I am an agent of progress.

“Boldly imaginative... brilliantly conceived and directed.” – Bob Clark, Calgary Herald

A primal western mythology inspired by the stunning visual iconography of Sergio Leone’s ‘spaghetti westerns.’ Set against the backdrop of an encroaching railway, of great forces vying to shape the contours of this new land, and a slain hero resurrected by ancient gods to avenge a tragic past, Something to do With Death is a fable for modern times that exemplifies the best of Leone’s renowned mythology: a gun-slinging, pulse-pounding tale of vengeance, renewal, and rugged perseverance.

Flush with dreams of starting life anew, Claudia has just arrived at a dusty farm on the outlay of a frontier town to find her new husband and family murdered. Alone and very much out of her element, she hurries to leave, before an unexpected discovery stays her departure. But Claudia soon finds that others have designs on her unexpected inheritance, and will stop at nothing to remove her from her property. 


awards

Nomination - Outstanding Lighting Design (Alexandra Prichard) 2010 Betty Mitchell Awards

Nomination - Outstanding Sound Design (Matthew Waddell) 2010 Betty Mitchell Awards

Nomination - Outstanding Set Design (Tyler Sainsbury) 2010 Betty Mitchell Awards

Nomination - Outstanding Costume Design (Tyler Sainsbury) 2010 Betty Mitchell Awards

Nomination - FFWD Weekly Readers’ Choice Award


Credits

Created by the Invisible Elephant Ensemble

Concept and Direction:  Eric Rose

Production: David van Belle

Text: Jason Patrick Rothery

Outside Dramaturgy: Amy Lynn Strilchuk

Stage Management: Carla Ritchie

Set and Costume Design: Tyler Sainsbury

Sound Design: Matthew Waddell

Lighting Design: Alexandra Prichard

Assistant Stage Management: Teddy Ivanova

Design Assistants: Brett Dahl and Erin Gruber

Set Construction: Neil Fleming

Photography: Douglas R. Witt

 

FEATURING

Geoffrey Ewert as The Smoking Man, Joshua, Driver, Herman

Jamie Konchak as Tick Tock, Percy

Phillip Warren Sarsons as Jack

Jordan Schartner as Baxter, Finch, Ticket taker

Kelly Spilchak as Claudia

Earlier workshop contributors: Jason Carnew, Rick Duthie, Graham Percy


praise for something to do with death

“Boldly imaginative... brilliantly conceived and directed.” – Bob Clark, Calgary Herald

“Visually stunning... A feast for the senses.” - Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun

 


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