Mark Crawford’s Bed and Breakfast brings a dizzying cast of characters to GCTC for the holiday season
OTTAWA November 20, 2018 – A heartfelt comedy about “being out” in small town Ontario, Mark Crawford’s Bed and Breakfast is bringing dozens of hilarious characters — played by only two actors — to the GCTC stage. When Brett inherits the family home, he and Drew move out of quick-paced Toronto to set up a B&B in a sleepy little Ontario town. What follows is a madcap journey through renovations, family skeletons, and finding a place to call home. In partnership with Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver), Ashlie Corcoran directs this production starring Mark Crawford and Paul Dunn.
Bed and Breakfast runs on the GCTC Mainstage from December 4 - 22.
“Funny, touching and sweet.”
— The Globe and Mail
“A doozy worthy of Fawlty Towers.”
— Toronto Star
“Mark Crawford is quickly becoming one of the most-produced playwrights in Canada precisely because he captures the beauty and humour of life in every situation” says GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates. “His voice is a joyful detour from the pain of today’s headline news.”
Bed and Breakfast is a theatrical tour de force as riotously funny as it is deeply moving. With more than a few unexpected and hilarious plot twists, we follow Brett and Drew over the course of one year — through the real estate rat race, renovation hell, the big opening weekend of the B & B, and encounters with small-town expectations.
Mark Crawford: Brett
Paul Dunn: Drew
Ashlie Corcoran: Director
John Gzowski: Sound Designer
Ronaye Hayes: Stage Manager
Dana Osborne: Set and Costume Designer
Rebecca Picherak: Lighting Designer
Ashley Proulx: Apprentice Stage Manager
OPENING NIGHT FOR REVIEWERS
Thursday, December 6, 2018. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m.
Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday –Friday. Saturday performances take place at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Pay-what-you-decide performance on Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. and a post-performance talkback will take place on the main stage on Thursday, December 13.
The Prologue Series continues to bring exciting discussions and unique experiences to GCTC that take us into the creative process of the plays on our stage.
The latest edition is December 5, free to the public, and will start at 6:45 pm in the GCTC lobby. Artistic Director Eric Coates hosts a pre-show interview with Bed and Breakfast artists, followed by a backstage tour. Availability is limited, so be sure to RSVP 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 still available for GCTC’s 2018-19 season. Prices start at $137 for a 4-Play. For more information on the 2018-19 season, visit GCTC.ca or call the GCTC Box Office at 613-236-5196.
THE FRITZI GALLERY
From December 4 to January 20, 2019, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) will present Common Ground, a group exhibit featuring the works of students Mallory Hanes, Jacqueline Mudie, Shelby Noonan, Anne Scanlan, and Joel Secter at the Lorraine “Fritzi” Yale Gallery. A vernissage, with an opportunity to meet the artist, will take place Tuesday, December 4th 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 is celebrating its 44th season in 2018–19. We continue to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. Now in the last year 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:
Director of Marketing and Development
Great Canadian Theatre Company
613-236-5192 ext. 331