past productions


13 Tableaux of a Precarious Worker (2018)


13 Tableaux of a Precarious Worker is a play about the growth of precarious work and its impacts on individuals in the neoliberal era. It tells the untold story of this insecure, non-standard, part-time, temporary form of employment that leads to the lack of benefits, low wages, dangerous working conditions, juggling multiple jobs, longer hours of work and unpredictable futures for workers. The storyline of the play consists of 13 different scenes and stories of precarious workers—from different occupations and sectors.


Play development early production took place on
May 1 & 2, 2018 at 7:30pm at  Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue Ottawa, ON)

Cast

Lauriane Lehouillier
Kelsey Rideout
Özgür Çınar
Priyanka Gopaltiska
Letycia Henriques
Avan

David Whiteley (cellist)

Creative Team 

Playwrights:
Özgür Çınar and Gülden Özcan

Director:
Özgür Çınar

Stage Manager:
Kumru Bilici

Assistant Stage Manager:
Yasin Kokarca

Lighting Designer:
Fraser MacKinnon

Costume and Prop Designer:
Valerie Pariseau

Video Art:
Alejandro Salgado Cendales

Sound Operator:
Kerem Eker

Graphic and Poster Designer:
Erkal Tülek


Co-authors Özgür Çınar and Gülden Özcan thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its financial support in research-creation stage of this play.

Negative Theatre acknowledges gracious support from

Mayworks Ottawa
OPIRG Carleton
CUPE 4600
City of Ottawa

Special thanks to

Bora Erdağı
Irene Jansen
Kelti Cameron



Multinational gRape Corporations (2010)


Outstanding Original Work Award, won at the 2010 Ottawa Fringe Festival
Outstanding Fringe Production, nominated at the 2011 Prix Rideau Awards

“multinational gRape corporations” is an innovative and critical play nourished by negative dialectics. The play is about a couple whose lives have been taken over by the ongoing advertisements and fragments in particular, institutions and bigger authorities in general. It reflects an imminent critique of the effects of culture industry which we are heavily experiencing in our every day lives. By the same token, the play is also a critique of US war in Iraq, Fascist regimes in the world, Immigration policy of Canada, current economic crises, ongoing attempts of the governments to promote precarious work and ecological crisis. Through unfolding the contradictions inherit in these realities the show tries to get the audiences think critically about these issues.



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Diary of a Madman (2009)


An adaptation of Nicolai Gogol's short story, "Diary of a Madman", about a clerk's disintegration into madness. Written in 1834, the story contains one of the earliest descriptions of schizophrenia, by turns bizarre, funny and sad. It is a first-person narrative presented in the form of a diary. At the outset, the narrator records his frustrations and humiliations straightforwardly, rationalizing various affronts to his dignity. Over time, however, reason gives way to delusion. His intermittent encounters with Sophie, the radiant daughter of his official superior, provoke an obsession that leads to his "overhearing" two dogs discussing his hopelessness. As such hallucinations become more frequent, he finds solace--and his ultimate rationale--in a new identity as the rightful king of Spain, whose enemies have engineered his exile. Throughout the story, interludes of sanity provide striking counterpoint to the deepening psychosis. It represents the kind of cutting edge writing that placed Gogol in the forefront of Russian writers, with great influence on the generation that came after him. It seems that both the citizen in democratic republics, as well as bureaucrats anywhere are the primary targets of this short story.