Undercurrents theater festival
February 7-17 2018
Arts Court – Daly Street, Ottawa
The 2018 undercurrents runs from Wednesday, February 7 until Saturday February 17. It’s the winter festival of the Ottawa Fringe, but unlike the summer festival, this one is curated by the festival itself. Once again it’s looking like they’ve done a great job.
I’ve done up a brief synopsis of each piece below. and there are also talk back nights and other events.
My festival top picks are
Luna Allison’s The Shit Show, and
Jamie Morse’s Indigenous Walks
Full schedule and box office/ticket information at bottom of page.
by Sebastien Archibald, Kevin Loring & Quelemia Sparrow
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
A comedic, and provocative take on the politics going on around Canada’s oil industry.
by David Benedict Brown,Will Somers & Madeleine Boyes-Manseau
Join these two brothers, also woodworkers, who will teach you how to build a dining room table. If they can agree with each other about what to do next.
by Gabrielle Lazarovitz & Brad Long
Paul and Lauren are two highly educated, underemployed suburbanites, face a moral dilemma on their way home.
by Nadia Ross with the people and puppets of Wakefield, Quebec and area
70 minutes (PG 10+)
Puppets! Residents of a small village gather to discuss their community water well, “…and begin to understand the larger forces at play that erode the threads that hold communities together.” As it’s PG 10+, this is a great chance to bring the kids!
This grass-roots production included the contributjon of over 70 artists and residents of all ages from Wakefield and the Outaouais region.
by Itai Erdal, James Long, Anita Rochon & Emelia Symington Fedy
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
A lighting designer documents his mother’s final days. “Deeply profound and surprisingly funny,” according to the website. And though I’m not a lighting designer I’ve been in a similar situation and can understand how it can be both of those things.
by Luna Allison
I missed Allison’s 2011 “Falling Open,” and you probably did as well because it was staged in a bedroom, so space was limited. Don’t know about you, but I won’t miss this work-in-progress. And not just because there are probably going to be fart jokes. After all, as the novel Ulysses shows, a well place fart joke can also be great (f)art.
by Ginette Mohr, Elliott Loran, Andrew G. Young & Ingrid Hansen
45 minutes (all ages)
Part house party, part improve and part storytelling as this show brings a member of the audience up to tell a story from their lives, recreated with puppets made from kitchen tools as well as fruts and vegetables.
by Jaime Koebel
120 minutes (all ages)
This is a guided walk-and-talk through downtown Rideau and the Byward Marktet, showcasing stories, treasure and people presented by experienced guides from different Indigenous Nations.
featuring new works by Ottawa playwrights, including Katrina Wong, Pierre Brault, and Joanne John