By Jayson McDonald
Directed by Dave Dawson
October 20-29, 2016 (Preview Oct. 19)
Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Tony Adams (of May Can Theatre) as Thomas Winding
William Beddoe (a founding Producer of the Ottawa Fringe Festival) as James Novel
Jeffrey Lefebvre (also seen in Black Sheep Theatre’s Paco V. Put to Sleep) as Geoffrey Novel
Whitney Richards (all the way from Australia) as Rebecca Novel
Alexis Scott (co-founder of Vacant House Theatre) as Mary Novel
“Life is like a book. It begins with a birth and ends with a death, but it’s all the things in the middle that you savour.”
James Novel is taking a sabbatical to write the “Great Canadian Novel”, which means he’s working at home, surrounded by his extended family. Mary Novel is searching up the wrong alleys for self-fulfillment. Their daughter, Rebecca, can’t make a career choice to save her life. Meanwhile, Grandpa Geoffrey is reminiscing about war-time horrors and talking to ghosts. The ghosts seem to be responding.
Written by Jayson McDonald (Giant Invisible Robot, Boat Load, Underbelly, Magic Unicorn Island), one of the strongest new voices in Canadian theatre.
“This multi-generational comic drama set in Ontario in the 1970s, deals with difficult issues with humour and warmth.” – Red Deer Advocate
“Novel House has great sweetness, wacky humour, lyricism and gentle poignancy” – Scene Magazine.
Stage Manager, Laura Wheeler
Production Manager, Christine Hecker
Assistant Stage Manager, Jason Hopkins
Costume Design, Julia Beuneman
Set Design & Construction, Mark Macdonald
Props Design & Set Dressing, Louisa Haché
Lighting & Scenic Painting, Carolyn Barnes