A woman pulls a man with his arms tied behind his back using a rope
Theatre of Consequence’s The Monument runs June 15 to 18 | Photo: Lauren Hamm

The Monument

New theatre company makes debut with Calgary premiere

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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It’s not often you get a chance to check out a local premiere of an award-winning work by a fresh new voice on the scene. This week, Theatre of Consequence presents the Governor General award-winning play The Monument as its first offering of theatre to Calgary audiences.

Set in an unnamed country wracked by genocidal war, one solider (played by Jonathan Molinski) is about to be executed for crimes against humanity. When a mysterious woman (played by Karen Johnson-Diamond) offers to save him from death—with a catch—the two enter a relationship that tests the extreme bounds of vengeance and forgiveness.

The Monument is a timely story as it mirrors situations currently occurring around the world that Calgarians may feel removed from. We have an opportunity to speak into the darker side of humanity in a visceral way,” says Sienna Holden, co-Artistic Director, in a statement. “The playwright, [Colleen] Wagner, has done a fantastic job of dissecting the horrific things that people do to one another, but she also emphasized in small moments the incredible ability people have to adapt, change, and grow.”

With its inaugural production, the company hopes to challenge audiences to see Calgary theatre in a new and exciting way.

“The play asks for drastic set changes, and details of how the characters are restrained to space and time that have been a glorious dare to stage,” says Conrad Belau, co-Artistic Director and director of The Monument, in a statement. “We have placed this epic story in the small space of the Motel Theatre so that the audience can really get on the ride of these characters and hopefully lose themselves in the experience of the play.”

The Monument runs June 15 to 18, 2016 at the Arts Commons’ Motel Theatre (205 8th Ave. SE). Tickets can be purchased by calling 587.887.1002 or by emailing theatreofconsequence@gmail.com.