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WHAT: A Staged Reading of a play-in-progress by a local playwright.
HOW: Tickets are available online through our box office.

King of the Road is a dystopian comedy set in a roadside motel on the outskirts of a Medicine Hat, Alberta. Bob, a former Canadian Forces Peacekeeper on the Bosnian mission, has been stuck at the motel for fourteen years, the fan belt in his car having broken during a winter blizzard. Halfway down the road to his real home in Little Manitou, Saskatchewan, Bob is the proverbial rolling stone who has stopped loony and gathered a whole lot of moss including a long-term girlfriend, Claudia, and her seventeen-year-old son, Eric. For a joke one day, Eric fixes Bob's car, accidentally plunging the entire family unit into crisis. Will Bob stay or will Bob go? Who will get to go with him? Who will get left behind? The play is an exploration of personal and the fluid nature of family relationships.

With a commitment to the development of new Canadian plays, Chimera Theatre’s New Play Series will be presenting plays-in-progress by new and emerging playwrights. The selected playwrights will be provided with a chance to workshop their script with actors and a director, and have their play presented in a staged reading. This means an opportunity for playwrights to write, rewrite, experiment, and expand their work while providing audiences with a thrilling and intimate night of theatre.

Now in its second year, the New Play Series will present two newly crafted and workshopped script by local playwrights. After the staged reading of each script, there will be a talk-back session with the playwright, actors, and director about the script and the staged reading.



Playwright Glen Cairns is a former artistic director of 25th Street Theatre, Saskatoon, and the Neptune Theatre's Second Stage in Halifax. His play, Danceland, has been produced across Canada and in London, where Kate Bassett, reviewer for The Times, wrote "Cairns should be added to the list of hot writers emerging from the Icy zones north of The United States". Cairns has taught screenwriting and directing for Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author and filmmaker, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at The International Film and Television School in Havana, Cuba, and has appeared as a performer on major stages across Canada. A graduate of The Canadian Film Centre In Toronto, Glen also holds an MA in Canadian Theatre from UBC. He makes his home in a Kamloops, where he is the Artistic Director of The Other Theatre Company.


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