All The Little Animals I Have Eaten

All the Little Animals I Have Eaten is a dark comedy set in a city like your own.

Recently, a film industry professional told his UCLA screenwriting students that they could only succeed in this world by writing scripts that featured male protagonists. As he reluctantly explained, “The audience doesn’t want to listen to a bunch of women talking about whatever it is women talk about.” Now, inspired by the “Bechdel-Wallace Test,” One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre (along with a bunch of women) endeavours to embrace that notion, and to shake it down.

All the Little Animals I Have Eaten tracks a thesis addled,sleep-deprived film student as she serves local charcuterie to a well-heeled crowd at an unusually modern bistro. Over the course of a harrowing shift, she finds herself parsing some very female conversations about everything from plagiarism and polity to narcissism and killer-trolls, to spiritual transcendence and the Golden Retriever Convention in Scotland. The conversation does turn to shoes … but it’s only when the food starts to speak that our hero really starts to listen.

 Karen Hines is the author of six award-winning plays and a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. Plays previously seen in Calgary include Citizen Pochsy (OYR) and Drama (ATP) as well as a recent reading of her Crawlspace at Wordfest. She writes for Swerve. She is not a vegetarian.

* $15 tickets for the Preview performances on January 10 @ 8:00 pm will be available exclusively at the door of the theatre one hour prior to show time. Based on availability. Guarantee your seat in advance by purchasing a full-price ticket online, in person, or by phone.

2017 - January 10 - 21 Part of the 31st High Performance Rodeo, Big Secret Theatre, Calgary, Canada
Written by Karen Hines  •  Directed by Blake Brooker  •  Staged by Denise Clarke
Featuring: Denise Clarke, Georgina Beaty, Nadien Chu, and Ellen Close
Lighting Designer Sandi Somers  •  Sound Designer Peter Moller  •  Costumer Heather Moore  •  Stage Manager Johanne Deleeuw  •  Technician Geoff Buchanan

Also Featuring:

Karen Hines

Karen is an award-winning writer, performer and director and a two-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Previous projects with One Yellow Rabbit include last year’s All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (Playwrights Guild of Canada Carol Bolt Award Finalist, Enbridge Playwright’s Award) as well as directing all of horror clowns Mump & Smoot’s shows and performing her solo, Citizen Pochsy. Originally from Toronto, Karen has performed extensively in theatre, television and film in is a Dora Award-winner and Gemini nominee. Upcoming, her Crawlspace (Wordfest, Canadian tour) is being adapted via Telefilm as a feature, and she is currently writing new plays for Calgary’s Verb and Vertigo Theatres. A National Magazine Award winner, Karen is a regular contributor to the Herald’s Swerve Magazine. During the High Performance Rodeo she is directing Michelle Thrush’s Inner Elder, and is a Red Phone Project playwright. Her father was a consultant to NASA on ionospheric physics.

Georgina Beaty

Georgina is an actor, writer and co-artistic director of Architect Theatre with whom she has created Like There’s No Tomorrow (SW ’15), This Must Be The Place (Passe Muraille), Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show, and her solo show Extremophiles (SummerWorks ’16). Select Acting: The Huron Bride (Vertigo), My Turquoise Years (Arts Club), Unity (1918) (ATP), And So It Goes, Bone Cage (Downstage), The Notorious Right Robert, Bedstefader and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Caravan), Crawlspace (VideoFag), Stitch (Native Earth), Summer Spectacular (SWS), The Graduate (Segal Centre), The Shape of a Girl (Greenthumb, Jessie award). She’s thrilled to be working with OYR for the first time in her hometown. 

Nadien Chu

Nadien is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta but is originally from Yorkton, Saskatchewan. She is now based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Recent Select Credits: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Alberta Theatre Projects), Space//Space, Cleopatra’s Sister, Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Cherish, Northern Light Theatre, Ladies Who Lynch, (Workshop West), Julius Caesar/The Tempest, Twelfth Night/Othello, Titus Andronicus (Sterling Award)/Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet/Love’s Labour’s Lost, (Free Will Shakespeare Festival), Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Penelopiad, August Osage County, (Citadel Theatre), The Ugly One, The Crackwalker, Mourning Dove, Kill Your Television, Pig Girl (Sterling Nomination), Palace of the End (Sterling Nomination), (Theatre Network), Cuckoos (Sterling Nomination), (Edmonton International Fringe Festival).

Ellen Close

Ellen is an actor and playwright. Her performance credits include Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary and the National Arts Centre), Blood: A Scientific Romance (Sage Theatre), Unity (1918) (Alberta Theatre Projects) and Bone Cage (Downstage). As a member of the Downstage Creation Ensemble, she co-created and performed Bus(t), In the Wake (High Performance Rodeo, Magnetic North, Festival Players), and Good Fences (ATP’s playRites). With Braden Griffiths, she co-wrote and performed My Family and Other Endangered Species (Downstage, Vertigo’s YStage), which was recently published by Playwrights Canada Press; they are currently writing Cipher, a conspiracy thriller.

Johanne Deleeuw

Johanne is thrilled to be working with One Yellow Rabbit this season.  Most recently, she Stage Managed Fat Jack Falstaff’s Last Hour.  Prior to that, her last show with OYR was Smash Cut Freeze in 2011.  Johanne also regularly stage manages for Alberta Theatre Projects and has enjoyed assistant stage managing for Calgary Opera’s summer Opera In The Village program over the past few years.  She will finish off her 2016/17 season at Vertigo Theatre with The Drowning Girls.  Johanne lives in Calgary with her wonderful husband, Tim.  In her meagre spare time, she loves to knit.  Johanne has been the recipient of Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production.

Geoff Buchanan

Geoff Buchanan hails from Sarnia, Ontario and has been a proud Calgarian for 3 years.  He joins the team with 6 years of professional experience in technical theatre and a diploma from London, Ontario’s Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. His work with One Yellow Rabbit has included Radioheaded 3: A Listening Party to Watch, Fat Jack Falstaff's Last Hour and All The Little Animals I Have Eaten, Moon Moon, No Moon; as well as the High Performance Rodeo. He is extremely thankful to be a part of this fantastic team of individuals and can’t wait to see what they do next!