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Stages and Pages

Stages and Pages is an ongoing partnership created between Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). 

The GCTC 2018-2019 season’s plays are all thought-provoking performances. Either before seeing the play or after your visit, take advantage of the Titles to Explore below for interesting readings on the different themes of the plays.

A team of OPL librarians has read the scripts for these plays. They have gathered lists of titles they recommend for you, the playgoer, to further explore the themes in the plays and to add to your experience of seeing the show. All the items listed are available at OPL.

The lists will be published below as the year progresses, and will be included on the Stages and Pages part of the GCTC program.

The Virgin Trial September 11-30, 2018

By Kate Hennig

In this sequel to The Last Wife, playwright Kate Hennig takes us on an exploration of victim shaming, sexual awareness, and female empowerment as she reimagines the scandalous story of young Elizabeth I as a modern day crime drama. Titles to Explore 


The Drowning Girls October 23-November 11, 2018

By Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic

A haunting play about three brides who share two things: they all married the same man and they are all dead. Emerging from their bathtubs, Bessie, Alice and Margaret share the evidence against a murderous man in a ghost story that recounts the crimes. Titles to Explore


Bed and Breakfast December 4-22, 2018

By Mark Crawford

Brett and Drew are exhausted by living the life of their dreams in the big city. Opportunity knocks when Brett inherits a house in rural Ontario, prompting the decision to pack up, and open a B&B in a little village. A heartwarming comedy about “being out” in small town Canada, skeletons in the closet, and celebrating your community. Titles to explore


The Mountaintop January 22-February 10, 2019

By Katori Hall

After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King retires to his motel. When a mysterious maid arrives at his door, political discussion ensues and Dr. King is forced to confront his legacy in a reimagining of the events taking place on the night before his assassination. Titles to Explore


Behaviour March 12-31, 2019

By Darryl Teitel

Mara lives in Ottawa, has a government job, a partner, a baby boy. Everything appears fine on the surface. Appearances can be deceiving. A world premiere about sexual assault, political expediency, and the masks we wear to carry on as if everything is as it should be. Titles to explore


Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) April 30-May 17, 2019

By Rose Napoli

Laura, a grown woman of 25, has written a memoir about the time she was an underage student experiencing a sexual and intellectual awakening in the thrall of her former English teacher, Mr. Wells. This play rewinds the clock by ten years, and explores the truth of what happened behind closed classroom doors. Titles to Explore



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