The Alberta Queer Calendar Project

Cardiac Theatre

12 Months of Podcast Drama by Queer, Albertan Writers

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After months of grieving, Andrea’s finally found peace now that her deceased best friend Cassady’s soul has returned to her. Jill, Andrea’s mother, wants Andrea to seek help. Cassady wants to stay forever. Andrea wants to be left alone. A metaphysical audio play that blurs the lines of reality and memory, grief and love. What role does the past play in defining our future? Without You contains trigger/content warnings for: death, mention of masturbation, and mention of suicidal ideation. Writer: Elena Belyea Featuring: Caleigh Crow, Nadien Chu, Kiana Wu Director: Christine Brubaker Sound Designer/Production Coordinator: Tori Morrison

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Mar 22

1 hr 6 min

Make sure to listen to Part 1 of this episode first! Presented with the generous support of Sage Theatre. Aspiring historian Maxine is researching Canadian social policy when she discovers the story of Everett Klippert—the last Canadian man jailed simply for being gay. Maxine becomes fascinated with Everett’s case and with discovering the man beyond the headlines, a beloved Calgary bus driver on the downtown route who took care to brighten the day of his passengers, who played on the family baseball team and was everyone’s favourite uncle, and who, when he was confronted by police about his sexuality, refused to lie.Inspired and captivated, Maxine interviews people who knew Everett Klippert. She connects with a senior at a local assisted living facility she knows only as Handsome, one of Klippert’s lovers and perhaps the only person who can truly illuminate the past. At the same time, Maxine is navigating her own new relationship with Métis comedian Tonya. This absorbing, heartwarming play weaves together past and present in a multi-generational exploration of queer love. It tells the near-forgotten story of one of Canada’s quiet heroes and reminds us all that the past must be remembered as we work together for a better future. Writer: Natalie Meisner Featuring: Jenn Forgie, Matt McKinney, Kevin Rothery, and Kathy Zaborsky. Director/Production Coordinator: Jason Mehmel Sound Designer: K.P. Smith

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Nov 2020

1 hr 12 min

Presented with the generous support of Sage Theatre. Aspiring historian Maxine is researching Canadian social policy when she discovers the story of Everett Klippert—the last Canadian man jailed simply for being gay. Maxine becomes fascinated with Everett’s case and with discovering the man beyond the headlines, a beloved Calgary bus driver on the downtown route who took care to brighten the day of his passengers, who played on the family baseball team and was everyone’s favourite uncle, and who, when he was confronted by police about his sexuality, refused to lie.Inspired and captivated, Maxine interviews people who knew Everett Klippert. She connects with a senior at a local assisted living facility she knows only as Handsome, one of Klippert’s lovers and perhaps the only person who can truly illuminate the past. At the same time, Maxine is navigating her own new relationship with Métis comedian Tonya. This absorbing, heartwarming play weaves together past and present in a multi-generational exploration of queer love. It tells the near-forgotten story of one of Canada’s quiet heroes and reminds us all that the past must be remembered as we work together for a better future. Writer: Natalie Meisner Featuring: Jenn Forgie, Matt McKinney, Kevin Rothery, and Kathy Zaborsky. Director/Production Coordinator: Jason Mehmel Sound Designer: K.P. Smith

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Nov 2020

1 hr 5 min

In this second bonus feature for The Alberta Queer Calendar Project, Taylor Chadwick of What It Is Productions chats with (almost) the whole team of September’s episode, My Boyfriend’s Boyfriend by Jamie Price including: Jamie Price, Émanuel Dubbeldam, Candice Stollery, Daniel Belland, Andi Molloy, Matthew Oliver van Diepen, Mirabel Sirois, and Brian Bergum. Spoiler alert: Make sure to check out My Boyfriend’s Boyfriend (episode #9) beforehand if you want a spoiler-free listening experience.

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Nov 2020

45 min 22 sec

In this bonus feature for The Alberta Queer Calendar Project, Taylor Chadwick of What It Is Productions chats with playwrights Liam Salmon (January: Local Diva), Émanuel Dubbeldam (février: À vendre), and Hayley Moorhouse (March: Suspension) as well as Harley Morison of Cardiac Theatre. Spoiler alert: Make sure to check out each of the above episodes (#1-3) beforehand if you want a spoiler-free listening experience.

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Nov 2020

52 min 4 sec