Production History of She Has A Name

She Has A Name had its World Premiere in Calgary, Alberta in 2011 garnering critical praise and selling out each show.  It also received critical praise with its new cast in 2012 when the play toured Canada from coast to coast.

Since the successful tour, the play has been produced across North America by both professional and community theatres in places like New York, California, Alberta, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

In December 2016 She Has A Name made its big screen debut.  The Unveil Studios film was adapted for the screen by Andrew Kooman The film stars Will Yun Lee, Eugenia Yuan, Teresa Ting, Giovanni Mocibob and Gil Bellows. The film received the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Central Alberta Film Festival and was nominated for 5 Alberta Film and Television Awards.  The Calgary Herald called the fill a “Riveting, fast-paced political thriller” while the Red Deer Express named it a “Cinematic triumph.”

In 2016 was a big year for the play.  Andrew adapted the play for a US/Mexican version that is currently being translated into Spanish. This contextualized version of for Latin America premiered Off-Broadway in January and February of 2017  in New York City.

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Early Development
She Has A Name was given the 2009 Scripts At Work/Alberta Playwright Network Award.It received dramaturgical input from a committee of the Alberta Playwright Network in the Spring of2009 under the oversight of APN director Johanne Deleeuw. In January 2010, the play underwent a workshop with Burnt Thicket Theatre of Calgary, Alberta under the direction of Steve Waldshmidt, a process which culminated in a public reading of the play on January 10, 2010.

In October 2010, the play will have a public reading in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a series of readings to follow in Alberta in October and November 2010. Burnt Thicket Theatre in partnership with Raise Their Voice  produced the World Premiere of She Has A Name to sold out audiences in Calgary in February 2011, followed by a sold out run of performances in Red Deer. In 2o12 the play toured Canada for 6 months in 13 cities from Halifax to Victoria.

2011 World Premiere + Cast

Venue: The Motel Space @ The Epcor Centre – Calgary, Alberta

Dates: February 23 – March 5, 2011

Producing Theatre Company: Burnt Thicket Theatre in partnership with Raise Their Voice

World Premiere Cast and Creative Team:

Aaron Krogman JASON / PIMP

Denise Wong NUMBER 18 / VOICE 1

Glenda Warkentin MARTA / VOICE 3

Cari Russell ALI / VOICE 4

Sienna Howell-Holden MAMMA / VOICE 2

Julie Serger STAGE MANAGER

Stephen Waldschmidt DIRECTOR

Jaylene Wiebe COSTUME DESIGNER

Anton De Groot LIGHTING DESIGNER

Luke Ertman COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER

Alida Lowe PRODUCTION MANAGER

James Popoff PRODUCER / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Deanne Bertsch CHOREOGRAPHER

 

2012 Canadian Tour + Cast
LETHBRIDGE | May 23 – 27 – Sterndale Bennett Theatre (preview show on May 22)
SASKATOON | May 30 – June 2 – BackStage Stage, Remai Arts Centre
OTTAWA | June 6 – 10 – Academic Hall Theatre, University of Ottawa
MONTREAL | June 16 – 24 – Montreal Fringe Festival
HALIFAX | July 3 – 11 – Studio Stage, Neptune Theatre
WINNIPEG | July 18 – 29 – Winnipeg Fringe Festival
CALGARY | August 3 – 11 – Calgary Fringe Festival – The Lantern
VICTORIA | August 24 – September 3 – Victoria Fringe Festival
VANCOUVER | September 6 – 16 – Vancouver Fringe – Festival Firehall Arts Centre
KELOWNA | September 18 – 21 – Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts
EDMONTON | September 25 – 30 – Catalyst Theatre
RED DEER | October 2 – 6 – Scott Block Theatre

 Canadian Tour Cast and Creative Team:

Carl Kennedy JASON / PIMP

Evelyn Chew NUMBER 18 / VOICE 1

Glenda Warkentin MARTA / VOICE 3

Alysa Van Haastert ALI / VOICE 4

Sienna Howell-Holden MAMMA / VOICE 2

Brad G. Graham TOUR + STAGE MANAGER

Stephen Waldschmidt DIRECTOR

Jaylene Wiebe COSTUME DESIGNER

Anton De Groot LIGHTING DESIGNER

Luke Ertman COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER

Alida Lowe PRODUCING DIRECTOR

James Popoff ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Karl Sine* FIGHT DIRECTOR

Deanne Bertsch CHOREOGRAPHER

* Appeared courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

Other Productions and Readings
2013 Dates and Locations

NEW YORK CITY | October 17 -24 – Readings at Hunter College

2014 Dates and Locations 
FOLSOM, CALIFORNIA | May 2 – June 22 – Production by Freefall Stage
CALIFORNIA | September – December – California Tour
EDMONTON, ALBERTA | November  TBD– L’uniTheatre  2015 Dates and Locations
CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA | February 5 and 6 – Rogers State University  Staged Readings
LEWISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA | March 1 – Bucknell University
THREE HILLS,  ALBERTA | March 2015 – Prairie Bible College

Pat Donnely
Pat Donnely Montreal Gazette
She Has a Name is a polished, well-acted production of a play with an urgent message about human trafficking.

Gerry Camp
Gerry Camp Folsom Telegraph
If you truly love theater, you must see this play. And I promise you, it is a play you will carry with you long after the lights have gone up.

Liz Nicholls
Liz Nicholls Edmonton Journal
Bravely, She Has A Name isn’t a simple-minded empowerment document, First World to the rescue. It builds suspense. Will Number 18 be newly victimized by activists as their prize witness, a sacrificial lamb to the larger campaign to build a case against human traffickers? Let’s just say, that’s when social-action theatre takes the longer view.

Uptown
This is heavy subject matter that resonates emotionally.

Plank
Plank Vancouver
Brace yourself…. Compassion and equally forceful excoriations drives the moral narrative in a distressingly emotional but physically satisfying way.
Winnipeg
Winnipeg CBC
4 Stars! She Has a Name is a play that is well performed [and] tells an important story…. The talented cast tackles the material admirably.
Estelle Rosen
Estelle Rosen
5 out of 5! She Has A Name had its way with me…. A powerful, haunting theatre piece.
Ignite 107
Ignite 107 Winnipeg
5 STARS ABSOLUTE MUST SEE! “This play polished to perfection. Be a witness to She Has a Name and you’ll never be the same.
Lana Michelen
Lana Michelen Red Deer Advocate
A non-stop, 90-minute tour de force production that’s both action-packed and ultimately gut-wrenching…. Buy a ticket simply because She Has a Name provides a thought-provoking, compelling evening of theatre.
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