Prodigal Son

THE STORY

As his conservative Catholic father is dying, Peter is shaken by religious epiphanies. It’s 1995, and Quebec is on the verge of a referendum to decide its fate in Canada as Peter realizes he must return to the family home in Quebec to reconnect with his father, and overcome the differences that left them estranged. This beautiful play captures the deep need for reconciliation, the honesty that makes it possible, and the inner and interpersonal tensions between sexual and faith identities. While fiction, the story was born out of the playwright’s own experiences and spiritual struggle as a gay man who grew up in the Catholic tradition.

THE TICKETS

Theatre is expensive to produce and also expensive to enjoy, so we wanted to be conscientious of people’s varying abilities to pay to experience the magic of live theatre. Therefore, tickets for performances of Prodigal Son are on a sliding scale based on what the purchaser feels they can pay at this time. Ticket prices are all inclusive of fees or any HST, and are as follows:

  • REGULAR PRICE: $36.99 (I can pay full price for my ticket to see the show.)
  • PATRON PRICE: $49.49 (I can pay full price for my ticket to see the show and would like to subsidize someone else’s ticket as a patron of the arts.) 
  • BREAK PRICE: $24.49 (I need a break on the price with no questions asked, because I’m either broke, have no or low income, or some other reason, but still really want to see the show and buy a ticket.)

THE SHOW TIMES

November 1, Wednesday (7:30pm) at Centrepointe Theatres (West end) – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call 613-580-2700. (Following this performance is the opening night reception at the theatre.)

November 2, Thursday (7:30pm) at Centrepointe Theatres – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call 613-580-2700. (Following this performance is a facilitated discussion about the play’s themes and ideas.)

November 3, Friday (7:30pm) at Centrepointe Theatres – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call 613-580-2700.

November 7, Tuesday (7:30pm) at Shenkman Arts Centre (East end) – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call 613-580-2700. (Following this performance is a facilitated discussion about the play’s themes and ideas.)

November 8, Wednesday (7:30pm) at Shenkman Arts Centre – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call 613-580-2700. (Following this performance is a facilitated discussion about the play’s themes and ideas.)

November 9, Thursday (7:30pm) at Shenkman Arts Centre – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call 613-580-2700.

November 11, Saturday, (2:30pm) at La Nouvelle Scene (Downtown) – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or at the door. (Following this performance is a facilitated discussion about the play’s themes and ideas.)

November 11, Saturday (7:30pm) at La Nouvelle Scene – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or at the door. (Following this performance is a facilitated discussion about the play’s themes and ideas.)

November 12, Sunday (2:30pm) at La Nouvelle Scene – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or at the door.

THE VENUES

NOVEMBER 1-3 in the Studio Theatre at Centrepointe Theatres, 101 Centrepointe Drive (MAP) – BOX OFFICE

NOVEMBER 7-9 in the Richcraft Theatre at Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard (MAP) – BOX OFFICE

NOVEMBER 11-12 in Studio B at La Nouvelle Scene Giilles Desjardins, 333 King Edward Ave (MAP)

THE PLAY

The world premiere was March, 2006 at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver by Touchstone Theatre and Pacific Theatre. Written by Canadian playwright Shawn Macdonald, the play was developed in association with Banff PlayRites Colony, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Touchstone Theatre. 9th Hour Theatre Company’s production is the Ottawa premiere with original music by local composer Margaret Smith. The play’s running time is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes which includes a 15 minute intermission.

THE ARTISTS

SHERVON AMIN (Make-up & Hair Designer) | MARY BLAKLEY (Costume Designer) | TOM CHARLEBOIS (Ensemble Cast) | GEORGE DUTCH (Assistant Director) | ALEX FRIESEN (Ensemble Cast) | KENNY HAYES (Ensemble Cast) | CAMERON A. MACDONALD (Lighting Designer) | SUSAN MARRINER (Graphic Designer) | CATHY NOBLEMAN (Ensemble Cast) | ANDREW PALANGIO (Sound Designer) | SCYNTHIA A. ROSS (Scenic Artist) | REBECCA RUSSELL (Ensemble Cast) | TERESA SEASONS (Properties Designer) | JACOB SEGRETO (Ensemble Cast) | SHYSTY SHANE (Scenic Artist) | CLARA SILCOFF (Ensemble Cast) | MARGARET SMITH (Composer) | TANYA SYLVESTER (Assistant Stage Manager) | SHAUN TOOHEY (Ensemble Cast) | RACHEL-DAWN WALLACE (Production Stage Manager)

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 SPECIAL APPRECIATION

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Ian Farthing – Artistic Advisor

We are pleased to announce that IAN FARTHING has been appointed as 9th Hour Theatre Company’s Artistic Advisor.

Ian is a freelance director, actor and writer. He served for 9 years as Artistic Director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario. In 2014, he was honored with the Capital Critics Circle Audrey Ashley Award for “the excellence of his continuing contribution to theatre”. He is also an Associate Artist at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver.

In 2013, Ian starred in Jesus, My Boy by John Dowie in a St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival production presented by 9th Hour Theatre Company in Ottawa and Chesterville, Ontario. Ian also performed in 9th Hour’s Hear My Song fundraiser for street engaged youth in 2014. Ian Farthing

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