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GCTC promises sex, songs and sibling rivalry for a raucous year ahead


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA March 4, 2017 - Today the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Eric Coates and Managing Director Hugh Neilson along with staff, members of the Board of Directors, artists and community members, announced the 2017-18 season of programming. The six plays that make up the new season present a broad selection of Canadian voices for all audiences to enjoy. Hometown favourites, an adult-only dating adventure, millennial comedies, and a full blown musical, are just a sample of what’s being offered. In addition to the mainstage shows, the 2017-18 season is introducing a Theatre for Young Audiences series with two Canadian works.


Beginning the second year of its 3-year strategic plan, GCTC has doubled down on its commitment to diversify its audiences. Young female playwrights are poised to play a large part in achieving that diversity this season. “Five out of the six playwrights in our 2017/18 season are women,” says Artistic Director Eric Coates.  “This is partly due to our commitment to gender equity, but more so because these are the plays that arrested me. These plays stopped me in my tracks. There is a powerful movement to reflect the millennial experience in today’s playwriting and I am very excited by it.”


A sister searches for her brother’s potential wife by scouring grocery store aisles in

Rébecca Déraspe’s You Are Happy; life in the city that never sleeps has never sounded so great in the musical Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon; Rebecca Northan’s Blind Date turns one lucky audience member into a star attraction for a fun, unscripted, night of romance; Hannah Moscovitch returns to GCTC with her brave exploration of love, sex and fertility during the 1920’s in What A Young Wife Ought To Know; following up Da Kink in My Hair, Trey Anthony’s How Black Mothers Say I Love You is a poignant and hilarious examination of our desire for truth and understanding from what has been left unsaid; finally, we take a journey into the largest polygamous community in Canada with Joan MacLeod’s Gracie.


Full details on GCTC’s 2017-18 season, along with subscription and ticket information are available online at GCTC.ca. 


Two additional shows aimed squarely at young audiences will also be appearing in the winter and spring of the 2017-18 season. One Thing Leads to Another by Maja Ardal, Audrey Dwyer, Mary Francis Moore, and Julia Tribe, is an award-winning show for babies that will run from March 7-11, 2018 in the Studio Theatre. Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre brings this play that transforms everyday objects into fabulous, fanciful phenomena. Still/Falling by Rachel Aberle from Greenthumb Theatre will run April 3-4, 2018 in the mainstage and will only be open to school groups. Still/Falling is a realistic, honest and bitingly funny look at the difference between ‘teen angst’ and mental illness, and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark.


"Our strategic direction supports new and emerging artists, reaches out to new communities, nurtures and attracts bold work, and aims for a resilient future," says Managing Director Hugh Neilson. 


When asked about the company's fiscal outlook, Neilson adds, "With the elimination of the capital debt, our appeal to new and existing audiences, engagement with talented and diverse artists, and support from the community, the positive energy here is palpable."


In addition to the new season of plays, a second season of the sold-out smash hit, Chefs & Shows was announced. Under the continued curatorship of Sheila Whyte from Thyme & Again and Chef Michael Moffatt, 2017-18 will bring  six new chefs from Ottawa’s top restaurants to showcase their culinary expertise at GCTC for one night only. Tim Stock from Play Wine Bar and Christopher Deraiche from Wellington Gastropub, among others, will be tasked to create unique menus inspired by a show in the 2017-18 season.


GCTC is proud to continue its rewarding partnerships with local arts organizations Propeller Dance and the Ottawa School of Art. Propeller Dance will return for a 4th season as Company-in-Residence, and the Ottawa School of Art will continue to curate exhibits of their visual arts students in The Lorraine ‘Fritzi’ Yale Gallery.


GCTC’s 2017-2018 Season:


You Are Happy

By Rébecca Déraspe

Translated by Leanna Brodie from the play Deux ans de votre vie by Rébecca Déraspe

SEPT 21 TO OCT 8, 2017

Determined to help her brother find some kind of happiness, Bridget searches grocery stores looking for his potential wife. A dark comedy about millennial love, sibling loyalty, conformity and an uncomfortably close shave.


“Déraspe’s writing—in Leanna Brodie’s always on-key translation—is sweet and inquisitive… The type of play you come out of thinking you’ll send someone to see.”



Ordinary Days

Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon

OCT 31 TO NOV 19, 2017

This contemporary musical is for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex situation. It’s about embracing change and choosing hope in the Big Apple.

An extraordinarily charming musical”


“Captures with stinging clarity that uneasy moment in youth when doubts begin to cloud hopes for a future of unlimited possibility.”



Blind Date

By Rebecca Northan

Produced by Spontaneous Theatre

NOV 28 TO DEC 17, 2017


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.


“Irresistible...a cheeky and charming evening.”


“Funny and spontaneous, but also genuinely adorable...Mimi’s definitely a keeper.”



What A Young Wife Ought to Know

By Hannah Moscovitch

Produced by 2b theatre company

JAN 16 TO FEB 4, 2018

Set in Ottawa in the 1920s, this story takes us into the lives and bedrooms of women nearly a century ago, repressed by lack of sexual education and freedom. A powerful play by Ottawa’s award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch.


Young Wife’s comedy is clear though not always comfortable. Moscovitch has written achingly truthful relationships, and in their truth we both laugh and cower at what we recognize.”



How Black Mothers Say I Love You

By Trey Anthony

MAR 6 TO 25, 2018

Starting a better life in Canada is a dream for many immigrants, but for Daphne the decision presents an unthinkable sacrifice. This is a story of separation and reconciliation infused with a bold original score that blends gospel, reggae and R&B with classical music.


The play deals with a lot of love, relationships, forgiveness, and dysfunction. It is a show that looks at how we love each other and how we ask for love.”




By Joan MacLeod

APR 24 TO MAY 13, 2018

Gracie’s world is full of faith and family, but as a fifteen year-old in a polygamous community, she feels increasing pressure to conform. With deep empathy and compassion, the playwright takes us into young Gracie’s world, where we discover what it’s like to grow up in an uncommon environment.


"One of the most important playwrights working in Canada today"


“Joan MacLeod has written deeply complex characters who pulse with life and humour”



For subscription and ticket information call the Box Office (613) 236-5196 or visit www.gctc.ca. Early bird deadline for renewing subscribers is April 18, 2017.


About the Great Canadian Theatre Company:


GCTC celebrates its 43rd 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.





Andrew Soobrian

Marketing & Communications Manager


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