Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story
FROM RUSSELL MB TO THE NHL - THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF AN UNLIKELY HOCKEY STAR
A Co-production with Citadel Theatre
"I want everyone to know that anything is possible. That's why we wrote a play - so that people will see my life from a completely different perspective. It's a story of survival, and overcoming amazing obstacles." - Theo Fleury
Based on the playwright’s best-selling biography and developed with Fleury himself, Playing with Fire is the brutally honest story of how a 5’6” Metis youth, who grew up in Russell, Manitoba and played for the Winnipeg Warriors, overcame incredible challenges - including his own demons - to become an NHL star. Performed entirely on hockey skates and synthetic ice, Playing with Fire is a triumph of one man’s spirit.
Audience Advisory - Strong language and adult themes
Running Time: 2 hours, including intermission
Photos: Shaun Smyth, photo by Trudie Lee (ATP production)
“It is a triumph on every artistic level from writing, staging and design to performance, and what a performance it is from Shaun Smyth.” – Calgary Sun
“…regardless if you like hockey or not, this is a fabulous character story that will have you rooting for Theo despite his many flaws. SEE IT!” Applause!Meter
- "I look up and see both benches are coming at us, and I was, like, holy cow, here we go!" Revisit the infamous brawl with the Russian team at the World Juniors in Czechoslovakia in 1987. (Note: originally produced for the ATP production in May 2012).
- "It's a story of survival, and overcoming amazing obstacles." (Note: originally produced for the ATP production in May 2012)
- "I want everyone to know that anything is possible. That's why we wrote a play - so that people will see my life from a completely different perspective." - Theo Fleury. Go behind the scenes with actor Shaun Smyth, director Ron Jenkins, and Theo Fleury, and see how the crazy ride of Fleury's life is created onstage, complete with hockey skates and synthetic ice.
- The Calgary Herald takes a closer look at the synthetic ice sheet we'll be using on our stage for Shaun Smyth to bring Fleury's story to life.