GCTC's LIKE WOLVES Wolves Raises Nearly $13,500 for Actors' Fund of Canada
Rosa LaBorde's new play may be called Like Wolves, but Great Canadian Theatre Company audiences gave the lion's share during the play's 18 day run in Ottawa from June 4-23. The critically acclaimed and dramatic black comedy raised almost $13,500 through audience collections in support of the Actors' Fund of Canada.
The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) has made supporting the Actors' Fund a yearly tradition with over $67,500 raised over the past four years. Artistic Director Eric Coates was proud to continue the tradition in 2013 with the world premiere of Like Wolves. "The Actors' Fund supports members of our community in crisis situations," says Coates. "All of us here at GCTC feel that the Fund's work is vitally important. I'd particularly like to thank John Koensgen, who portrayed Yuri in Like Wolves, for being such an amazing champion of the Fund. He provides great leadership, delivering curtain speeches, encouraging his fellow artists to participate and educating the audience about the Actors' Fund's important work."
Founded in 1975, the Great Canadian Theatre Company's mandate is "To foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world." Last season over 35,000 people attended a production at GCTC's home, the state-of-the-art Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, in Ottawa.
The Actors' Fund of Canada is a registered charity that provides short-term financial aid to entertainment industry professionals working in theatre, film and TV, music and dance. The Actors' Fund is not just for actors: performers, creators, technical staff and other production team members can apply for help from the Fund which delivered over $450,000 in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other basic living expenses to clients in the last 12 months and has helped over 11,000 entertainment industry members since it was founded in 1958.
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For more information, visit www.actorsfund.ca.
Photo by: Andrew Alexander