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Tristan D. Lalla plays Dr. Martin Luther King in 'The Mountaintop'. Photo: Andrée Lanthier.

GCTC reveals six plays for the 2018–19 theatre season

By Greggory Clark on March 24, 2018

L to R: Letitia Brookes, Tristan D. Lalla in ‘The Mountaintop’. Photo: Andrée Lanthier.

Today, Great Canadian Theatre Company unveiled programming for their 2018–19 season. Six politically- and socially-charged plays are being presented on the GCTC’s main stage in the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (1233 Wellington W).

The next season opens with The Virgin Trial by Kate Hennig (Sept. 11–30), a gritty and riveting sequel to Hennig’s The Last Wife, which Apt613’s theatre reviewer described as a “must-see” play after seeing GCTC’s co-production directed by Esther Jun in 2016. The world premiere of that smash-hit play was extended three times and enjoyed a completely sold-out run at the Stratford Festival, and had a successful run of multiple sold-out performances at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre before GCTC presented an Ottawa premiere.

Sean Baek and Celine Stubel in ‘The Last Wife’. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Other highlights of the new season include the world premiere of Ottawa playwright Darrah Teitel’s Behaviour as well as The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, a powerful and poetic take on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Of note, Propeller Dance will return for a 5th season as Company-in-Residence and the Ottawa School of Art will continue to curate exhibits in The Lorraine ‘Fritzi’ Yale Gallery.

“After five years at the artistic helm, I couldn’t be happier here.”

“Every year, we provide topical, provocative theatre and our audience responds to the challenge,” says GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates. “This season, we push again into territory that reflects the real issues in today’s headlines: gender equity, #MeToo, civil rights and even a bit of the old rural/urban divide. After five years at the artistic helm, I couldn’t be happier here.”

GCTC’s 2017–18 season in-progress has almost come to an end. How Black Mothers Say I Love You by Trey Anthony is playing until March 25. Gracie by Joan MacLeod (Apr. 24—May 13) will cap the Ottawa-based theatre company’s 43rd anniversary season.

2018–19 Season

The Virgin Trial by Kate Hennig (Sept. 11–30, 2018)

The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, Daniela Vlaskalic (Oct. 23—Nov. 11, 2018)

Bed and Breakfast by Mark Crawford (Dec. 4–22, 2018)

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (Jan. 22—Feb. 10, 2019)

Behaviour by Darrah Teitel (Mar. 12–31, 2019)

Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli (Apr. 30—May 17, 2019)


Visit gctc.ca to see the full 2018–19 program, schedule and box office info. Subscriptions start at $137 for four plays and go up to $280 for six plays.


Correction: A previous version of this post erred in saying Eric Coates directed ‘The Last Wife’ at GCTC in 2016, which was in fact directed by Esther Jun.


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