The Burden of Self Awareness

GCTC presents gripping new show for the adult crowd

Looking for an adults-only night on the town? Book the babysitter and reserve tickets to see The Burden of Self Awareness. GCTC is presenting the world premiere of George F. Walker’s new social satire from June 3 through 22 at Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre.

The story’s an interesting one to ponder: After a brush with death, a man decides to give away his fabulous fortune to those in need.  But before he can, his elitist wife, his not-so-happy hooker, a neurotic shrink and a reluctant hit man have other ideas. GCTC’s new artistic director, Eric Coates, plays the conflicted protagonist and Arthur Milner, the noted playwright and director, is at the helm.  The powerhouse Ottawa cast includes Paul Rainville as the psychiatrist in need of a psychiatrist, John Koensgen as the born-again PI turned hit man, Sarah McVie as the wife who realizes she will do anything to keep the money and Samantha Madely as the high-end prostitute with a history degree looking for a career change.

Note: This play contains mature and sexual content and strong language. For details and tickets, see or call 613 236-5196.

Tickets and subscriptions are on sale now at the GCTC box office,  1233 Wellington Street West (at Holland), by phone at 613-236-5196 and online at

Performances Times:

Performances begin at 8 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday.  Saturday performances begin at 4 and 8:30 p.m.  Sunday matinee performances begin at 2 p.m.

Student Rush tickets:  $13. Valid student ID required.  Tickets can be picked up after noon on the day of performance in person from the GCTC box office.

Special Performances:

Friday, June 6 – 9:30 pm – Friday Night Fights is a lively debate series presented by GCTC and The Hill Times/Embassy following the play. Friday Night Fights bring opposing views to bear on themes from GCTC’s season.  “Should the wealthiest 1 per cent give all their money away?” is the question up for debate.

Sunday, June 8Pay-What-You Can 2 p.m. matinee.

Friday, June 13 – Talkback Follows the 8 p.m performance. Cast members will participate in a talkback with audience members who would like to know about The Burden of Self Awareness.



Stages & Pages is a program created by the Ottawa Public Library and the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  The library creates a recommended reading list to accompany each play.

OPL’s Readers’ Advisory staff have read the scripts for each of the plays, and recommended resources to further the exploration of their themes.

Stages & Pages – The Burden of Self Awareness


The Fritzi Gallery
GCTC invites you to a new show at the Lorraine ‘Fritzi’ Yale Gallery in the Upper Lobby of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre. The Burden of Self Awareness – Mixed Media Works, Group Art Exhibition runs from June 3 to July 13.

Vernissage is June 5, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The paintings, photographs and bronze work in this exhibition address the notion of wealth and the culture that forms around it. The works document the diversity among people and comment on the gap between rich and poor, looking to notions of altruism, class and desire.  Artists: Virginia Dupuis, Rashmi Rehka, Barbara Cuerden, Zainab Hussain, Elbagir Osman, Janet K. MacKay


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