Vibrant and boundary-pushing, the Prismatic Arts Festival showcases leading Indigenous and culturally diverse artists from across Canada. It features theatre, dance, music, spoken word, visual arts, film and media arts. Prismatic takes place across Ottawa from September 12 to 22 at multiple venues, including GCTC.
Lila is a Black former police officer whose career ended after she shot an unarmed Black youth. Her story is fictionalized by Tim, a white playwright whose play about the shooting takes liberties with the facts. Now there’s talk of a film, and Tim visits Lila to discuss. What unfolds is a raucous struggle on the subjects of responsibility and representation, framed by Kat Sandler’s trademark wit.
When Indigenous farmer Arthur Copper begins planting wild rice to reclaim lakeshores, the seeds bloom into a funny-yet-fiery exchange between the farmer and a white cottager, Maureen Poole. A microcosm of reconciliation, the confrontation traces issues of ownership and community.
A concert and a conversation, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting place of two people, and the North and South of our country. Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now sharing a stage, these two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited, and asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.
A Canadian premiere based on true events, Daisy tells the story of the Madison Avenue advertising team that set out to create the first modern political attack ad for the 1964 presidential campaign of Lyndon Johnson. Infamously known as the “Daisy ad,” it ran once and was immediately banned, but its impact is still felt. War was the objective. Peace was the bait. Everyone got duped.
In this witty, wild, and very relevant debate, four female panelists square off on one question: should women abandon religion? On one side, an ex-nun and an atheist pundit. On the other, a progressive Muslim lawyer and a Jewish scholar. As the play delves into the depths of the question, it reveals the complexities of the debaters.
A haunting play about three brides who share two things in common: they all married the same man, and they are all dead. Emerging from their clawfoot bathtubs, Bessie, Alice and Margaret share the evidence against a murderous man in a chilling ghost story that recounts the shocking crimes.
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.
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.
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.