Class Struggles but MFA Students Flourish

April 16, 2008 3:47 pm

Controversial playwright Edward Bond’s Restoration was presented by the University of Ottawa’s Unicorn Theatre from April 8th to April 12th. Restoration, a study of class exploitation, featured lively music and songs in its portrayal of the injustices of eighteenth-century British society. The play dramatized the story of Rose whose husband is framed for a murder committed by his devious master. Rose attempts to break through the indifference of the upper class, in order to save her husband’s life. This highly entertaining production of Restoration featured the work of students in the Masters of Fine Arts Program of Directing at the U of O’s Department of Theatre and was directed by graduate student Rebecca Benson. Benson is currently pursuing her MFA in Directing and has a host of accomplishments under her belt including 10 years in Toronto training and working in theatre as director, actor, teacher and writer/creator with various theatre companies. Pierre-Luc Grenier and David Stein collaborated on the musical score and readily captured the spirit and drama of 18th century rural life. Both Grenier and Stein have already enjoyed success creating scores for film and theatre.

The Ottawa Book of Everything!

3:42 pm

Behind Every Great Book Is A Great Philosophy

The editors at the Book of Everything believe that a place is revealed through an accumulation of its details, one fact at a time. A city’s details can be disclosed through subtle nuances like variations of weather or climate, through its pride in its favorite sons and daughters, in the local slang, in the brutal crime or in the quiet park that only a tiny neighborhood could harbour. Ottawa author and resident Art Montague has made it his job to unearth and marshal those facts about the Nation’s Capital in the OTTAWA BOOK OF EVERYTHING. Over the next 8 issues Ottawa Life Magazine will publish interesting excerpts from the book-little gems about Ottawa. Published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc. of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (

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