1979 by Michael Healey
January 9 @ 8:00 pm - January 27 @ 8:00 pm EST
An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 27, 2019
One event on January 23, 2019 at 1:00pm
In June of 1979, at the age of just 39, Joe Clark was sworn in as Canada’s 16th Prime Minister. By Christmas, it was all over.
The 1979 Group presents 1979, a new comedy by Michael Healey (Proud, The Drawer Boy), directed by Miles Potter (The New Canadian Curling Club / Blyth Festival, The Drawer Boy), for a limited run at the Berkeley Street Theatre, Downstairs, January 9-27, 2019.
A naive, honourable, and stubborn statesman, Joe Clark insists on sticking to his principles during the dying days of his new government. Friends, family, and foes all have an opinion about what Joe should do; everything he can to remain in control.
Alberta Theatre Productions (ATP) produced the world premiere of 1979 in April 2017 and received six Betty Mitchell Award nominations, including Performance for all three cast members, as well as Play for Healey, Direction for Potter and Production for ATP. A second production was presented that same summer at the Shaw Festival and the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.
This new Toronto production features the original Calgary cast of three portraying one dozen characters: Christopher Hunt (eight-time Betty Award winner including 1979), Jamie Konchak (2018 Betty Award-winner Miss Caledonia), and Philip Riccio (Jerusalem, John / The Company Theatre) as Joe Clark. 1979marks Healey’s second foray into political satire, following Proud, a play about Stephen Harper, also directed by Miles Potter.
A hilarious play about trust, power, and ambition, 1979 looks at the rapidly changing world of conservative politics in Canada, and around the world, at the end of a time when politicians were still elected to serve all of the people, not just their base.