Alien Bait

“Set at a UFO symposium, where a panel of egghead experts try to explain away the supposed visitations by extraterrestrials while the victims of those visitations, who’ve come looking for answers, are instead forced to turn to one another for support.”

– An excerpt from Wild Theatre by Martin Morrow

"Whether or not we believe it's occurring, the people who are suffering these intrusions are certainly suffering from something. Our skepticism or denial -- or even willing belief -- does nothing to alleviate that.  These stories, whether they're real or imagined, are interesting stories anyway." - Blake Brooker

The play's plot concerns four fictional characters who believe they were abducted and violated by extraterrestrials and meet to discuss their too-close encounters. Their tales are based on the alien-abduction claims of real people.

Alien Bait kicked off the 94-95 season, with Blake Brooker as director and an ensemble of Michael Green, Lindsay Burns, Denise Clarke and Andy Curtis.

Michael Green began studying the abduction phenomenon six years before the production; with a view to dramatize it. Aside from reading all the literature he could get his hands on, he attended a couple of UFO conferences in the U.S. in 1992.

Alien Bait took a humorous and entertaining approach to the topic but, "you'll know far more about the abduction phenomenon after the show than you did before,'' promised Michael Green. "We've found a way to theatrically present a number of arguments for what it might, or might not, be."

-an excerpt from Playwrights Bait Alien Abductors, Calgary Herald

1996 Factory Theatre, Toronto, Canada
1996 Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
1995 Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
1995 Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland
1995 Big Secret Theatre, Calgary, Canada
Written by Blake Brooker and Michael Green with Lindsay Burns, Denise Clarke and Andy Curtis  •  Directed by Blake Brooker  •  Choreography/Staging by Denise Clarke  •  Lighting by Blake Brooker  •  Sound Design and Composition by Richard McDowell  •  Visual Design and Images by Brad Struble  •  Technical Director Ralph Christoffersen
Featuring Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Michael Green, Lindsay Burns (1st production) and Elizabeth Stepkowski (subsequent productions)