There’s still time to check out a thought-provoking new Ottawa play that has been generating lots of buzz. Take a Jump in it Theatre is presenting Oceans Apart at Ottawa Fringe Festival through June 29. This production offers a look into post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on soldiers returning from life at war. The action takes place at Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue.
Oceans Apart was inspired by a Canadian soldier playwright Alain G. Chauvin happened to meet. Chauvin was struck by the man’s emotional vulnerability, his inability to fully accept the results of war and his challenges coping with trauma. He decided to do the research, write the play and, hopefully, promote discussion about the war in Afghanistan.
The result is Oceans Apart. It tells the story of a soldier who returns home with the chaos of war forever on his mind after an eight-month tour in Afghanistan. Unable to face the violent memories, Corporal Patrick McLachlan leaves home for a coast-to-coast journey of discovery. From a desert battlefield to a war within himself, Cpl McLachlan must confront his memories of the war and its unfathomable results.
Chauvin, who founded Take a Jump in it Theatre, plays the lead role in this production and is the company’s artistic director. He earned a BA in French linguistics and geography and a bachelor of education from Laurentian University and a diploma in theatre arts from Algonquin College.
For Oceans Apart details and tickets, see ottawafringe.com.