Exciting new work continues to flourish in Ottawa’s vibrant theatre scene. Under the direction of recent Les PrixRideau Award winner Joël Beddows, Evolution Theatre presents the World premiere of The Lavender Railroad: Safe House & Ex Cathedra, two plays by Lawrence Aronovitch at the Leonard Beaulne Studio – 135 Seraphin Marion, University of Ottawa from May 4 to 14.
Written by emerging local playwright Lawrence Aronovitch, The Lavender Railroad is set in a world where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. In the first part, Safe House, a fugitive named Sebastian (Simon Bradshaw) meets his mysterious rescuer, an older man who calls himself Mother Courage (Tom Charlebois). In the second part, Ex Cathedra, a nun (Beverley Wolfe) discovers that a female government security officer (Maureen Smith) is a former lover. The link between the two stories is the Lavender Railroad, which brings hope to those who are trying to stay alive.
Director Joël Beddows believes in the importance of this piece “because we still go to the theatre to hear relevant words and incredible stories that ring strangely true” – a sentiment that hits close to home to the members of the Ottawa Branch of Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR). Board Member Paul Gruber states “It is not widely known that gays, lesbians and transgendered people face persecution under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The IRQR will be hosting a special talkback after the May 5th performance to discuss the plight of the GLBT community in that part of the world. Another talkback will be held after the May 11th performance as well.
“The play speaks to anyone who believes naively that rights are a given, that truths are forever and that a wrathful God does not exist,” says Aronovitch. “I believe that covers everybody.”
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Plays: The Lavender Railroad/Safe House & Ex Cathedra
Written by Lawrence Aronovitch
Directed by Joël Beddows
At: Leonard Beaulne Studio (University of Ottawa–135 Seraphin Marion)
With: Simon Bradshaw, Tom Charlebois, Maureen Smith and Beverley Wolfe
Set Design by: Margaret Coderre-Williams
Lighting Design by Lynn Cox
Costume Design by Linda Bedford
Sound Design by AL Connors