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Season’s Greetings from Rosemary Thompson at the NAC

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Nous vous remercions tous!!

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Seasons Greetings from La Nouvelle Scène: Meilleurs voeux à toute l’équipe du CCC

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Merci à La Nouvelle scène…et tous nos voeux de réussite pour la nouvelle année dans votre nouvelle maison!

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The Ghomeshi Effect Dialogues: Preview: Raising awareness about sexual assault.

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(Ottawa, ON.) Dec. 14, 2016. The creators of the new verbatim dance-theatre performance The Ghomeshi Effect in collaboration with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) present a free series of dialogues about sexual assault in our communities. These speaker events, called TGE Dialogues, will take place during the run of The Ghomeshi Effect at The Gladstone Theatre from January 19 to 28, 2017.

“From the very beginning, The Ghomeshi Effect has been about more than putting on a show; it is about opening a dialogue about sexual assault and raising awareness about the barriers survivors face when seeking justice,” says Jessica Ruano, creator and director of The Ghomeshi Effect. “Ottawa’s support services have been a valuable resource throughout the creation of this piece and we wanted to showcase their services and important work in the community.”


On the disappearing art of Theatre Criticism

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After the decision by the Ottawa Citizen to remove its theatre critic, ( following the removal , in 2011, of the local theatre critic by CBC), we decided to publish this most timely article by our colleague Stephen Hunt.

Guest critic STEPHEN HUNT . CALGARY — Special to The Globe and Mail.  Hunt was the theatre critic at the Calgary Herald for  10 years. Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 7:16PM EDT

The Canadian cultural critical landscape – outside of Toronto – looks bleaker. In Calgary, there are many signs of the demise of an important industry: The Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards, locally known as The Critters, recently threw in the towel. I was let go back in January, part of massive Postmedia layoffs, leaving just one Calgary critic who appears in print media.

Our 73-year-old Louis Hobson, whose reviews run in both the Sun and the Herald, is Calgary’s last theatre critic standing – and after suffering a heart attack a year ago, even Mr. Hobson say he needs to cut back. (There are still two young, emerging Calgary theatre bloggers: Jenna Shummoogum and Rodrigo Flores, who find the enthusiasm to review 80 shows a year, featuring over a dozen professional companies, for little or no money – futile for a realistic career opportunity.)

It’s hardly a Calgary thing – or a Canadian thing, or a Postmedia thing, either. It’s happening everywhere.


Laurie Steven wins OAC Chalmers Arts Fellowship! Odyssey Theatre’s Artistic Director to Smash Stereotypes

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OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 8, 2016—Odyssey Theatre is proud to announce that Artistic Director Laurie Steven is a recipient of the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship.

Awarded by the Ontario Arts Council, this grant provides significant funding for senior professional artists to take time from their usual creative pursuits to investigate, explore and experiment with style, technique, method, content or an issue in their arts practice. Instead of supporting specific projects, the program allows artists to dedicate themselves to their art form and further develop their careers.

Much of Steven’s work as a director, writer, dramaturge, and translator has involved myths and fairy tales—universal stories that are inextricably bound to culture and society as we know them. But she finds the characterizations of women in these stories to be “troublesome,” saying, “fairy tales are often patriarchal: heroines wait to be rescued, old women are demonized, and mother figures are villains extraordinaire.” This fellowship will allow Steven to create new archetypal female characters that speak to audiences today: “The heroines I write tend to be fighting for empowerment. They are characters with modern sensibilities trapped in a mythic past. I want to transport them to the modern world and address the concerns of contemporary women.”


Capital Critics Circle announces seventeenth annual theatre awards (2015-16 season)

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The winners are:

Best professional production:

Belles Soeurs: The Musical, based on the play by Michel Tremblay, book, lyrics and direction by René Richard Cyr, music by Daniel Bélanger, English book adapted by Brian Hill, English lyrics, musical adaptation and additional music by Neil Bartram, a Copa de Oro Productions Ltd. (Montreal) and the Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Montreal) production.

Best community theatre production:

Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally, directed by Chantale Plante, with musical direction by Paul Legault and choreography by Jasmine Lee, TotoToo Theatre.

Best student production:

Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Pamela Feghali, University of Ottawa, Department of Theatre


National Theatre Live in cinemas from December 15: No Man’s Land.

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No Man's Land


‘Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are unmissable’  Daily Telegraph

Take a first look at No Man’s Land on stage

In one of Harold Pinter’s most entertaining plays, two ageing writers, Spooner and Hirst, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby.  
As they become increasingly inebriated, their conversation turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Watch the trailer >
In cinemas from December 15. 

No Man's Land on stage

Playwriting contest winners to appear in highly regarded reading series, The Pipeline

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Mark The Pipeline 2016 in your late fall calendar

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4, 2016


Every year Infinithéâtre looks for innovative, challenging and exciting new works by dedicated Québec playwrights. Plays developed by Infinithéâtre have been performed all over the island of Montréal and beyond, in Stratford Ontario, Toronto, British Columbia, in Ottawa at the NAC, New York, Tokyo, Cairo and Edinburgh. 

For the past eight years, Infinithéâtre’s annual Write-on-Q! Québec playwriting competition has been the major source of original plays for its seasons’ repertoire, including recent successes Battered by Arthur Holden; Michael Milech’s Honesty Rents by the Hour; Progress! and Trench Patterns by Alyson Grant; and Oren Safdie’s Unseamly. This year’s jury, chaired by Kent Stetson, with Gerry Lipnowski and Anana Rydvald, is excited to announce the 2016 winners, whose plays will be read in early December’s The Pipeline. Infinithéâtre offers the biggest English literary prize in Québec. 

Write-On-Q! First Place, Pam Dunn Prize, $3000: The Nutritional Value of Anger by Michael Milech

From the Jury, “An accomplished and excellent play with characters that are grounded in reality; whose dialogue and interaction feel genuine and compelling. A chance encounter between a profoundly damaged homeless girl, a hard-working depaneur owner and a privileged millennial spotlights people that are overlooked and deemed insignificant in our society. Written with wit, compassion and an unwavering eye for the truth, The Nutritional Value of Anger is contemporary theatre at its best.” (more…)

Temporada de Teatro Latinoamericano y Caribeño Mayo Teatral 2016

Reviewed by Alvina Ruprecht

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Marco Vidal en Mendoza (Los Colochos de Mexico).    Vivian Martinez  y los colegas de la Casa de las Americas

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                                                                  Patricia Ariza de la Candelaria, Colombia.  (Camilo).  Photos: Alvina Ruprecht.

Ce Mayo teatral (2016) fut à la fois l’ouverture, par le théâtre, vers une nouvelle vision des Amériques et un voyage vers le passé. C’était avec beaucoup d’émotion que j’ai revu Roberto Fernandez Retamar, Président de la Casa des las Americas, monter sur la tribune, accueillir le public alors que dans les années 1970, nous avons reçu Dr. Retamar à Ottawa en tant qu’invité de l’Association canadienne de Littérature comparée à l’Université Carleton. (Ottawa). Maintenant, revoir ce vénérable monsieur sur la scène chez lui m’a fait un coup de nostalgie très forte.


Cirque du Soleil coming to Ottawa!! Performance inspired by Avatar- watch for it….

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Cirque du Soleil prestents TORUK-photo Errisson Lawrence

Inspired by James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film, Avatar, TORUK – The First Flight is a live action multimedia spectacle that jumps from the movie screen to bring the visually stunning world of Pandora to life through cutting-edge video technology (using 40 projectors) and large-scale puppetry mixed with Cirque’s stunning performers. TORUK follows the adventurous quest of two young Na’vi men as they encounter strange creatures and characters in ever-changing landscapes including a virtual flood cascading from waterfalls across the arena floor.

TORUK – The First Flight, at the Canadian Tire Centre from June 29 to July 3, 2016. Since its world premiere in December 2015, TORUK has been performing to sold out audiences as part of its world tour.

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