Season 3 is here!

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Season 3 has arrived!

Dear friends and supporters of TACTICS,

The time has finally come! We are extremely excited to announce that the third season of TACTICS officially opens tomorrow (Thursday, April 20) and runs through to Saturday, May 6. This year’s festival contains more programming and interdisciplinary artists than ever before, and it’s all packed into just two and a half weeks. Arts Court is sure to be bustling with important work from some of the city’s most innovative creators, and we hope you will all come out to support these inspiring indie artists.

If you would like to read more about what is in store, take a look at this preview piece written by Brian Carroll of Apt 613: http://apt613.ca/tactics-2017/

And here is an in-depth look at at this year’s amazing lineup of the mainstage shows, works-in-development, and special event programming. Tickets and show times are available at tacticsottawa.com.

Mainstage Series:

8th Generation Storytelling presents
The Hottentot Venus – Untold
Created and Performed by Jacqui du Toit
April 19 (preview)-April 23

An original theatrical storytelling based on he life and death of Sarah Baartman. This one-woman performance follows the story of one of the first indigenous African women from the Khoisan clan to be taken from her home, Cape Town, South Africa and put on display as a ‘freak’ show at 225 Piccadilly, London in 1810.

Cart Before the Horse Theatre Company presents
girls!girls!girls! by Greg MacArthur
Featuring: Megan Carty, Sam Dietrich, Maryse Fernandes, Mariah Horner, Gabbie Lazarovitz
April 26 (preview)-May 6

Although fictional, this play was written in response to the events surrounding the brutal death of Reena Virk in Victoria, British Columbia and by the Columbine Massacre in Colorado, USA. The playwright was moved “not only by the terror struck into the lives of the victims, but also by the unrecognized struggles of the killers—the distorted yet human face of social rebellion and boredom, recklessness, and control.”

Workshop Series:

The Omnibus Bill
By Darrah Teitel, directed by Esther Jun
April 29 at 4pm and April 30 at 7pm

Set in Bowmanville, Ontario in 1969, this piece is about midwives, abortion, and sex work, and all the hypocrites who keep them illegal.

 WANTING
By Madeleine Boyes-Manseau
April 30 at 5pm and May 5 at 10pm

…in that unabashed, guttural, and unladylike kind of way. A search through maternal ancestry, the spiritual legacies of ravenously hungry women and the ecstatic potential of our flesh.

 UKnadian
By Amelia Griffin
May 2 at 6:30pm and May 5 at 6pm

Contemporary dance-theatre solo on female cultural inheritance through the lens of the creator’s Ukrainian and British Grandmothers’ identities.

 when god was wolf
By Tim Ginley, directed by Rebecca Benson
May 2 at 8pm and May 6 at 5pm

To every freedom a cost. when god was wolf unearths our darkest roots, exploring a family’s forfeiture in this taut Canadian Gothic drama.

 The Home Show
By Evolution Theatre
May 3 at 6pm and May 5 at 6pm

William Beddoe, John Doucet, Jacqui Du Toit, Laurie Fyffe, Mishka Lavigne, and Norah Paton explore Homefront in a devised theatre creation.

Special Event Programming:

Lucila Al Mar Album Release Party
Friday, April 21 at 9:30pm

A celebration of her new album, Nada es Para Siempre//Nothing is Forever. Live performance by Lucila and her band. After party DJ’d by Chico6Trece

Now for than Ever: Theatre & Politics
Monday, May 1

Is democracy in crisis? If so, what can theatre do to inspire, educate, and entertain in a new era of uncertainty?

6pm staged reading of George Orwell’s 1984
8pm Theatre Matters panel discussion

Show Plates
Thursday, May 4 at 6pm

A multi-course meal created by some of Ottawa’s best indie chefs, led by Tarek Hassan of Gongfu Bao. Ticket includes admission to 8pm performance of girls!girls!girls!

Critics’ Salon
Thursday, May 4 at 9:30pm

A post-show conversation hosted by the New Ottawa Critics.

Creator Exchange
Saturday, May 6 at 11am

10 playwrights meet 10 dramaturgs/directors in this free event in partnership with PGC and LMDA. To register, please contact Nicole at info@playwrightsguild.ca

Now More Than Ever

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Spotlight on our evening of Theatre & Politics

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of posts that spotlight the many different plays and events that will be part of TACTICS 2017. Read on to get the inside scoop on our programming!

I’m writing this post from Niagara-on-the-Lake at the end of the first day of rehearsal for Michael Healey’s new political satire, 1979, a co-production between the Shaw Festival and the Great Canadian Theatre Company. (I’m lucky enough to be assistant director to Eric Coates.) Both the Shaw Festival and GCTC are companies that are built on presenting theatre that provokes dialogue and examines our place in the world, so it’s a perfect fit for these two companies to collaborate on this new play looking at the end of Joe Clark’s very short tenure as Prime Minister of Canada. With the imagined words of Joe Clark, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Flora MacDonald, Brian Mulroney (and others) echoing in my mind, not to mention the current political climate that is simply impossible to ignore,  it only makes sense to turn our TACTICS Spotlight to Now More Than Ever, our evening of Theatre & Politics on May 1st.

Now More Than Ever: Theatre & Politics, Monday May 1

Is democracy in crisis? If so, what can theatre artists do to inspire, educate, and entertain in a new era of uncertainty? Laurie Fyffe (Evolution Theatre) & Bronwyn Steinberg (TACTICS) invite you to attend a reading of George Orwell’s 1984, followed by the fourth panel discussion in our series Theatre Matters, a community discussion between Ottawa based theatre artists on topics of interest to theatre professionals.

1984 Script

This special event begins at 6pm on Monday, May 1st with a staged reading of Michael Gene Sullivan’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. I’m particularly excited for this event, as I will be directing the reading. This script is a harrowing adaptation of the classic novel (which recently completely sold out on Amazon—hmm, I wonder why.) It’s a highly theatrical adaptation, with the playwright/adapter specifying that as the actors play multiple characters and reenact scenes from Winston’s story, it should be without the use of video and projection. Sullivan explains that “the emphasis of this adaptation is not technology, but how humans become machines.” This text lends itself extremely well to a reading, and I’m excited to have a chance to dive into it with a cast of Ottawa actors.

Following the reading, we’ll shift into a community discussion, the fourth instalment in our Theatre Matters series curated by Laurie Fyffe and myself. We’ll invite several panelists and the community to respond to the play and also to expand the conversation to reflect on the role of theatre and art in our current “era of uncertainty.”

Both events will be Pay-What-You-Can, with all proceeds benefiting Refugee 613. You are invited to join us for either the reading, the discussion, or both!

And by the way, if you are interested in getting involved, either as an actor in the reading or a panelist/facilitator for the discussion, please send me an email at tactic.series@gmail.com for more information!

I’m so looking forward to this event, and to engaging with our community on these essential and timely questions. And in the meantime, I’m soaking up all the inspiration of being in rehearsal for 1979. Seriously, we need this now more than ever.

TACTICS 2017 line-up announced!

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 2017 Series Launch Party! We had a wonderful time mixing and mingling with artists and supporters. We also enjoyed stiff competition in the TACTICS theatre game show!
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This spring, we’ve got two mainstage productions, five works in progress by local creators and a series of interdisciplinary special event programming, running April 19 – May 6, 2017 in Arts Court Theatre. Tickets for the mainstage shows are now available for purchase at www.artscourt.ca. We are also pleased to be launching our new website right here at tacticsottawa.com. Check here for details on all our shows, and we look forward to seeing you at Arts Court this April and May!

TACTICS 2017 Series Programming

Mainstage Series

These  productions by innovative Ottawa artists will each have a full run in Arts Court Theatre.

The Hottentot Venus – untold

by Jacqui du Toit, presented by 8thGeneration Performance

April 19 – 23

An original theatrical storytelling based on the life and death of Sarah Baartman, one of the first indigenous African women from the Khoisan clan to be taken from her home in Cape Town, South Africa and put on display as a “freak” show at 225 Piccadilly, London in 1810. (details)

girls! girls! girls!

by Greg MacArthur, presented by Cart Before the Horse

April 26 – May 6

Four young teenagers seek brutal revenge on the winner of a gymnastics competition and go on a hunt for her red ribbon.

A gritty drama written in response to the events surrounding the brutal death of ReenaVirk in Victoria, BC and the Columbine massacre in Colorado, USA. (details)

TACTICS Workshop Series

These works in progress by Ottawa creators will each be presented twice during the series.

The Omnibus Bill by Darrah Teitel (details)

WANTING by Madeleine Boyes-Manseau (details)

UKnadian by Amelia Griffin (details)

when god was wolf by Tim Ginley (details)

HOME/Less by Evolution Theatre (details)

TACTICS Special Event Series

Diverse programming at Arts Court Theatre and Studio around our theatrical productions including an album release concert, a staged reading and panel discussion, workshops, a pre-show pop-up dinner, creators’ exchange, and more!  (details)

Photos by Andrew Alexander