Casting Announcement: Category E

Coal Mine Theatre is excited to stage Category E by English-born, Edmonton-based playwright Belinda Cornish, from April 11 – 29.

In an interview, the playwright described the show as “a comedy of menace.” She described the play’s characters as naturalistic, but “within a peculiar, mysteriously menacing, somewhat surreal, world.” The play takes place in an environment where imperfect or inferior people are used as scientific test subjects for the betterment of humanity. The audience meets three people in a room, getting to know one another; occasionally one of them leaves for a period of time to undergo unseen and undiscussed experiments. Mysteriously matter-of-fact about their environment, Category E uses human test subjects, as if they were inferior animals, for a scathing indictment of the brutality and baseness that can exist in science.

The play is directed by Rae Ellen Bodie and stars Diana Bentley, Vivien Endicott-Douglas, and Robert Persichini. Rounding out the crew are set and costume designer Anna Treusch, lighting designer Gabriel Cropley, and sound design by Keith Thomas.
Category E is on at Coal Mine Theatre from April 11 – 29. For tickets or more information, click here.

Fun facts! The cast and creative team answer the question:

“What’s your favourite black comedy?


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