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The Listening Room
By Michaela Jeffrey
Benefitting Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Teatro LATEA @ The Clemente
Thursday, 8/2 @ 3:00PM




Potent and topical, The Listening Room is a powerful new political drama set at the turn of the next century. At the heart of a forgotten society calling itself The Earie, young dissidents use radio telescopes to salvage fragments of earlier civilizations still ricocheting between stars. These ‘Listeners’ fight against growing pressure from the governing central Council, whose hold over the imaginations of the population of The Earie has all but buried the practice of ‘Listening.’

As the tone of their world tilts away from discourse and curiosity toward emotional rhetoric and fear-fueled isolationism, the last remaining Listeners – Marcus, Lanolin, Fayette and Rouke – strike out wildly against the new reality. Marcus holds public audiences in the streets. Lanolin keeps secret records in the event of the sudden disappearance of the Listeners. On the eve of a high-profile ‘disciplinary hearing,’ a blind girl walks seven miles through the desert to the outpost called The Listening Room to ask for sanctuary – Isobel wants to become a Listener…

Michaela Jeffrey is a Calgary based playwright and recent graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada (2016). Recent writing credits include: The Listening Room (finalist, Project Playwright 2017 – Sanguine Theatre, NYC) currently in production with Cardiac Theatre (Edmonton) in conjunction with The Azimuth Theatre & Downstage Performance Society – February 2018. Always (The Cultch Emerging Artist Festival – Vancouver, 2017), Hardscrabble Road, GODHEAD, (Shortlist, Headwaters New Play Festival – Creede, Colorado; The Sunset Theatre, Wells, BC), Sundogs (Holding Hollow Productions; Edmonton International Fringe Festival), and others. Ms. Jeffrey a was a recent finalist for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s RBC Emerging Playwright Award (2016) for her play The Listening Room, as well as recipient of the 2015 national Enbridge Playwrights Award (Emerging Category) for her developing play, Going West. This season she’s honored to return to the beautiful big skies of her home province for a second season as part of Alberta Theatre Projects’ national Playwrights Unit.


Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is born of a fusion of New York and London creativity, is a theatre company committed to giving voice and perspective to established and emerging artists.We develop and produce plays that explore political, social and cultural awareness.



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