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a Calalou / RAFT Theatre Projects Production 
Created by Sarah Waisvisz
Directed by Rebecca Benson
Performed by Margo MacDonald, Maryse Fernandes & Scottie Irving

Ottawa, Ontario
85 minutes | M


What would you do for love?  

A journey from 1920s Paris to the occupied Channel Islands during WW2. Heartlines explores the artistic and political contributions of French-Jewish Surrealist artists Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe, also known as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. Partners in life and love, Cahun and Moore defy norms of art, gender, religion, and society with surrealist collages, photographs, and writing. But when Nazi Germany occupies their home, life must instead begin to imitate art. An inspiring story of overcoming hate to champion resistance and resilience. 

Heartlines is a world premiere from multi-award-winning playwright Sarah Waisvisz.


THURSDAY, February 6 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 8 at 9:00pm
SUNDAY, February 9 at 1:00pm
Arts Court Theatre


Rebecca Benson – Director & Dramaturg
Rebecca is a director, actor, instructor and community artist passionate about political theatre. Having worked across Canada and in the UK, she has happily settled in Ottawa working with Three Sisters Theatre Company, Bear and Co, TACTICS and Branch Out Theatre, and teaching at Carleton and the University of Ottawa.

Maryse Fernandes – Performer
Maryse is an Ottawa based actor, writer, and clown. She attended the National Theatre School of Canada. She has worked with such local companies as Odyssey Theatre and Cart Before the Horse and debuted her solo piece Happy To Be Here at the 2018 Fresh Meat Festival.

Scottie Irving – Sound Designer and Performer
Scottie is an Ottawa-based musician who specializes in keyboard performance (piano, synthesizer, accordion). Scottie is best known as a member of The PepTides. The band has performed at major Canadian music festivals, written an original soundtrack to a Stuart McLean anthology, and played live on CBC Radio.

Margo MacDonald – Performer
Margo is a multi-award winning actor and playwright who’ll be familiar to Ottawa audiences from her work with A Company of Fools, The Gladstone, undercurrents, and GCTC. For the past four years she has been touring her solo play, The Elephant Girls, to sold out audiences both nationally and internationally.

Andrea Steinwand – Scenic Designer
Andrea is a Rideau award-winning Ottawa-based scenic artist, set designer and instructor. She has worked for theatres and companies across Canada since 1999. In the summers Andrea teaches emerging scenic artists with Banff Centre’s performing arts practicum program, and recently began graduate studies in Art Therapy.

Sarah Waisvisz – Playwright & Producer
Sarah is an Ottawa-based theatre maker of European and Afro-Caribbean heritage, and she works at the intersection of disciplines, styles, and traditions. Sarah focuses on new-work development especially as a performer, creator, and playwright, and she recently completed artistic residencies at Great Canadian Theatre Company and the National Arts Centre.