The Rocky Mountain Special
November 14–19, 2023

“…a stunning story that takes audience along on the journey to self-discovery”

— Calgary Herald

A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presentation

An elderly trans woman is haunted by her cringe-worthy younger self aboard the Rocky Mountain Special, a luxury coach from Calgary to Vancouver that she’s been riding for the last forty years.

A guitar-driven, one woman musical tour-de-force about the quintessential Canadian urge to run from your past, The Rocky Mountain Special is a prayer for healing, a love letter to the lost kids of fragmented diasporas, and a playlist for the road-trip home.

The performances on Wednesday through Saturday will be followed by performance by a musical guest, see the ‘guest artists’ tab for the schedule of artists, including Robbie Ahmed, Sofia Fly, xo missjake xo, and Regina Gently.

illustration by mitch duncan
graphic design by Awake Studio

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Tuesday, November 14 // 7:30PM (preview)
Wednesday, November 15 // 7:30 (opening night)

Thursday, November 16 // 7:30PM*
Friday, November 17 // 7:30PM
Saturday, November 18 // 7:30PM
Sunday, November 19 // 2PM

*Deaf-interpreted performance

The performances on Wednesday through Saturday will be followed by a performance by a musical guest, see the ‘guest artists’ tab for the schedule of artists.

Performance atmosphere: While there is no designated ‘relaxed performance’ for this run, the show will allow latecomers, and coming and going. However, house lights in the space will be kept dim/off during the show.

Deaf-interpreted performance – Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm: This performance will feature ASL interpretation by Deaf interpreter Jaideep Goray and Robert Haughton. Use code “ASL5” to get $5 tickets to the performance.

Tiffany Thomas // Playwright, Composer, Performer, Costume Designer
Anna Dalgleish // Production Dramaturge, Set Designer
Katherine Armstrong // Sound Designer

Tiffany Thomas is a songstress, theatre maker and artist advocate motivated by diasporic longing, disability justice, racial equity, and trans femme magic. She has appeared in theatres and daydreams across so called Canada, and is thrilled to bring this new iteration of her constantly evolving Greyhound musical to Buddies.

A collage of four headshots, from left to right: Robbie Ahmed, Sofia Fly, xo missjake xo, and Regina Gently.

Stick around after The Rocky Mountain Special, Wednesday through Saturday, for a performance by a musical guest:

Wednesday, November 15: Robbie Ahmed
Robbie Ahmed is a trans singer-songwriter, writer & creator who covers topics of mental health, home, self-love and healing. He has played music at Toronto’s Storyteller’s Festival (2019), Pride Toronto (2020- 2021), Gladstone hotel, Handlebar, Sellers and Newel & Queer Collective Tiny Deck Concert Series, and composed for Kay Chan’s short animation “Will Flowers” that was featured in Insideout, Toronto Qeer Film Festival, TIFF, and Imaginative Film Festival. In 2018, his portrait was featured in a 10×10 photography project depicting 100 LGBTQ Canadians in the arts. He is the recipient of 2020’s Buddies at Bad Times Emerging Artist Awards.

Thursday, November 16: Sofia Fly
Sofia Fly is a DJ/Producer/Songwriter from Toronto. Her music features poetic party-girl lyrics set to a Latin inspired fusion of hip-hop and house music. Her DJ sets are complex, genre-hopping, beat puzzles built around her own signature remixes and beats. Her hit single “Patrona” and her newest project “Fly Beats II Virgo Rising” are available to stream on all major music streaming services.

Friday, November 17: xo missjake xo
xo missjake xo is a performer and producer, and ughhh – on this night she’s gonna be a little music nerd girl!! she’s gonna play you funky, syncopated rhythms, and sing only in “G major”, wtf?? it might feel… ~earnest~ … do not hold space!!

Saturday, November 18: Regina Gently
Regina Gently, the drag alter ego of Toronto based musician Gentleman Reg, has been performing and DJing all over Canada, Europe  and into the United States for the past nine years. 

As a songwriter and live singer she had fronted the band Light Fires  with James Bunton (Ohbijou), and released a full length album entitled  ‘FACE’ in 2013. With Light Fires, Regina has shared stages with  Peaches, Austra, Handsome Furs, Fu*ked Up, Diamond Rings, Big  Freedia, Rae Spoon, and Hercules & The Love Affair among many  others! She has performed as far as St. John’s Newfoundland, up to  Yellowknife and over to Victoria.

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Dates & Times

November 14

Show Run
November 15-19
Tue-Sat 7:30PM
Sun 2PM



For each of our mainstage shows this season, we’re offering tickets at a range of price points, though seating is general admission, and every seat is just as good as the next. If cost is a barrier, this is your chance to get an affordable ticket. If you are able to pay more, this is your change to increase your support for the work onstage and ensure it stays affordable for those who need it.


Audience members are asked to remain masked for the duration of The Rocky Mountain Special.

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