New Dramatic Arts Program for Youth in Kingston Starting this October!

Starting October 21st, Faith and Arts Ottawa, in partnership with Sydenham Street United Church – The Spire, will be launching a new dramatic arts program for youth (ages 14 to 18) in the Kingston (Ontario) area called “Sharing Stories”.

This 8-week, dramatic theatre workshop program, centers on the experiences of youth and their questions of identity, spirituality and community.

At each Sunday evening workshop, there will be a shared meal (for the first hour) followed by a two (2) hour theatrical workshop.

Cost: It’s FREE!

When: Sunday evenings, starting October 21st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Sydenham Street United Church, at 82 Sydenham Street (at Sydenham and William).

Want to register? Need more information? Email the Administrator of Faith and Arts Ottawa, Ashley, at faithandartsottawa@gmail.com OR email the Director of the Program, Rosemary Nolan, at rosemary.margaret.nolan@gmail.com

Register before October 17th! Spaces are limited.

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Faith and Arts Ottawa presents “Hope?” this April

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This month, Faith and Arts Ottawa presents their 5th documentary theatre production called “Hope?”.

Beginning with chapters 5 and 6 of Tom Sherwood’s book, Listening to The Echo, as their springboard, the diverse members of the company interacted with the source material and each other to create a new 35-minute piece called “Hope?” which will be followed by a moderated audience-cast talk back session.

Through a variety of voices, “Hope?” explores how hope is found in moments of despair, and how faith helps or hinders us in this journey.

Join us at one of our three presentations of this show:

Join us and explore, what gives you hope?

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.

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

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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.

 

Cracks Festival

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The first Cracks Festival is just a few days away.  Helping to plan and organize it has been a 14 month journey of creativity, inspiration, and nail-biting stress.  But that’s all over now; now the fun begins.

Its hard to believe that a casual conversation in a church hallway last year has turned into this one-of-a-kind event.  It is going to be an amazing weekend.  If you haven’t got your tickets, HURRY UP!

Check out the concerts and the workshops and the worship, then buy your tickets here.

Don’t miss it!  It really  is going to be great.

Grain of Salt

Come and see “Grain of Salt.”  You won’t be sorry!

Faith&Arts Ottawa is proud to present “Grain of Salt,” a terrific new play that explores the ways in which people have been both hurt and healed by the church.  We have partnered with 9th Hour Theatre Company to mount this production, and we are delighted with the result.

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Who doesn’t love a great piece of theatre?  Theatre moves us to laughter, to tears, to joy, to anger … and to think about difficult and challenging things.  Live theatre is one of the very best art forms to explore complex human issues because it engages all our senses and communicates on many levels. Through theatre we can open up thoughtful discussions about profound questions without stereotyping and without the 140 character limitations of so many other forms of communication.

“Grain of Salt’ is verbatim theatre, using the real words of many people who were interviewed by the playwright, Megan Piercey Monafu, to explore the intersection of hope and hurt, anger and reconciliation. The fact that every word spoken by the actors comes from the lived experience of real people makes “Grain of Salt” especially powerful and effective in exploring the most pressing spiritual issues of our day.

Here are the details, with links for show times and to purchase tickets.  Hope to see you at the theatre!

Grain of Salt

(An Original Work and World Premiere)

Created by Megan Piercey Monafu

(January 22-31, 2014)

Grain of Salt is a reverently irreverent, high-energy piece of verbatim theatre exploring the struggling Christian culture and the human need for spiritual connection.

Actors embody the real voices of people’s experiences with Christianity as they work to understand the quirks, mistakes, love, atrocities and community of the Church.

A culmination of the “We’re Sorry” Theatre Project, Grain of Salt is built on interviews conducted with people inside and outside the Church with questions like “What are your best and worst memories of the Church?” “Do you think the Church is relevant to Canadian society?” “Do you think the Church has done anything wrong?”

and “Do you think corporate apology is useful?” Answers ranged from “the Church is the root of all evil” to “the Church is the root of all good”, and the jury is still out on which answer is more controversial. Come judge for yourself.

January 22 – Mercury Lounge, Byward Market

January 23 – Pressed, Gladstone Avenue

January 24-26 – Avalon Studio, Glebe

January 28-31 – Lunenburg Pub & Bar, Downtown

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