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Lac/Athabasca ()

Produced by

Theatre Free Radical

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Len Falkenstein
Director: Len Falkenstein


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


August 6th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015


In Lac/Athabasca, ice becomes fire. Men become monsters. Things that were buried become exposed.

Lac/Athabasca departs from a glacier in the West, stops at a city of oil in the North, and terminates in a river of fire in the East, telling tales of lives lived and lost on the rivers and railways in between: a pair of nineteenth-century fur traders pursued by an unseen terror along Alberta’s Athabasca River; two scientists studying fish kills and cancer rates downstream from the oil sands; the residents of a small town united in grief after an entirely preventable disaster. Their stories intersect and echo in ways that are shocking, unsettling, and deeply moving. Inspired by the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, Lac/Athabasca connects the dots between voraciousness and victimhood, beasts without and the beast within, ravaged landscapes and ruined souls. (


Jake Martin Ben / Francois / Maurice / Frank / Francois
Rebekah Chassé Janice / Brenda / Haguette
Jean-Michel Cliche Thierry / Phil
Emily Bossé Wawetseka / Ashley / Lisbeth
Alex Donovan Edward / Peter / Henry / Eddy / Ted

Creative Team

Len Falkenstein Playwright
Len Falkenstein Director
Eric Hill Composer
Mike Johnston Set Designer
Mike Johnston Projection Designer
Alberto White Sound Designer
Michael Holmes-Lauder Projection Designer


Alberto White Poster and Program Design
Dani Brun Stage Manager
Michael Holmes-Lauder Photography


David Fisher Venue Technician
Eric Read Venue Technician
Gabe Cropley Festival Lighting Designer