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“The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921” by Linda Wood Edwards

November 18 @ 12:00 am - November 28 @ 12:00 am MST

PROFESSIONAL WORLD PREMIERE

November 18th-28th 2021
Varscona Theatre

“Big Blaze near Big Valley. A house occupied and owned by a woman named Hastings who was living a mile and a half North of town was totally destroyed by fire at 4:30am on Monday morning.”

Featuring: Twilla MacLeod as Florence Smith and Sue Huff as Isobel Hastings
Director: Trevor Schmidt
Production Designer: Alison Yanota
Scenic Carpenter: Chris Hicks
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Allison

NLT is pleased to be producing the professional premiere of this play, by Edmonton Playwright Linda Wood Edwards.

Drama with Comedic Themes

December 29, 1921 Big Valley Alberta News:

“Big Blaze near Big Valley. A house occupied and owned by a woman named Hastings who was living a mile and a half North of town was totally destroyed by fire at 4:30am on Monday morning. The cause of the fire is unknown. The occupants had a very narrow escape, as when they awoke the house was full of smoke and fire. Nothing was saved and the loss is estimated at $4,000. [approx. $50,000 in contemporary funds]. The Hastings woman and another person who was staying with her had to walk into town clad only in night attire with blankets over them, and had a terrible time from cold and exposure. The police are investigating the affair.”

There was no investigation, and no charges were laid. Any references to ‘a woman named Hastings’ and the woman who was staying with her the night of the fire have disappeared from the official annals of Big Valley’s history, being passed down only through local, communal memory: a group of townswomen who banded together to defend their community by burning a local ‘brothel’ to the ground.

Linda Wood Edwards’ play imagines the events as they played out. Moving beyond the stereotypes, the play looks at the uneasy intertwining of prostitution and ‘proper’ society, and the ways that women support and sabotage one another. This historically based drama is laced with, humour and heart.

THE GREAT WHOREHOUSE FIRE OF 1921 was first played to sold out houses at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival in 2018, Produced by Maa & Paa Theatre, Directed by David Cheoros, and staring Linda Grass and Sue Huff. Maa & Paa Theatre’s work focuses on historically based Alberta stories.

The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921

Details

Start:
November 18 @ 12:00 am MST
End:
November 28 @ 12:00 am MST
Event Category:
Website:
https://northernlighttheatre.com/2021-2022-season/the-great-whorehouse-fire-of-1921/

Organizer

Northern Light Theatre
Phone:
(780) 471-1586
Website:
http://www.northernlighttheatre.com

Venue

Varscona Theatre
10329 83 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 2C6 Canada
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