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Web-extra (March 31, 2016): The Launch of GCTC’s 2016-17 Season: Another Winner in the Works.

Web-extra (March 31, 2016): The Launch of GCTC’s 2016-17 Season:
Another Winner in the Works.

By Allyson Domanski.

The March 23rd launch of GCTC’s 2016-17 season opened with a campy send-up of the company’s recent offering, “Butcher.”
The dynamic duo of Artistic Director Eric Coates (spoofing the Santa-hatted Butcher in military attire) and Managing Director Hugh Neilson (trench-coated and lawyerly evasive), along with GCTC Board Chair Mitch Charness (as the investigating cop) stood grappling with butcher hooks as Vice Chair Jeanne Inch threatened to call the Canada Council and report them for not having next season’s line-up in place. The parody was not lost on the audience whose laughter and applause made it clear that not only had most seen the sold-out “Butcher” but nobody was buying the claim that nothing was in place for next season.
There’s plenty of great stuff in place for GCTC’s 2016-17 season.

GCTC’s mandate to promote excellent theatre that provokes an examination of Canadian life could hardly be better served by the upcoming line-up.

Six plays, by some of Canada’s most exciting emerging and established playwrights, will offer diverse programming that showcases the complexity of human relationships; audacious cabaret marionettes meant for adult viewing only; intimate looks at both Grit red and Tory blue Prime Ministers from Canada’s past; and a world premiere and first for GCTC—an all French play (with English surtitles for we sticklers for precise translation).

The well-attended launch profiled a video glimpse into each of the plays ( see it at http://www.gctc.ca/ ).

In them you’ll meet a daughter conflicted by her mother’s secret in The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by Beth Graham. A modern-day twist on the sexual politics of Henry VIII’s House of Tudor is featured in The Last Wife by Kate Hennig. The Daisy Theatre by Ronnie Burkett is more than the Muppets for grown-ups; this racy marionette show just might scandalize! A young student who befriended the former—not sitting—Prime Minister Trudeau tells her story in Trudeau Stories by Brooke Johnson. Les Passants by Luc Moquin is a new commission created to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday (co-produced with Théâtre la Catapulte). And lastly, a political satire recounts the last night of Joe Clark’s minority government before its defeat in 1979, written by Michael Healey.

“The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble” is by Beth Graham.
Previews on September 20 and 21,
runs from September 22 to October 9, 2016.

“The Last Wife” is by Kate Hennig,
a co-production with Belfry Theatre.
Previews on November 1 and 2,
runs from November 3 to 20, 2016

“The Daisy Theatre” is by Ronnie Burkett.
Previews on November 29 and 30,
runs from December 1 to 18, 2016.

“Trudeau Stories” by Brooke Johnson.
Previews on January 10 and 11,
runs from January 12 to 29, 2017.

“Les Passants” is by Luq Moquin,
Surtitle translation by Lisa L’Heureux,
co-production with Theatre la Catapulte.
Previews on February 21 and 22,
runs from February 23 to March 12, 2017.

“1979” by Michael Healey.
Previews on April 11 and 12,
runs from April 13 to 30, 2017.

For inquiries on subscriptions, call GCTC’s Box Office at 613-236-5196; online subscriptions available starting May 29th.

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