Theatre Under the Stars

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Have we got a treat for you! Our Artistic Director Laurie Steven has directed the world premiere of Joanne Miller’s and Laurie Steven’s original translation of Alain-René Lesage’s Turcaret. Joined by an award-winning team of designers and choreographers, Laurie has created an innovative production that mixes baroque and contemporary styles of theatre.

This comedic fiasco is about Turcaret, a loan shark and a tax collector, whose sly dealings have come full circle on him. A menagerie of cash-hungry swindlers prey on each other, exposing slaves to passion, excess, and artifice. Only the most single-minded, the most cunning and the most charming will survive.

Don’t miss our vibrant combination of physicality, music, dance and luxurious masks that bring this spicy play to life.

SNEAK PEAK of The Financier (Turcaret)

“The Financier is the best thing I have ever seen performed by Odyssey in its 28 years as Ottawa’s prime outdoor theatre troupe. The set and costumes by James Lavoie are dazzling. The perfectly timed physical comedy, including some wacky dance numbers, is hilarious, thanks to “baroque choreographer” Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere… Laurie Steven, the director of the play and the founder of Odyssey, surely deserves much of the credit for this winner. Of course, it helped that Steven had a great cast.” Paul Gessell, Ottawa Magazine

“Odyssey’s founder and artistic director Laurie Steven directs the show lending it her customary Commedia dell’arte touch along with more than a little slapstick… Steven has done a wonderful job of choreographing the production’s stylized movement.” Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen

“Pretty well everything about The Financier is impeccable. From the musical direction to the production design to the precision of the staging and superb physical comedy and to, of course, the cast.” Allan Mackey, On Stage Ottawa

“This is ridiculous, indulgent fun and social satire at its brightest and zaniest, and pretty much a perfect night out if the weather is good.”  Kevin Reid, The Visitourium

“The Financier is an enjoyable period comedy but it was the overall experience that lingers.  The ensemble of the proficient, distinctive cast performance, the costumes, the masks, the set and the open-air setting all come together to create a memorable evening; one to surely add to the summer calendar.”  Jennifer Cavanagh, Sandy Hill Seen

Performances will take place in beautiful Strathcona Park on the banks of the Rideau River Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 pm!

Pay-What-You-Can Matinees are on Weekends at 3 pm.

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The cast:
Laurie Steven  |  Directer
Andy Massingham |  M. Turcaret
Chandel Gambles |  Baroness
Attila Clemann  |  Knight
Alanna Bale  |   Marine/Lisette
Jesse Buck  | Frontin/Flamand
Mark Huisman  |  Marquis
John Doucet  |  M. Ratsa, M. Vole, Jasmin
Paulette Sinclair  |  Mme. Jacob
Nichola Lawrence  |  Mme. Turcaret

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Our 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.

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