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Celebrating 40 seasons!


I am very proud to be able to say that I have been involved with GCTC for 14 of those 40 seasons. It is great to be back from summer and into production with The Boy in the Moon. A beautiful story about unconditional love, life and what it is like to be human. Don't miss this heart warming story.


Join us for the 15th anniversary!

Do you know about our annual Lawyer Play fundraising event?  It is next week – April 24-26. Annually, we partner with the CCLA and the law community to produce a play with the proceeds going to GCTC and another charity partner.

If your favourite lawyer in town has not sold you a ticket yet you can always get one from the GCTC box office (613-236-5196).  I am proud to say that I was there for the first one 15 years ago and it is a real pleasure to work with the law community each year on this event.


Don't miss the undercurrents festival

Last night I got to see the last two shows of the undercurrent festival - A Quiet Sip of Coffee and Morro and Jasp do Puberty. Who knew puberty was really that funny! A Quiet Sip of Coffee I am still thinking about – the sign of a good story they say… It definitely caught my attention and I recommend it. After you have seen it let me know what you think.


Goodnight Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet) opens

Opening night of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet) was fabulous. The audience loved the show with its smart writing and fun energy.  Whether the battles were with words or swords everyone was engaged in the theatrical magic. The five Ottawa actors Margo MacDonald, Pippa Leslie, Sascha Cole, Zach Counsil and Geoff McBride play numerous characters so there are lots of costumes and quick changes that keep the story moving at a fast pace.


Women Taking on the World

That title has a fabulous ring to it!

Join in this weekend for the first of a 5 part series called Fearless Women Series presented by GCTC and Optimum Talent. We are very grateful to Optimum Talent for their support of this new program at GCTC.

Keeping with our political theme of the month the Honourable Sheila Copps will be moderating a panel of


GCTC news


We had a very exciting evening last night with the opening of Proud by Michael Healey. It is an honour to be producing Michael's work and especially such an intelligent and witty play. Tickets are selling fast so don't get caught without one. Tonight we are launching a new program called Friday Fight Nights sponsored by Hill Times - it is a debate series that will happen on the first Friday of the run of each play after the show.


Thank you to the members of the Ottawa Law community


We are very fortunate to have such an amazing law community in Ottawa. They are true community leaders and committed to making a positive difference in our city. For 14 years GCTC has been partnering with the County of Carleton Law Association to produce the lawyer play fundraiser. The funds raised go to benefit two charities – GCTC and another charity of the lawyers choosing. The play this year was The Best Man by Gore Vidal and it was another fun and successful event. The other charity to receive support was the Youth Services Bureau.


Special show at GCTC

Do you know this artist? He was one of the most eccentric and influential artists of the twentieth century....

See Peter Froehlich’s show and you will be entertained and delighted by this artist’s creativity.

Kurt Schwitters (1887 to 1948) was a German painter, born in Hanover, Germany. Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, and what came to be known as installation art. He is most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures.


Great day today

I might have told you in the past that First Read day is my favourite. Today we had about 30 people gathered together - from GCTC staff and Board members to NAC staff and the creative team of The Edward Curtis Project.


A celebration of life: Leon Gluzman


I wanted to tell you about a very important man that has recently passed away. We, at GCTC were very fortunate to get to know him, his family and learn about his remarkable life through the play The Children’s Republic.

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