Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

by Kirstie McLellan Day, based on the book Playing With Fire by Theo Fleury & Kirstie McLellan Day
February 26, 2015 - March 15, 2015
Preview - February 25, 2015
Starring Shaun Smyth
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


  • VIDEO - Scene Excerpt

    "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).
  • VIDEO - Theo Fleury talks about the play

    "It's a story of survival, and overcoming amazing obstacles." (Note: originally produced for the ATP production in May 2012)
  • VIDEO - The Making of Playing with Fire, Alberta Theatre Projects

    "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.
  • VIDEO - The Ice In Theo Fleury's PLAYING WITH FIRE

    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.

Bob says: “Theo is a hockey idol for many Winnipeggers. There are countless iconic hockey moments in the play that will be instantly recognizable for fans of the game. He was too small to play, his home life was difficult, he was one of the players abused by Graham James, and he became addicted to drugs and alcohol. But Theo is a fighter in life and on the ice. His story is remarkable; the strength of his spirit and his unflinching decision to tell his story will capture your heart, hockey- lover or not. It’s the story of a Manitoba hero.”


Director:  Ron Jenkins           
Costume Designer:  Juli Elkiw                        
Set & Lighting Designer:  David Fraser
Assistant Lighting Designer:  Dean Cowieson             
Sound Designer:  Matthew Skopyk
Video & Projection Designer:  Corwin Ferguson
Co-Video & Projection Designer:  Andy Thompson
Stage Manager:  Michael Howard 
Apprentice Stage Manager:  Brett Mikulik  


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