History of Dirty Laundry

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The first venue of Dirty Laundry: The Studio Cafe on Centre Street.

The first venue of Dirty Laundry: The Studio Cafe on Centre Street.

 
The current home of Dirty Laundry: Lunchbox Theatre.

The current home of Dirty Laundry: Lunchbox Theatre.

Poster image for The Grapes of Wrathburn, Season 11. Fun fact: Mayor Naheed Nenshi guest-starred this season!

Poster image for The Grapes of Wrathburn, Season 11. Fun fact: Mayor Naheed Nenshi guest-starred this season!

The cast of Monday Night Lights with special Guest Star CFL star Jon Cornish

The cast of Monday Night Lights with special Guest Star CFL star Jon Cornish

The cast of Dirty Laundry: The Next Generation — “Game of Soaps”

The cast of Dirty Laundry: The Next Generation — “Game of Soaps”

History of Dirty Laundry

Dirty Landry was founded by Elinor Holt and Karen Johnson-Diamond in 1999. They were inspired by Edmonton’s long(er) running improvised soap opera, Die Nasty. Over the years, Eli and Karen produced the show and in the early aughts, Nicole Zylstra co-produced for a season.

In Season 9, Aaron Coates Joined the team and he and Karen co-produced until 2016.

Monday Night Lights, Season 17 was Carly McKee’s first season as Co-Artistic Producer of Dirty Laundry and Aaron Coates’ last season as Co-Artistic Producer.

Sunset Studios, Season 18 was the first season with Carly McKee as Artistic Director and Josh Bertwistle as Artistic Producer.

Season 20 will see the return of Karen Johnson-Diamond as Artistic Director, assisted by co-producers Lara Schmitz and Chris Enright.

Over the seasons, Dirty Laundry has appeared in the 10-Minute Play Festival as a part of the High Performance Rodeo, done many corporate shows, presented improv workshops and a spinoff improvised show, Anesthesia's Antique Roadshow.

  • SEASON 1, The Spotwells: A dry-cleaning empire. (Studio Cafe)

  • SEASON 2, Holy TV: A religious TV network (Buckingham’s Pub)

  • SEASON 3, Lust In Space: A cruise ship—in space. (Buckingham’s Pub)

  • SEASON 4, The Hospital: The lives and loves of a hospital. (Buckingham’s Pub)

  • SEASON 5, The Dirty 30’s: The Tunnels of Moose Jaw) (Buckingham’s > Ceili’s > (Brew Brothers)

  • SEASON 6, The WASH: The World Association of Super Heroes (Brew Brothers)

  • SEASON 7, Soapy Trails: Alberta in 1905 (Brew Brothers)

  • SEASON 8, Reconstructed: Underground condominium construction company. (Green Fools Theatre)

  • SEASON 9, The Spin: 1960’s advertising agency. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 10, Clean Across Canada: An Amazing Race-style reality show (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 11, The Grapes of Wrathburn: A winery run by the wealthy Wrathburn family. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 12, Rome: Ancient Rome. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 13, Hotel St. Savon: A 1945 American hotel. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 14, Legal Briefs: Law Offices of Downy Downy Maytag and Ward. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 15, Clean Cut: Warring hair salons in 1985. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 16, Degenerate Hospital: Soap opera drama in a hospital. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 17, Monday Night Lights: The world of High School football in Kevin, Texas. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 18, Sunset Studios: 1942, Hollywood Film Studio (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 19, Oil Money: Calgary, 1979

  • SEASON 20, Dirty Laundry Goes to Camp! (Lunchbox Theatre) — Current Season

History of Dirty Laundry:
The Next Generation

In 2014, Dirty Laundry began a new program for young performers called Dirty Laundry: The Next Generation (TNG). This included mentorship for performers ages 15–18 who were interested in improv and theatre and the cast of The Next Generation performed in their own Sunday-night series. The TNG actors were joined by cast members of The First Generation in the show.

In 2016, The Next Generation became a training program that offered a workshop before each episode and the TNG cast members played their own episode without any of the old The First Generation cast members. The success and outreach of the program was huge, playing to sold out houses for nearly every show.

In 2017, the program opened its auditions up to performers from the ages of 13–18.

  • SEASON 1, Space Season: In Space. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 2, Three Wring Circus: The trials and tribulations of a family-run circus. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 3, Game of Soaps: Two families, a nation at war for the throne. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 4, Stranger Soaps: A small American town in 1983 and something mysterious is happening. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 5, Generic Hospital: Generic description. (Lunchbox Theatre)

  • SEASON 6, Dirty Laundry Goes to Camp! (Lunchbox Theatre) — Current Season

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