Playwright, Producer, Designer
Directed by Sarah J Culkin
Written by Even Gilchrist
Sound Design by Lindsey Walker
Lighting Design by Whittyn Jason
Set, Props, Costume, Video Design by Even Gilchrist
Design Assistance by Andy Diogo
Stage Managed by Lindy Mullen
Photos by Brianne Jang | BB Collective
Featuring Geoffrey Simon Brown and Émanuel Dubbeldam
Re:Construct is presented as part of Common Ground Arts Society & Why Not Theatre’s RISER
Edmonton, a collaborative producing model created by Why Not Theatre with the generous support of
RBC Foundation, the Government of Canada, and a community of Senior Partners. RISER Edmonton is
made possible with additional support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Edmonton Arts Council, and
the Edmonton Community Foundation.
2023 UPDATE: Re:Construct has had much success since its premiere with RISER Edmonton. It has gone to the Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2022, winning the Staff Pick of the Fringe 2022. For this iteration, Rory Turner was an associate director to help the transition into a new staging configuration in the director's absence. Re:Construct was later programmed in the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts, at the beginning of 2023. In June 2023, Re:Construct was part of the Playwrights Workshop Montreal Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec, to begin its journey of being translated en Français.
It has been nominated for two 2023 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards: Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Work (Award to Playwright).
Thank you so much for the love and support!
Re:Construct - Reviews
"...As “a love letter to my younger self,”Re:Construct is powered by a puckish, surprisingly sturdy sense of absurdity that gives Sarah J Culkin’s production its unusual funny/sad tone and lightness of touch. Hoping for instructions on “how to become the voice inside my head,” our protagonist Googles authenticity and “better ways to be more real.” Understanding the galaxy doesn’t mean connecting the dots in a clichéd way and arriving at the Big Dipper; it means “tilting your perspective” until a powerful new image emerges. .... Heartbreaking and hopeful, an unexpected show you shouldn’t miss." - 12thnight.ca (Read the full review here.)
"Reconstructing a gender, an identity, an entire life, is an unfathomable task. That local playwright Even Gilchrist has wrought a poignant and humorous work from such a challenge is testimony to his skills as an up-and-coming theatre artist in Edmonton." - Edmonton Journal (Read the full review here.)