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Director JONATHAN HARRIS and Ensemble Cast member and Dramaturge GEORGE DUTCH discuss the play with RABBI BULKA on “Sunday Night Live With Rabbi Bulka”, July 12, 2015 on 580 CFRA radio. LISTEN TO THE FULL DISCUSSION

Message from the Director JONATHAN HARRIS on the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s website about staging the play. READ THE BLOG

Review of the play by Rajka Stefanovska for the Capital Critics Circle. READ THE REVIEW

Ottawa Magazine’s article by Amy Allen and Matt Harrison about the play, featured in the Weekender of “6 things to do on the weekend”. READ THE ARTICLE

Ottawa Life Magazine’s article by Kate Tenenhouse about the play “9th Hour Brings Comedy and Conflict to the Stage” READ THE ARTICLE

Review of the play by Jennifer Hartley for Ottawa Life Magazine. READ THE REVIEW

Review of the play by Jennifer Cavanagh for Apartment 613. READ THE REVIEW

Review by Daniel Bezalel Richardsen for Herd Magazine. READ THE REVIEW

Ivan and Adolf – Media

May 20, 2015 interview segment with Producing Artistic Director JONATHAN HARRIS on 580 CFRA “Late Night Counsell” with John Counsell. LISTEN TO SEGMENT (May 20, 2015 intro of podcast and at time index 20:30)

May 28, 2015 interview segment with actor playing ‘Adolf’ DAVID PLOUFFE and guest discussion panelist RABBI BULKA on CBC radio’s “All In a Day” with host Alan Neal. LISTEN TO SEGMENT

June 4, 2015 review by Allyson Domanski for Newswest On-line. READ REVIEW

Summer 2015 magazine “Power and Influence” by The Hill Times READ ARTICLE

Artists, Mystics, and Clowns

Authour Brennan Manning explores the need for artists, mystics, and clowns in expressing the transcendent and spiritual:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky passionately believed that he had embodied the soul of the Russian peasant in Marmeladov, the discharged town clerk and disgraced town drunk of Crime and Punishment – a clown, a buffoon, and the father of Sonia, a prostitute.

In a tavern in St. Petersburg, besotted with booze, Marmeladov engages the young rationalist Raskolnikov in conversation. Though the object of derision and mockery by the locals, Marmeladov insists that he is not to be pitied:

But He will have pity on me Who has pity on all men, Who has understood all men and all things. He is the One. He too is the judge. He will come on that day and He will ask, “Where is the daughter [Sonia] who had pity upon the filthy drunkard, her earthly father, undismayed by his beastliness… He will forgive my Sonia, He will forgive, I know it.

Then He will summon us. “You too come forth,” He will say. “Come forth, ye drunkards, come forth, ye weak ones, come forth, ye children of shame!” And the wise and those of understanding will say: “Oh Lord, why dost Thou receive these men?” And He will say: “This is why I receive them, oh ye wise, this is why I receive them, oh ye of understanding, that not one of them believed himself to be worthy of this.” And He will hold out his hands to us and we shall fall down before Him… and we shall weep… and we shall understand all… and all will understand… Lord, Thy kingdom come!”

Dostoyevsky maintained that at the heart of the Russian peasant life existed an unshaken trust in the unrestricted mercy of God… The author’s contemporary, Leo Tolstoy, published his classic novel War and Peace three years after Crime and Punishment. In a dialogue between the saintly Princess Mary and her brother Prince Andrew, she echoes Dostoyevsky’s ethos. Quoting a haunting French proverb, she says, “We should enter everyone’s situation. Tout comprendre, c’est tout pardonner” – to understand all is to forgive all.

…And what of the human heart’s capacity to understand God? Here we need the help of passionate visionaries such as Dostoyevsky. Sacred scripture is too important to be left exclusively to biblical scholars. Theology is too vital to be consigned solely to the province of theologians. To explore the depths of the God who invites our trust, we need the artists, and mystics.

Selected excerpts from Chapter 5 of Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God by Brennan Manning.

Read the full excerpt of ARTISTS, MYSTICS, AND CLOWNS

Discussion Series – Media

Message from 9th Hour Theatre Company’s Artistic Director JONATHAN HARRIS introducing the Discussion Series, including both The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

PRESS COVERAGE

Check out a segment featuring our summer discussion series (The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters) on CFRA 580’s “Late Night Council” on Wednesday, July 23. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT

Check out a segment on CBC Radio’s “All In a Day” featuring a preview scene from our very own adaptation of The Great Divorce featuring actors NICHOLAS AMOTT and ELIZABETH CHANT on Thursday, July 24. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT

Check out a featured segment and interview on CHRI 99.1 FM about the discussion series and two plays (The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters). LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT

SHOW REVIEWS

“Powerful, thought-provoking, convicting, inspirational, and entertaining! The ambitious wife, the grieving mother, and especially the staging and performance with the two men and the chain. NYC and London caliber!” (audience comment about The Great Divorce)

Check out the review for The Great Divorce by Maja Stefanovska of the Capital Critics Circle: READ THE REVIEW

Check out the review for The Screwtape Letters by Rajka Stefanovska of  the Capital Critcs Circle: READ THE REVIEW

Take a look at the review for The Great Divorce by Caitlin Oleson of On Stage Ottawa: READ THE REVIEW

Check out the review for The Screwtape Letters by Caitlin Oleson of On Stage Ottawa: READ THE REVIEW

Take a look at the reviews for The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce by Kevin Reid of The Visitorium:  READ THE REVIEWS

Press Coverage & Reviews

The Magician's NephewCheck out the article from CHRISTIANWEEK NEWSPAPER by Senior Correspondent Craig MacArtney about the staging of The Magician’s Nephew in Ottawa.

Listen to the interview with some members of the cast discussing the giant mechanical lion puppet and a showdown between Queen Jadis and Aslan on CBC Radio’s “ALL IN A DAY” with Alan Neal on March 11, 2014.

Read the ON STAGE OTTAWA REVIEW by Valerie Cardinal.

Read the APARTMENT 613 REVIEW

Read the review by Alexandrea Milman (age 12) of NEW OTTAWA CRITICS.

The Magician’s Nephew

The Magician’s Nephew (March 12-16)

The first of seven stories in The Chronicles of Narnia is the tale of a boy named Digory and his friend Polly who are tricked by his whimsical Uncle Andrew into embarking on a series of magical adventures. They are brought into other worlds where they encounter the selfish Queen Jadis from an enchanted declining land, and the powerful lion Aslan from the newly created Narnia. Can Digory complete the task he’s given by Aslan to ensure the safety of Narnia and the restored health of his dying mother?

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