She Has A Name Premiere February 23 - March 5 2011 Calgary

Calgary world premiere of She Has A Name by Alberta playwright Andrew Kooman at EPCOR CENTRE’s Motel Feb. 23- March 5 ‘11

Calgary, Alberta (December 20, 2010) — Haunted by anguished voices, a Canadian lawyer (Jason) poses as a “john” to build a legal case against a ring of brothels trafficking girls into Bangkok. Can Jason win the trust of a young prostitute known only as number 18 and convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? burnt thicket theatre in partnership with raise their voice presents the World Premiere of She Has A Name by Alberta playwright Andrew Kooman. She Has A Name opens in Calgary February 23 – March 5, 2011 and Red Deer March 9 – 12, 2011.

The statistics around human trafficking are staggering: nearly 1 million women and children trafficked every year into some facet of illegal sex trade, an estimated 27 million people trapped in slavery today. Yet each victim of human trafficking has a story, a story that will likely never be told. Inspired by an event in April of 2008 in which an abandoned storage container was found in Thailand containing 121 workers from Burma, 54 of them dead, Andrew Kooman crafted She Has A Name to tell their story in a dramatic, personal manner that will grab your heart and touch  your soul.

She Has A Name is a story that haunts me,” says director Stephen Waldschmidt. “Even during my very first read, the plays emotional journey really gripped my heart. I still can’t put it down. Our audience’s live experience of Jason and number 18’s struggle will inspire and stir lasting action. It’s my belief that She Has A Name will be an inspirational force that educates and informs Canadians and hopefully motivates them to take action on the issue of human trafficking.”

Andrew Kooman is an award-winning writer whose stories have been published around the world and translated into ten languages. His justice-related work has been described as “A siren call that will forever take us from our complacency to the plight of so many lost, lonely and hurting.” She Has A Name won the 2009 Scripts At Work / Alberta Playwright’s Network award.

CAST: Aaron Krogman (Jason), Denise Wong (number 18), Sienna Howell-Holden (Mama), Glenda Warkentin (Marta)

and Cari Russell (Ali).

Production Team: Stephen Waldschmidt (Director / Set Design), Luke Ertman (Composer/ Sound Design), Jaylene Wiebe (Costume Design), Anton deGroot (Light Design), Alida Lowe (Production Management)

Details: She Has A Name by Andrew Kooman
When

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Where:

Calgary, Feb 23- March 5 @ 8:00 PM [no shows Feb 27, 28]

Calgary – EPCOR CENTRE’S Motel 205 8 Ave SE

Red Deer, March 9-12 @ 8:00 PM , Red Deer – Scott Block Theatre 4816 50 Ave

Tickets: $18 Christmas Discount until Jan 15, 2011

Regular Rate $20 – order online at burntthicket.com – Tickets also available at the door.

About raise their voice

With a heart for the oppressed and a mind committed to action, raise their voice, uses story, song, film and practical acts of mercy to address the plight of the oppressed and relieve suffering. raise their voice is incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act.  www.raisetheirvoice.com

About burnt thicket theatre

burnt thicket theatre is an emerging Alberta company committed to enliven [restore life to] audiences through original performance, via an ensemble of artists seeking to integrate spiritual and artistic practices in the creation of new theatre works. burnt thicket theatre just completed a successful Western Canadian tour of Hockey Dad: A Play In 3 Periods that included during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. www.burntthicket.com

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For more information, interviews or hi-rez photos, please contact Neil Bousquet, APR directly.

Mr. Neil Bousquet, APR, PR burnt thicket theatre, (403) 256-8834 prwizard@prwizard.ca

Mr. James Popoff, Artistic Director, burnt thicket theatre, (403).274-8847 james@burntthicket.com

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