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Odyssey Theatre returns to Strathcona Park this summer with a new translation and adaptation of The Bonds of Interest by Nobel Prize laureate Jacinto Benavente. The Bonds of Interest is a brilliant comic intrigue about two con artists who swindle an entire town of crooked merchants, powerful elites and grasping pretenders, all of whom will stop at nothing to get rich quick. This clever satire takes aim at the corruption and insatiable greed flourishing in a modern money-driven world.

A Vibrant New Translation and Adaptation

Distinguished scholar Catherine Boyle of King’s College London collaborated with Odyssey’s Artistic Director Laurie Steven to create a dynamic new translation that will introduce Benavente’s modern Commedia dell’Arte masterpiece to the contemporary English-speaking world. This exciting collaboration was developed through Odyssey’s New Play Program with workshops in both Ottawa and the UK.

A Renowned Team of Artists

Award-winning director Laurie Steven returns to direct a talented cast of Odyssey veterans and newcomers from Ottawa, Toronto and the UK. Leading the cast as Crispín, the master manipulator, is Canadian-British actor and Odyssey veteran Ross Mullan, best known as The White Walker on Game of Thrones. Also joining the cast is Toronto Theatre/Film actor Soo Garay, most recently seen on HBO’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. We are pleased to welcome Odyssey veteran actors Scott Maudsley, Scott McCulloch, William Beddoe, Bruce Spinney, Stavros Sakiadis and Maryse Fernandes, as well as newcomers Mitchel Rose, Anurag Choudhury, Neta J. Rose, and Erin Eldershaw. 

Inspired by graphic novels and hip-hop jazz funk music, the production’s talented design team, including local architect Barry Padolsky, (Canadian Museum of Nature Redevelopment), award-winning costume designer Vanessa Imeson, composer and founder of Ottawa’s Lachance Music School Venessa Lachance, eminent mask designer Clelia Scala and Montreal choreographer and dancer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, is creating a world of decadent glamour and decaying wealth inhabited by comic masked crooks and charlatans. This summer’s production will be stage managed by Susan D. Currie.

The Bonds of Interest runs from July 25-August 25, 2019 Tuesdays through Sundays at 8pm, with matinees on Sunday afternoons at 2pm.