Announcing the 2012-2013 Season at The Gladstone

The Gladstone celebrates continued success with the launch of the first year-round season since the theatre changed management in 2011! Partner companies SevenThirty Productions and Plosive Productions welcome the return of Black Sheep Theatre and look forward to the first Bear & Co. production to grace The Gladstone stage.

The Gladstone presents Ottawa theatregoers with eight shows by four fabulous companies in a single season! The Gladstone is Ottawa’s home for independent professional theatre companies with full-scale professional productions that impress. The line-up consists of:


Stones In His pockets, by Marie Jones, directed by John P. Kelly : September 7-29 (preview September 6)

We open our season with this world-famous comedy by the writer of A Night in November which made SevenThirty a force in Ottawa six years ago.   The dynamic duo of Richard Gélinas and Zach Counsil return to The Gladstone following up on their stunning performances as the two Clowns in last year’s opener The 39 Steps.  Visit with us a film-set in rural Ireland as two actors create a host of hilarious yet moving characters.

produced by SevenThirty Productions



How It Works, by Daniel MacIvor, directed by Stewart Matthews : October 5–20 (preview October 4)

A heartwarming tale told with humour and love, about reinventing family and the healing power of storytelling. Well known to local audiences for Marion Bridge, This Is What Happens Next and Communion, MacIvor’s works have earned him Governor General, Chalmers, Dora and Genie Awards and the Siminovitch Prize.

produced by Plosive Productions




NOVEMBER, by David Mamet, directed by John P. Kelly : November 21–December 8 (preview November 20)

November means election time in the US, and the incumbent president’s chances are looking grim—but he won’t go down without the fight of his life! In no-holds barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America and the lengths to which people go to win. Time to pardon a turkey and change the national dish to tuna! “Maniacally funny” said the Press! We think “adults only” for Mr. Mamet’s style!

produced by SevenThirty Productions



Miracle on 34th Street: The Radio Show : December 14–23 (preview December 13)

Adapted by Teri Loretto-Valentik and John Cook from the book by Valentine Davies, directed by Nicole Milne

Could the Macy’s department store Santa be the real thing? This holiday season, Plosive takes you back to the Golden Age of Radio with a new adaptation of everyone’s favourite Christmas story, Miracle on 34th Street. This much-loved holiday classic is a treat for families of all ages!

produced by Plosive Productions



Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog : January 16–February 2 (preview January 15)

By Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon

Music by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon, adapted for the stage and directed by Dave Dawson

The musical comedy internet sensation from Joss Whedon (Toy Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers) comes to life! A love story with supervillain maniacal laughs and superheroic songs, Dr. Horrible is an instant cult classic.

produced by Black Sheep Theatre


Billy Bishop Goes to War : February 8–23 (preview February 7)

Written & composed by John Gray in collaboration with Eric Peterson, directed by Teri Loretto-Valentik

One of Canada’s most popular stage plays comes to The Gladstone in February. This musical about Canada’s flying ace brought Gray the 1981 Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award, the 1982 Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and the 1983 Governor General’s Award for drama.

produced by Plosive Productions


Absurd Person Signular by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by John P. Kelly : March 5–23 (preview March 4)

It’s four seasons now since The Gladstone burst onto the Ottawa scene with Sir Alan’s classic How the Other Half Loves. Absurd Person Singular is the next piece he created in his long career as the UK’s most successful writer of comedy of the late 20th century and it will have you laughing in the aisles as much as our Gladstone opener! Follow a similar crazy bunch of characters over three consecutive Christmas parties! We will give you Christmas all over again in March 2013!

produced by SevenThirty Productions




The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, directed by Eleanor Crowder : April 19–May 4 (preview April 18)

Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, like you’ve never seen it before. First comes love, then comes marriage? Not according to William Shakespeare. First you’ve got to tame the bride, but what if she plays rough? Treat her like a man, of course. Let the battle begin.

produced by Bear & Co.



Subscriptions for all eight shows or “Pick 6” selections are now available online at or by contacting the box office at or calling 613-233-4523.

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