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This Is What Happens Next at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

8:53 am in Festival News, News Release

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 The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), in association with the Magnetic North Theatre Festival (MNTF), is pleased to present This Is What Happens Next, created by Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks, a Necessary Angel production, at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, 1233 Wellington St. West. Following two preview performances on May 24 and 25, This Is What Happens Next officially opens on May 26 and runs until June 12. Performances from June 7 to 11 are also a part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

One of the most potent and influential partnerships in Canadian theatre, Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks have reunited in their first collaboration since 2005.  Written and performed by MacIvor with direction and dramaturgy by Brooks,  This Is What Happens Next  is a  dark fairytale for adults in search of a happy ending.     With the virtuoso juggling of multiple characters that has made him famous, MacIvor  takes  a journey deep into the Kingdom of Kevin.  Accessible only through a  magic  forest of addiction, divorce, Schopenhauer, The Little Mermaid and the life of John Denver, This Is What Happpens Next is MacIvor’s most autobiographical work to date.  

Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks’ previous collaborations include some of the most influential and produced Canadian plays of the last 20 years: Here Lies Henry, House, Monster, and Cul-de-Sac.  MacIvor received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2006 for his collection of plays I Still Love You and in 2008 he was awarded the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre, the largest award in Canadian theatre, for his writing.  Brooks  received the same award for his directing work in 2001.  

In addition to MacIvor and Brooks, the creative team includes a lighting design by Kimberly Purtell with music and sound designed by Richard Feren.  The stage manager is Rob Harding. Frequently called, “Canada’s National Festival of Contemporary Canadian Theatre in English”, Magnetic North Theatre Festival is back home to Ottawa for the 2011 season. The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is produced by the Canadian Theatre Festival Society and co-presented by the National Arts Centre English Theatre.  

To purchase tickets, please visit  www.gctc.ca or call the Box Office at 613-236-5196.   For more information about Magnetic North Theatre Festival, along with special performance dates and times, visit www.magneticnorthfestival.ca or call 613-947-7000.

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival wants you!

10:47 am in Festival News, News Release

Become a part of our energetic volunteer team and connect with other like-minded theatre lovers from across the country, while lending invaluable support to this exciting national celebration of contemporary Canadian theatre. The Festival will take place in Ottawa, Ontario from June 3-11, 2011.

Once again, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival (MNTF) will be looking for 150 enthusiastic volunteers to make this one-of-a-kind showcase of national theatre a great success. Your time and energy will assist MNTF in operating this outstanding festival, while supporting some of Canada’s finest theatre artists. You can look forward to an entertaining and rewarding experience.

For more information or to become a volunteer visit the MNTF website BECOME A VOLUNTEER section or contact Wendy Turpin at (613) 947-7000 Ext. 264.