CGAS RISER Found Festival

ASL at RISER 2023

Thanks to the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation, all productions at RISER 2023 will feature at least one ASL-interpreted performance.

See all of the details in ASL below in a video from Deaf artist Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, or scroll down for show-by-show videos with text provided.



This video features information about ASL interpreted performances as part of RISER Edmonton 2023 from Common Ground Arts Society. RISER supports artists in developing new pieces of theatre with big creative risks.

All four productions take place at the Backstage Theatre at the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns. Tickets for each show are available now at


The first production is After Faust from The Invisible Practice, written by Connor Yuzwenko-Martin and directed by Ebony R. Gooden. After Faust is a Deaf-written, Deaf-directed, and Deaf-performed story about what happened after the classic story of Doctor Faustus. It’s a beautiful story of friendship, grief, and forgiveness.

After Faust will be performed January 31-February 5 in ASL by an entirely Deaf cast including Mustafa Alabssi, Gaitrie Killings, Jan McCarthy, Kayla Bradford Sinasac, and Hodan Youssouf. English captions will be available at every performance.

Click for tickets & info about After Faust by Connor Yuzwenko-Martin.

Omisimawiw by Shyanne Duquette February 8 to 12.


The second production is Omisimawiw by Shyanne Duquette and directed by Danielle LaRose. This show is about two sisters who meet by chance and find in each other questions about identity, Indigenous life, and family. It will feature ASL interpretation from Crystal Wolfe and Robyn Lavender on February 11 at 7:30pm.

Click for tickets & info about Omisimawiw by Shyanne Duquette.

In My Own Little Corner by Carly Neis February 22 to March 1.


The third production is In My Own Little Corner by Carly Neis and directed by Sarah J. Culkin. This show is a musical cabaret of stories and songs performed by Carly. It explores a lifelong friendship, care, and independence in life with disabilities. It will feature ASL interpretation from Robyn Lavender and Andrea Konowalec on Sunday, February 26 at 7:30pm.

Click for tickets & info about In My Own Little Corner by Carly Neis.

MINE by Ashleigh Hicks March 4.


The final production is MINE by Ashleigh Hicks and directed by Andrew Ritchie. This is a staged reading of a brand new play telling the epic true story of the Cape Breton coal wars in the early 20th century that paved the way for many labour movements today. It will feature ASL interpretation from Robyn Lavender and Andrea Konowalec on Saturday, March 4 at 2:00pm.

Tickets for all four shows are now available at See you there!

Click for tickets & info about MINE by Ashleigh Hicks.

Thank you to the Edmonton Community Foundation for their support of ASL interpretation at RISER Edmonton 2023.