A Brief History of Commedia dell’Arte

Posted on April 23, 2018
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Photo from Odyssey’s The Financier (2014). by Chris King Where Did Commedia Dell’Arte Originate? There is no easy answer to this and it is still the subject of much debate (you’ll find plenty of that on YouTube with a basic search of Commedia dell’Arte). But historians seem to agree on a few possibilities. One is the theatre of Atellan Farce, taken from Roman fables that revolved around crass and ridiculous physical comedy, a prominent feature

Call for Applications: Odyssey Theatre’s Youth Apprenticeship Program

Posted on April 18, 2018
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By Kate Carmanico Odyssey Theatre is looking for committed, enthusiastic students with a passion for the arts to join our company this as this summer’s Youth Apprentices. The Youth Apprenticeship Program provides a unique opportunity for high school and university students to explore their creative interests and gain experience with a professional theatre company. Through specialized workshops and learning placements led by talented industry professionals, student receive hands-on training and mentorship in all aspects of
By Kate Carmanico On April 9th, a group of over 20 independent performing artists, local theatre organizations and members of the Indigenous community gathered at the Arts Court for an exciting evening of dance and dialogue. The information session, co-hosted by Odyssey Theatre, the Ottawa Fringe Festival and members of the Culture Intersection group in collaboration with the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA), was organized with an aim to build relationships between both communities and

The Numerous Adaptations of Lysistrata

Posted on April 12, 2018
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Post by Bruce Burwell Odyssey Theatre’s production for 2018 is inspired by Aristophanes’ Greek classic Lysistrata, a play that has inspired quite a few productions over the last century. In fact it comes from a very long and extremely diverse line of adaptations. The ‘sex strike’ theme is common to all of them and its usually the specific motivation for the sex strike and its overall setting that change. Here are a few of the adaptations
For the 33rd season of Theatre Under the Stars, Odyssey Theatre is presenting Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia, a world premiere of award-winning playwright David S. Craig’s new comedy. The play, which runs from July 26-August 26, 2018, is set 100 years in the future, and climate change has made the world inhospitable. The rising oceans are acidic, the air is toxic, and the plants and animals are dying. But, for the people of