Robert Bockstael in Getting to Room Temperture

Getting to Room Temperature is Back in Ottawa

January 8January 13

Starring Robert Bockstael
Written and directed by Arthur Milner
Design by Martin Conboy

A hard-hitting, sentimental and funny play about dying — based on a mostly true story.
A talkback with special guests will follow most performances, stay tuned for talkback schedule!
(see below for schedule)
PAL Ottawa is teaming with Compassionate Ottawa in hosting and promoting the talkbacks.

January 8-13, 2018
Monday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

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Talkback Schedule
The audience is invited to stay following each performance for a special talkback presentation featuring special guests. The audience is also invited to share their stories and experiences in an open forum.

Tuesday, January 9
Rev. Ellie Barrington, Imam Mohamad Jebara

Wednesday, January 10
Doctors, Aisha Sherazi, PhD, Principal, Islamic School

Thursday, January 11
Doctors (to be announced)

Friday, January 12
Sarah Dickson, Manager of Care, Hospice Care Ottawa
Nadine Valk, Executive Director, Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program
Carol Seaby, Executive Director, At-Home Hospice
Karen Seaby, Operations Director, At-Home Hospice
Saturday, January 13
Daphne Gilbert, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa
Laura M. Abitbol, lawyer and notary public at Laura M. Abitbol Barrister and Solicitor
Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton, Or Haneshamah (ORH): Ottawa’s Reconstructionist Community

“The weighty material flows through Robert Bockstael’s seemingly effortless delivery weaving a believable humor with poignant remembrances and effective arguments.”
– Jennifer Cavanagh, Apartment 613

“Bockstael controlled the mood of the audience throughout the performance with aplomb, drawing us through humour into the serious emotional business of death and back out the other side.”
– Wes Babcock, New Ottawa Critics

“The provocative one-man show … targets our sense of right and wrong. Milner, through the accessible voice of Bockstael, wraps his questions in warm anecdotes about his family, sprinkles the show with humour, and lovingly depicts his vital, opinionated mother.”
– Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen