Theatre Under the Stars


Ottawa’s premier outdoor summer theatre company, launches its milestone 30th anniversary season with The Things We Do For Love, an evening of three Spanish one-act plays that celebrate the passion and pursuit of love!

Featuring original compositions, puppet artistry and Odyssey’s signature mask work, classic tales from Spain’s great literary figures (Cervantes, García Lorca and Tirso) will come to life under the direction of Odyssey’s award-winning artistic director Laurie Steven, joined by nine professional Canadian actors.

Tickets on sale now for performances presented Tuesday to Sunday from July 25 to August 23, 2015, in Ottawa’s historic Strathcona Park.

Performed in English, The Things We Do for Love blends the traditional with the contemporary, infusing classic tales of chivalric love with longing, lust … and laughter!

Saving Melisendra! based on a chapter of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Master Pedro’s chivalric puppet play takes a surprising turn when an unexpected audience member arrives!

The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden* by Federico García Lorca. What happens when a middle-aged man marries then falls in love with a seething, sensual young gypsy girl? Comedy and tragedy rolled into one as Perlimplin goes to great lengths to win her heart!

Whether You Like it Or Not (main show), by Tirso de Molina with translation by Dr. José Ruano de la Haza. An outrageous comedy in which the whimsical heroine concocts outrageous schemes to finally trap the man who has stolen her heart – whether he likes it or not!


Pay-What-You-Can matinees for The Things We Do For Love will take place at 3pm on August 1, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.

*The matinee performance doesn’t include The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden. It includes 2 plays: Saving Melisendra! and Whether You Like It Or Not. Please note the Sunday, August 2nd matinee is a special fundraising performance for Tysen’s Mission to a Million, with special ticket pricing.

Odyssey Theatre’s plays are noted for their imaginative use of masks, evocative physicality, innovative staging, and for the way they fuse varied art forms and cultures. Plays from the Theatre under the Stars series are performed every summer in Ottawa’s historic Strathcona Park, found on the banks of the Rideau River, just five minutes from the downtown core. This charming open-air venue provides a natural setting to spectators from across the national capital region and to tourists seeking a unique entertainment experience!