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From January 18
to January 27, 2018

Tickets are Student/Senior/Arts Worker $17 | Adult $25 Service charges may apply


The Theatre Centre

Performance Dates

Thursday, January 18 – 8:00pm – Opening
Friday, January 19 – 8:00pm
Saturday, January 20 – 8:00pm
Monday, January 22 – 8:00pm – Pay What You Can available in person 2 hours before show—cash only.
Tuesday, January 23 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, January 24 – 8:00pm
Thursday, January 25 – 8:00pm
Friday, January 26 – 8:00pm
Saturday, January 27 – 8:00pm


Co-produced by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre in Association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre

A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, Bears asks what the hell it is we think we’re doing in Wild Rose Country.

The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, B.C, along the route of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes—his gait widening, his muscles bulging, his sense of smell heightening…

Starring Sheldon Elter, creator and performer of Dora nominated Métis Mutt, Bears features a chorus of contemporary dancers choreographed by seven-time Dora Award nominee Monica Dottor.

Few issues facing Canadians are attracting as much attention as the tar sands and the proposed massive expansion of their exploitation. Unapologetically political, Bears was nominated for five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and won in two categories.

“It’s rare enough to find original theatre that is so definably of this place. Theatre that harnesses the divergent resources of multi-disciplinary artists so creatively to mount an argument is rarer still. You can’t really afford to miss Bears.” –Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

“I’d never seen a play that speaks to issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples as effectively and beautifully as Bears does.” –Jerry Saddleback, Cree Elder and Dean of Cultural Studies at Maskwacîs College


Starring Sheldon Elter
Featuring Skye Demas, Lara Ebata, Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Zoe Glassman, Alida Kendell, Aimee Rushton, Rebecca Sadowski, Kendra Shorter, and Gianna Vacirca
Written and Directed by Matthew MacKenzie
Associate Direction by Patrick Lundeen
Choreography by Monica Dottor
Stage Management by Erin Voaklander
Sound Design by Noor Dean Musani
Environmental Design by T. Erin Gruber