CGAS RISER Found Festival




Venue: Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue NW)
Run Time: Approximately 50 minutes

A trans man and his idealized cis self invite onlookers to a very brave thing on the best day, the most perfect day ever. A guided meditation, a group retreat, a paint night, whatever it takes — together, if they just erase the image there, remove a memory here, edit the names, refine the story, refine the story… maybe perfection will be attainable in the end after all.
Re:Construct is a personal, playful, and utterly irreverent interrogation into the perfect picture of masculinity.

Content Warning
Recommended for audiences 14 and up due to coarse language and sexual content.
This performance also includes haze, brief flashing lights and video, and mentions of blood.

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“Re:Construct is a playful, theatrical, very personal de:construction (a much-too sombre word for the fun of being in the audience) of gender … an unexpected show you shouldn’t miss.” -Liz Nicholls,

“Reconstructing a gender, an identity, an entire life, is an unfathomable task. That local playwright Even Gilchrist has wrought a poignant and humorous work from such a challenge is testimony to his skills as an up-and-coming theatre artist in Edmonton.” -Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal

“The audience is immediately drawn in by Dubbeldam and Brown’s larger-than-life characters.” -Sarah Dussome, BroadwayWorld

Photos below by Brianne Jang (BB Collective). Pictured: Geoffrey Simon Brown and Émanuel Dubbeldam.

Re:Construct was created back in 2018 for the Ottawa Fringe Festival. It was originally a series of love letters to a thirteen year old self, giving them back the grace and permission to question and love themselves at the same time. I’m excited to share a renewed version of this play for Edmonton, for new audiences, for fellow queer and trans folks, for people like me who need a reminder that we are allowed to love who we are now and who we were in retrospect. ”
-Even Gilchrist


Tuesday, June 7 – 7:30pm*
Wednesday, June 8 – 7:30pm
Thursday, June 9 – 7:30pm
Friday, June 10 – 7:30pm^ & 9:30pm*
Saturday, June 11 – 7:30pm
Sunday, June 12 – 7:30pm – ASL INTERPRETED

*Proof of vaccination required upon entry to the theatre for performances on June 7 at 7:30pm and June 10 at 9:30pm.
^Relaxed performance. Consult the Know-Before-You-Go document for more details.

ASL Interpretation provided by Robyn Lavender and Alicia Ponciano with consultation from Connor Yuzwenko-Martin.


Written/Produced by Even Gilchrist
Directed by Sarah J Culkin
Featuring Geoffrey Simon Brown and Émanuel Dubbeldam

Set/Costumes/Video: Even Gilchrist
Lighting: Whittyn Jason
Sound: Lindsey Walker

Stage Manager: Lindy Mullen
Production Manager: Frances Girard
Design Assistant: Andraya Diogo