Celebrate the Holiday season with A Very Leila Christmas!
Green Light Arts is bringing back everyone’s favorite loveable
Persian sensation, Leila to share adventures of her first Christmas in Canada,
presented at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener for 5 performances from Dec 12-16, 2017.
I missed Love With Leila in October and I only heard good things about the show. I'm looking forward to catching her this time around.
She’s holly; She’s jolly; She’s throwing a party! A Very Leila Christmas picks up Leila’s story after she’s immigrated to Canada from Tehran, Iran. Leila takes a customer service job in a call centre during the holiday season inspiring her to learn all about this “Christmas-thing Canadians seem to love so much”. Leila tries impressing a co-worker (played by an unsuspecting audience member) by promising to throw the ultimate Christmas party – without any idea of how to do it – and hilarity ensues. Audiences join in singing all their favourite Christmas songs along the way and ultimately help Leila discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Green Light Arts is thrilled to bring back award-winning artist Izad Etemadi to Kitchener in his second show featuring the character of Leila; a passionate, exuberant, Persian, Muslim woman that has won over the hearts of audiences across Canada and off-broadway in New York City with standing ovations and rave reviews. Leila is described by The Coast, Halifax’s alternative weekly newspaper, as “a Persian Judy Garland”. Kitchener audiences were smitten with Etemadi’s performance in Love With Leila, presented by Green Light Arts at the Registry Theatre in October 2017.
This event is licenced and features a pop-up artisan market in the Registry Theatre lobby courtesy of Neruda Arts, Kultrun Market. Each performance opens with a special local guest singing a Christmas carol. Green Light Arts has partnered with The Walper Hotel and TWH Social on promotions to round out the experience of a fun and memorable night on the town in downtown Kitchener.
Green Light Arts is also pleased to offer FREE ONSITE CHILDCARE during 2 performances; Fri. December 15th and Sat. December 16th, ensuring that accessible, affordable, quality childcare empowers young families to get downtown, experience arts & culture events, and visit local businesses. The Kitchener Public Library, J+P Grocery, Matter of Taste, and ArtShine, are all helping Green Light Arts make the onsite childcare experience amazing for parents and kids alike!
A Very Leila Christmas is written & performed by Izad Etemadi. Set and Lighting Design is by Joe Pagnan. Stage Management is by Franny McCabe-Bennett. Production Management by Nicole Lee Quesnel. Producers are Carin Lowerison and Matt White. SHOWS RUN: Dec 12-16, 2017 | 8pm
Green Light Arts wishes to thank and acknowledge the following funders for supporting this production: Ontario Arts Council, City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, and the Downtown Kitchener BIA.
● ONLINE at ticketscene.ca
● In person in Uptown Waterloo at Kultrun Market (8 Regina Street North, Unit 5)
● In person in Downtown Kitchener at Open Sesame (220 King Street West)
● At-the-door at The Registry Theatre (122 Frederick St) - 1 hour before each performance
● Call 226-444-8011 for more information
ABOUT GREEN LIGHT ARTS
Founded in 2014, Green Light Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company based in Waterloo Region. They produce live theatrical projects in both traditional theatre venues and non-traditional spaces that inspire, nurture, and challenge the general public. They offer arts education programs to ignite creativity and leadership in youth. They connect to the greater community through immersive outreach initiatives that further positive social change.
Past productions include: The Amish Project (2014), Andy Warhol presents: Valerie (2014), Adam Bailey is on Fire (2015), Camp Knot-a-Cult (2016), Dance Your Own Adventure (with Tilted Arts, 2016), You Be Me (in-development, 2016), The Amish Project (2017), In the Centre (2017), Love With Leila (2017), The House of Fun (2017)
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Photography credits: Alexei Golob