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GCTC starts 2017-18 season with You Are Happy,
a comedy about millennial love
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA September 11, 2017 – Kicking off its new season with a surge of youthful energy, the Great Canadian Theatre Company presents the English-language debut of You Are Happy by Rébecca Déraspe, translated by Leanna Brodie from Déraspe’s french play Deux ans de votre vie. Directed by Ottawa’s Adrienne Wong, You Are Happy features the GCTC debut of Katie Bunting and David Brown, along with the return of Mélanie Beauchamp (previously seen in Les Passants). You Are Happy will run on the GCTC stage from September 21 – October 8.
“This absurd and refreshing fable written by Rébecca Déraspe . . . is like a cool breeze at the end of summer, and will surely provide an enjoyable evening for lovers of sprightly and intelligent theatre.” — Canoe
Commissioned in French by the Montreal theatre company les Biches pensive, this play looks at the social pressure experienced by single people and couples. Determined to help her brother find some kind of happiness, Bridget searches grocery stores looking for his potential wife. You Are Happy emerged as a dark romantic comedy about young people trying to find love in a world that is increasingly numb to its effects.
“I was drawn to the youthful buzz of Déraspe’s writing. It’s achingly funny and poignant at the same time, speaking to the age-old conundrum of love. But somehow, she makes you feel that it’s a whole new topic” says GCTC’s Artistic Director Eric Coates.
OPENING NIGHT FOR REVIEWERS
Saturday, September 23, 2017. Curtain is at 8:30 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, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. and a post-performance talkback will take place on the main stage on Thursday, September 28.
The GCTC Prologue Series is back for another year of exciting discussions 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 September 22 and the guests include:
· Eric Coates (GCTC Artistic Director)
· Adrienne Wong (Director of You Are Happy)
· John Doucet (Set Designer of You Are Happy)
CHEFS & SHOWS
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.
On Tuesday, September 26, Patrick Garland of Wellington West neighbor Absinthe Café makes his Chefs & Shows return! Chef Garland will be drawing inspiration from You Are Happy to create a unique and inventive menu that’s the perfect warm up for the show. Tickets are limited and available on GCTC.ca.
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.
Subscriptions are now 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.
THE FRITZI GALLERY
From September 21 – October 29, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) will present Crossroads, a solo exhibit featuring the work of diploma student Roger Sutcliffe at the Lorraine “Fritzi” Yale Gallery. A vernissage, with an opportunity to meet the artists, will take place Tuesday, September 21st 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:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Great Canadian Theatre Company
613-236-5192 ext. 229