Beginning Monday, October 21st, Die Nasty!–The Live Improvised Soap Opera ventures into Edwardian England and the world of Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. All the glamour, wealth and dark secrets of the English aristocracy! All the starched loyalty and conniving schemes of the staff below stairs! All improvised every Monday night by the Canadian Comedy Award-winning cast of Die Nasty!
The year is 1901. After 63 years, England’s great monarch, Queen Victoria, has died. The new century brings a new King and a new age of science and thought. Automobiles, suffragettes and Cornflakes.
On his country estate, the Earl of Clopshire struggles to maintain his ancestral home and defend old values in a changing world. His son has run away to join the navy, and his daughter is wearing trousers and asserting her right to be named heir. His wife, meanwhile, spends hours alone with the swarthy groundskeeper…While the passions and politics roil upstairs, the inscrutable housekeeper and the solemn butler run the staff with an iron fist. But rivalries and romance are as rife below stairs as they are above…
Will the estate survive?
Who will inherit it, and whom will they have to marry?
Whose upper lip will remain the stiffest?
Who knows? It’s improvised!
In its 23rd season, the popular Edmonton comedy institution plays every Monday Night at 7:30pm from Oct. 21, 2013 through May 26, 2014 at the Varscona Theatre (10329 – 83 Ave). Tickets are $13 or $9 with a $30 membership. A Season pass is $250 or $300 with a reserved seat. Tickets are available at the door (cash only) or online at tixonthesquare.com. Please note no show on December 23 & 30, 2013.
Die Nasty is created by the Canadian Comedy Award winning cast: Matt Alden, Dana Andersen, Shannon Blanchet, Leona Brausen, Peter Brown, Belinda Cornish, Vincent Forcier, Tom Edwards, Jason Hardwick, Jeff Haslam, Kory Mathewson, Mark Meer, Sheri Somerville, Davina Stewart, Stephanie Wolfe, Donovan Workun.
Original Music by Paul Morgan Donald. Technician & Designer Brad Fischer. Produced by Nicole Thibaut
Directed by Cathleen Rootsaert