Greetings arts enthusiasts,
I have some rather exciting news! The Ottawa Arts Newsletter has been nominated for “Best local blog/website” in the Ottawa XPress – Best of Ottawa 2009.
All the nominees are pretty awesome — but hey, if you want to vote for me, then follow this link: http://www.ottawaxpress.ca/dossier/bestof/xpress2009.aspx.Section 4 right near the bottom! Please vote before the deadline on November 11.
And without further ado, here is your artistic line-up for the month of November…
November 3 to 7
The University of Ottawa’s Drama Guild presents “Our Country’s Good”
Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good is set in eighteenth-century Australia and tells the story of convicts who decide to put on a production of a Restoration drama. Directed by Arthur Milner, this Drama Guild production is designed by Martin Conboy, Roy Hansen-Robitschek, and Rick Cousins, and features students from the theatre department at the University of Ottawa.
November 3 to 14
The National Arts Centre English Theatre presents “Elephant Wake”
I am really looking forward to seeing this expanded production of Elephant Wake that was originally produced as a Fringe Festival production by Catalyst Theatre (a spectacular Edmonton company that I am studying for my thesis and that recently presented Nevermore here in Ottawa). Witness writer/actor Joey Tremblay’s performance as the last man left in Ste. Vierge, a defunct Francophone town in Saskatchewan, and see up close director/designer Bretta Gerecke’s remarkable papier maché townscape. Check out the website for photos!
November 3 to 22
The Great Canadian Theatre Company presents “The Children’s Republic”
Hannah Moscovitch’s long awaited new play – about a Jewish orphanage in Poland that is invaded by Nazis – premieres at the GCTC this month. Directed by Janet Irwin, this co-production with the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama features several of its students in the roles of the orphans, as well as local actors Paul Rainville, Peter Froehlich, Kate Hurman, and Sarah McVie. Heather Marie Scheerschmidt has written a great article about this show: http://bit.ly/3NOA3h
November 12 to 14
Ottawa Little Theatre and Savoy Society of Ottawa present a Double Bill!
Ottawa Little Theatre presents W. S. Gilbert’s one act play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The Savoy Society then presents The Zoo, a one-act comic opera by Arthur Sullivan and Bolton Rowe. Join an incognito nobleman, an anguished pharmacist, a saucy waitress, a grumpy grocer and his captivating daughter, with a patriotic chorus of animal lovers in this opera set in the London Zoo.
November 13 and 14
AB Series presents two readings by Joe Rosenblatt
Author of twenty books and his poems have appeared in over thirty anthologies of Canadian poetry, Joe has received major awards such as the Governor General’s Award in 1976 and the BC Book Award in 1986. Catch him in Ottawa, then in Gatineau with Ottawa poète Andree Christensen.
2nd Ottawa Timeraiser
This event has only recently been brought to my attention, and I think it is a phenomenal idea. Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. The big twist is rather than bidding money on artwork, you bid volunteer hours. You can sign up by visiting the website, and the event takes place at the National Gallery of Canada. The goal is to raise 5000 volunteer hours!
Jill Zmud CD Release
Ottawa torch-folk songstress Jill Zmud is releasing her debut album at the Black Sheep Inn this month. Check out her MySpace page to experience her soothing vocals and imaginative lyrics. For her release, she will be joined by fellow musicians Dave Draves, Chris Page, Safwan Javed and more.
The Wrecking Ball
I was sorry to have missed this event last year, that busy time of arts cuts protests before the federal election. The Wrecking Ball is back at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, this time bringing together members of the theatre and literary communities. Don’t miss what promises to be an evening of incredible live performance!
November 17 to 28
SevenThirty Productions presents Shining City
Written by Connor MacPherson, Shining City takes place in the disheveled office of Ian, a former priest turned therapist. Ian’s latest patient, John, is in trouble. His wife has just died tragically… and he is visited more than once by her ghost. John is now terrified to return home, but Ian has his own troubles, including a new baby and a crumbling relationship. Directed by John P. Kelly, this production features Richard Gélinas, Tom Charlebois, Nancy Kenny, and Garrett Quirk.
November 18 to 28
Ottawa Chamber Theatre presents “The Mechanicsville Monologues”
Written by Donnie Laflamme, this production consists of a series of monologues and is performed by ten local actors and a handful of professional musicians. As the playwright describes, “The monologues are based on things I’ve seen, things I’ve done, and things I’ve heard. The pieces are inspired by people and situations experienced in ‘hood. I call them the dirtiest tales ever told and some of them truly are. No punches get pulled. No apologies.” Well, I’m intrigued!
November 19 to 28
Sock ‘N’ Buskin Theatre company presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”
If you haven’t yet seen this play, it’s a good one: two of Hamlet’s most underrated characters are given centre stage in this existentialist comedy that is reminiscent of Waiting for Godot, but with a modern Shakespearean twist. Directed by Dave Dawson, this production opens Sock ‘N’ Buskin’s 66th season in Ottawa.
November 26 and 27
Ottawa Chamber Music Society presents the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn
Two wonderful concerts in one weekend! The Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra plays at the Shenkman Centre on the first night and at the Dominion-Chalmers Church on the second. These concerts are in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Halabisky’s Uprising CD Release “State of Emergency”
Antizario saxman Dave Halabisky releases his debut solo album at the Mercury Lounge! The CD release party will be hosted by spoken word artist Ritallin and will feature a live performance by Dave and his Uprising band. The album features new music by Dave and collaborations with Moka Only (Swollen Members), Amalia Townsend (Sekoya), Atherton and Sadie Hell.
Just a bit more house-keeping…
Deadline for applications: November 27 (for directors) and December 31 (for playwrights)
The Ottawa Theatre Network…
…now has a blog! Visit http://ottawatheatrenetwork.wordpress.com/ to find out more about how YOU can get involved with Ottawa’s diverse theatre community.
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to vote in Best of Ottawa 2009!