new plays and new partnerships for 2014-2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA, ON – April 8, 2014
At 7:30 pm Artistic Director, Eric Coates took to the mainstage at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre to host a lively presentation introducing the new plays and new partnerships for the 2014-2015 season. Next season is also GCTC’s 40th anniversary of producing…well…great Canadian theatre. Coates, known for his passion for programming Canadian playwrights and developing new works, says the theme for next season is simply great theatre. The new season, subscription and ticket information were posted on GCTC‘s website at the same time along with a video of Eric Coates introducing the new season. www.gctc.ca .
The 2014-2015 season offers an all-Canadian line up with three world premieres and three Ottawa premieres. Two of the plays were developed in association with GCTC and are world premieres. They are The Boy in the Moon, written by Emil Sher based on the book by Ian Brown and A Company of Fools and GCTC co- production ofPomme and ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! On the Tempestuous Lost Island of Never. GCTC presents Nightswimming Theatre’s double bill of Fish Eyes (Ottawa premiere) & Boys with Cars (world premiere) written, choreographed and performed by Anita Majumdar. From Vancouver, Green Thumb Theatre’s production of Moss Park is written by George F. Walker (Ottawa premiere). In February, the comedy keeps coming with The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor (Ottawa premiere). To complete the season, GCTC produces The Public Servant written by Jennifer Brewin, Haley McGee, Sarah McVie and Amy Rutherford, and co-developed with Toronto’s Theatre Columbus. The Public Servant is presented in association with the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. The plays are listed below.
Along with a preview of the six plays, Coates had some other important news to share about community partnerships. GCTC’s indie festival, undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream follows festival director, Patrick Gauthier, to the Ottawa Fringe Festival. undercurrent’s fifth season will take place at Arts Court in February 2015. Coates added “GCTC needs to put more resources into our mainstage work. Moving undercurrents to the Fringe allows us to support the evolution of the festival scene while focusing on our core work.”
Coates then announced that Propeller Dance is moving into the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre as a new Associate Company. Led by Artistic Directors Renata Soutter and Shara Weaver, Propeller Dance is an integrated dance company, comprised of disabled and able-bodied dancers. The company will create and rehearse new works in GCTC’s Studio Theatre, culminating in a mainstage dance production in May 2015.
With the mentorship of Cube Gallery, GCTC created a new Curator in Residenceposition for the Lorraine ‘Fritzi’ Yale Gallery last year. Malika Welsh, a University of Ottawa arts student, will continue to present unique exhibitions that reflect and interpret themes from the plays. The art exhibitions create a vibrant dialogue between two artistic disciplines; theatre and fine art. The `Fritzi` Gallery is located on the second floor of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (GCTC).
GCTC’s 2014-2015 Season:
The Boy in the Moon adapted by Emil Sher
Based on the book by Ian Brown
Directed by Eric Coates
Starring Peter Haworth as Ian Brown
SEPTEMBER 16-OCTOBER 5, 2014
The Boy in the Moon is based on Ian Brown’s powerful, honest, and emotionally moving memoir of raising his son. Walker’s abilities are extremely impaired due to a rare genetic condition that challenges the family at every turn. This play captures the difficult but joyous journey to understand and care for Walker
A World Premiere!
Fish Eyes & Boys with Cars Written, choreographed & performed by Anita Majumdar
A Nightswimming Production
Directed by Brian Quirt
OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 3, 2014
Meet Meena and Naz who are Bollywood-style dancers in the suburbs of Port Moody, B.C. Negotiating cultural traditions and dealing with imposing mother figures, both yearn for romance and escape. Join Anita Majumdar as she dances you into their lives with heart and humour.
Fish Eyes is an Ottawa premiere & Boys with Cars is a world premiere!
“DELIRIOUSLY CANADIAN…ALWAYS BUOYANT…I DEFY YOU NOT TO LAUGH.” – GEORGIA STRAIGHT
GCTC and A Company of Fools co-production
Pomme and ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! on the Tempestuous Lost Island of Never
Written by A Company of Fools
Directed by AL Connors
NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 14, 2014
Ottawa’s A Company of Fools are back! In their latest comic escapade, the clowns, Pomme and ‘Restes are working on a cruise ship that runs aground on a desert island. The ship’s magician, along with an assortment of other hilarious misfits, discover that the island is home to literary island figures from Anne of Green Gables to Captain Hook…a recipe for a romping good time. This is raucous holiday fun for everyone!
A World Premiere!
“THE FOOLS KNOW HOW TO DO IT. THEY ARE SILLY, FUNNY, EXUBERANT AND CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE BARD.” – OTTAWA LIFE MAGAZINE
GCTC presents Green Thumb Theatre’s production of
Moss Park written by George F. Walker
Directed by Patrick McDonald
Starring Graeme McComb and Haley McGee
JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 8, 2015
Tina and Bobby, with baby in tow, struggle to make ends meet. With no prospects and no money, Bobby and Tina go head to head in a last-ditch attempt to map out their future. In this fast-paced dark comedy, Bobby’s plans for big money collide with Tina’s dreams of home sweet home. Funny, touching and raw, Moss Park finds hope in unlikely places.
“…ONLY IN A WALKER PLAY DO WE FIND OURSELVES LURCHING FROM LAUGHTER TO HEARTBREAK AND BACK AGAIN IN THE SPACE OF A FEW SECONDS” - TORONTO STAR
An Ottawa Premiere!
The Best Brothers Written by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Eric Coates
Starring Andy Massingham and John Ng
MARCH 10 – APRIL 29, 2015
Kyle and Hamilton have lost their mother to a comically gruesome accident at the Gay Pride Day Parade. As they come to grips with their mother’s untimely demise, the brothers must contend with sibling rivalry, decades of buried resentment and custody of their hairy brother, Enzo. A bittersweet and comic reflection of love and family.
An Ottawa Premiere!
“NOVA SCOTIAN NATIONAL TREASURE DANIEL MACIVOR’S LATEST, PERHAPS HIS MOST HEARTWARMING AND POTENTIALLY CROWD PLEASING COMEDY TO DATE.” GLOBE AND MAIL
GCTC in association with Magnetic North Theatre Festival presents
The Public Servant written by Jennifer Brewin, Haley McGee, Sarah McVie and Amy Rutherford
Co-developed by Theatre Columbus
Directed by Jennifer Brewin
Starring Haley McGee, Sarah McVie and Amy Rutherford
JUNE 2 – 21, 2015
Step inside the halls of power as Madge, a young, idealistic and enthusiastic civil servant, gets ready to write her first official memo. It’s an auspicious occasion that brings to light all the inner workings and absurdities of government bureaucracy.
“…A FAST PACED AND HILARIOUS PLAY” – CHARLEBOIS POST
"...A DELIGHTFUL CONFECTION OF WIT AND INSIGHT...” – CAPITAL CRITICS CIRCLE
About the Great Canadian Theatre Company:
“To foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world."
GCTC is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season in 2014 – 2015 GCTC has developed from a small group of five people who joined together at Carleton University with little more than an idea, to become a vibrant independent professional theatre company. GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights. We mentor emerging companies and artists through our undercurrents festival, masterclasses, and internships.