ren & the wake

a sort of musical

Ren’s mother has passed away. Ren doesn’t know what to do or what to say. But Ren has boxes and boxes of their mother’s things: a life stuffed between the cracked pages of cookbooks, trapped in empty bottles, hidden amid dusty photos, scribbled inside a dog-eared journal.

With the help of a chorus of unlikely characters, Ren discovers the stories that make us, connect us, and help us heal.

ren & the wake is a sort of funeral if a funeral was a sort of musical.

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A workshop production brought to you by Catch the Keys Productions:

Beth Dart

Megan Dart

composer & lyricist
Lindsey Walker

performer collaborators*
Helen Belay
Candace Berlinguette
Marguerite Lawler
Larissa Poho
Laura Raboud

production designer
Whittyn Jason

movement designer
Ainsley Hillyard

assistant production designer & production manager
Kat Evans

assistant production designer
Tessa Stamp

stage managers
Lauren McCarthy
Lindy Mullen

* The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance*Opera*Theatre Policy (DOT).

ren & the wake is made possible thanks to the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Fringe Theatre with very special thanks to Azimuth Theatre.

COVID Considerations

We require proof of vaccination for all patrons for the 2pm performance on Saturday, April 30. We do not require proof of vaccination for all other performances. 

We ask audience please remain masked during the performance when not drinking (see beverage service below). Performers will be unmasked while performing.


The Backstage Theatre is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive accessible washrooms.

The 8pm performance on Saturday, April 30 and the 8pm performance on Wednesday, May 4 will be ASL interpreted.


Seating is cabaret style with chairs and low tables. Chairs are moveable and an assortment of mismatched chairs with arms and without arms.

Beverage Service

The bar will be open for approximately 20 minutes before the start of the performance. Audience are welcome to purchase alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Beverages may be consumed during the show. Audience are asked to please replace their masks between sips.

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