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 uOttawa’s LabO (10 Daly avenue). Tickets are $18 for students and seniors, and $22 regular. You can subscribe to any 4 shows for $70.


OST's 19th SEASON:

Hidden in Plain Sight: Uncovering Queerness in Story

Eden Nameri and Lynn Torrie

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30pm at uOttawa's LabO

A traditional European folk tale of a young girl's coming of age becomes the story of her coming out. The Biblical tales of Naomi and Ruth and of David and Jonathan portray a devotion deeper than friendship. A story of the Scottish sea tells of family alienation. An Albanian tale and a Greek myth illustrate that gender is not set in stone. Storytellers Eden Nameri and Lynn Torrie reveal how they unearthed these stories, why they are so scarce, and what makes them queer.


Stories of an Immigrant Child

Anna Kerz and musician Susanne Farrow

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30pm at uOttawa's LabO

Luminous storyteller, Anna Kerz, has been called “one of the treasures of the Canadian storytelling movement”. Her stories of growing up as an immigrant child in Toronto in the 50’s and 60’s, starting with a rooming house on Kensington Ave. at the edge of what was then known as The Jewish Market, touch the heart with their emotional depth, gentle humour, and wisdom.


Dracula, A Tale of Blood and Darkness

Dean Verger 

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:30pm at uOttawa's LabO

Peer into the shadows with Dean Verger’s telling of the chilling, classic tale of Dracula, an ancient darkness that descends upon the living and the naively courageous who trust in the light of love and loyalty. This version of the original 1897 story by Bram Stoker will be accompanied by 16th century music on the mandolin, played by the storyteller himself.


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