre), Then Comes Now (University of Calgary), The Intuition Project, Touch, Taste (Ghost River Theatre), Charlotte’s Web, 1979, Butcher, The Circle, You Will Remember Me, The Valley (ATP) and the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Play Festival. Laurel is a past president and member of LMDA Canada (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas). She has participated in the Women’s Directing Intensive at the Banff Centre, and Visiting Artists Week with Back to Back Theatre in Australia. Laurel has a Masters in Drama from the University of Toronto.