CGAS RISER Found Festival

The Funeral

Theatre Tickets


  • July 10, 02:00 pm–3:00 pm


South Side Memorial Chapel, 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB, Canada

A staged reading by Marina Mair-Sánchez
Approximate Runtime: 45 minutes with an optional 20-minute talkback
Location: South Side Memorial Chapel

What would you say, what would you ask, if you were able to reunite with all of those you’ve lost? The Funeral is a bilingual, multidisciplinary staged reading which celebrates life, and the memories and stories we all have to tell. It is an exploration of what it means to be away from those you love, and how people stay together against unimaginable odds kilometres away from everything they know.

This 45-minute stage reading will invite audiences to enter the world of an unconventional funeral, where the deceased are present to share — to the best of their abilities — their stories, while encouraging audience members to share their own. Because it doesn’t matter how different our paths look, our final destination is the same, and we all have stories that are worth sharing and that are worth celebrating.

This stage reading will be followed by a talkback, where audience members will be able to have a structured conversation with the writer.

This will be a seated, indoor, distanced reading with approximately 20 people present including the show’s company. All participants must be masked throughout the event, no exceptions.

Written and created by Marina Mair-Sánchez
Choreography by Deviani Andrea
Sound Design by pseudo-antigone
Performed by Tatiana Duque and Andrés Moreno.

Special thanks to Aaron Harrity and Trent Crosby.

It’s darn important to us that Found Festival remains accessible for as many Foundsters in our community as possible. That includes making all tickets Offer What You Will. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. But if you’re able, we ask you please offer a donation. As a tiny but mighty arts org getting it done on passion and grit, Common Ground Arts Society relies on donations to help keep our scrappy operation afloat. Every offer you make goes directly toward supporting artists in our community.

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.