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FIND a tempting assortment of tried and true theatre
GCTC’s 2019-2020 season – its 45th since its birth in 1975 – is full of gems that are sure to delight Ottawa theatre audiences. Diversity is on the menu along with a heaping helping of humour.
Asked to offer up one phrase to describe the upcoming season, the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s artistic director, Eric Coates, says simply, “It’s all about giving Ottawa the best of the best.”
He’s referring to a stellar lineup of programming that is engaging, thought provoking and, above all else, absolutely entertaining. As Eric explains, “we want to welcome people into the theatre and tell stories with which they can identify.”
The first play of the season will be Bang Bang by Kat Sandler, a provocative comedy about police violence and appropriation. Next up is Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor, a microcosm of reconciliation that traces a confrontation between an Indigenous farmer and a white cottager.
Opening the second half of the season is Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, a convergence of cultures and storytelling mediums which Eric calls, “as beautiful as it is fierce.” Eric notes that the GCTC is very excited to be collaborating with the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre on this production, as part of NAC Indigenous Theatre’s highly anticipated inaugural season.
In March, Eric will direct the Canadian premiere of Daisy, by Ottawa playwright Sean Devine, which explores the creation of the first political attack ad during the 1964 Lyndon Johnson campaign. The season will conclude with Diane Flacks’ Unholy, a raucous debate on one important question: should women abandon organized religion?
The 2019 – 2020 season will see the continuation of the popular Chefs & Shows series, curated by Thyme & Again’s Sheila Whyte and Mike Moffatt with a re-envisioned community collaboration showcasing Ottawa’s best executive chefs and the plays on GCTC’s main stage.
Over 35,000 people visit the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre each year, enjoying productions by GCTC and other live performing arts companies. “Our audience is discerning and looking for quality, which is why we’re bringing so many proven productions to GCTC for the 2019-20 season,” says Eric. “At the same time, we’ve learned that theatregoers also want to be challenged. These plays are provocative and interesting, and they don’t shy away from difficult subjects.”
Full details on GCTC’s 2019–20 season, along with subscription and ticket information are available here.
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