The Cows, described as a Greek-embodied tragedy for glory, cream, guts and the quest for happiness, is on at Theatre Junction GRAND in Calgary from March 8 – 11, 2018. Only someone with a clown background could pull off a theatre show that brings whipped cream, cows, Greek lore, karaoke and Ariana Grande to the same stage.

That’s exactly what Calgary-born, London-trained (London as in England, not Ontario) performance artist Elaine Weryshko has done with her chorus production, The Cows, which debuts in the aptly-nicknamed cowtown on Thursday. “I think this show is ridiculously fun,” Weryshko told Metro.

“I’ve never had anyone walk out yet, and it’s kind of intense. I think it actually empowers people.” Theatre Junction GRAND, which is hosting the show as part of its NEXT STAGE program, describes The Cows online as ‘a Greek embodied tragedy for glory, cream, guts and the quest for happiness.’ The NEXT STAGE program gives selected local artists and theatre companies all the performance and rehearsal space, front of house services, marketing, box office management and technical support they need to put on a production – at no charge.

Seventy-five per cent of the proceeds go directly to the artists and the remainder is used to sustain the program. “It’s so hard to get funding as an artist, even as a successful artist – there’s just not enough to go around,” said Weryshko, who self-produces shows in both Calgary and Edmonton.

“So having the tech provided, the space provided, the lights provided – that is so invaluable.” The Cows is based on the Greek tragedy of Dionysus, but it’s anything but classic. Weryshko said she wanted to challenge conventional forms of theatre by creating an unprecedented experience for the audience. Read more from…

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