NOVEMBER 16-19, 2016 (preview november 15) at the gladstone theatre
in support of Difd


who we are

C. Lee Bates and Joan Edwards Frommer partnered to create indie women productions, based on a shared commitment to the production of uncompromisingly provocative theatre. Joined by Lin Dickson and Laurel Tye, the four retired educators have decades of combined experience in every aspect of theatre, including performance; artistic and musical direction; stage management; set, costume, sound and props design and production. Their vision lead to an immense success and generous donation to The Royal Ottawa Foundation.

On March 4, 2016 indie women productions formed a formal board and applied for Incorporation with the Province of Ontario as a Not for profit. Board Members include… MORE


indie women productions is committed to producing high-quality community theatre, particularly plays and musicals that feature strong female roles. Additionally, iwp seeks to produce socially relevant theatre that educates and raises awareness in its audiences in an entertaining context. iwp is committed to include fundraising for charitable organizations as an element of every production.

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BIngo Ladies

When you sit with Jillian O’Connor you find yourself leaning in to bask in the positive energy that radiates her love of life and formidable strength. She glows as she talks of her family and the ins and outs of living with cancer. You want to move mountains for this young woman. You catch yourself thinking you should be a stronger person.

Jillian was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer while pregnant with her son Declan. Sadly, following his birth, tests revealed that Jillian’s cancer is terminal.

She worries about the strain on her husband. “We thought we would be a two income family raising the children together. Now David is supporting us on his income alone.” But, she knows that their close knit family are by their side. Whatever is around the corner Jillian knows her family will be okay.

Return 2 Normal

For months after indie women productions’ premiere of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical next to normal at The Gladstone last October, we received considerable enthusiastic and supportive feedback. We resisted the urge to remount until last spring when it was decided that a new Ottawa production would provide the opportunity for more people to see this unique, powerful and unforgettable musical that entertains and provokes, while raising awareness about the realities of mental health issues within families and communities.
Right: October 2014–the ‘next to normal’ team gathered to celebrate raising and presenting $15,000 to the Royal Ottawa Foundation.

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