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Carmen Aguirre to perform Blue Box at Great Canadian Theatre Company
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 22 January 2013 08:22
Travellers who find themselves in Ottawa any time between this week and February 3 may want to check out Carmen Aguirre's Blue Box, which will be performed at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. The production has been considered a hit, as it runs through Aguirre's life as an underground revolutionary in Chile to a relationship later in life. It incorporates everything from family and passion to terror and love, as it spans from the mountain passes in Chile to Hollywood.
The 90-minute play includes Aguirre describing two major parts of her life, as the young girl who was a revolutionary and then her romantic passion with a Hollywood movie star when she was in her early 30s. The production is essentially a monologue that involves the audience as well as keeps them focused on her storied tale. Due to the nature of the production, many audience members then take to Twitter, Facebook or other social media platforms to discuss some of the elements of the show, while also incorporating their own experiences into the mix.
This is the sixth time Aguirre's Blue Box has been performed. The first time it was tested to an audience was years ago in Toronto, when an incomplete script was read. Since its start, it has captivated audiences with Aguirre's tale of her own experiences. Aguirre's memoir, "Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter," earned top prize at the 2012 CBC Canada Reads competition. Now that the show has been running for a year, coupled with the success of her memoir, it is likely this will continue to captivate audiences in coming years.
Those who will be travelling to Ottawa, but will not make it for Blue Box can also check out the Great Canadian Theatre Company for The Edward Curtis Project, which will run from April 2 to April 21. The production follows Angeline, a journalist who is emotionally scarred after covering the deaths of three children. She is unable to get rid of the image of the children in her head, and her mind begins to unravel. The show then incorporates a dialogue between the photographer Edward Curtis, who documented the controversial "vanishing Indian" back in the early 1900s, and the struggling Angeline in a unique, yet beautiful show.