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Cleave - Edmonton


World premiere of Cleave in Edmonton, produced by Tiny Bear Jaws and presented by Fringe Theatre.

75 minutes, 6 actors.
Written by Elena Belyea
Directed by Vanessa Sabourin

Previews March 27-28, 2018
Runs March 29-April 7, 2018
At the Backstage Theatre (10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton)
Performance times vary. For a detailed schedule, go to Fringe Theatre's website.

For 17-year old intersex Aaron, the new school year means a new chance at life. For Pina, another shot at head cheerleader. For Mark, open season. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents Paul and Carol struggle to keep secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first incision, the scalpel is poised and ready to slice.

Jordan Fowlie
Dave Horak
Emma Houghton
Natasha Napoleao
Elena Porter
Luc Tellier

Elena Belyea – Playwright, Producer, Artistic Director
Vanessa Sabourin – Director
Tori Morrison – Artistic Associate, Producer, Sound Designer, Production Manager
Sydney Campbell – Assistant Director
Marc Lavallée - Technical Director
Emma Tibaldo – Dramaturg
Ashleigh Hicks – Assistant Producer
Liza Xenzova - Production Designer
Sarah Karpyshin - Assistant to the Production Designer
Caro Vanrensburg - Assistant to the Production Designer
Lisa Dalmazzi - Stage Manager
Erin Hayes - Assistant Stage Manager
Aaron Witherspoon – Consultant

General admission: $25
Group rate (6 or more): $17
Pay-What-You-Can tickets subject to availability. 
To purchase, call 780-409-1910 or visit

Not suitable for children. 

Workshop Production in 2015 as part of the National Theatre School of Canada’s New Words Festival, directed by Andrea Donaldson. Developed as part of the ’15 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop presented by the National New Play Network and Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. 

Winner of the ‘15 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. Semi-finalist for the ‘15 NNPN New Play Showcase. Shortlisted for the ‘16 APN 50th Anniversary Alberta Playwriting Competition and the ’17 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition.

This Theatre Engaging Communities (TEC) project was made possible through the financial support of the National Theatre School of Canada. 

Poster design by Meags Fitzgerald.