Pyretic Productions and St. John's Institute present a workshop production of

Blood of our Soil

By Lianna Makuch


Studio Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 – 84 Ave)

Tickets are $15 & available at, by calling 780-420-1757, or at the door.

Seating is extremely limited. Ticket proceeds will go towards the further development of this exciting new work, with the world premiere to take place in the 2017/2018 Edmonton Theatre Season.

  • Direction by Patrick Lundeen
  • Choreography by Alida Kendell
  • Ukrainian Dance Consultation by Marie Nychka
  • Production Design by Stephanie Bahniuk
  • Music Direction by Larissa Pohoreski
  • Projection Design by Nicholas Mayne
  • Stage Management by Lore Green
  • Dramaturgy by Matthew MacKenzie
  • Starring Lianna Makuch, Featuring Trevor Boyde, Ashlyn Grummett, Zane Zimmerman, Tanya Pacholok, Larissa Pohoreski

Baba has a secret.
A secret she is bringing with her to her grave.
But, from a woman who’s lived at least three lifetimes, I’m sure she doesn’t have just one.

Blood of Our Soil is the story of Anna, a Ukrainian-Canadian woman who has always admired her grandmother, but knows very little about her past. As Anna strives to learn more about her grandmother’s life, we are taken on a journey through her imagination as she relives her Baba’s harrowing escape from Ukraine during WWII. Anna is confronted with the hardships her family has faced for generations, and draws disturbing parallels between Bolshevik oppression in Ukraine from over a half-century ago to the continuing Russian aggression and escalating violence in Ukraine today.

Blood of Our Soil is an important multi-disciplinary performance experience, integrating dramatic storytelling, live Ukrainian folk music, a fusion of Ukrainian and contemporary dance, and an innovative projection design painting a landscape of beauty and terror. A personal and provocative new work inspired by the true account of the playwright’s grandmother, Blood of Our Soil is both a celebration of the rich Ukrainian culture and a demand for recognition of the looming threat of war currently brewing in Eastern Ukraine.

Dedicated to presenting exciting and progressive theatre, Pyretic Productions pushes the boundaries of contemporary theatre and challenges audiences in both form and content. We present highly relevant social and political productions, focusing on new and exciting Canadian works, engaging diverse audiences of varying backgrounds

St. John’s Institute fosters a stronger Ukrainian heritage and Canadian community by producing educational, spiritual, cultural, and outreach programs for youth and community members. We support the community by providing excellent affordable housing close to campus and downtown, and by helping to promote the city’s arts and cultural scene.

Ukrainian Community Night

Thursday, March 9 will be a special "Ukrainian Community Night." Following that performance, there will be a reception sponsored by St. John's Institute, with an opportunity to meet and chat with the playwright and creative team, socialize with Edmonton’s Ukrainian community, and continue the discussion of the important issues brought up in the play about the current conflict in Eastern Ukraine and how we in Canada can help.


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