Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre Company

Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre Company

Sock ‘N’ Buskin (abbreviated to S ‘n’ B) is a student-run, community-based theatre company, located at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.


Sock ‘N’ Buskin was formed in 1943, one year after the formation of Carleton University itself. The company have performed a variety of shows in a variety of styles every year since.

A number of Sock 'N' Buskin alumni have gone on to professional careers, notably actor Dan Aykroyd and CBC radio host Alan Neal. Several professional theatre groups in Ottawa, such as the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Third Wall Theatre Company have their origins in S'N'B.

Their mainstage series traditionally consists of three plays a year: one classic (often by Shakespeare) piece, one modern (often Canadian), and one musical.

Recent shows

2006-2007 season

*"A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare. Director Don Fex Producer: Chris McIlveen
*"Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet. Director: Matt Minter. Producer: Adrian Di Lullo.
*"What the Butler Saw" by Joe Orton. Director: David Whiteley. Producers: Adrian Di Lullo and Chris McIlveen

2005-2006 season

*A Night of Ives: Four short plays by David Ives. Directors: Claudia Sicondolfo, Jason Benovoy, Colleen Kelly and Lara Gillespie. Producer: Darran Fernandez
*Zastrozzi by George F. Walker. Director: David Whiteley. Producer: Carlie Hopper.
*"Grease" by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Director: Lisa Bishop-Spencer. Producer: Laura Cummings.

2004-2005 season

*"The Trojan Women" by Euripides, translated/adapted by Gwendolyn MacEwen. Director: David Whiteley. Producers: Ray Besharah and Laura Hall.
*"Baby with the Bathwater", by Christopher Durang. Director: Adam Smith. Producer: Darran Fernandez.
*"How to Save the Day" by Matthew Domville. Director: Matthew Domville. Producer: Meaghan Harding. (at the Ottawa Fringe Festival)

2003-2004 season

*"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. Director: Dave Dawson Producer: Meaghan Harding
*"Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang. Directors: Heather MacDonald and Heather Moulaison Producer: Melissa Thornton
*"Tommy" by The Who. Director: Lisa Bishop. Producers: Heather MacDonald and Heather Moulaison

2002-2003 season

*"Women of Manhattan" by John Patrick Shanley. Director: Dave Dawson.
*"Romeo and Juliet", by William Shakespeare. Director: David Whiteley. Producer: Carly Ray
*"Moo" by Sally Clark. Director: Brent Rouleau. Producer: Joel Bernbaum
*"The Rocky Horror Show" by Richard O'Brien. Director: Lisa Bishop. Producer: Angie Chiang

2001-2002 season

*"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare. Director: Brent Rouleau.
*"Seven Stories" by Morris Paynch. Director: Dave Dawson.
*"Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Director: Lisa Bishop.

Other past shows include "A Clockwork Orange", "Hair", "Cabaret", "Jeffrey", "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Big Funk", "Chess", "Unidentified Human Remains", "I Hate Hamlet", "Antigone", and many more.

econd Stage Series

In addition to their mainstage, they also have a second stage series (formerly the studio series) featuring independent and underground theatre in a small-scale, small-risk setting. The studio series has featured eclectic theatre styles such as French absurdism, student-written/directed pieces, and a slam poetry series entitled "This is Hip Hop". Previously, these productions took place in Sock 'n' Buskin's permanent studio space, a 50-seat black box which was also used for auditions and rehearsals. In August 2004 the studio was torn down by Carleton University in order to build an ice rink, S'n'B was given two weeks notice to remove their stuff. []

Since then, S'n'B's second stage series has been without a home. Spaces such as Rooster's and the Fenn Lounge in Residence have been used for performances, and they have often had to resort to paying for rehearsal spaces. S'n'B is constantly struggling to find spaces on campus in which to do theatre.

External links

* [ Sock ‘N’ Buskin website]

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