Calgary, I Love You, but You're Killing Me

The City is a nest and a distraction. Safe and dangerous, comforting and alien, it exhausts and energizes in equal measure. Does a city that spends much of its energy visualizing what is occurring below the surface of the earth have a quality notion of what’s going on above it?

Who are we as a city? If an animal, what kind? If a gender, what variety? Are we a griffin or a gopher? A sphinx or a spaniel?

A warrior-queen or a tipsy teen? Does the city have a soul and if so how do we describe it? Just who the hell are we now?

One Yellow Rabbit dowses, parses, and probes these questions for the 2016 High Performance Rodeo. Calgary, I Love You, but You’re Killing Me is about music, comedy and the mysterious relationship we all have with home.

2016 Part of the 30th High Performance Rodeo, Big Secret Theatre, Calgary, Canada
From the songbook of David Rhymer and Blake Brooker  •  Directed by Blake Brooker  •  Composed by David Rhymer  •  Staged by Denise Clarke
With additional music, lyrics and text by Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Kris Demeanor, Karen Hines, Michelle Kennedy, Jonathan Lewis, Jamie Tognazzini and Dewi Wood
Performers: Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Karen Hines, Jamie Tognazzini  •  Musicians: Kris Demeanor, Jonathan Lewis, David Rhymer  •  Stage Managed by Michelle Kennedy  •  Technical Director Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie

Also Featuring:

David Rhymer

David Rhymer is a frequent collaborator with One Yellow Rabbit - Calgary, I Love You, but... marks the sixth partnership with his OYR pals. With playwright Blake Brooker: Dream Machine, Ilsa Queen Of The Nazi Love Camp and Mata Hari in 8 Bullets which recently premiered off-Broadway to rave reviews and subsequently toured Europe. OYR Ensemble: Conniption Cabaret and People You May Know. Solo musicals include Songs From Nightingale Alley, Wreck Beach, and Why Freud Fainted. He recently composed the music for Green Fool's The Floating Mouse and is presently at work on a 1940's comic book musical Crime Does Not Pay with singer/songwriter Kris Demeanor to premiere in 2017.

Kris Demeanor

Kris Demeanor is a songwriter, theatre artist and poet who has taken his work around the world, inspiring audiences to laugh, dance, weep, think and party.  He’s released seven recordings of original songs, and was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Calgary. Recent work includes Making Treaty 7, John Ware Re-Imagined, CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, collaborating with Ian Tyson, and Shelter From the Storm, a songwriting collaboration with clients of Calgary's Drop in Centre.

Karen Hines

Karen is the author of six award-winning plays, and a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her Pochsy Plays and Drama: Pilot Episode. She is also an award-winning stage performer and director, having directed all of horror clowns Mump & Smoot’s shows, as well as the premiere of Linda Griffiths’ Age of Arousal and others. Her productions have been presented across North America and overseas. Karen has performed extensively in Canadian television and film, and her own prize-winning short films have screened internationally. Upcoming, her newest solo show, Crawlspace, will be presented at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, Vancouver’s Boca del Lupo and in Calgary in 2017.

Jamie Tognazzini

Jamie Tognazzini previously appeared at the High Performance Rodeo in midways, freak shows, and parades. She ecstatically joined D's beautifulyoungartists for Radioheaded 3 (Sled Island). Credits include Project Whooping Crane (Green Fools), Bamboozled (MACHiNENOiSY Dance, Vancouver), Awesome Girl and Radical Boy (Lunchbox Theatre),  A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Company- school tour), The Toxic Avenger Musical (Broadway West), Evil Dead: the Musical (GZT/H&M), The Paperbag Princess Musical (BCDC).  Across Western Canada, numerous festivals have presented her original eccentric circus creations, and she's a proud associate artist with Green Fools Theatre.  

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis is known for his work in sound design, composition, and as a live musician.  He has performed at, and/or designed shows for Alberta Theatre Projects, the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Junction and Vertigo Mystery Theatre.  He performs regularly with his ensembles, Lewis & Limacher, The Rembetika Hipsters, and The Plaid Tongued Devils.  It is his pleasure to once again be working with One Yellow Rabbit.

Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is a director, writer, and producer from Edmonton. Favourite directing credits: Shangri-La (Globe Theatre), Trout Stanley, Apocalypse: A Period Piece, PornStar.USA (Edmonton International Fringe Festival), Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom and the Fabulous Buddha Boi in both Edmonton and New York. She has been nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards and won one for Outstanding Fringe Production. Michelle holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Drama from the University of Alberta.

Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie

Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie thrives in her role as OYR’s Technical Director. She graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2010 and returned to Calgary. She worked as a freelance technician and lighting designer until she found her place with the Rabbits.

When Nicole isn't backstage dressed in black she can be found playing roller derby with the Thrashin' Lassies under the pseudonym 0phelia Payne.

Dewi Wood

A native Calgarian, Dewi Wood’s original music scores and sound design have been heard worldwide. Selected theatre credits: Around The World In 80 Days, The Apology, Unity 1918 (ATP) Class Acts, Losing Ground (Alberta Ballet) Rhythm Addiction, No Small Feets (DJD) Krapps Last Tape, Mockingbird Close, Whimsy State (Lunchbox) In The Heat Of The Night, Farewell, My Lovely (Vertigo Theatre) What The Thunder Said (One Yellow Rabbit)

Clients: NASA, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Dell, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Critical Mass, Travel Alberta, Ashes & Snow, Bravo!, NFB, CBC, E=MC2 Events

Screenings: The Lincoln Center, MOMA, Sundance Film Festival, TIFF, CIFF, Vancouver 2010.

Dewi works from his own award-winning boutique music and recording studio, Infinite Loop, visit