Solo show with emotional ties to the past kicks off new season of Alberta Theater Projects

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Alberta Theater Projects will once again welcome audiences to the Martha Cohen Theater with performances of the solo show Stealing Sam October 13-31.

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Written and performed by Steven Gallagher, Stealing Sam is the story of Jimmy who is determined to give his best friend Sam the farewell he deserves, which involves stealing Sam’s ashes from the funeral home.

Stealing Sam, which was originally directed by former ATP Artistic Director, the late Darcy Evans, premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013 where it won six awards, including Best of Fringe and Patrons’ Favorite . He traveled to New York City where he won the award for Best Drama at the United Soho Theater Festival.

ATP originally planned to air a filmed version of Stealing Sam in April that would be directed by Evans ‘partner Andrew Scanlon, using Evans’ original direction notes. The set for the ATP version, designed by Hanne Loosen, was already built on the Martha Cohen stage when pandemic restrictions imposed on April 5 made filming impossible.

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“Stealing Sam will be a meaningful experience as this is the first time since March 2020 that a live production will be presented to an in-person audience on the Martha Cohen stage,” said Kyle Russell, Acting Executive Director of ATP .

“Alberta Theater Projects has remained true to its commitment to present Stealing Sam and give this show the attention it deserves. A lot of heart has been invested in this production. We can’t wait to celebrate the magic of theater with our audience, together again. “

Performer and playwright Gallagher says Stealing Sam “is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend and collaborator Darcy Evans, who loved nothing more than creating theater that moved people.”

Masks and proof of vaccination will be required to attend Stealing Sam performances. Tickets are available at or by phone at 403-294-7402.

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