Controlled Damage

2025-02-13 19:30 2025-02-22 23:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Controlled Damage

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/35930

In-person event

An NAC English Theatre/Neptune Theatre Co-Production  On November 8, 1946, Viola Desmond entered the whites-only section of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Unaware that the theatre was segregated, Viola took a seat on the main floor instead of the balcony where Black patrons were expected to sit. Although she offered to pay the one cent tax difference, Viola was dragged from the theatre, jailed, and charged with tax evasion.  Award-winning playwright Andrea...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
February 13 - 22, 2025

February 2025

  1. Feb 13 2025
    Thursday

    7:30pm

  2. Feb 14 2025
    Friday

    7:30pm

  3. Feb 15 2025
    Saturday

    7:30pm

  4. Feb 16 2025
    Sunday
  5. Feb 17 2025
    Monday
  6. Feb 18 2025
    Tuesday

    11:00am

  7. Feb 19 2025
    Wednesday

    11:00am

  8. Feb 20 2025
    Thursday

    7:30pm

  9. Feb 21 2025
    Friday

    7:30pm

  10. Feb 22 2025
    Saturday

    2:00pm

    7:30pm

Close schedule
An image of Viola Desmond appears on an old, torn movie ticket. In the background is a blurred image of white men in a theatre.
Family programming Theatre Drama
“It is so much more than a simple history lesson.” Halifax Presents
  • In-person event
  • English
  • Ages 14+
  • ≈ 2 hours · With intermission
  • Mature themes
  • Sexual content
  • Strong language
NAC English Theatre Co-production

An NAC English Theatre/Neptune Theatre Co-Production 

On November 8, 1946, Viola Desmond entered the whites-only section of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Unaware that the theatre was segregated, Viola took a seat on the main floor instead of the balcony where Black patrons were expected to sit. Although she offered to pay the one cent tax difference, Viola was dragged from the theatre, jailed, and charged with tax evasion. 

Award-winning playwright Andrea Scott examines the life of this trailblazing Canadian civil rights figure and how her act of bravery in a small town cinema set off a powerful wave of change. A remarkable woman thrust reluctantly into greatness by an unyielding, prejudiced world, Viola never wavered — even when the personal toll weighed heavily on her and those who loved her. 

Controlled Damage honours Viola’s tenacity as a Black woman entrepreneur as well as her inspirational role for future generations. This rich portrait of a formidable icon offers a poignant reminder of the continuing struggle for social justice in Canada. 

Black Out Night

On February 15, 2025, NAC English Theatre will host a Black Out Night that will coincide with the evening performance of Controlled Damage.  
 
NAC Black Out Nights offer Black audiences, and their guests, an opportunity to enjoy performances with their community, showcasing the vibrant spectrum of the Black experience. As always, everyone is welcome to join the Black Out Night during the performance of Controlled Damage, fostering a spirit of inclusivity and celebration. 

Content Advisory: As a reimagining of the life of an important civil rights icon in Canada, this play confronts difficult yet necessary truths about racism and discrimination that have been a part of our shared history. Due to the realities of this historical context, the play does not censor offensive, demeaning, and racist language, including the n-word and other racial slurs. Sexual content is also briefly discussed onstage.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Feb 10
Feb 11
Feb 12
Feb 13
  • 7:30 pm Preview
Feb 14
  • 7:30 pm Opening Night
Feb 15
  • 7:30 pm Black Out Night
Feb 16
Feb 17
Feb 18
  • 11:00 am Student Matinee
Feb 19
  • 11:00 am Student Matinee
Feb 20
  • 7:30 pm Talk Back
Feb 21
  • 7:30 pm
Feb 22
  • 2:00 pm ASL Performance
  • 7:30 pm
Feb 23
  • By Andrea Scott
  • Directed by Cherissa Richards