Burnt Thicket Theatre & Raise Their Voice announce 12-city Canadian tour for She Has A Name

Critically acclaimed play about human trafficking to be seen in seven provinces May-October, 2012

Published Tuesday, April 3, 2012

 Burnt Thicket Theatre & Raise Their Voice announce 12-city Canadian tour for She Has A Name

Critically acclaimed play about human trafficking to be seen in seven provinces May-October, 2012




In partnership with Raise Their Voice, Burnt Thicket Theatre is proud to present She Has A Name by playwright Andrew Kooman in twelve cities and seven provinces across Canada from May 23 to October 6, 2012. She Has A Name exposes the dark world of human trafficking.  During its premiere in Calgary and Red Deer last spring, the play received critical acclaim and sold out every performance.


The production opens May 23-27 in Lethbridge and travels east to Saskatoon, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. In July, the tour swings westward with performances in Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton. The tour concludes with performances in Red Deer October 2-6.



She Has A Name focuses on Jason, a Canadian investigator who poses as a ‘john’ to build a legal case against an organized brothel that is trafficking girls into Bangkok.  Jason must win the trust of a young prostitute known only as Number 18 and convince her to risk her life to testify.


“She Has a Name is a powerful piece of theatre that both thrilled and inspired audiences during our successful world premiere," says director Stephen Waldschmidt. "We look forward to bringing this timely story to thousands more Canadians from Halifax to Victoria.  I’m grateful to report that we have raised more than $80,000 from a wide range of supporters from across the country who believe in the need to tell this story to Canadians.”



"She Has A Name will open the eyes of Canadians to the reality that there are millions of innocent victims in the world today who live in these brutal conditions," says Mark Wollenberg, the Western Canadian representative of International Justice Mission Canada, an agency that works overseas to secure justice for victims of human trafficking.  "But more importantly, we hope that it will open the hearts of those who attend to become engaged in bringing an end to human trafficking. This play brings the nameless victims of trafficking into our western world and makes them all too close and too real to ever forget.  Canadians must see this play!"




Waldschmidt added that Burnt Thicket Theatre and Raise Their Voice are still looking for sponsorship opportunities from corporations, small businesses, non-profit and religious organizations, as well as donations from the private sector.


She Has A Name, a play by Andrew Kooman

2012 Canadian Tour May 23 – October 6


LETHBRIDGE           May 23 – 27  - Sterndale Bennett Theatre

SASKATOON            May 30 – June 2  - BackStage Stage, Remai Arts Centre

OTTAWA                    June 6 – 10  - Academic Hall Theatre, University of Ottawa

MONTREAL               June 16 – 24 - Montreal Fringe Festival                  

HALIFAX                     July 3 – 11 -  Studio Stage, Neptune Theatre

WINNIPEG                  July 18 – 29 - Winnipeg Fringe Festival

CALGARY                  August 3 – 11  - Calgary Fringe Festival - The Lantern

VICTORIA                   August 24 – Sept. 3 - Victoria Fringe Festival

VANCOUVER            September  6 – 16  - Vancouver Fringe - Festival Firehall Arts Centre

KELOWNA                 September 18 – 21 - Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts

EDMONTON              September 25 – 30  - Catalyst Theatre

RED DEER                 October 2 – 6 - Scott Block Theatre


TICKETS on sale April 9 for selected cities, $12 – $27, available online at shehasaname.net 



About Raise Their Voice

With a heart for the oppressed and a mind committed to action, Raise Their Voice, uses story, song, theatre, film and practical acts of mercy to address the plight of vulnerable and exploited people and relieve suffering. Raise Their Voice is incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act. www.raisetheirvoice.com


About Burnt Thicket Theatre          

Burnt Thicket Theatre is an emerging Alberta company committed to enliven [restore life to] audiences through original performance, via an ensemble of artists seeking to integrate spiritual and artistic practices in the creation of new theatre works. In partnership with Raise Their Voice, Burnt Thicket Theatre in 2011 produced the world premiere of She Has a Name that received critical acclaim with sold out audiences during its three-week run in Alberta. www.burntthicket.com


For more information about the She Has A Name 2012 Canadian Tour, including videos, visit: shehasaname.net