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In The Works will take you on a theatrical adventure. Journey to unconventional places and spaces in Strathcona Park where your imagination can run wild.
Join the creative process as actors provide staged readings of four new works under development by some of Ottawa's best writers. Directed by Paul Griffin and Nathalie Quesnel. Join us for discussion with the artists after each reading.
Fabrizio's Return by Balwant Bhaneja, is an adaptation of Ottawa writer Mark Frutkin's Trillium Book Award winning novel. The play follows Michele Archenti, the Devil's Advocate, to a small town in 17th century Italy to investigate claims for sainthood of a long dead priest, Fabrizio Cambiati. There, he becomes embroiled in romance, alchemy, and buried secrets, and immersed in a Commedia spectacle of sorts. Balwant is a writer whose short fiction has been published in a variety of journals and magazines and whose translations and adaptations of Indian plays have been produced by the BBC and published by Oxford University Press. (Cement Circle: Friday August 8 - 7:00 p.m. & Thursday August 14 - 7:00 p.m.).
They All Do It by Janet Irwin, is an adaptation for the theatre of Mozart's opera Cosi fan Tutte, in a contemporary Commedia style. Set in the 21st century, this tale explores the themes of love and fidelity, and challenges our notion of relationships between the sexes. Janet is a writer and theatre/opera director with over 30 years of making theatre in Ottawa. Her writing credits include Side Effects and Easy Avenue for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, A Seaway Story for Upper Canada Playhouse, The River for Caravan Stage and Angel Square for the National Arts Centre. (Willow Grove: Wednesday August 6 - 7:00 p.m. & Friday August 15 - 7:00 p.m.).
Knightlife by Brandon Marlon tells the story of a wheelchair-bound young man who delves into a fantastical dreamworld at night where he becomes a fully able super-hero. That is, until his dreams begin to take on a frightening life of their own. Brandon is an actor, playwright, screenwriter and poet who's script The Bleeding Season won the 2007 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. (Play Structure: Thursday August 7 - 7:00 p.m. & Sunday August 17 - 3:00 p.m.).
Turcaret the Financier is Joanne Miller's translation/adaptation of Alain-Rene Lesage's comic masterpiece, Turcaret, portrays a society that is riddled with greed and corruption. Joanne is a professional French translator whose previous co-translations with Odyssey include Molière's Scapin, Marivaux's False Confessions, and Giraudoux's Ondine. (Wading Pool: Saturday August 9 - 7:00 p.m. & Wednesday August 13 - 7:00 p.m.).
Two of Ottawa's best clown performers go back to back with two one man shows, in one laugh filled performance.
Bubkus by Jesse Buck is about a clown who awakes one day to find he has an audience in his bedroom. Featured in both the New York and Toronto Clown Festivals, this comedic tale has already received rave reviews. Jesse's work with Odyssey as a performer includes The Little Square, Kamalay, and as the critically acclaimed title role in Molière's Scapin. (Odyssey Main Stage: Sunday August 10 - 3:00 p.m. & Saturday August 16 - 7:00 p.m.).
In Cross, Scott Florence plays an old man who enters from one door on stage, and over the course of one hour, attempts to exit by another. The question is, will he make it? Scott Florence is the Artistic Director of A Company of Fools, an Ottawa-based Shakespeare and Physical Theatre ensemble. As a performer, his recent theatre credits include Fool's Gold (Metaphysical Theatre), Trapped: A Whale of a Tale (Caravan Stage), as well as several productions with A Company of Fools. Scott was last seen in Odyssey's 2007 production of A Curious Mishap. (Odyssey Main Stage: Sunday August 10 - 3:00 p.m. & Saturday August 16 - 7:00 p.m.).
And don't miss our Youth Matinee Series for kids 12 and under:
Briar Rose by Almut Ellinghaus. An imaginative interpretation of the Grimms' fairytale classic of the princess who pricks herself on a spindle and falls asleep for 100 years. Don't miss this stunning production featuring puppets and masks. Almut is a performer, mask and puppet maker and collaborator who has participated in more than a dozen productions in Canada and in Europe. She is the founder of Washboard Theatre Productions where she creates and tours her own productions for young audiences. She has directed two short operas for Kore Ensemble, Montréal, and currently collaborates on projects with composer Michael Oesterle and with the 'Quatuor Bozzini' of Montreal. Her work with Odyssey has included creating imaginative props and set pieces for 2004's production of The Wedding, and giving a puppetry workshop in 2006. Group rates and mask workshop for youth available. (Odyssey Main Stage: Français: Tuesday August 12 - 11:00 a.m.; English: Wednesday August 13, Thursday August 14th, Friday August 15th 11:00 a.m.).
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