May 02

Urban Curvz Theatre’s ‘Girls Gone Wilde’ Cabaret is back

by Jenna Shummoogum · 0 comments

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A couple of years ago Urban Curvs Theatre held a late night cabaret featuring the talents of established and emerging female playwrights entitled: Girls Gone Wilde. And it’s back this year, showcasing some amazing local talent. This year’s cabaret features playwright Jamie Dunsdon and her play entitled Stuck on Crowchild.

Stuck on Crowchild is a play that Dunsdon conceived while she was, surprisingly, stuck in traffic on Crowchild Trail. It tells of two women who are both civil engineers who get stuck in an epic traffic jam. “They are both clown-like characters but because they are both civil engineers they feel like they are above traffic,” Dunsdon explains, “they feel they can navigate it, they planned the road.” But it turns out the ladies are in this jam longer than they anticipated, as they sit idle for “many many years.”

The play stars Ayla Stephen and Dunsdon herself, with Kira Bradley as director. The production is a comedy but also features commentary on our car dependant city. “The play questions why we drive so much in Calgary,” Dunsdon says, “what is it about our commuter culture that allows us to accept so readily the way our situation is? I often think of driving in Calgary as cigarette smoking. People don’t want to quit. People will do anything not to quit. They will wait five hours in traffic and they will park for hundreds of dollars downtown, but they will not give up their cars. In some ways I’m challenging that, or at least poking fun at it.”

Dunsdon’s Stuck on Crowchild as part of Urban Curvz Theatre’s Girls Gone Wilde is taking place at Lunchbox Theatre’s space on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday May 4th at 9:30pm. Tickets are $15 cash only at the door. More information is available online.

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