Event Description


APN is 30 years old and the alberta playwriting competition is 50!

This event is to raise funds and awareness of APN and all the good it has done in Edmonton and across the province. So what better way to celebrate than put on a fun and exciting play reading event?

WHat do you mean showdown?

We have collected a selection of winning Alberta Playwriting Competition (APC) plays from its long history. We will have actors reading them all and based on your votes (...where you pull the trigger!) our showdown event of APC plays will result in one final winning play - the winner of the night's SHOWDOWN!

explain Quick-Fire play reading, please!?

In order to get a quick-fire taste of each play our readings will be limited to intervals of 45 minutes (Round 1), 30 minutes (Round 2), and 15 minutes (Winner's Round). 

Round 1 = 90 seconds of 20 different plays will be read by our actors.

Round 2 = 5 more minutes of the top 5 voted plays are read.

Winner's Round = 15 minutes of the Showdown's winning play is read.

Did someone mention a raffle, snacks and cash bar?!

Yes, yes we did mention that!

Between each of the quick-fire play readings you will get the chance to vote on the plays you want to see more of while also enjoying some evening snacks and maybe buying a drink or two (..or three!) from the cash bar. This in-between time is perfect to meet someone new, chat with your friends about this crazy fun event and buy a raffle ticket to our wine and theatre raffle!

wine & theatre RAFFLE:

Leading up to and at the event we will be selling $5 raffle tickets! Our grand prize is 10 bottles of wine, 2 Citadel Tickets, and a $30 gift card to Lock Stock Coffee! We have four other prizes:

  • 1 bottle of wine, 2 Theatre Network tickets & 2 Nextfest Festival passes
  • 1 bottle of wine & 2 L’UniThéâtre tickets 
  • 1 bottle of wine & 2 Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre tickets
  • 1 bottle of wine & 2 Shadow Theatre tickets

Thank you to Theatre Network, Nextfest Arts CompanyL’UniThéâtre, Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre, Shadow Theatre and The Citadel Theatre for their kind donations! 

THis Sounds Great! how much and where?

$20 for General  and  $15 for Students & Seniors 

At the Tucker Amphitheater (upstairs at The Citadel Theatre) on April 9th, 2016


Through the generosity of Canadian Actors' Equity Association and the Actors themselves we would like to introduce you to the cast of APN's 30th Showdown!  


Paula Humby

Paula Humby is an Edmonton based actor, musician and creator. Recent credits include: Ursa Major (Catch the Keys/Workshop West), A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary), Les Blues des Oubliées (L'Unithéâtre), Head à Tête (Nemesis Theatre), No one Showed up for the Anarchist Rally (Nextfest/Theatre Network), HONK! (Grindstone Theatre), Work Plays (AWHC). Paula can often be found busking at the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market with her family band, the Real Humdingers. Catch her next in "For the Love of Cynthia" the inaugural play at the new Varscona Theatre!


Garett Ross

Garett Ross is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta.  Some of the shows he's been in include: Nevermore, The Soul Collector, Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre), The Best Brothers,  A Year in Winter, That Darn Plot, Beginning of August (Shadow Theatre) Jack Goes Boating (Sage Theatre/Shadow Theatre), The Last Resort, Chicago, Hairspray, Sheer Madness (Mayfield Dinner Theatre)  Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (The Citadel Theatre), Uncle Van, and The Old Curiosity Shop (TheatRepublic/ Poorman's classic Co-op). Garett received a Sterling award for his work this past year in It's a Bird, it's a plane, it's Superman with Plain Jane Theatre Company and has been nominated for Sterling Awards for his work on Jack Goes Boating, That Darn Plot (Shadow Theatre), The Old Curiosity Shop (Poor Man's Classic Co-op), and The Raven and the Writing Desk (Acme Theatre).


Nadien CHU

Nadien Chu is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta but is originally from Yorkton, Saskatchewan. She is now based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Recent Select Credits: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, Alberta Theatre Projects, Space// Space, Cleopatra’s Sister, Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Cherish, Northern Light Theatre, Ladies Who Lynch, Workshop West, Julius Caesar/The Tempest, Twelfth Night/Othello, TitusAndronicus(Sterling Award)/Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet/Love’s Labour’s Lost, Free Will Shakespeare Festival, The Penelopiad, August Osage County, Citadel Theatre, The Ugly One, The Crackwalker, Mourning Dove, Kill Your Television, Pig Girl (Sterling Nomination), Palace of the End (Sterling Nomination), Theatre Network, Cuckoos (Sterling Nomination), Edmonton International Fringe Festival 


Oscar DErkx

Oscar graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA in Acting. Previous acting credits include productions of A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); The Hothouse Prince (Teatro La Quindicina); The Antyssey (Concrete Theatre); Wish You Were Here (Plain Jane Theatre); Criminal Genius, Featuring Loretta (Punctuate Theatre); Lobster Alice (Atlas Theatre); Macbeth (Theatre Prospero); The Violet Hour, Bloody Poetry, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Blood Wedding, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Studio Theatre). He is currently touring Under Cover with Concrete Theatre.

APN wants to extend an extra grateful

thank you to the citadel theatre

For their generous contributions towards APN's 30th Anniversary Showdown 

APN Would also like to thank

John Markey, Virginia Potkins & Patrick Fraser

Shadow Theatre, Theatre Network, Nextfest Arts Company, L’Unitheatre & Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre

The Wine Cellar

Under the High Wheel & Normand’s Bistro

Jason Chinn, Neil Fleming, Beth Graham, Mark Greene, Nathan Huisman, Nicole Moeller, Blaine Newton, Trevor Rueger, Caroline Russell-King, Paul Sacco, Vern Thiessen, Catherine Vielguth & Linda Wood-Edwards

Kelsi Kalmer (Poster Designer)

Playwright’s Guild of Canada and The Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Script Salon)

For the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association 

And an extra special thanks to…

Nadian Chu, Oscar Derkx, Paula Humby, Garett Ross &

All the playwrights who let us use their scripts

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APN 30th Anniversary Showdown

... where you pull the trigger!

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Tucker Amphitheatre at the Citadel Theatre

It’s a battle of the all-stars! Join us on April 9th at the Citadel’s Tucker Amphitheatre as we celebrate and support the Alberta Playwrights’ Network – an organization that has helped hundreds of Alberta plays move from page to stage and hundreds of playwrights move from emerging to professional, local to international. This Anniversary fundraiser will feature quick-fire play readings from APN’s 30-year history. You’ll mix and mingle, eat and drink and then vote for your favourites as we pit thirty years of award-winning Alberta plays against each other.

For thirty years, the Alberta Playwrights Network has been the grassroots home to playwrights across the province. Programming is designed to support playwrights at all levels – from the first-time playwright to the established professional. With play development workshops, one-on-one dramaturgy, public readings, instructional courses, supportive writing circles, guided mentorship and promotion, APN offers assistance for whatever stage the play or playwright is at. For thirty years the organization has acted as an important ally for playwrights - from Fort McMurray to Medicine Hat - always on hand to offer support and advice on everything from translation and publishing to the playwrights role in the rehearsal room to how to get started writing your first play. 

The APN 30th Anniversary Showdown will celebrate the early writing from our province’s prized playwrights including Vern Theissen, Gordon Penguilly and Conni Massing, as well as the work of heralded newcomers like Meg Braem. Each play is a winner from the Alberta Playwriting Competition, the audience will vote on their favourite excerpts and those plays will move on to the next round. And while you make your decision you can enjoy food, wine, catching up with friends and community and – of course - entering the APN wine raffle. Prizes include a bottle of wine paired with theatre tickets and a grand prize of 10 bottles of wine, 2 tickets to the Citadel and $30 to Lock Stock Coffee!

Please join us as we raise a glass to an organization that has spent thirty years tirelessly supporting and advocating for our province’s playwrights, helping to develop their plays for stages within our city, across the country and around the world. A strong script is the foundation for a strong production, so let’s get together to celebrate an organization that has helped to develop and strengthen our province’s theatre scene, helping to make it one of the most dynamic in Canada.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Tucker Amphitheatre at the Citadel Theatre

Tickets: $20 general, $15 students/seniors