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Ron Chambers’ Of Least Concern explores man’s relation to nature with humour

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University of Lethbridge graduate and professor Ron Chambers explores humanity and its relation to nature in his new hilarious play “ Of Least Concern” which runs at University Theatre March 15-19.

Conner Christmas rehearses a scene from Of Least Concern. Photo by Richard Amery
Conner Christmas is excited to be in his seventh U of L production and fourth with playwright and director Ron Chambers.
“ It’s about Sig, who goes on a cougar hunt and brings it home and he gets into a fight with his family which turns into a discussion about humanity’s relationship with nature now as compared to 1,000 years ago,” described Connor Christmas, who is also a familiar face at local comedy open mics.
 Christmas is enjoying being part of the five person cast.

“I really like how Ron puts really unusual language into his plays. It’s fun and it makes it really interesting,” said the fourth year drama student.
“ We all got  to give input into it. There was  a lot of discussion and a lot of our individual ideas was used,” Christmas said.

“ I was interested in the ability of people to disassociate themselves for  everything that is involved in food production,” Chambers said.
“It sounds like it explores some pretty heavy subjects but it actually is really funny. So It Is a comedy” Chambers said, noting he never sets out to write  it as a comedy.
“ That’s just how they turn out,” he chuckled.


“It]s a story about a guy who goes hunting for a cougar, but when he brings it home it starts an argument with his wife because she wants him to get rid of it,” Chambers described, adding the story expands from there.


Conner Christmas plays on the set of Of Least Concern. Photo by Richard Amery
“It shows how our relationship with nature has evolved which turns into a discussion of what goes into food production,” he said.

“And the title ‘Of Least Concern” has a double meaning,” he continued.
 He said the play got trimmed during rehearsal and incorporated some of the ideas of the actors.
“We cut some line which didn’t need to be said because they acted them,” he said.
“We all had a good time laughing together,” he said.

He is enjoying working with the  five cast members, who will be performing on the University theatre stage with audience all around them.

“It’s a very intimate show,” he said.
Ron Chambers’  90 minute play Of Least Concern runs March 15–19 at 7:30 p.m. each night in University Theatre.

Tickets are available at or you can also visit the Box Office, Monday to Friday, 12:30–3:30 PM and Saturday, 6:30-7:30 PM.
Tickets cost $18 regular , $13 senior/alumni and $12 students.


— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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