The First Stone
October 6–16, 2022

“Don’t be fooled by stillness — listening is an action. Listening is an action too.”

— Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, playwright

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents a New Harlem Productions and Great Canadian Theatre Company production

An epic exploration of history, war, and forgiveness, The First Stone delves into the exploitation of child abductees, the communities from which these children are stolen, the determination to bring them home, and the hard road to reconciliation that follows. Through poetry and song, this world-premiere production follows one family’s effort to reunite, measuring the cost of holding on, and of letting go.

photo of Daniel Jelani Ellis and Makambe K. Simamba by Dylan Mitro
styling by Cat Calica, hair and makeup by Robert Weir
graphic design by Awake Studio

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Sunday, October 2 // 2PM (preview)

Tuesday, October 4 // 7:30PM (preview)
Wednesday, October 5 // 7:30PM (preview)

Thursday, October 6 // 7:30PM (opening night)
Friday, October 7 // 7:30PM
Saturday, October 8 // 7:30PM
Sunday, October 9 // 2PM

Wednesday, October 12 // 7:30PM
Thursday, October 13 // 7:30PM
Friday, October 14 // 7:30PM
Saturday, October 15 // 7:30PM
Sunday, October 16 // 2PM

Donna Michelle St Bernard // playwright
Yvette Nolan // director


New Harlem Productions is a project-based arts organization that prioritizes marginalized narratives. It is concerned with its impact on people, places and things; projects are undertaken with consideration for sustainability, solidarity, professional development, equitable resource distribution, social implications and front-line experiences.

Great Canadian Theatre Company is Ottawa’s largest professional, independent theatre with the mandate to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. Under the leadership of Interim Artistic Director Sarah Kitz and Managing Director Hugh Neilson, GCTC offers a wide range of artistic programming: 6 main stage plays every year; a variety of theatre-for-young-audiences; artist workshops; and even the occasional pop-up restaurant with nationally renowned chefs.

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Dates & Times

October 2 2PM
October 4 + 5 7:30PM

Show Run
October 6–16 
Wed-Sat 7:30PM
Sun 2PM

Tiered Ticket Pricing


For each of our mainstage shows this season, we’re offering tickets at a range of price points, though seating is general admission, and every seat is just as good as the next. If cost is a barrier, this is your chance to get an affordable ticket. If you are able to pay more, this is your change to increase your support for the work onstage and ensure it stays affordable for those who need it.

Please note that we continue to ask all patrons, artists, and staff, to provide proof of vaccination and to mask while in the space. These measures are revisited regularly by our joint health and safety committee as the pandemic continues to evolve.

For more information on our COVID safety measures, including our vaccination policy, click here.