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ren & the wake: a sort of musical

April 22, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - May 1, 2022 @ 10:30 pm

| $28

ren & the wake
a sort of musical

April 28 – May 1 in the Backstage Theatre (10330 84 Avenue)
with ASL interpreted performance on Saturday, April 30

a workshop production as part of Edmonton Fringe Theatre‘s 2022 Season
produced by Catch the Keys Productions


Ren’s mother has passed away. Ren doesn’t know what to do or what to say. But Ren has boxes and boxes of their mother’s things: a life stuffed between the cracked pages of cookbooks, trapped in empty bottles, hidden amid dusty photos, scribbled inside a dog-eared journal.

With the help of a chorus of unlikely characters, Ren discovers the stories that make us, connect us, and help us heal.

ren & the wake is a sort of funeral if a funeral was a sort of musical.

Want or need content and performance advisories ahead of the performance? Please click here. Questions? We’re happy to help find answers. Please email mdart@catchthekeys.ca.

Performance times: 
Thursday, April 28: 8pm
Friday, April 29: 8pm
Saturday, April 30: 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, May 1: 2pm
Tuesday, May 3: 8pm
Wednesday, May 4: 8pm
Thursday, May 5: 8pm
Friday, May 6: 8pm
Saturday, May 7: 2pm

composer & lyricist 
Lindsey Walker

Megan Dart

Beth Dart

performer collaborators*
Helen Belay
Candace Berlinguette
Marguerite Lawler
Larissa Poho
Laura Raboud

production designer
Whittyn Jason

movement designer
Ainsley Hillyard

assistant production designer & production manager
Kat Evans

assistant production designer
Tessa Stamp

stage managers
Lauren McCarthy
Lindy Mullen

Deaf audience experience consultant
Amorena Bartlett

* The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance*Opera*Theatre Policy (DOT).

ren & the wake is made possible thanks to the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Fringe Theatre with very special thanks to Azimuth Theatre. Great gratitude and thanks to Kelsie Acton and Common Grounds Arts Society for supporting a pre-show patron information research project in conjunction with ren & the wake.



Content & Performance Advisories:

Content Advisories: ren & the wake deals with some content and performance elements that some folks may want to know about before seeing the show. Please visit the advisories page for more details.

We will also make advisories available at the door for anyone who needs them.

COVID Considerations:

We ask audience please remain masked during the performance when not drinking (see beverage service below). Performers will be unmasked while performing.

We will have two (2) proof-of-vaccination performances. Please note: we will require proof of vaccination for all patrons for the 8pm performance on Tuesday, April 26 and the 2pm performance on Saturday, April 30. We do not require proof of vaccination for all other performances.

Please take care of yourself and each other. If you’re not feeling well, please let us know – we’ll happily exchange or refund your ticket. Please email boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca.


The Backstage Theatre is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive accessible washrooms.

ASL Interpretation:

The 8pm performance on Saturday, April 30 and the 8pm performance on Wednesday, May 4 will be ASL interpreted.


Seating is cabaret style with chairs and low tables. Chairs are moveable and an assortment of mismatched chairs with arms and without arms. Audience capacity is approximately 40.

Beverage Service:

The bar will be open for approximately 20 minutes before the start of the performance. Audience are welcome to purchase alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Beverages may be consumed during the show. Audience are asked to please replace their masks between sips. The bar will close at the start of the performance.


April 22, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
May 1, 2022 @ 10:30 pm


Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 84 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2G9 Canada
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Catch the Keys Productions