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Ottawa’s legal community tackles the Bard for the 18th Annual Lawyer Play Fundraiser
Plus a special Hockey Night at GCTC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA May 16, 2016 – Shakespeare famously wrote “kill all the lawyers” in his play Henry VI. Fortunately for all parties involved, that has not happened. Rather, the Great Canadian Theatre Company together with the County of Carleton Law Association will be presenting the Bard’s well known classic Macbeth for their 18th Annual Lawyer Play Fundraiser. Macbeth will be brought to life by a cast of 26 legal professionals, all to support the operations of the Great Canadian Theatre Company and this year’s charity partner, the Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario.
Lawyers, paralegal workers, and articling students from all across Ottawa will ditch their robes and volunteer billable hours in one preview performance and three special gala performances from May 25th to May 27th. In keeping with Lawyer Play tradition, GCTC and the CCLA have lined up spectacular cameo appearances for each night of the play, headlined by Hockey Night at GCTC with former Ottawa Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson and former President Cyril Leeder making their stage debuts.
In addition to some former NHLers, cameos for the other nights include a who’s who of Ottawa’s legal, political, and business community.
· Wednesday, May 24 @ 7:30pm - John E. Johnson (Retired Partner, Nelligan O'Brien Payne) and D. Lynne Watt (Past President, CCLA)
· Thursday, May 25 @ 7:30pm- Regional Sr. Justice J. McNamara and Donald B. Bayne (Partner, Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter)
· Friday, May 26 @ 7:30pm- Daniel Alfredsson (Past Captain, Ottawa Senators) and Cyril Leeder (Past President, Ottawa Senators)
· Saturday, May 27 @ 7:30pm- Catherine McKenna (MP for Ottawa Centre) and Yasir Naqvi (MPP Ottawa Centre)
“We are delighted that Ottawa’s celebrities, and community pillars are eager to join us on the stage in support this worthy cause,” say the co-chairs of the Lawyer Play Committee, Tara Berish and Dan Hohnstein.
The Lawyer Play is one of the legal community’s longest running and most successful fundraisers. Over the past 18 years, they’ve raised over $1,300,000 in support of GCTC productions and selected charity partners. This year, the Lawyer Play Committee selected Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario, a family support organization for families with children and youth struggling with mental health and addiction challenges. Managing Director of GCTC Hugh Neilson says he “couldn’t be more pleased with the CCLAs choice for a charity partner this year. Especially since next season we are introducing programming for youth that will deal specifically with issues and topics relevant to them. One of the productions will be Still Falling by Green Thumb Theatre, a play about teen mental health. We look forward to the possibility of including Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario as a community partner and resource for teens and their families in need of assistance. What better example is there showing how charities can work together in the community.”
“We at PLEO are thrilled to be the selected charity for the Lawyer Play,” says PLEO Executive Director Phyllis Grant-Parker. “This will enable us to reach out to significantly more families in our community whose children and youth are facing mental health and addiction challenges. Through our programs, we can help empower them to be the supporters and advocates their children need.”
In addition to the main charity partner, GCTC is collecting in-kind donations for a different charity on each of the gala nights. Donations of non-perishable food will be collected for the Ottawa Food Bank (May 25), new or nearly new books suitable for children up to 12 will be collected for Twice Upon a Time (May 26) and new or gently used professional attire will be collected for Dress for Success (May 27).
About the play:
One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honour and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.
Janice Payne: DUNCAN/APPARITION THREE
Brett Hodgins: MALCOLM
Sig Pantazis: DONALDBAIN/MURDER 2
Kirk Shannon: MACBETH
Stephen Acker: BANQUO
Ted Mann: MACDUFF
Kati Aubin: LENNOX
Amanda Montague-Reinholdt: ROSS
Dan Hohnstein: MENETEITH
Dan Moore: ANGUS
Indrani Laroche: CAITHNESS
Allison Russell: FLEANCE/GENTLEWOMAN
Emmanuel Gibson: MACDUFF'S SON
Sarah Boutcher: SEYTON/MURDER 3
Paul Webber: OLD MAN
David Sherriff-Scott: SIWARD
Andrew Higdon: YOUNG SIWARD/APPARITION ONE
Marrisa Victor: LADY MACBETH
Janet Kasun: LADY MACDUFF/APPARITION TWO
Tara Berish: WITCH 1
Sarah Speevak: WITCH 2
Carolyn Elliott-Magwood: WITCH 3
Sarah Boutcher: BLOODY CAPTAIN
Mitch Charness: PORTER
Julia Kennedy: MURDER 1/HECATE
Josh Ginsberg: SCOTTISH DOCTOR
Jon Carter: SOUND DESIGNER
Zach Counsil: FIGHT DIRECTOR
Stephanie Dahmer: SET & PROPS DESIGNER
Jason Hopkins: ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Geoff McBride: DIRECTOR
Jess Preece: STAGE MANAGER
Vanessa Imeson: COSTUME, HAIR, & MAKE-UP DESIGNER
Sean Lamothe: LIGHTING DESIGNER
Amelia Farrugia: PRODUCTION MANAGER
Tickets for the Gala evenings (May 25, 26 and 27) are $110 and include a post-show reception and a $60 tax receipt. Tickets for the Preview performance on May 24 and Gala performance on May 26 are SOLD OUT. Tickets are available through any cast member or at the GCTC Box Office by calling 613-236-5196 or online at www.gctc.ca.
GCTC celebrates its 42nd season in 2016–17. Its mission is to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. 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 residencies and in-kind support.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Great Canadian Theatre Company
613-236-5192 ext. 229