Northern Sabbatical Productions. 

True Grid.

A Comedy by Linda Wood Edwards.

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Synopsis.

4 Guys x 20 football seasons = 80 years of bonding, rituals, and winning. Subtract 1 guy, add a lovely stranger, and risk breaking the streak. Join these devoted fans as they lose and rediscover their faith during an ill-fated season. Superstitious fans of any team will love this comedy!

Inspiration.

True Grid focuses on the passion that unfolds in the stands during a football season and combines Linda’s experiences with loving football (to a religious extent) with the fans she has met by traveling to every stadium. Sports fans are faithful and many situations that arise over a season test that faith. But no matter how disillusioned people get, true fans always find their way back. That is what True Grid is about. While it could be set in any stadium at any time, these productions of True Grid were set in 2006 – the ill-fated season in which the Edmonton Eskimos missed the playoffs for the first time in 34-years (a professional sports play-off record). It was bloody devastating.

The Buzz.

“Edwards’ script features jokes so polished and witty it begs to become a pilot for a television sitcom… Broad humour matched with Eskimo in-jokes makes True Grid a true touchdown.” -Edmonton Sun

“A laugh a minute. If you are a football fan, this is a must see. If you are not a football fan, you will love it anyways.” – Global TV

“Funny and oddly poignant… script is beautifully turned out… actors all possess a fine-tuned sense of comic timing.” -Edmonton Journal

“This is a true, genuine piece of comedy that anyone with the lifeblood of green and gold, copper and blue, or whatever combination, will relate to.” –Vue Weekly

“Crisp, entertaining play well-acted… slickly directed… Well worth a look, even if you hate football and would rather hibernate until the Grey Cup is over with.” -SEE Magazine

History.

Edmonton Grey Cup Festival 2010.

Showed at: Stanley A Milner Library Theatre
Date: November 24-26, 2010
Directed by: David Cheoros
Starred: Sue Huff as “Mary”; Stewart Burdett as “James”; Andy Northrup as “Thomas”; Kevin Tokarsky as “Coach”
With the Voice of: Bryan Hall

Fringe 2007.

Showed at: Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Date: August 16-26, 2007
Directed by: David Cheoros
Starred: Sue Huff as “Mary”; Stewart Burdett as “James”; Andy Northrup as “Thomas”; Kevin Tokarsky as “Coach”
With the Voice of: Bryan Hall