Apr 12

What Would You Sacrifice for the Greater Good? Downstage presents BENEFIT, April 13 - 30, 2016

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BENEFIT by Matthew MacKenzie is a riveting drama that wrestles with what trade-offs, big and small, we are willing to accept in order to do good.

An Albertan charitable foundation that supports young girls’ education around the world is holding a glittering gala in the Rockies. At the centre of the event is Srey, a beneficiary of the Foundation’s work and their official spokesperson since she immigrated from Cambodia years before.

Her husband Greg sits in the dark in a room off the main hall, having discovered traces of an explosive secret that threatens to destroy both their relationship and the future of the thousands of girls who benefit from the Foundation’s work.

Benefit engages with some challenging topics around moral compromise and forgiveness in a way that I think will really stimulate some engaging discussions in our post-performance talks,” said Simon Mallett, Artistic Director of Downstage, who is also directing this production.

Downstage’s next step in creating theatre that welcomes all Calgarians is also being explored with this production through their Pay-It-Forward program, where 25% of tickets for each performance are available at no cost at the door.

“We’re hoping that this barrier-reducing initiative, coupled with invitations to a number of community partners, will help us to foster an audience that is as diverse as the City of Calgary.”

Performance Times - Motel Theatre at Arts Commons 

April 13 - 16; April 20 - 24; April 27 - 30 at 7:30 PM

April 22 & April 30 2:00 PM Matinees

April 26; Special Stay-After-Work Performance 6:30 PM

TICKETS are on sale at www.downstage.ca/benefit.shtml OR at 403.294.9494 OR in person at the Arts Commons Box Office.


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