Trans-Script premieres Sunday at The Gladstone Theatre

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Little did we know two years ago at the Faith and Arts Ottawa workshop series on identity, sexuality and relationships, that Trans-Script would premiere on the big stage at The Gladstone Theatre. At the time, what we knew for sure was that the work we were doing was important, and needed to be talked about more in Ottawa. With cast’s interest to have a scripted show, Eleanor Crowder and Rosemary Nolan went to work to write and weave together the stories shared at the workshops and develop it into a script. Centred on the lives of six characters over the course of a few months, Trans-Script explores how Fiona, Ruth, Alice, Ray, Julian, and Belinda adapt to changes and find new truths about themselves. The stories and characters of Trans-Script pose an essential question: “Is love enough?”

Over the past two years, Trans-Script has been performed at high schools (Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School), Carleton University, Algonquin College, uOttawa, churches and church conferences (United Church of Canada Rendez-Vous 2017 in Montreal, the Annual Meeting of Bay of Quinte, United Church of Canada’s Affirm United), and as a workshop for the Ottawa Catholic District School Board principals and vice principals.

We are excited to bring Trans-Script to the big stage, and we hope that you will join us. Showtimes at The Gladstone are Sunday, January 21st and Monday, January 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at The Gladstone Theatre (910 Gladstone Ave.). Tickets available online/in person at The Gladstone Box Office.

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Trans-Script at the Gladstone January 21st & 22nd, 2018

“I used to think of you as a girl named Steven, now you’re named Fiona.” – RuthTrans Script Art - Mask

For two nights only, Faith and Arts Ottawa presents Trans-Script at The Gladstone Theatre on Sunday, January 21 and Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Based on real stories, Trans-Script follows six characters over the course of a few months as they adapt to changes and find new truths about themselves. The stories and characters of Trans-Script pose an essential question: “Is love enough?”

Trans-Script is an original 50-minute play, written by Rosemary Nolan and Eleanor Crowder, that explores love and relationships in the context of transgender experiences. Both evening performances will be followed by a moderated audience-cast talkback.

Content suitable for ages 12+

Tickets: $23/ea., online and in person, from The Gladstone Box Office.

Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to see Trans-ScriptGet your tickets today!

 

Spirit Talks Starts in January 2018!

Faith and Arts Ottawa is launching its fifth documentary theatre workshop series for young adults and adults in January 2018. This workshop series will be led by award-winning actor, playwright and director Eleanor Crowder.

Spirit Talks is an amateur theatre project related to spirituality, religion and young adults. Working with the real words of young adults from Tom Sherwood’s book, Listening to The Echo, interested participants will reflect alone, in pairs and in larger groups to develop monologues, dialogues, skits and choruses that wrestle with the questions and issues that interest them.

Workshop dates: Sunday evenings in January 2018, from 6-9 p.m. (6-7 p.m. dinner and community building; 7-9 p.m. theatre workshop)

January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th,
February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th,
March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

How can I join? Register for Spirit Talks online or email faithandartsottawa@gmail.com. Sign-up by January 5, 2018!

Got a question? Contact Ashley, our administrator, at faithandartsottawa@gmail.com.

Trans-Script goes to school

Over the past month and a half we’ve had some wonderful performances in churches and on the Carleton Campus.  We’ve performed before people of all ages and backgrounds and we’ve had some fabulous after-performance conversations.  But next week we’re breaking new ground; we are going back to high school!  Faith and Arts Ottawa has been invited to present Trans-Script at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

We were invited by the School Council and the performance is being supported by the school’s diversity and cultural clubs.  What a wonderful opportunity to open up a new conversation about things that matter with young people who are beginning to sort out who they are who they want to be.  The students, staff and community at Sir Wilfrid Laurier have made us feel very welcome and we are looking forward to sharing the evening with them.

Where: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, 1515 Tenth Line Road, Orleans.

When: Wednesday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m. 

 

Trans-Script Reflections

 

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We’ve performed Trans-Script three times now, enough to gauge how audiences will react to it as a piece of theatre and as an exploration of the question, “Is love enough?”

We anticipated a mixed response. The play deals with the challenges faced by friends, lovers, parents, and adult children as they navigate the stormy waters of sexuality, gender, and identity.  It plays with fire, because it openly challenges many of the comfortable assumptions our society makes about loving relationships: romantic and familial.  It plays with fire because it is drawn from the real lives of real people, so it doesn’t offer easy answers or neat conclusions.  It doesn’t offer advice.  It  does offer honest, often painful, intimacy.

So we expected some audience members would be offended, some would be angered, some would be surprised, some would be challenged, and some – we hoped – would be encouraged.

We have seen all of these responses.  But … surprisingly … not in the ways we expected.  Audiences have been offended and angered, but not by the script and the stories it tells.  Instead, they’ve been offended and angered by the injustice that creates the pain experienced by the characters, knowing that the stories are real and the pain is real. They’ve been challenged, not only to examine their own comfortable assumptions, but also to imagine ways they could act to counter that injustice.  And they’ve been encouraged, because Trans-Script tells stories that matter!

We have been so very encouraged by the way audiences in churches and on campus have opened their hearts and accepted Trans-Script as one, partial and imperfect, contribution to an essential conversation.

Go here for information about upcoming performances.

 

Trans-Script: New theatre for 2016

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It’s been a long while since we’ve posted here, but we haven’t gone away.  Faith&Arts is still very much alive and dreaming up new ways to connect with our spirituality imaginatively.  In fact, we’re about to premiere our fourth piece of original theatre and we’re excited!

Trans-Script asks an essential question: “Is love enough?”

What do you think?  Are there times when love is not enough?

Trans-Script is based on real experiences and real people. We gathered stories at a series of workshops in the fall, our theatre professionals Eleanor and Rosemary took some time to sift and write, and our cast of talented volunteer actors have been rehearsing hard to bring Eleanor and Rosemary’s script to life.  And now we’re just weeks away from our first performance.

Stay tuned to learn all the details, and check out our Trans-Script page for more info.