Progress Showings & Workshop Readings

Creation and innovation at Nextfest 2022

Check out progress showings and readings line up below.

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by Madison May, featuring Natasha Riddell

When? Friday, June 3 at 5:00 pm. Audience talkback to follow. 

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 

A junior high school presentation about teen pregnancy soon derails when a young woman begins to tell the tale of how she catfished the boy next door over and over again.

She recounts her search for love to her audience of junior high school students as she processes the things she’s done and the things that were done to her. This one-woman show is a modern-day adaptation of Eliza Haywood’s 18th-century novella, set in the world of Tinder and gross hockey boys.





created by Lauren Brady

When? Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 pm. Audience talkback to follow.

Where? Nancy Power Theatre in the Roxy Theatre


14 + event. interWEBBED is a solo mixed media clown show exploring society‚Äôs relationship with social media. The show follows ted BAMO, a clown discovering the fantastical new online world where ‚Äúlikes‚ÄĚ are a currency for self-worth and desire.

As ted strives to get more likes, we watch him tackle the need for online popularity, cancel culture, influencers, and much more. Will ted survive in this new world or get consumed by it? The show is intended for an adult audience. 

Special thanks to Canada Council, Mike Kennard, Karen Hines, and John Turner for their support of this project. 



Kena Leon, Cuban Movements Dance Academy, and Tyler Baker Photography present

QUEER CHORDS: Journeys of Resilience Across Generations         

created by Kena Leon and Cecilia Ferreyra, featuring Leo Gonzalez and Brett Schmidt

When? Friday, June 10 at 5:00 pm. Audience talkback to follow. 

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 

This original piece follows Kena’s personal journey of finding, expressing, and expanding their voice as a queer Filipinx artist. Weaving movement, sound, songs, and projections, Kena will celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. They hope that other queer immigrants may also find parallels to their own journeys.

Kena’s own parents also had to find their voice and resilience as they experienced their own immigrant journey, drawing from the generations they had to leave behind.

We all pass through the doors opened up by generations of queer immigrants before us and contribute to opening spaces for generations yet to come.




Workshop readings are free events. Please show up 15 minutes in advance to go to the performance.


By Amanda Samuelson

When? Saturday, June 4 at 6:00 pm. Audience talkback to follow.

Where? Rehearsal Hall in the Roxy Theatre 

Grace is swimming in the murky waters of depression, and has been for quite some time.

Despite having the support of her mother, (ex) partner, and therapist, she has been caught up in the whirlpool that is her negative thought patterns and can’t seem to escape.

Grace inevitably drags herself further and further into the depths of her psyche, where it becomes impossible to tell what is real or imagined. 



Staged Theatre Productions presents


by Grace Fitzgerald, featuring Ben Ali, Kristine Fredrick, Maya Wright, Teio Suyal

When? Sunday, June 5 at 10:00 am. Audience talkback to follow.

Where? Rehearsal Hall in the Roxy Theatre 

What mysteries does one of Edmonton’s most iconic and historical neighbourhoods hold? What secrets have gone untold? Stories forgotten?

For the past few months, creator Grace Fitzgerald and her amazing team have been out interviewing residents of the area to create a collection of true stories, memories, and a curation of what it’s really like to call one of Edmonton‚Äôs oldest neighbourhoods home.

Join us for this celebration of human connection, honest recollections, and a retelling of Strathcona.




by Ashtyn Sample, featuring ‚Äč‚ÄčDawn Jones, Carys Jones, Stefan Sikanja, Annie Randall, Reid Offers, Renee Cordero Bros, and Mika Boutin

When? Saturday, June 11 at 12:00 pm (noon). Audience talkback to follow. 

Where? Rehearsal Hall in the Roxy Theatre 

One Last Kiss is a one-act play that follows the life (and lips) of Stella, a young woman 

looking back on the memories of past kisses she has shared during her life.

The audience is able to glimpse into Stella’s most intimate moments including a kiss between her newborn self and her mother when she was first born, her first kiss with a woman, and a kiss that changes how she sees her world.

The young adult-centered comedy-drama follows Stella as she deals with sexuality, change, and self-acceptance. 




Further In Theatre presents


by Heids MacDonald, featuring Shelly-Ann Morgan, Leah Hearne, Amy Pohl

When? Sunday, June 12 at 12:00 pm (noon). Audience talkback to follow. 

Where? Rehearsal Hall in the Roxy Theatre 

A nurse who works in a women’s prison is tasked with caring for an inmate who is dying of cancer.

‚ÄúInmate‚ÄĚ is a no-bullshit mystic with a love for song and strange hope in the midst of pain and darkness.

‚ÄúNurse‚ÄĚ is a queer woman who grew up in a homophobic, religious town, and was burned by religion and now has little use for God. The two of them walk together through the last days of Inmate‚Äôs life and find a deep need for each other.