Northern Sabbatical Productions. 

Trail and Error.

A Play by Linda Wood Edwards.

Award Nominations.

TRAIL AND ERROR received Sterling Award Nominations: Best New Fringe Work (for Playwright) and Best Fringe Performance (for Ellen Chorley).


After a horrible year Linda challenges herself to do something even worse: the Chilkoot Trail. In bear and avalanche season. In borrowed boots. A century after the Klondike Gold Rush, we still hope for a better life at the end of the Trail. An almost true story.


1996 was a monumentally bad year for Linda, so in 1997 she headed to the Yukon for a few months to satisfy her curiosity about the north and the Klondike Gold Rush. One key objective was to hike the historic Chilkoot Trail, a 55km 5-day hike through various ecosystems and terrains. This play is about the perils and pearls Linda found on that journey, some of which still play out in her life today.

Bios for Fringe 2016.

Linda Wood Edwards.

Linda is relieved that she can finally laugh at this story and now share it with you. She is excited to have Ellen Chorley in the role and thinks Ellen plays her better than she plays herself. And that David Cheoros agreed to direct proves her welcome isn’t completely worn out. We hope you enjoy the show and are inspired to conquer your own Chilkoot. Linda is an award winning playwright with a Sterling nomination for Spring Alibi (2005). Other shows include Spring Alibi in Washington DC (2006), Yukon (2007), Saskatchewan (2012), and Adelaide AU (2015) as well as Never Let the Crew See You Cry (2013, 2015), Four in the Crib (2012, 2013), True Grid (2007, 2010), and Support Ho’s (2009). This fall watch for a new production of Linda’s 2013 Pick of the Fringe play Never Let the Crew See You Cry in various Alberta communities.

David Cheoros.

This play is as close as David Cheoros will ever come to hiking the Chilkoot, since he is arguably the least fit man in Edmonton. He’s thrilled to be working with Ellen after admiring her work for years, and with Linda on their sixth show together.  David is the executive director of Metro Cinema, and the co-producer of MAA & PAA Theatre, which turns Alberta history into pocket dramas. Check out Letters from Battle River over at the Garneau Theatre.  Special thanks to Karen, Sophia and Elizabeth, who David will look forward to seeing after the show.

Ellen Chorley.

Ellen Chorley is a playwright, producer, performer and instructor based in Edmonton, Alberta. Ellen is the Artistic Associate for Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre, the Artistic Producer for Promise Productions, the Co-Artistic Director/Playwright in Residence of Send in the Girls Burlesque, and the High School Curator of Nextfest Emerging Arts Festival. Ellen also teaches and mentors artists of all ages through the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, the Autism Society of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Schools. Ellen is the proud recipient of two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards for co-producing her children’s play “Murielle” with Blarney Productions and was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2013. This Fringe, Ellen is also performing in Send in the Girls latest burlesque revue “Shakespeare’s Sirens.” Ellen does not like camping, hiking, outhouses, being cold or getting dirty, BUT she likes Linda and David very much and is honored to work on this project with them.


Fringe 2016.

Showed at: Edmonton, AB Fringe Festival
Date: 2016
Directed by: David Cheoros
Starred: Ellen Chorley

SkirtsAfire Festival 2016.

A tease of four new plays, including Linda’s ‘Trail and Error’, at PeepShow.

 The Nina Haggerty Gallery
Date: March 13 | 3pm – 4pm |
An excerpt was read by: April Banigan as “Linda”
Directed by: Tracy Carroll