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What do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighbourhood parks? They are all on The Other Path! Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger created by Odyssey Theatre.

Follow people so desperate to fulfill their dreams, they choose a path that leads them to wrangle with magical forces and creatures straight out of folklore. They lure you with promises of good fortune, but be warned, they’ll lead you into danger. Whatever fate has in store, the other path reveals the unexpected.

Our five dramas by award-winning Canadian writers are inspired by fantastical tales from the past but set in today’s modern world. From haunting dramas to macabre comedies, these original tales come alive with the voices of professional actors and artfully crafted music and sound.
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The ugly duckling teenage daughter of a fashion icon finds herself ostracized in a beauty-obsessed world. Desperate for love, Barbara makes a heart-wrenching bargain with water-dwelling spirits. But the deal comes at a dreadful cost and Barbara must find the strength to forge a new destiny.  A haunting tale from folklore, fiction, and poetry writer C.S. MacCath. It was inspired by a Bavarian folktale collected by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth. Creative Team for The Belt and the Necklace:  Writer: C.S. MacCath Director and Co-Dramaturge: Laurie Steven Co-dramaturge: Janet Irwin Music Supervisor and Editor: Craig McConnell Supervising Sound Designer: Damian Kearns Cast:                                                     Chandel Gambles  (Imelda Blackthorne, Mermaid, Old Woman, Celebrity Watch Host,  Esmée Peregrine) Mark Huisman (Gilen Peregrine) Neta J. Rose (Beyla Bee, Constable Brandywine) Nicole Wilson  (Barbara Blackthorn)                                                         This episode contains disturbing events including an attempted suicide, domestic abuse, and violent events. Themes pertaining to beauty and body image. Listener discretion is advised. To find out more about The Belt and The Other Path podcast, please visit our website at www.theotherpath.ca. Join us on social media and please help spread the word by recommending us to your friends and family: Facebook: @theotherpathpodcast Instagram: @theotherpathpodcast Twitter: @theotherpathpod If you like what you hear and want to help us create new episodes, we hope you will support our work by becoming a member.  Members get access to special features, such as in-depth interviews with each writer, a chance to meet the artists and more. Please donate now at Buy Me A Coffee (theotherpathpod). About the seriesWhat do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighborhood parks? They are all on The Other Path!  Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger.  Follow people so desperate to fulfill their dreams, they choose a path that leads them to wrangle with magical forces and creatures straight out of folklore. They will lure you with promises of good fortune but be warned, they’ll lead you into danger. Whatever fate has in store, the other path reveals the unexpected. Our five dramas by award-winning Canadian writers are inspired by fantastical tales from the past, but set in today’s modern world.  From haunting dramas to macabre comedies, these original tales come alive with the voices of professional actors and artfully crafted music and sound.  To find out more about The Other Path, the artists and upcoming special events, visit our website www.theotherpath.ca.   About Odyssey TheaterThe Other Path was created and directed by Laurie Steven, Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in Ottawa, Canada.  Our imaginative award-winning productions range from satires to epic dramas, to enchanted myths re-envisioned for adult audiences.  Odyssey Theatre operates on the traditional, unceded Territory of the Algonquin, Anishnaabe peoples.  Odyssey Theatre is grateful to the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation and our wonderful donors for their support. 
The Feathered Ogre

The Feathered Ogre

2022-11-1643:33

After a strange vision, Lucy heads back to her dead-end hometown to hunt for a missing friend. A troublesome discovery leads her into a forbidden territory, home to ancient grudges, baffling curses and a most memorable monster. A whimsical, mysterious adventure about bridging old and new and getting unstuck. The play was written by folklorist and writer Daniel Peretti and inspired by the Italian tale of the same name by Italo Calvino.  The Feathered Ogre is sponsored by The Embassy of Italy in Canada. Creative Team for The Feathered Ogre: Writer: Daniel PerettiDirector: Laurie StevenDirector and Co-Dramaturge: Laurie StevenCo-dramaturge: Janet IrwinMusic Supervisor and Editor: Craig McConnellSupervising Sound Designer: Damian KearnsCast:                                                    William Beddoe (Anoon)                                             Anurag Choudhury (Paul)Erin Eldershaw (Kigva)Alix Sideris (Rhiannon)Bruce Spinney (Mannie and Series Host)Advisory:  This episode contains coarse language, potentially disturbing magic, excessive alcohol consumption, and animal cruelty. Listener discretion is advised. You can find out more about The Belt and the Necklace and the series on our website www.theotherpath.ca.   Please consider supporting our work and help us create new episodes by becoming a member at Buy Me A Coffee. Members gain access to special features, such as writer interviews, a chance to meet the artists and more.  Recommend us to your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy The Belt and the Necklace! About the seriesWhat do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighborhood parks? They are all on The Other Path!  Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger.  Follow people so desperate to fulfill their dreams, they choose a path that leads them to wrangle with magical forces and creatures straight out of folklore. They will lure you with promises of good fortune but be warned, they’ll lead you into danger. Whatever fate has in store, the other path reveals the unexpected. Our five dramas by award-winning Canadian writers are inspired by fantastical tales from the past, but set in today’s modern world.  From haunting dramas to macabre comedies, these original tales come alive with the voices of professional actors and artfully crafted music and sound.  To find out more about The Other Path, the artists and upcoming special events, visit our website www.theotherpath.ca.   About Odyssey TheaterThe Other Path was created and directed by Laurie Steven, Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in Ottawa, Canada.  Our imaginative award-winning productions range from satires to epic dramas, to enchanted myths re-envisioned for adult audiences.  Odyssey Theatre operates on the traditional, unceded Territory of the Algonquin, Anishnaabe peoples.  Odyssey Theatre is grateful to the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation and our wonderful donors for their support. 
Heart's Home

Heart's Home

2022-11-0242:31

Four people head up into the Hollow Hills for an evening of storytelling. Only three return. The trio is unwittingly drawn into a game with the Tiglath, an ancient race of shape-shifters who were driven inside the hills long ago. At stake is the land itself.  An eerie, poetic fantasy from acclaimed novelist and poet, Jo Walton, about the heartfelt, complicated meanings of home. The play was inspired by The Tale of Manawydan, son of Llyr from the Welsh legend cycle: The Third Branch of the Mabinogion.  Creative Team for Heart’s Home:  Writer: Jo Walton Director and Co-Dramaturge: Laurie Steven Co-dramaturge: Janet Irwin Music Supervisor and Editor: Venessa Lachance Supervising Sound Designer: Damian Kearns Cast:                                                     William Beddoe (Anoon) Anurag Choudhury (Paul) Erin Eldershaw (Kigva) Alix Sideris (Rhiannon) Bruce Spinney (Mannie and Series Host) Advisory: This episode contains course language, potentially disturbing magic, and themes that may raise painful memories for those harmed by the impacts of colonialism. Listener discretion is advised. You can find out more about Heart’s Home and the series on our website www.theotherpath.ca.   Please consider supporting our work and help us create new episodes by becoming a member at Buy Me A Coffee. Members gain access to special features, such as writer interviews, a chance to meet the artists and more.  Recommend us to your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy Heart’s Home! About the seriesWhat do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighborhood parks? They are all on The Other Path!  Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger.  Follow people so desperate to fulfill their dreams, they choose a path that leads them to wrangle with magical forces and creatures straight out of folklore. They will lure you with promises of good fortune but be warned, they’ll lead you into danger. Whatever fate has in store, the other path reveals the unexpected. Our five dramas by award-winning Canadian writers are inspired by fantastical tales from the past, but set in today’s modern world.  From haunting dramas to macabre comedies, these original tales come alive with the voices of professional actors and artfully crafted music and sound.  To find out more about The Other Path, the artists and upcoming special events, visit our website www.theotherpath.ca.   About Odyssey TheaterThe Other Path was created and directed by Laurie Steven, Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in Ottawa, Canada.  Our imaginative award-winning productions range from satires to epic dramas, to enchanted myths re-envisioned for adult audiences.  Odyssey Theatre operates on the traditional, unceded Territory of the Algonquin, Anishnaabe peoples.  Odyssey Theatre is grateful to the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation and our wonderful donors for their support. 
What do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighbourhood parks? They are all on The Other Path! Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger created by Odyssey Theatre.
Double Trouble

Double Trouble

2022-10-1931:39

Liam and Jessie, a young couple fleeing bills and chasing cash in a trashed economy, decide to change their fate by stealing a mysterious artifact. But as the magical object toys with their desires, the pair get caught in an otherworldly spiral with cats, cops, and corpses.  A macabre comedy of greed and black magic from playwright, author, and screenwriter, Marty Chan. It was inspired by the Chinese folktale, The Magic Cask.  Creative Team for Double Trouble: Writer: Marty ChanDirector and Co-Dramaturge: Laurie StevenCo-dramaturge: Janet IrwinMusic Supervisor and Editor: Jeremy HuttonSupervising Sound Designer: Damian KearnsCast:                                                    Paul Amato (Dimitri and Cop)Jesse Buck (Liam)Maryse Fernandes (Jessie)Jeremy Hutton (Narrator and Harold)Advisory: This episode contains course language and morbid events. Listener discretion is advised. To find out more about Double Trouble and The Other Path podcast series, please visit our website at www.theotherpath.ca. Please consider supporting our work and help us create new episodes by becoming a member at Buy Me A Coffee. Members gain access to special features, such as writer interviews, a chance to meet the artists and more.  Recommend us to your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy Double Trouble!  About the seriesWhat do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighborhood parks? They are all on The Other Path!  Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger.  Follow people so desperate to fulfill their dreams, they choose a path that leads them to wrangle with magical forces and creatures straight out of folklore. They will lure you with promises of good fortune but be warned, they’ll lead you into danger. Whatever fate has in store, the other path reveals the unexpected. Our five dramas by award-winning Canadian writers are inspired by fantastical tales from the past, but set in today’s modern world.  From haunting dramas to macabre comedies, these original tales come alive with the voices of professional actors and artfully crafted music and sound.  To find out more about The Other Path, the artists and upcoming special events, visit our website www.theotherpath.ca.   About Odyssey TheaterThe Other Path was created and directed by Laurie Steven, Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in Ottawa, Canada.  Our imaginative award-winning productions range from satires to epic dramas, to enchanted myths re-envisioned for adult audiences.  Odyssey Theatre operates on the traditional, unceded Territory of the Algonquin, Anishnaabe peoples.  Odyssey Theatre is grateful to the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation and our wonderful donors for their support. 
The Witches Circle

The Witches Circle

2022-10-0540:03

Bony Legs, the infamous witch in the woods, can grant any wish imaginable… at a price. When Lisa, a daring teen, is blackmailed, she tracks down the witch for help, only to find herself facing grueling tasks in a fight for her life.  A spirited and chilling tale of empowerment from novelist, poet and biographer, Emily Pohl-Weary. Inspired by a Russian folktale featuring Baba Yaga: Vassalisa the Brave. Creative Team for The Witch’s Circle:Writer: Emily Pohl-WearyDirector and Co-Dramaturge: Laurie StevenCo-dramaturge: Janet IrwinMusic Supervisor and Editor: Craig McConnellSupervising Sound Designer: Damian KearnsCast:                                                   Anna Burkholder  (Anna)Anurag Choudhury (Dean)Maryse Fernandes  (Lisa)Soo Garay  (Narrator and Baba Yaga)Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy The Witch’s Circle!Advisory: This episode contains coarse language, sexual aggression, and violent events. Listener discretion is advised. To find out more about The Witch’s Circle and The Other Path podcast series, please visit our website at www.theotherpath.ca. Recommend us to your friends and family:Facebook: @theotherpathpodcastInstagram: @theotherpathpodcastTwitter: @theotherpathpodPlease consider supporting our work and help us create new episodes by becoming a member at Buy Me A Coffee. Members gain access to special features, such as writer interviews, a chance to meet the artists and more. About the seriesWhat do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighborhood parks? They are all on The Other Path!  Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger.  Follow people so desperate to fulfill their dreams, they choose a path that leads them to wrangle with magical forces and creatures straight out of folklore. They will lure you with promises of good fortune but be warned, they’ll lead you into danger. Whatever fate has in store, the other path reveals the unexpected. Our five dramas by award-winning Canadian writers are inspired by fantastical tales from the past, but set in today’s modern world.  From haunting dramas to macabre comedies, these original tales come alive with the voices of professional actors and artfully crafted music and sound.  To find out more about The Other Path, the artists and upcoming special events, visit our website www.theotherpath.ca.   About Odyssey TheaterThe Other Path was created and directed by Laurie Steven, Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in Ottawa, Canada.  Our imaginative award-winning productions range from satires to epic dramas, to enchanted myths re-envisioned for adult audiences.  Odyssey Theatre operates on the traditional, unceded Territory of the Algonquin, Anishnaabe peoples.  Odyssey Theatre is grateful to the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation and our wonderful donors for their support. 
The Other Path preview

The Other Path preview

2022-09-2002:40

What do witches, ogres and shape-shifters have in common with dive bars, fashion shows and neighbourhood parks? They are all on The Other Path!  Classic folk tales meet modern life in this fantasy audio drama series filled with magic, mystery, and danger.  Follow people so desperate to fulfill their dreams, they choose a path that leads them to wrangle with magical forces and creatures straight out of folklore. They will lure you with promises of good fortune but be warned, they’ll lead you into danger. Whatever fate has in store, the other path reveals the unexpected. Our five dramas by award-winning Canadian writers are inspired by fantastical tales from the past, but set in today’s modern world.  From haunting dramas to macabre comedies, these original tales come alive with the voices of professional actors and artfully crafted music and sound.  To find out more, visit our website www.theotherpath.ca.   Please consider supporting our work and help us create new episodes by becoming a member at Buy Me A Coffee. Members gain access to special features, such as writer interviews, a chance to meet the artists and more.  Recommend us to your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.About Odyssey TheaterThe Other Path was created and directed by Laurie Steven, Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in Ottawa, Canada.  Our imaginative award-winning productions range from satires to epic dramas, to enchanted myths re-envisioned for adult audiences.  Odyssey Theatre operates on the traditional, unceded Territory of the Algonquin, Anishnaabe peoples.  Odyssey Theatre is grateful to the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation and our wonderful donors for their support. 
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