The Alan Parkinson's Project


Doug McKeag reprises his Betty award-winning performance as Alan, an aspiring young filmmaker diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. As his life turns inside out, Alan tumbles down the rabbit hole into a world of physical transformation, singing Dopamine, and, of course, the crazed manifestation of the thief Parkinson’s itself.

Nominated for seven Betty Mitchell Awards including Outstanding New Musical, and winner of Outstanding Performance our newly revised remount of THE ALAN PARKINSON’S PROJECT is a trademark Ghost River theatrical event: collaboratively created, deeply personal, and daringly staged.

Created by Doug McKeag, Onalea Gilbertson, Adrienne Smook, Brian Smith, Danny Dorosh, Ellen Close and Cameron Falkenhagen
Directed by Doug Curtis

Praise for the Alan Parkinson's Project

“An imaginatively staged, realistic, funny, heartfelt and often very moving account of Curtis’ ongoing struggle with Parkinson’s disease. In the end, it’s a show that can be seen as a metaphor for what any of us might feel, afflicted with some implacable, creeping unknown.”
 - Bob Clark, Calgary Herald

“Curtis has taken a great risk. For that, and for bringing the issues of his disease to the stage, he deserves to be congratulated.”
 - Jeff Kubik, FFWD Weekly

“Hopefully Ghost River Theatre will revive its production of Doug Curtis’ powerful musical drama, The Alan Parkinson’s Project. Vastly entertaining, highly insightful, and impeccably directed and acted, this production was a credit to everyone involved. Top Ten of 2006”
 - Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun

“I laughed, I wept, I was deeply moved, and I learned lots to boot! What a great ensemble.”
 - Kathleen Foreman,
   Professor, Department of Drama,
   University of Calgary

“I went in knowing very little about the disease… I am just compelled by [the play’s] beauty and its ability to communicate in lay person’s terms the crippling effects of this disease.”
 - Gail Corbett, Kids Cancer Care

“I too get out of bed stiff in the morning, have days where I can’t get the damn lid off the pill bottle, fumble with buttons, or earrings, can’t hold the hairbrush the way I need to…. THANK YOU. This story has to be told, we can’t shuffle Parkinson’s under the rug anymore.”
 - Cindy Exton, Board Member
   The Parkinson’s Society

News Bites

  • Ghost River Theatre just added a new member to its ranks--Atticus Harold Rose, born August 28 at 9:40pm.  A healthy lad at 9 pounds.  Congratulations to Ghost River Co-AD Eric Rose and his growing family!
  • The West Village Theatre is going strong!  Our new home, shared with Calgary Young People's Theatre and the Green Fools, is the perfect laboratory space for Ghost River's new creations.  We are currently establishing rental policies and figuring out how three companies can best share this valuable new space.
  • We're very pleased to welcome Mandy Clarke Dale as our new Managing Director!  Mandy will be taking over from Ann Connors.  Ann will maintain her relationship with the company, serving as our Producer.  Mandy is no stranger to the company--she's served as our Company Manager for the past year.  Welcome Mandy!  Thanks Ann!
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May 4-23, 2015 in Calgary, AB

Application deadline:  April 1, 2015.  More information here.


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