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Alberta Theatre Projects to stage new Hawksley Workman musical

Hawksley Workman

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Hawksley Workman has written "a concept album for the stage" that will premiere in Calgary next winter, Alberta Theatre Projects announced Monday.

Described as a contemporary take on The Bacchae, The God That Comes is the first work of musical theatre from the Juno-winning singer-songwriter known for his theatrical flare. It is co-created by acclaimed director Christian Barry from Halifax's 2b Theatre.

The God That Comes will be part of ATP's Enbridge playRites Festival along with three other new works: Siminovitch-winning playwright Joan MacLeod's latest, What to Expect; Darrah Teitel's indie hit about sex and Mary Shelley, The Apology; and Jonathan Garfinkel and Christopher Morris's long-in-gestation Petawawa, an international collaboration about the conflict in Afghanistan.

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Alberta Theatre Projects revealed the rest of its 2012 - 2013 season along with the playRites line-up. On the bill are hit American plays Intimate Apparel and Red, as well as the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Daniel MacIvor's latest solo show, This is What Happens Next.

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