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Haunted by anguished voices, a lawyer poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel trafficking girls into Bangkok. Can Jason win the trust of a young prostitute known only as Number 18 and convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice?

In February and March 2011, SHE HAS A NAME premiered in Calgary and Red Deer to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim.

Inspired by an event in April of 2008 in which an abandoned storage container was found in Thailand containing 121 workers from Burma, 54 of them dead, Andrew Kooman’s SHE HAS A NAME gives human trafficking a dramatically personal face.  In 2012 Burnt Thicket Theatre partnered once again with Raise Their Voice to bring the story to audiences across Canada for a tour that stopped in 13 cities.

Play Development + Production History:

Canadian Tour (2012)

Produced by Burnt Thicket Theatre, in partnership with Raise Their Voice

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta | May 23 – 27  – Sterndale Bennett Theatre
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan | May 30 – June 2  – BackStage Stage, Remai Arts Centre
OTTAWA, Ontario | June 6 – 10  – Academic Hall Theatre, University of Ottawa
MONTREAL, Quebec | June 16 – 24 – Montreal Fringe Festival
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia | July 3 – 11 –  Studio Stage, Neptune Theatre
LONDON, Ontario | July 12 -13 – Aeolian Hall
WINNIPEG, Manitoba | July 18 – 29 – Winnipeg Fringe Festival
CALGARY, Alberta | August 3 – 11  – Calgary Fringe Festival – The Lantern
VICTORIA, British Columbia | August 24 – Sept. 3 – Victoria Fringe Festival
VANCOUVER, British Columbia | September  6 – 16  – Vancouver Fringe – Festival Firehall Arts Centre
KELOWNA, British Columbia | September 18 – 21 – Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts
EDMONTON, Alberta | September 25 – 30  – Catalyst Theatre
RED DEER, Alberta | October 2 – 6 – Scott Block Theatre

2012 Canadian Tour Cast and Creative Team:

Evelyn Chew – NUMBER 18
Carl Kennedy – JASON / PIMP
Alysa Van Haastert – ALI / VOICE
Glenda Warkentin – MARTA / VOICE
Sienna Howell-Holden – MAMMA / VOICE

Stephen Waldschmidt – DIRECTOR / SCENIC DESIGNER & ARTIST
James Popoff – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Karl Sine – FIGHT DIRECTOR
Deanne Bertsch – CHOREOGRAPHER
Jaylene Wiebe – COSTUME DESIGNER
Anton De Groot – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Luke Ertman – COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER
Brad G. Graham – TOUR MANAGER / STAGE MANAGER
Alida Lowe – PRODUCING DIRECTOR

Read more about the 2012 Canadian Tour, including Cast & Creative Team Biographies

World Premiere (2011)

Produced by Burnt Thicket Theatre, in partnership with Raise Their Voice

CALGARY, Alberta | February 23 – March 5 –  Motel Space, The Epcor Centre
RED DEER, Alberta | March 9 – 12 – The Scott Block Theatre

2011 World Premiere Cast and Creative Team:

Denise Wong – NUMBER 18
Aaron Krogman – JASON / PIMP
Cari Russell – ALI / VOICE
Glenda Warkentin – MARTA / VOICE
Sienna Howell-Holden – MAMMA / VOICE

Stephen Waldschmidt – DIRECTOR / SCENIC DESIGNER & ARTIST
James Popoff – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Deanne Bertsch – CHOREOGRAPHER
Jaylene Wiebe – COSTUME DESIGNER
Anton De Groot – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Luke Ertman – COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER
Julie Serger – STAGE MANAGER
Alida Lowe – PRODUCTION MANAGER

Read more about the 2011 World Premiere

Public Readings and Workshops 

COURTENAY, British Columbia | August 29, 2012 – Reading – River Heights Church(2012 Tour)
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan| July 30, 2012 – Reading – Ebenezer Baptist Church (2012 Tour)
REGINA, Saskatchewan | July 29, 2012 – Reading – Living Hope Alliance Church (2012 Tour)
CALGARY, Alberta | February 16, 2012 – Reading – Mount Royal University Criminology Symposium (2012 Tour)
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan | October 9,  2010 – Reading – Thornapple Church International Conference on Justice (Burnt Thicket)
RED DEER, Alberta | October 16, 2010 – Reading – CrossRoads Church
STRATHMORE, Alberta |
 January 9 – 10, 2010 – Workshop (Burnt Thicket)
STRATHMORE, Alberta | 
January 10, 2010 – Reading – Hope Community Church (Burnt Thicket)
CALGARY, Alberta | Spring of 2009 – dramaturgical input, Alberta Playwright Network (APN director Johanne Deleeuw)
RED DEER, Alberta | Scripts at Work 2009 – Scene Reading

Read what theatre critics had to say about the 2012 SHE HAS A NAME Tour

Read what activists and audience members had to say about the 2012 SHE HAS A NAME Tour

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Read about SHE HAS A NAME on Wikipedia.

Learn more about human trafficking + take action to end it:

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Rights + Script

The copyscript from the 2012 tour of SHE HAS A NAME is now available for purchase through the Playwrights Guild of Canada, which is currently managing amateur rights and readings of the play.

Order your copy of SHE HAS A NAME here

Apply for performance rights

Play Information

Format:  digital and print

ISBN:  978-1-55435-451-1

Year Printed:  2013

First Produced:  First produced in 2011 at Motel Theatre – The Epcor Centre, Calgary, AB.

Professional Agent: Andrew Kooman info@andrewkooman.com

Amateur Agent: Playwrights Guild of Canada, 401 Richmond Street West, 416-703-0201, info@playwrightsguild.ca

Publisher:  PGC

Running Time:  90 minutes

Acts:  2

Male Cast: 2

Female Cast: 8

Doubling: 5 actors can play a total of 10 roles.

Please email the playwright to discuss professional and international rights, or fundraising events involving the script.

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