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John Millard, Andrea Koziol, Derek Kwan and Alex Samarash in The Cave. Photo: Delal Hagos.

GCTC unveils spring lineup

By Apartment613 on March 26, 2021

GCTC has announced a lineup of digital concerts, plays, and hybrid mash-ups of both. In addition to previously announced shows by Margo MacDonald (The Elephant Girls, March 23-27) and Origin Arts (Haviah Mighty, March 27), upcoming GCTC TV programming includes:

The Cave (March 29—April 1) is a song cycle composed by John Millard with lyrics by Tomson Highway. Recorded with a pre-pandemic live audience at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, celebrates Highway’s incendiary wit with its unconventional staging, soaring vocals and a five-piece band. The Cave will be available from 6pm to midnight, March 29–April 1, with a special interview segment featuring Tomson Highway, John Millard, and dramaturge Martha Ross on March 30.

John Millard in The Cave. Photo: Jeremy Marasigan.

Diane Flacks will perform her new solo script Guilt in a live stream on April 8. Her smash-hit script Unholy had been scheduled for GCTC’s 2020 season, but has been postponed indefinitely. In the meantime, GCTC is providing audiences with access to Diane’s latest work in development in an up-close and intimate performance live from her own living room. Anyone who is familiar with Diane as a writer and performer (Sibs, Unholy, Random Acts, Care, By a Thread) will be eager to see her latest take on the human condition—and those who don’t know her work will be thrilled by this introduction.

Diane Flacks will perform her new play, Guilt.

Local author, songwriter, record and video producer Timothy Trieste launches Negotiations with Existence, a series of hybrid performances blending literature, video, and music. Four chapters from Trieste’s prose explore the artist’s relationship to the act of writing, while simultaneously tackling the act of being. Negotiations with Existence will be released over the course of four weeks, beginning on April 14.

Makambe K. Simbaba, playwright and performer of Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, delivers a live streamed version of this searing piece on April 22. Winner of the 2019 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play for Theatre for Young Audiences, this story confronts the ongoing violence suffered by the Black community. Slimm, a 17-year-old Black boy in a hoodie, suddenly finds himself in the first moments of his afterlife. He calls out for God. God does not respond. What happens next is a sacred journey through the unknown, as Slimm grapples with the truth of the life he lived and the death he didn’t choose. Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers is a protest for all Black life beyond headlines and hashtags, a prayer for all families left behind, and a promise to the community that all Black lives matter.

Mark Crawford, the actor and playwright who created the hit play Bed and Breakfast (which played GCTC in 2019), is working on a new script about an urban transplant who finds himself unexpectedly owning a small-town radio station in Chase the Ace.  This new script will be live streamed from his home in Stratford on April 29 and a Q&A will be hosted by GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates after the event.

GCTC’s spring performance schedule (all times EST)

The Cave by John Millard, Tomson Highway and Martha Ross: March 29—April 1

The Elephant Girls by Margo MacDonald – recorded: March 24-27

Haviah Mighty (Origin Kitchen Concert) – live stream: March 27, 7:30pm

Guilt by Diane Flacks – live stream: April 8, 8:00pm

Negotiations with Existence by Timothy Trieste – recorded: April 14 – May 5

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers by Makambe K. Simbaba – live stream: April 22, 8:00pm

FemmeVox 4 – live stream: April 25, 2:00pm

Chase the Ace by Mark Crawford – live stream: April 29, 8:00pm


Tickets for all these events are Pick-Your-Price and are on sale at GCTC’s box office at 613-236-5196 or online at gctc.ca. Pick-Your-Price options range from $5, $15, $25, to $40. GCTC TV plans to add some more events to this lineup before the end of April. For tickets and information, visit gctc.ca.