Spotlight On: Dave Dawson!

We are SO damn pleased to announce that Crush Improv is pairing up with The Gladstone Theatre’s 2012/2013 Season!

For every show in the Gladstone lineup, Crush Improv will be performing their hit show Spotlight On… featuring that show’s director.

Spotlight On… began as a show at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe Festival and won Crush the Best Ensemble award! The show features a new guest monologist (someone who tells monologues) every night and that person, inspired by a suggestion from the audience, tells short stories from their real life.  Crush then improvises scenes based on those true-life tales, and once the scenes wander a little too far from the original story, the focus goes back to our guest and we hear another anecdote which inspires more scenes.

This month’s guest, Dave Dawson, is a director, playwright, performer, and high school teacher here in Ottawa.

He’s a veteran of the Canadian Fringe festival Circuit, both as a performer and director. He has directed more than 45 plays including dozens of touring Fringe shows, and the off-off-broadway premiere of Sterling Lynch & Sam Varteniuk’s The Root Of All Squares. His plays Cabin Fever, and Snacktime for the Uninitiated have received readings at the National Arts Centre.

Dave regulary collaborates with the Gladstone Theatre, and through his company, Black Sheep Theatre, he works to bring shows to Ottawa that might not otherwise be seen. Most recently, he put together the Black Box Set Festival which included a special run of Ken Godmere’s Vernus Says SURPRISE and Jayson McDonald’s critically acclaimed Underbelly.

Next at the Gladstone, he is directing the crowd favourite Bat Boy: The Musical , opening January 16th, and we can’t wait to turn the spotlight on this producer/director/performer/teacher, on Saturday, January 26th. Join us after the Saturday night performance of Bat Boy for some Dave Dawson inspired scenes, as we play on Bat Boy’s stage!

Saturday, January 26th

Gladstone Theatre


If you missed this show at the Ottawa Fringe, be sure to catch it at the Gladstone this season, and also get to know some of the Theatre makers of Ottawa!