Ottawa Storyteller's Signature Series 2018/19

Ignite your imagination with live, professional storytelling. From the fantastical worlds of great literary artists, to hidden historical treasures, to extraordinary personal journeys, this season will delight and enlighten. Storytellers, both local and imported, present a show a month from September to April. Programs are intended for audience ages 12 and up. Shows take place at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly avenue) and LabO Theatre (10 Daly avenue). Tickets are $18 for students and seniors, and $22 regular.


OST's 19th SEASOn

From the Mountains to the Sea: Family stories from Palestine spanning 150 years

Sarah Abusarar        

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30pm at Arts Court Theatre

The story of an honour killing of a sixteen-year old shepherdess in the Hebron Hills spans 70 years and finds a connection with a four-year-old boy (father of the storyteller Sarah Abusarar). A poetic tribute to an ancient land and its people, the shepherdess’ story opens the way into a collection of tales told by that father. His childhood stories about growing up in Palestine at the start of the occupation are stories of child poverty, childhood resistance, and refugees. “While my mother told me fairy tales, my father told me real life stories that also contained kings, brave young men, and monsters.” 


Canterbury Tales’ Lusty, Long-suffering, and Devout Women

Gail Anglin, Daniel Kletke, Phil Nagy, and musician Femke Bergsma

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:30pm at uOttawa's LabO

Late in the 14th century, thirty pilgrims on their way to Canterbury engaged in a game of tale-telling. Though this was a time of plague and war, Chaucer’s pilgrims didn’t tell stories about those evils. Instead, most of their stories showed how, one way or another, women were the root of all of men’s troubles. Aided by recorder specialist Femke Bergsma’s medieval musical magic, three contemporary storytellers, Daniel Kletke, Phil Nagy, and Gail Anglin, bring to life a cross-section of Chaucer’s women – bold and lusty faithless wives; long-suffering faithful wives; chaste and devout maidens – and the men who made their lives heaven or hell