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Ottawa Shakespeare Company to unveil second season plans

Director promises provocative and memorable experience for theatre goers

OTTAWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – What play will the Ottawa Shakespeare Company (OSC) stage this year? What greatly respected Canadian actor and playwright will play the lead role?

The OSC will unveil plans for its much anticipated second season this evening with a launch celebration bringing together director, cast, crew, sponsors and leaders of Ottawa’s professional theatre community.

Building on its fresh, fearless and much discussed inaugural season production of Hamlet2011, the OSC will stage an innovative interpretation of another of Shakespeare’s great works for Ottawa audiences from April 19 – 28 at the brand new Centrepointe Studio Theatre. The preview performance is April 18. All evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.

“This year, theatre goers can expect to see the lines blur between audience and actors,” says Charles McFarland, the play’s director. “We’ll give ticket buyers the option to become active participants in the play. Like last year, the OSC promises a theatre experience that is both provocative and memorable.”

“We’ll also be grappling with themes that are as relevant today as they were in Shakespeare’s time. We’ll take our audiences to a world of what ifs. What if an attempt was made on the life of a world leader in 2012? What would the consequences be in our globalized world?”

Again this year, the OSC is working closely with the Ottawa Theatre School to cast the play. Nine graduating OTS actors will join 10 professional actors for a total of 19 players onstage, some of whom are returning from roles played in Hamlet2011.

“Our ongoing collaboration with the OSC is an invaluable experience for our graduating students,” says Bruce Bissonnette, Artistic Director of the Ottawa Theatre School. “The experience they gain in this year’s play will not only launch their careers as professional stage actors, it expands their understanding of the works of the greatest playwright in the English language.”

Returning this year from last year’s production of Hamlet2011 are OSC co-founder Michael Mancini, Brad Long, and Katie Bunting. Together with the Ottawa Theatre School actors and new cast members to the OSC, this year’s production will showcase Ottawa’s vast home-grown talent.

Tickets to the 2012 Ottawa Shakespeare Company play go on sale to the general public on February 18 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for Reserved Seating are $35.00 (including taxes and fees) and are available at ottawashakespeare.ca. Audience members interested in playing a ‘participant’ role can place a bid on tickets at www.ipricedit.com.

For more information, please contact:

Annie Boucher

boucher@fusecommunications.ca

613-863-3702

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