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Photography: Pascal Huot

An O Albatross Production
Written & Performed by Cory Thibert
Directed by Linnea Gwiazda
Dramaturgy by TJ Dawe

Vancouver, British Columbia
70 minutes | 14+


In the summer of 2009, Cory Thibert was a quiet 19-year-old living in his parents’ basement. He was working as a server to pay his college tuition, spending time with his animal-loving girlfriend, and his band was hoping to play its first ever show. When the Ottawa Affordable Housing Unit informs his parents that they have to move out of the only home Cory has ever known, it sets in motion a series of events that uncover the truth about what has set his family apart, and forces Cory to find his voice…with a scream.

With laugh-out-loud humour and heartbreaking honesty, AWKWARD HUG transports us to the discomfort of navigating adulthood for the first time. Through masterful storytelling and intimate reflection, Cory explores what constitutes “normal” in our world, and how having two parents with disabilities forces his family outside those margins.

★★★★★ “This spectacular coming-of-age story will make you laugh, cry and everything in between.” – Gigcity (Edmonton)


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FRIDAY, February 7 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 8 at 7:00pm
SUNDAY, February 9 at 3:00pm
Arts Court Theatre

Service fees + HST are included in all prices.

*This year, tickets are a “Pick Your Price” model.  All tickets are general admission and priced at $5, $20, $50 & $75.  Choose your own price, no questions asked.  Read more about it here.


★★★★★ “Engaging from start to finish…delivers in every way” – Vue Weekly Edmonton

“…Beautiful, Gentle solo show… Bring someone you love.” – The Georgia Straight

★★★★1/2 “Sensitive, sharp & never sappy” – Winnipeg Free Press

  • BEST STORYTELLING / SPOKEN WORD SHOW, Victoria Fringe Festival (2018)
  • BC TOURING COUNCIL AWARD, Vancouver Fringe Festival (2018)
  • CRITICS PICK, NOW Magazine Toronto (2018)


Linnea Gwiazda – Creator & Director
Linnea Gwiazda is a multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, performer and director. Originally from Victoria BC, Linnea earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), awarded with distinction, from Concordia University (Montréal QC) where she majored in Contemporary Dance.

Cory Thibert – Creator & Performer
Cory Thibert is an award-winning actor, writer, filmmaker and storyteller. Cory is the co-artistic director of O Albatross (AWKWARD HUG, in several times) alongside his wife Linnea Gwiazda, co-artistic director of May Can Theatre (Happiness™, Wolves > Boys) and co-producer of Wolf Pelt Productions, where he produces films alongside his brother Gary Thibert.

TJ Dawe – Dramaturg
TJ Dawe (Medicine, The Slipknot, Burn Job) is a Canadian Fringe Festival legend, participating in more than one hundred Fringe Festivals in four countries. He co-wrote the play Toothpaste and Cigars, which has been made into the movie The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe. A master of the “storytelling show”, he teaches a course at Langara College on creating solo shows.