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Watch artists and audiences react to the undercurrents festival lineup reveal

By Greggory Clark and Hingman Leung on November 15, 2018



Today, organizers of the undercurrents festival published the 2019 lineup of shows playing at Arts Court, LabO… and there’s even one play (Tales of an Urban Indian) which is staged on an OC Transpo bus. But first, they gave members of the local theatre community a sneak peek at the program—if they agreed to do so on camera.

The result is a hilarious and charming video you can watch in the player below.

The contemporary theatre festival presents indie shows from Ottawa creators and always one or two from out of town. Local works include Kim Kilpatrick’s Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia which sold out at the GCTC last summer. There’s also Margo MacDonald and Geoff McBride’s The Persistent Stain about an aging punk band; award-winning playwright Pierre Brault’s Coach of the Year about abuse in youth sports; an all-ages show by Second Step called Lightless; and a bilingual University of Ottawa student production titled By-Product.D-rivé.

Broken Tailbone by. Photo: Erin Brubacher.

Visiting artists are Vancouver’s Carmen Aguirre with Broken Tailbone; whose Blue Box was a popular show at the 2012 undercurrents festival; as well as Craig Lauzon (from Royal Canadian Air Farce) who is performing the site-specific Tales of an Urban Indian.

New Play Tuesday is back for one night in the Arts Court Studio. It’s an evening of new play readings which gives local playwrights an opportunity to test new works and receive feedback from keen audience members.

The 9th undercurrents festival is taking place at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave) from February 6–16, 2019. Visit for tickets, passes and the show schedule.