Collective Creation Workshop

This spring, 9th Hour is embarking on the first series of workshops of a new endeavour that we call “Collective Creation Workshops” in which we gather theatre or performing artists together for the sheer joy of telling stories theatrically and creating performance based art from text, short stories, ideas, quotes, news headlines, photos, documentaries, etc. The purpose is to play and create without budgetary limitations or performance deadline pressures. The first series of 4 workshops run on Mondays from April 27 to May 18, playing with the short story The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne (authour of The Scarlet Letter).

To participate in future workshops, contact admin at 9th-hour.ca with a short paragraph about why you would like to be involved.

5 Year Anniversary

June 18, 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of 9th Hour Theatre Company. 5 years ago was the premiere performance of Telling The Storya musical and theatrical collective created and performed by 9th Hour involving close to 60 artists to an audience of almost 500.

4 seasons and 15 productions later brings us to our 2015 season, starting with artistic staged readings of the play Ivan and Adolf: The Last Man in Hell, including a presentation on June 18 of this year.
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The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

An adaptation from the novel by C.S. Lewis, the story follows the journey of a soul from a desolate, dark, and ever expanding metropolis, to a magical bus ride then on to a country of transcendent appeal, terrifying spirits radiating with light, and harsh magnificent terrain. The assorted characters (fellow bus passengers along the journey) have difficulty adjusting to their surroundings and coming to terms with their condition, all with diverse experiences and perspectives shaping their varied reactions to such a mysterious place.

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The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters

In this stage adaptation of The Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewisdemons are trained and educated in an academic setting, by the legendary devilish Professor Screwtape to hone their skills in the doctrines of being discouraging, diabolical and deviant with their human patients, all in an effort to undermine “The Enemy”. This humorous and intelligently witty perspective and satirically entertaining spin on reality delves seriously into moral and theological questions about good and evil, temptation, prayer, and grace.

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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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Grain of Salt Introduction

Grain of SaltFROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

This January, I am very pleased to be able to present our 10th overall production, and the first original work in 9th Hour’s history, the Canadian and world premiere of Grain of Saltcreated by Ottawa playwright, director, and actor, Megan Piercey Monafu.

Back in the spring of 2012, shortly after working on Crime and Punishment together, Megan shared her plans to embark on a series of interviews with people of various denominational and/or no church affiliation, those identifying as Christians, and those who do not, with the purpose of hearing their stories, experiences, and opinions on faith, religion, church, and the belief in God, and whether or not the church has anything to apologize for, or whether an apology is even useful. Some of the stories and experiences are funny, some are filled with joy and hope, some are profoundly hurtful, and still others are inspiring and bordering the transcendent. The idea for these interviews quickly adopted the name of the “We’re Sorry” Theatre Project. 

Over a year later, after these diverse interviews were compiled and sorted through, we began to workshop the script with actors in the summer of 2013, which then led to the recruitment of director Kelly Rigole and auditions in the fall for a premiere run of performances of the newly formed piece in January of 2014. In partnership with Faith and Arts Ottawa, the show is being presented in various Ottawa venues, bars, and coffee shops, allowing for a relaxed and casual environment, with the option to enjoy a drink or some food while being entertained and immersed in stimulating content, and maybe even participating in a discussion afterwards. The subject matter is very relevant for those who are in the church, those who used to be, those who have criticisms of the church, those who have been hurt by the church, and those who are curious or interested in the church and all it’s beauty and troubles, not to mention those who enjoy creative or verbatim theatre.

The piece is very physical and energetic, imaginative, funny, difficult to hear at times, and challenging to one’s assumptions and beliefs, addressing on different levels the intersection of faith and sexuality, abortion, church community, prayer, science, and many more topics. What makes the piece supremely captivating and not something one would want to miss is that it is verbatim, in that the script is real, the text is from real words taken from the interviews, and the stories and opinions expressed are not fictional but completely true, all skillfully and elegantly woven together by Megan to create beautiful, gut wrenching, humorous, and shocking moments. Bridge this together with Kelly’s lead in directing coupled with the talents of the ensemble cast and the words become alive in a fresh, entertaining, and sometimes surprising way, certain to leave you changed by the end.

Grain of Salt plays January 22-31 in various Ottawa venues. I really hope to see you there as this won’t be something you’ll want to miss.

~Jonathan Harris (Artistic Director)

2014 Season Fundraiser

INTO THE WARDROBE – November 22, 2013

Our 2014 season fundraiser will be held on Friday, November 22 at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, 1233 Wellington Street West (corner of Holland) in Ottawa. Our 2014 season is inspired by the literature and stories of renowned story teller C. S. Lewis, and so at the fundraiser, the productions and participating artists will be introduced. Intentionally, this day is also the 50th anniversary of the death of Lewis who happened to die on November 22, 1963, the very same day President Kennedy was assassinated, so in full style the fundraiser will have a C.S. Lewis theme.

Listen to the radio promotion for “Into The Wardrobe”.

The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

An adaptation from the novel by C.S. Lewis, the story follows the journey of a soul from a desolate, dark, and ever expanding metropolis, to a magical bus ride then on to a country of transcendent appeal, terrifying spirits radiating with light, and harsh magnificent terrain. The assorted characters (fellow bus passengers along the journey) have difficulty adjusting to their surroundings and coming to terms with their condition, all with diverse experiences and perspectives shaping their varied reactions to such a mysterious place.

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The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

An adaptation from the novel by C.S. Lewis, the story follows the journey of a soul from a desolate, dark, and ever expanding metropolis, to a magical bus ride then on to a country of transcendent appeal, terrifying spirits radiating with light, and harsh magnificent terrain. The assorted characters (fellow bus passengers along the journey) have difficulty adjusting to their surroundings and coming to terms with their condition, all with diverse experiences and perspectives shaping their varied reactions to such a mysterious place.

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The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

An adaptation from the novel by C.S. Lewis, the story follows the journey of a soul from a desolate, dark, and ever expanding metropolis, to a magical bus ride then on to a country of transcendent appeal, terrifying spirits radiating with light, and harsh magnificent terrain. The assorted characters (fellow bus passengers along the journey) have difficulty adjusting to their surroundings and coming to terms with their condition, all with diverse experiences and perspectives shaping their varied reactions to such a mysterious place.

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