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GCTC bets on love at first sight in Blind Date


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA November 13, 2017 – There’s nothing like the thrill of a blind date … anything can happen! Direct from critically acclaimed, sold-out runs in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Calgary, the Great Canadian Theatre Company presents the fast and funny fusion of improvisation, theatre, and social experiment, Blind Date. A Spontaneous Theatre Creation by Rebecca Northan, Blind Date will have you falling in love with Mimi and celebrating her audience-member-turned-romantic-hero! The perfect holiday date night, Blind Date will run on the GCTC stage from November 28 – December 17.


“No matter who this gifted woman selects by chance from the audience, the end result is likely to contain the same mixture of uproarious laughter, honest sexuality and genuine emotion”

The Toronto Star


When Mimi’s date for the evening fails to show up, one willing audience member is invited to step into his shoes! What happens next is a thrilling, unscripted theatrical adventure offering a unique experience for the artist and audience each night — you’ll want to see it more than once! Adults only, please.


On December 9 and 16 at 8:30pm, GCTC will be offering two queer performances of Blind Date: the fast and funny fusion of improv, theatre, and clown. For these two nights, Blind Date will celebrate and explore the particulars of queer romance.  Saturday, December 9 at 8:30pm: Queer Blind Date will feature Mimi who will select a feminine presenting audience member. Saturday, December 16 at 8:30pm: Queer Blind Date will feature Mathieu who will select a masculine presenting audience member. 


“Irresistible … a cheeky and charming evening.  Couples therapy should be so much fun.”

New York Daily News


“This play has been spectacularly successful wherever it goes because it speaks to anyone who has ever felt the stirring of romance, requited or unrequited. The audience participant is all of us, and we all get to enjoy the excruciating and wonderful first steps of sexual attraction together,” says Eric Coates, Artistic Director of GCTC.


GCTC greatly acknowledges the support of Corporate Sponsor Desjardins for partnering with us on this production. GCTC also acknowledges the support of Canadian Heritage for bringing this show to our stage.



Tess Degenstein: Mimi
David Benjamin Tomlinson: Mathieu (Queer Blind Date)

Kristian Reimer: Scenographer

David Benjamin Tomlinson: Scenographer

Emma Brager: Sound Improviser/Stage Manager

Marcie Januska: Associate Producer/Production Manager

Rebecca Northan: Creator/Director/Producer
Christopher Oldfield: Associate Producer



Thursday, November 30, 2017. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m.



Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Saturday performances begin at 4:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Pay-what-you-decide performance on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and a post-performance talkback will take place on the main stage on Thursday, December 7.



Photographs for Blind Date at GCTC can be downloaded by following this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/41tkpfwp6tckpqs/AABauM2gpFNjdXfiJOojAEvVa?dl=0

All credits can be found in the folder.



The GCTC Prologue Series is back for another year of exciting discussions and unique experiences that take us into the creative process of the plays on our stage.

The Prologue Series is free to the public and will take place before the second preview of each production at 6:45 pm in the GCTC lobby. The event takes place on November 29 with guests:

  • Kristian Reimer (Blind Date performer)
  • David Tomlinson  (Blind Date performer)



For each of GCTC’s mainstage productions in the 2017-18 season, a pop-up restaurant will form in GCTC’s lobby for one night only during the run. Each pop-up restaurant will be led by one of Ottawa’s most renowned executive chefs and feature a prix fixe menu created and inspired by the play on our stage. The final course includes tickets to the performance that evening. Participating chefs include Chris Deraiche (The Wellington Gastropub), Michael Blackie (NeXT), and Steve Wall (Supply and Demand).  


On Tuesday, December 5, Chef Tim Stock of Play food & wine will be setting up shop in GCTC’s studio for a culinary evening inspired by Blind Date. Tickets for this event are sold out, however all others are $110 and available on GCTC.ca now, in limited quantities.


Chefs & Shows is curated by Michael Moffat and Sheila Whyte.



Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or GCTC.ca. Regular ticket price range: $42 to $58. Rush Tickets $15 for students; $33 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased in person from the GCTC Box Office after noon on the day of performance. Valid student ID required for Student Rush.



4-Play Subscriptions are still available for GCTC’s 2017-18 season. For more information on the 2017-18 season, visit GCTC.ca or call the GCTC Box Office at 613-236-5196.



From November 28, 2017 – January 14, 2018, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) will present Worry Strings, a solo exhibit featuring the work of diploma student Kathryn A. Ehret at the Lorraine “Fritzi” Yale Gallery.  A vernissage, with an opportunity to meet the artists, will take place Tuesday, November 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. GCTC’s partnership with the Ottawa School of Art is supported by Cube Gallery.



GCTC celebrates its 43nd season in 2017–18. We continue to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. Now in the middle of a 3-year strategic plan, GCTC aims to increase the diversity on it stages, diversify its audiences and deepen their experience. GCTC also continues to embrace artistic risk and to ensure a wide range of theatrical experiences.




For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Andrew Soobrian

Marketing and Communications Manager

Great Canadian Theatre Company


613-236-5192 ext. 229