Experience the best in indie theatre from Ottawa and beyond at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in February. Undercurrents, GCTC’s festival of independent theatre, is taking place in its Studio Theatre from February 11 to 23. Here’s the lineup: Broken, by Brian Fidler, is a story of 1985, lime pop and Alzheimer disease. RiderGirl, by Colleen Sutton, give us a glimpse at a prairie girl who discovers the rules don’t just apply to the game. By Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives traces the experience of the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Canadians) through WW2 internment and post-war resettlement.
A Quiet Sip of Coffee tells an intriguing tale about Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz –self-proclaimed gay/straight best friends. Ciseaux, by Lisa L’Heureux, is about two lives bound together. It will be presented in French with English surtitles. Morro and Jasp do Puberty, by Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee, humorously explores clown sisters Morro and Jasp’s journey into almost adulthood. undercurrents will also present REVISED From the Belly of the Whale and Can We Talk? See www.gctc.ca/whats/undercurrents for details.
Snow’s in the spotlight at the Museum of Civilization
The first exhibition of its kind in Canada, The Museum of Civilization’s Snow illustrates the love-hate relationship Canadians have always had with the white stuff. Created in partnership with the J. Armand Bombardier Museum, Snow gives visitors a historical and cultural perspective on this element of nature as a source of adaptation, passion and ingenuity.
Hooked Rug Maple Sugar Harvest Alice Rioux, île d’Orléans, Quebec Photo: Steven Darby © Canadian Museum of Civilization 80.588
Drawing from the museum’s collections, the exhibition team has amassed more than 300 artifacts, photos and documents that show how snow has influenced the way we live and our ability to adapt. Visitors will see sleds with foot warmers, snowshoes for horses, skis from different periods, uniforms worn by Canada’s winter Olympians and a 1950 wooden winter vehicle built entirely by hand. Snow-related art, from ancient Inuit sculptures to works by Canadian painters and writers, will also be exhibited. See www.civilization.ca for details.
One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom
Shenkman Arts Centre presents a compelling one-man show called One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom on February 15. Documentary-theatre playwright and actor Mike Wiley portrays 20 characters in this true story of Henry “Box” Brown, an African American born into slavery in Virginia in 1816. Following great personal hardship, Henry hatched a daring escape plan, sealing himself in a wooden box for shipment to freedom in Philadelphia. The show also tells the story of Elizabeth Craft and her husband William, born into slavery in Georgia, who courageously – and creatively – sought freedom. The show starts at 2 p.m. in Shenkman Hall. For tickets and details, see shenkmanarts.ca.