The Craddock Years

In 2001, with the hiring of Chris Craddock as our Artistic Director, Azimuth signaled a clear departure from its origins. This chapter began with the creation of a new performance space that would subsequently be known as The Living Room Playhouse.

Credits on this page denote Craddock’s programming from the 2001-02 season through to the 2004-05 Season.



Porn Star

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Chris Craddock, 2002 This was the very first production in The Living Room Playhouse. This production marks the shift in Azimuth’s sensibilities and intended audience, and was wildly popular selling at 105% capacity. This was in no small part due to its salacious title, but while it suggests something pulchritudinous, the content is chock full of incisive social and …

JOB

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

by Jerome Saibil & Eli Battalion, 2002 This dynamic duo premiered in Edmonton under Azimuth Theatre’s banner at The Living Room Playhouse, an example of work that premiered at our modest space that would be recognized by its subsequent production at other venues. We’re proud of that. It means we’re accomplishing our mission. Job was a hip-hop musical, modernizing the …

The Death of Comedy

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Written and performed by Devon McCracken, 2003 This one-man show detailed a life spent in mourning, set against the hilarious backdrop of a young comedian trying to kill comedy that it may be reborn anew. This show was a charmingly raw effort, crude but hilarious and touching. It had all the passion and honesty of a man speaking from his …

BoyGroove

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Chris Craddock, Songs and lyrics by Aaron Macri, 2003, 2004 BoyGroove is perhaps the most extreme example of a show that went on to be recognized in other locales. It is unlikely that the thousands of people that saw the cast sing the National Anthem at a Blue Jays home game while the show was running in Toronto, would …

DreamLife

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Written and performed by Chris Craddock, 2003 This show was a co-production with Catalyst Theatre and was presented at Catalyst Theatre’s space. This show begins with a comatose man bemoaning the lack of engagement his position provides him. He is a theatre artist named Chris, who suddenly gains the ability to read minds. His new gift comes with a price, …

3…2…1

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow 2004, 2005 A two person show dealing with the issue of mourning is a universal theme, as everyone has lost someone at some point and all humans struggle with the inevitability of death. We feel furthermore that the North American mourning rituals are insufficient in scope to allow for true healing. Thus we have …

pause

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By the ETC Collective, 2004 This one-man show was developed by ETC Theatre Collective at Mutton Busters in Calgary (part of OYR’s High Performance Rodeo), ETC’s “Threshold”, and Nextfest 2004. Azimuth’s presentation arrangement with ETC provided them with publicity, box office support, and a presentation fee in exchange for a split of box office. This original work presented a Chemist …

Faithless

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Steve Pirot & Chris Craddock, 2005 Commissioned by The Canada Council, through One Yellow Rabbit to be premiered at the High Performance Rodeo 2005, and then at Catalyst Theatre. The central character is a suicidal storyteller and the subplot involves two young boys who cannot sleep until their father comes up to their room to tell them a bedtime …

Lobster Telephone

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Panties Productions, 2005 A surreal sketch comedy skreel created by the cast with vignettes and songs inspired by Salvador Dali’s Cybernetic Lobster Telephone and the surrealistic manifesto that life is understood through misinformation, misunderstandings, and misinterpretation. Azimuth supported the production with a formal presenter fee, box office, publicity, and received a cut of the box office. We provided space …