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Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is a professional, Edmonton-based theatre dedicated to the development, production, promotion, and presentation of new Canadian playwrights and their plays, and to the education of the...

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Join Workshop West Playwrights Theatre for their presentation of Subscribe or Like from May 24 - June 11 at the Gateway Theatre, 8529 Gateway Boulevard NW.

Subscribe or Like is the world premiere of a millennial coming of age story by Edmonton playwright, Liam Salmon. The characters, Rachel and Miles, are young graduates working long hours at low-paying jobs, struggling to find their place in the world, waiting for their lives to REALLY take off. With fewer options available daily, they turn to the frontier of the internet and launch their own video channel. How far will they go for digital fame and fortune? Are the videos they create reflections of their ambition? Or are there darker forces at work? Set in 2018, but no less true for 2023, the play is an electric internet thriller, whose story takes place at the intersection between vivid fantasy and cold capitalism—the online and the real world.

Subscribe or Like began development in 2020, while Liam was Playwright-in-Residence at Workshop West. Artistic Producer Heather Inglis says, “This gripping new play owns an exhilaratingly modern theatricality. It speaks to our times and how the devastating discouragement of younger generations pushes them towards the internet, which promises the world, and delivers distorted reflections in its funhouse mirror.”

Winner of the Dorothy White Award for their play Fags in Space, which swept the 2023 Edmonton Fringe, Liam Salmon is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s prestigious Playwriting Program. Their awards and acknowledgements (Gladys Cameron Watt Award, Frank Bueckert Prize, Theatre BSMT Dweller’s Playwriting Competition, Alberta Playwriting Competition—Honourable Mention) are a testament to their artistic ambition and fresh perspective for telling stories in a way that celebrates and provokes the imagination.

Performance Times
Preview: May 24, 25 at 7:30PM
Opening Night: May 26 at 7:30PM
Evenings: May 27, May 30 - June 3, June 6 - 10 at 7:30PM
Matinées: May 28, June 4, 11 at 1:30PM
Please note the matinée on Sunday, June 4 will be a relaxed performance for patrons

Preview: $15 online (plus fees) or Pay-What-You-Wish at the door
General Admission: $25 - 40 online (plus fees) or $33 at the door
Student Admission: $15 at the door with valid student ID
Tuesday Admission: Two-for-One at the door
NextFest Artist Admission: $15 at the door with Nextfest program

You may purchase your online tickets directly through Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

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Date & Times

  • Fri 6/9/2023 7:30 PM

    Tickets may be purchased directly through Workshop West!

  • Sat 6/10/2023 7:30 PM

    Tickets may be purchased directly through Workshop West!

  • Sun 6/11/2023 1:30 PM

    Tickets may be purchased directly through Workshop West!