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Profile Last Updated: May 05, 2009
A dynamic young troupe with a twin passion for pop culture and social issues, Ground Zero shows an uncanny ability to balance crowd-pleasing with the controversial. This is a company that can present a sweet funny homage to the Star Wars movies (“The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook”) and a dark disturbing production of the British shocker "Shopping and F'ing," in the same season - and do both with considerable skill. The group has also boldly tackled Ensler’s world-renowned “The Vagina Monologues”, and a recent hit “Dough – the Politics of Martha Stewart”. This kind of satire is in a class of its own.
Started by a tenacious group of University of Calgary drama grads in 1997, Ground Zero is a not-for-profit theatre company with a definite edge. Specifically, Ground Zero has established itself up as the theatrical voice of Generation X, favouring plays like Laurence Fishburne’s Riff Raff, Eric Bogosian’s SubUrbia and the Tarantino-esque Killer Joe. In other words, spectators should expect plenty of irony, angst, political satire, and cinema-style sex and violence.
Venues and variety
Home base for Ground Zero is the Big Secret Theatre located in Epcor Centre. The company also runs shows out of Pumphouse Theatres located west of downtown on the Bow River bank, Vertigo Theatre located in the Calgary Tower, and The Reeves Theatre on campus at the U of C. Tickets are available through each of these venues.