Both entertaining and thought provoking in a circus atmosphere, The Creation of the World and Other Business is presented this season in celebration of the 100th birthday of world renowned playwright, Arthur Miller. Dividing his play into three acts and also “three questions on the human dilemma,” the story begins with a charming and gently humorous retelling of Adam and Eve (and God) in the Garden of Eden. After their expulsion from paradise, Eve gives birth to Cain, watched over by a scheming Lucifer—who seeks to share the power of a God now angered by the errant ways of his creations. In the concluding portion of the play, with mounting dramatic intensity, Cain kills his brother, Abel, and is sent out as a wanderer, as the final dilemma is explored: When everyone wants justice, why do we go on creating injustice? Throughout the action, which alternates scenes of sprightly humor with absorbing confrontations between God and Lucifer and God and his fallible creations, the striking pertinence of the play becomes ever clearer. It is a parable for our time, and all time, rich with philosophic insights and alive with vivid theatricality.
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“…it is a highly professionally and artistically executed performance, one that would make Arthur Miller proud.” ~Rajka Stefanovska (Capital Critics Circle)
“Well worth the time and a lot of fun!” ~ audience feedback
“The acting in this 9th Hour production is strong without exception… and the whole production is definitely worth seeing.” ~Jennifer Hartley (Ottawa Life Magazine)
“What a fabulous production, very intense… what an amazing show! So dense and rich, you didn’t dare miss a line.” ~audience feedback
“I was convinced that director Jonathan Harris imbued new life into a play long considered moribund. The choice to have an ensemble cast, with interchangeable roles, in the guise of travelling circus performers adds a forceful intimacy within the compact circular studio stage.” ~Daniel Bezalel Richardsen (Herd Magazine)
“9th Hour’s rendition effectively and beautifully creates a space of dialogue in which people are gently pushed (and, sometimes, forcefully prodded) to consider a wide variety of questions.” ~Nadya Pohran (guest discussion panelist)
“A different perspective… Worth seeing this play. Fantastic performances by all actors.” ~audience feedback
“A play featuring a breakdown in communication, first-hand accounts of the exile from the Garden of Eden and other misadventures is rich fodder no matter where your audience stands on questions of theology.” ~Jennifer Cavanagh (Apartment 613)
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THE ARTISTS & TEAM
FLO ALEXANDER (Production Assistant) | ELIZABETH CHANT (Properties Designer & Scenic Artist) | GEORGE DUTCH (Ensemble Cast, Dramaturge) | ANDRE R. GAGNE (Production Photographer) | ROBIN GUY (Ensemble Cast, Music Director) | JOHNNY EATON (Ensemble Cast) | JONATHAN HARRIS (Director) | GABRIELLE LAZAROVITZ (Artistic Consultant) | SUSAN MARRINER (Graphics Designer) | SARAH NIEMAN (Production Stage Manager) | ANDREW PALANGIO (Sound & Lighting Designer, Technical Director) | DAVID PLOUFFE (Ensemble Cast) | MARY BETH PONGRAC (Ensemble Cast) | MISHELLE STOTT (Costume & Make-up Designer) | TANYA SYLVESTER (Assistant Stage Manager) | BENOIT TRUDEL (Ensemble Cast)
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THE POST-SHOW DISCUSSION GUESTS
ALEXANDRA BENDER – Alexandra holds an Undergraduate and a Masters degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights and has spent some time living and working abroad. The focus of her Masters thesis was inspired by her time and studies in South Africa. It is entitled ‘Radical Forgiveness: The Dynamics of Forgiveness after Culpable Wrongdoing of Intolerable Harm’. It explores the journey of forgiveness that can occur when the perpetrator remains unrepentant and the survivor has suffered an extreme trauma, such as wartime rape. The cases explored include the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, the Apartheid system in South Africa, and the rape camps in Bosnia.
RABBI DR. REUVEN P. BULKA – Rabbi Bulka has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa since 1967. He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary in 1966 and a Ph.D. in Logotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 1971. He also received an honorary Doctorate from Carleton University in 2006. He chairs the Trillium Gift of Life Network, responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Ontario via the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. He is the Founder and Chair of Ottawa Kindness Week, chairs the Hospice Ottawa West campaign, and is the author of more than 35 books. He hosts Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka on 580 CFRA radio in Ottawa. In 2013, Rabbi Bulka was appointed a member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour.
IMAM DR. MOHAMAD JEBARA – His Eminence Imam Dr. Mohamad Jebara serves as Chief Imam and Resident Scholar at the Cordova Spiritual Education Center, where he seeks to establish love, harmony, friendship and understanding through inter-faith /cultural outreach, social responsibility and education. In addition to having authored 105 academic books, and lectured at prestigious universities around the world, Dr. Jebara made history in 2014 as the first cleric to cycle and roller-blade for health, from Ottawa to Quebec city. He is a Patron of Trillium Gift of Life Network, and in 2015 completed a 535km bike tour from Ottawa to Toronto, which served to raise awareness about the dire need for organ and tissue donation. Imam Jebara was one of seven individuals chosen to represent Canada in 2011 in the Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership program.
NADYA POHRAN – Nadya is a graduate student who approaches the study of religion through the lens of cultural anthropology. She received her Master’s in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and will continue working on her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She is particularly interested in the way that religious beliefs and spiritual experiences form and inform individuals’ understanding of themselves and the society around them. Her academic work has focused on learning from individual experiences and opinions rather than from institutionalized religion. She uses her studies to engage in broader discussions about what it means to be human, how we each respond to suffering and injustice, and how our individual beliefs about God and religion change the way we live out our daily lives.
GILLIAN WALLACE – Gillian has her PhD in the psychology of religion. Her thesis was on the origins of evil: specifically on the concept of original sin and the transmission of child abuse through generations. She is interested in questions about the biological versus spiritual origins of evil in human beings and avidly follows studies on physiological bases for human aggression. She is a poet and novelist. Her poems have been published in various journals including Descant, The Antigonish Review, Room, and This Magazine.
REVEREND MARK WHITTALL – Reverend Mark is the pastor of St. Albans Church in downtown Ottawa. He is an engineer by training, with graduate degrees in Theoretical Physics and in Development Economics from Oxford University. His initial career was as an engineer and international business executive, serving as CEO for two Ottawa-based technology companies. He served as Professor, History of Science at Augustine College in Ottawa from 2002 to 2007, studied theology at St. Paul University and was ordained as an Anglican Priest in 2008. After a brief stay in a rural parish, he was tasked with building a new congregation at St. Albans Church in 2011.
Post-show discussions were sponsored by: