The Glass Menagerie at The Gladstone Theatre – Nov 20 – Dec 6

10 10 2014

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With the phenomenally successful, sold out October run of Hedwig And The Angry Inch now put to bed, it’s straight into prep for this year’s Bear & Co. offering at The Gladstone Theatre, The Glass Menagerie. This modern classic, which launched the career of Tennessee Williams, is a huge patron favorite and I’m super excited to be taking on the iconic role of Tom Wingfield. Directed by Eleanor Crowder, Bear & Co. has assembled a great collective for this project, with Rachel Eugster as Amanda, Sarah Waisvisz as Laura, and MayCan Theatre’s Cory Thibert as the gentleman caller, with Joan Vanstone Osborn stage managing, and the design team of Anna Lewis and David Magladry on Set and Lights, with Rebecca Noelle of Hepkat Vintage on costume design. And thanks to Andrew Alexander for a great photoshoot this summer resulting in a great poster image and press shots!

Don’t miss this modern classic, coming to Ottawa’s Gladstone Theatre:

November 21–December 6, 2014 (preview November 20)

With Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Eleanor Crowder

Love and desperation drive the fortunes of the Wingfield family in this modern American classic. Tennessee Williams turns the warm lens of memory on the tender savagery of maternal love as broken dreams of the Old South struggle with the gritty reality of the industrial heartland.

“The Glass Menagerie” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Tickets:

Adult: $29.49 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $34
Senior (65+): $25.95 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $30
Student/Artist*/Unwaged: $17.10 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $20
Preview performance: $15.33 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $18

*including Theatre Ontario members

or SUBSCRIBE for greater savings!




HEDWIG – EXTRA SHOW ADDED! OCT 4 at 10PM!

25 09 2014

NEAR SELL OUT PRESALES OF SMASH HIT MUSICAL PROMPT EXTRA OCTOBER 4TH, 10pm SHOW TO BE ADDED TO RUN OF HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, RETURNING TO OTTAWA’S GLADSTONE THEATRE, FOR 5 SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCES – OCTOBER 1-4

Photo By Andrew Alexander

Photo By Andrew Alexander

This Obie award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin Of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself. The score includes memorable tunes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town” and “Angry Inch.”

Hedwig And The Angry Inch originally premiered at off-Broadway’s Westbeth Theatre on March 9, 1997, starring John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig.The musical was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2001, starring and directed by Mitchell. A smash hit Broadway revival, now playing in New York, starring Neil Patrick Harris recently won the Tony Award for Best Revival Of A Musical.

Originally presented at the Gladstone in April 2014, Vanity Project Productions’ smash hit production returns by popular demand and due to critical acclaim.

Local Reviews from the April run of Hedwig And The Angry Inch:

“The place was packed with young and old, It is the theatre event of the season…don’t miss Tim Oberholzer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. You will regret it…”
– Alvina Ruprecht – Capital Critics Circle

“Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig, the title character in the rock opera about a transgendered person whose life and sex change surgery have both gone horribly wrong, is nothing short of extraordinary.”
– Patrick Langston – Capital Critics Circle

“This is a rocking good show that exceeded my expectations, delighted my guest, and had the audience singing, clapping and waving their hands. I’m usually very sparing in my ovations, but I stood with the rest of the audience in appreciation.”
– Brian Carroll, Apt. 613

“Had Oberholzer not cut off the applause to make an announcement at the end of the show, I believe it would have kept going all night – or at least until the band caved in and played us some more fantastic music. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is campy fun with a heart.”
– Valerie Cardinal, Onstage Ottawa

“From the moment that Hedwig, played by Tim Oberholzer, appears on stage, the crowd is sucked in by an overwhelming electricity that immediately manifests itself by tapping feet and bopping heads. “
– Sonia Blanchette, The Charlebois Post

The artistic team, cast and crew return including Stewart Matthews (Die Zombie Die, How It Works, Pinocchio) who directs an Ottawa cast featuring Tim Oberholzer (2013 Rideau Award Nominee, Emerging Artist) as Hedwig (Ethan Claymore, Age Of Arousal, Evil Dead: The Musical); and Rebecca Noelle of The PepTides (RENT, Footloose) as Yitzhak. Musical director Steven Lafond (2013 Rideau Award Nominee, Emerging Artist) drums for The Angry Inch, which is comprised of Stewart Matthews on guitar, Marc Connor on bass, and Scott Irving on keyboards. Hedwig And The Angry Inch features sound design by Steven Lafond, lighting by David Magladry; Set design by Stewart Matthews, Wig, hair, and make-up design by Annie Lefebvre; and is stage managed by Jess Preece (2013 Rideau Award Nominee, Emerging Artist).

Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Music and Lyrics by StephenTrask
October 1-4, 2014
Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m, Saturday at 10 p.m.

Adult: $25 / Senior (65+): $20 / Student/Artist/Unwaged: $20

Box Office: 613-233-4523 / boxoffice@thegladstone.ca / http://www.thegladstone.ca
910 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa ON K1R 6Y4

Other Critical Acclaim for Hedwig And The Angry Inch:

“The most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh ever!” – Time Magazine

“In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the first one that truly rocks.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH brings theatre alive with the pounding sounds of rock ‘n roll and the funny, sad voicing of a painful past… it is also an adult, thought-provoking musical about the quest for individuality… the kind of Rocky Horror Picture Show-style event that may inspire a rabid cult following. ” – The New York Times

Box Office: 613-233-4523 / boxoffice@thegladstone.ca / http://www.thegladstone.ca

The Gladstone. 910 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa ON K1R 6Y4





Hedwig And The Angry Inch Returns to The Gladstone Theatre – Oct 1-4!

9 09 2014

Hedwig new 12x18Well it’s 3 weeks out from the return of Hedwig, and tickets are moving quick with nearly half the available tickets already sold. Better move quick folks and lift up your hands… again! Back by popular demand, it’s the award-winning, groundbreaking smash hit musical that rocked the Gladstone last April! Don’t miss this special encore performance! Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, see the show theatre critic Alvina Ruprecht called, “the theatre event of the season”

If you missed Hedwig the last time around, a bit about the show: This award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical with Text by John Cameron Mitchell, and Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin Of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself.’

But don’t take my word for it…. Here’s what Ottawa critics said about Hedwig’s April 2014 run:

“The place was packed with young and old, It is the theatre event of the season…don’t miss Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig and the Angry Inch. You will regret it…”
Alvina Ruprecht – Capital Critics Circle

“Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig, the title character in the rock opera about a transgendered person whose life and sex change surgery have both gone horribly wrong, is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Patrick Langston – Capital Critics Circle

“This is a rocking good show that exceeded my expectations, delighted my guest, and had the audience singing, clapping and waving their hands. I’m usually very sparing in my ovations, but I stood with the rest of the audience in appreciation.”
Brian Carroll, Apt. 613

“Had Oberholzer not cut off the applause to make an announcement at the end of the show, I believe it would have kept going all night –  or at least until the band caved in and played us some more fantastic music. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is campy fun with a heart.”
Valerie Cardinal, Onstage Ottawa

Grab your tickets while you still can at http://www.thegladstone.ca and I’ll look forward to seeing you at the theatre. To recap:

 

Photo By Andrew Alexander

Photo By Andrew Alexander

Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask

October 1-4, 2014

At The Gladstone Theatre
910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
Directed by Stewart Matthews
Music direction by Steven Lafond


Tickets $25 adult / $20 student/senior

Tickets now available at:
http://thegladstone.ca/hedwig.html

 





The Poe Show at the 2014 Ottawa Fringe

21 05 2014

Spring has finally sprung and brought with it the unexpected surprise of a slot at this year’s Ottawa Fringe! After having missed out on the lottery this year, the addition of an extra venue put Vanity Project back in the running and we managed to squeak onto this years Festival programming, to follow up on last year’s Vanity Project Productions debut, The Vanity Project.The Poe Show

This year we’ve gone a different route, setting our musical theatre mandate aside briefly to celebrate the life and work of one of America’s greatest poet/writers, Edgar Allan Poe. Inspired by the stories and poetry of literary legend Edgar Allen Poe, experience a dark and ghoulish world of mystery and the macabre. Join us as we spin Poe’s tragic, twisted tales of solitude, fear and madness. With a brand new script from a brand new associate David M. Beecroft, and under the artistic eye of director Stewart Matthews, it should be an interesting evening at the theatre.

No stage time for me this time out, as I’ll be working onstage with Blacksheep Theatre’s Paco V. Put To Sleep, but the show will feature the work of a fantastic bunch of local actors, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with and others I’m excited to be working with for the first time, Jeremy Piamonte, Sara Duplancic, Hannah Gibson Fraser and Anna Lewis. Also super excited to have Lynn Cox on board for some inspired lighting design.

I hope you’ll check us out at the Ottawa Fringe Festival this year, advance tickets available online at: www.ottawafringe.com starting May 30th!

Venue: Studio Leonard Beaulne, Univ.Of Ottawa

Schedule:

Friday, June 20 – 9:30pm (2 for 1)

Saturday, June 21 – 7:30pm

Sunday, June 22 – 6:30pm

Wednesday, June 25 – 8:30pm

Friday, June 27 – 11:00pm

Sunday, June 29 – 4:00pm

Also, I’d recommend checking out ‘Art’ from Same Day Theatre at the Gladstone as it opens this week. And stay tuned for a host of upcoming project announcements, including Vanity Project Productions and Bear & Co. offerings for the upcoming Gladstone Season (being announced this Friday) as well as another summer Shakespeare coming your way by a new player on the Ottawa scene, filling the void left by Bear & Co.’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare tour hiatus.

And why no summer tour for Bear & Co. this year you ask? After producing 7 shows in the last 2 years we figured we deserved a summer off, but we’re looking forward to seeing you at The Gladstone this Fall!

 





HEDWIG remount confirmed for Fall 2014!

21 04 2014

VPPVanity Project Productions is thrilled to announce that due to popular demand HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH will return to rock Ottawa all over again, for a limited run of 4 performances, Oct 1st – 4th, 2014!

After garnering rave reviews from critics and audiences alike during its’ limited run in April 2014 at The Gladstone Theatre, Hedwig And The Angry Inch is set to return for an encore performance. Don’t miss your final chance to see the show Ottawa critic Alvina Ruprecht called the ‘theatre event of the season’.

APA_THI_0025_2014-03-20_14-48-12By contributing to our Indiegogo campaign you can help show your support for Vanity Project Productions by helping us cover upfront key licensing and rental costs to bring Hedwig back, and while you’re at it, secure yourself the best tickets to what is sure to be the hottest ticket in town, before tickets go on sale to the general public.

We’re currently seeking up to $2500 to cover the upfront licensing, contract and rental fees we need to secure the rights to Hedwig And The Angry Inch. As Vanity Project is a new indie company, upfront costs can be a challenge and your early support in helping us bring these types of new and exciting projects to you is crucial. Vanity Project receives no public grant support, and is funded 100% through ticket sales and donations. Without your valued patronage and support, Vanity Project Productions would not exist.

(Also, your early support for Hedwig helps us free up funds to secure the rights for another exciting project coming in Spring 2015, which I can’t discuss yet, but which if you dug Hedwig And The Angry Inch, should be right up your alley, but more about that later.)

Any size of donation is welcome, but for each $25 donated, (equal to the price of a regular adult ticket), you will receive one free ticket to the Hedwig performance of your choice, before tickets go on sale to the general public later this spring. After you’ve donated we’ll contact you to finalize the ticket booking arrangements, so make sure you include your contact info.

CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEDWIG CAMPAIGN AND RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!

If you missed Hedwig the last time around, a bit about the show: This award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical with Text by John Cameron Mitchell, and Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin Of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself.’
What Ottawa critics said about Hedwig’s April 2014 run:
“The place was packed with young and old, It is the theatre event of the season…don’t miss Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig and the Angry Inch. You will regret it…”
Alvina Ruprecht – Capital Critics Circle

“Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig, the title character in the rock opera about a transgendered person whose life and sex change surgery have both gone horribly wrong, is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Patrick Langston – Capital Critics Circle

“This is a rocking good show that exceeded my expectations, delighted my guest, and had the audience singing, clapping and waving their hands. I’m usually very sparing in my ovations, but I stood with the rest of the audience in appreciation.”
Brian Carroll, Apt. 613

“Had Oberholzer not cut off the applause to make an announcement at the end of the show, I believe it would have kept going all night –  or at least until the band caved in and played us some more fantastic music. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is campy fun with a heart.”
Valerie Cardinal, Onstage Ottawa
Can’t contribute at this time but still want to show Vanity Project your support? Please consider:

  • Helping us get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
  • Share our campaign via social media with others in your network.

I hope you’ll be willing to lend us your support and help us bring you new and exciting theatre projects like Hedwig, and can’t wait to see you at the theatre in October!

Sincerely,

Tim Oberholzer

Founder / Artistic Director, Vanity Project Productions





My Brilliant Divorce / Dial M For Mountie

16 04 2014

Well, the dust has finally cleared on Hedwig and The Angry Inch, which went about as swimmingly as I could have ever have hoped for. Huge thanks to everyone involved with Hedwig and everyone who came out to support the show! I can only hope you all had as much of a blast as I did.

Buzz continues to swirl around a remount, and I’ll report that Vanity Project is  actively looking into the prospect of bringing Hedwig back, with the only potential obstacle being obtaining the rights to do it all over again now that Neil Patrick Harris is having his way with the show on Broadway. Keep your eyes on this spot for the latest as soon as I can share it with you.

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And now it’s back to work on a couple more projects. Firstly I’m please to be back onstage with the gang at Eddie May again with their new production of Dial M for Mountie / RCMPuleeese!, which just opened this past Saturday and will run all summer at Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre in the Market.index As well, I’ve finally had the opportunity to join the cast of their touring show as a replacement player, The Murder’s Apprentice / Survive This! which has been great fun. Of course the best part of Eddie May is getting to play with a constantly rotating cast of some of Ottawa’s funniest performers, and I’m glad to be back at it with the gang, and working with friends old and new. I hope you’ll join us for a unique and fun evening soon of mystery and mayhem, reservations can be made at eddiemay.com.

Back at the Gladstone, it’s on to My Brilliant Divorce, which I’m thrilled to be production managing for Seventhirty Productions and Pat Moylan.

MyBrilliantDivorce modified graphic for webDirected by John P Kelly and starring Kate Hurman in a one woman tour de force, My Brilliant Divorce has a little something for everyone. Laughs, heartwarming moments and raw emotion, and Kate brings life to a host of colourful characters to tell the tale of recent divorcee, Angela Lipsky.

My Brilliant Divorce

April 25–May 17, 2014 (previews April 23–24)

Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

By Geraldine Aron

Directed by John P. Kelly

Starring Kate Hurman

“—and then he was gone. His laundry in the basket, a duck in the oven and our daughter’s dog, Dexter and I left staring at the door. Well. After a lifetime of faithfulness and devotion, can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!”
Angela Lipsky is 39 (she says) when we join her for her new life! Is there life after divorce? There sure is for Angela!

Tickets:

Adult:  $34
Senior (65+):  $30
Student/Artist*/Unwaged:  $20
Preview performance:  $18

*including Theatre Ontario members

Tickets available now at thegladstone.ca

Other items on the horizion I’m looking forward to, partying it up at this years Rideau awards, where I’ve been fortunate enough to be nominated for this years Emerging Artist Award, along with the brilliant Mel Brown, Steven Lafond and Jess Preece. Regardless of the outcome, just being mentioned in the same sentence with these guys is more of an honour than anyone can ask for.  Also, I can’t wait to start playing along with the gang from Zucchini Grotto as they vy for top honours at this year’s Showtune Showdown in May, and I’m also looking forward to getting started on an upcoming Fringe project with Blacksheep Theatre written by Martin Dockery and directed by Dave Dawson, and producing Vanity Project Productions’ return to Ottawa Fringe with The Poe Show, based on the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe, written by David Beecroft and directed by Stewart Matthews.

All the best folks, and see you at the theatre!





Hedwig And The Angry Inch at The Gladstone Theatre – April 2-5!

1 03 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not…

972283_10152886685940078_150301532_nIt’s back into rehearsals for a project that’s been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, brought to you by Vanity Project Productions. I’m super stoked to have such a fantastic team on board for this project, with PepTide vocalist Rebecca Noelle on board to rock the mike as Yitzhak to my Hedwig. (You may have caught her tearing the roof off Orpheus’ recent productions of RENT and Footloose). Stewart Matthews directs and shreds a mean guitar as Krzyzhtof, 2013 Prix Rideau Award nominee (Emerging Artist) Steven Lafond also does double duty musical directing and beating the drums as Schlatko, Marc Connor holds it all together on Bass as Jacek, and burning it up on keyboards as Skzkp, another PepTide (and brilliant musical director in his own right) Scott Irving, (who I greatly enjoyed working with on Productions of Evil Dead: The Musical and Urinetown with Sock’N Buskin a few years back)

Also on board behind the scenes, another recent Prix Rideau Award Nominee (Emerging Artist) Jess Preece as Stage Manager, David Magladry on lighting design, and Annie Lefevbre as wig, hair and makeup designer, wardrobe items by Patrice Ann Forbes and  illustrations and projection by Eric Rochon and Fiona Currie.

This award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin Of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself.’

With a limited run of only 5 performances, and excitement already starting to build amoung Ottawa Hed-heads, be warned you’ll want to book your tickets asap to ensure you don’t miss out on one of the most hotly anticipated theatre events this season. And I for one would love to see you there.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch at The Gladstone Theatre
Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Directed by Stewart Matthews, Musical Direction by Steven Lafond
Featuring Tim Oberholzer and Rebecca Noelle
and Stewart Matthews, Marc Connor, Steven Lafond and Scott Irving as the Angry Inch
April 3–5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (preview April 2) & a special late show Friday April 4 at 10 pm

Tickets:
Adult: $21.52 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $25
Student/Artist*/Senior: $17.10 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $20
Preview performance: $12.67 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $15

*including Theatre Ontario members








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