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Update: Proof of Vaccination Required to Attend undercurrents

In an effort to keep our audiences, artists, and staff safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here at the Ottawa Fringe, we have decided to continue to require Proof of Vaccination (Vaccine Passports) for all in-person events at this year’s undercurrents festival, April 20 – 30.

While capacity limits will be lifted, we will be offering select performances at a reduced capacity so that everyone can enjoy undercurrents according to their own comfort level.

Tickets on sale March 11, 2022.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to info@ottawafringe.com

undercurrents 2022 Important Update

With the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the Omicron variant — and the pandemic at large — we’ve made the decision to push undercurrents into the spring! This was by no means an easy decision, but we’re committed not only to the safety of our artists, staff, and audiences, but we’re committed to the safe return of live, in-person theatre. We’re very close to solidifying our new dates, and we promise it will be worth the wait!!!

Please check back soon for some exciting announcements!

xoxo ottawa fringe staff

2021 PATRON SURVEY

If you attended undercurrents this year, we would love your feedback! Digital events may be sticking around, so we’d like to hear from you so we can continue to make our online offerings the best they can be.

ARTIST ROUNDTABLE

Saturday, March 20 | 5PM


Join this year’s festival artists as they talk about making theatre during a pandemic; the ups, the downs, and the celebration of creative problem-solving.

The Artist Roundtable will be live-streamed right here on Saturday, March 20, beginning at 5PM.

The Artists
Sarah Conn
Jacqui du Toit
Madeleine Hall
Franco Pang & Alli Harris
Megan Piercey Monafu
Kate Smith & Scottie Irving


ANCILLARY PROGRAMMING, NEW PLAY TUESDAY | 2022

Join us for New Play Tuesday, Late Night events, and Opening and Closing receptions.

New Play Tuesday

Tuesday, April 26 @ 7:00 pm

Arts Court Studio

FREE ADMISSION!

Title:

Grave Consequences

Playwrights:

Douglas Newham & Thomas Futter

Description:

Ever wondered what your family would say about you after you were dead? If you were Henwick Carmichael, you might just find out. You might even be able to get back at them. After all, Henwick Carmichael isn’t actually dead…

Join entitled heirs, communist servants, and the Ghost of June 10th Past for a spooky midnight romp through the “haunted” halls of Carmichael Manor. You’ll be dying to find out what happens.

Show content warnings:

Mild profanity, sexual innuendo.

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Title:

Terminally Ill 

Playwright:

Melissa Yi

Description:

A Houdini Whodunit: mystery, medicine and … Elvis 

Elvis the Escape King plunges into the icy waters of Montreal’s St. Lawrence River, chained and nailed into a coffin—and never breaks free. 

After they dredge Elvis from the waves, Dr. Hope Sze resuscitates him, saving his life. Next Hope must deduce who sabotaged Elvis’s act in this interactive piece inspired by Melissa Yi’s novel, Terminally Ill. We plan to incorporate aerial (vertical) and immersive components in the final production.

Show content warnings:

Medical crisis, mild profanity.

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Late Night Laughs

Friday, April 29 @ 10:30pm

Arts Court Studio

Late Night Laughs 

Join us for a drink and a laugh with local comedians: Alia Rasul, Randy Schumcker, Christina Muehlburger and host Tavis Maplesden.


Closing Night Party

Saturday, April 30 @ 10:30pm

Arts Court Studio

Join us after the closing performance of Me, Vivien Leigh and the Roller Rink with snacks and refreshments featuring DJ AL Connors.

INDUSTRY EVENTS | 2020

Industry Events

Join us at Arts Court on Saturdays where we’re running a series of Industry-focused events that will bring together local artists and producers for networking, discussions, and performances. 

All events are free (unless indicated), but please RSVP so we know how many to expect.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

INDUSTRY BREAKFAST
10:00AM
ARTS COURT STUDIO

Early-birds can enjoy a light breakfast and chat with their pals before the day’s events begin. RSVP

PANEL: OTTAWA THEATRE 2020
10:30AM
ARTS COURT STUDIO

Let’s get REAL. As 2020 begins, what is the state of Ottawa’s theatre scene – will a new decade bring new opportunities? How can we avoid repeating past mistakes? What can we do to build a vibrant, inclusive community?    

A discussion about aesthetics, accessibility, inclusion, censorship, funding, criticism, burnout… and more.

Moderated by Patrick Gauthier & Brit Johnston. RSVP

CRIPPLED* BY PAUL DAVID POWER
1:00PM
ARTS COURT THEATRE

It’s your last chance to see the show in Ottawa before they head back east. The performance will be followed by a talkback, moderated by Brit Johnston. 

*a ticket is required to attend this performance 

DISCOVERY SERIES PERFORMANCES: HOME SWEET…SOMETHING* and BETH-ANNE*
2:30 & 4:00PM
ARTS COURT LIBRARY

Our 2020 Discovery Series wraps up with the second (and final) performances of a new satire by local creators Ayesha Chubb, Zaakirah Chubb, and Ludmylla Reis; and Monica Bradford-Lea and Nick Leno’s solo physical comedy. Stop horsing around – see these shows!

(and make sure to stick around for the Discovery Series group talkback at 5:30)

*tickets are required to attend these performance

INDUSTRY 5à7
5:00PM
ARTS COURT STUDIO

End your day with a drink and snack… and the Discovery Series group talkback! Associate Festival Director Brit Johnston will chat with the creators of Beth-Anne, Home Sweet… Something, and Honey Dew Me about the process of making their shows and the Ottawa creation scene. RSVP


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15

INDUSTRY BREAKFAST
10:00AM
ARTS COURT STUDIO

Up early this weekend? Head to down Arts Court for croissants and conversation before the day’s events begin. RSVP

PANEL: UNDERCURRENTS 2030
10:30AM
ARTS COURT STUDIO

Ottawa’s festival of theatre below the mainstream is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020 – and now we’re looking ahead to the next 10 years. We want to hear from YOU.  How do you imagine undercurrents 2030? 

Join festival staff and artists for a town hall community consultation on the future of undercurrentsRSVP

PERFORMANCES: KITT & JANE(…)* and CARDINAL*
1:00 & 3:00PM
ARTS COURT THEATRE

Last day of the festival! Binge as much theatre as you can! Each performance will be followed by a talkback.

*tickets are required to attend these performances 

INDUSTRY 5à7
5:00PM
ARTS COURT STUDIO

Unwind with friends and colleagues as we prepare to close out the 2020 undercurrents festival. Feeling hardcore? Stick around for the evening performances and our closing night party. RSVP

NEW PLAY TUESDAY | 2020

New Play Tuesday

Keeping with tradition – New Play Tuesday is back!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
7:00PM
ARTS COURT STUDIO

Join us for a staged-reading of:

OUT OF FRAGILITY
created by Michel Oulette
featuring Katie Bunting, Brit Johnston, and John Koensgen

Drake is a wealthy and powerful man embroiled in controversy. Under attack from all sides, he retreats with his lover Helly and tries to figure out how to save his legacy for his daughter Colleen. As they struggle with the situation, father, lover and daughter come to grip with their own personal frailty.

Free admission


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

MICHEL OUELLETTE

Michel Ouellette is a Franco-Ontarian playwright and writer. He was born
and grew up in Smooth Rock Falls, in northern Ontario. He now lives in
Gatineau, Québec. In 1994, he won the Governor General’s Literary Award
for his play French Town; in 2003, the French Trillium Book Award for Le
testament du couturier; in 2011, the Prix Michel-Tremblay for La guerre au
ventre, and, in 2019 a Prix Rideau Award for Le dire de Di (directed by Joël
Beddows). His work has been presented in Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury and in
Québec. Out of Fragility is his first play written in English.