In the summer of 2009, Cory Thibert was a quiet 19-year-old living in his parents’ basement. He was working as a server to pay his college tuition, spending time with his animal-loving girlfriend, and starting a theatre company with his best friend. When the Ottawa Affordable Housing Unit informs his parents that they have to move out of the only home Cory has ever known, it sets in motion a series of events that uncover the truth about what has set his family apart, and force Cory to find his voice...with a scream.
With laugh-out-loud humour and heartbreaking honesty, AWKWARD HUG transports us to the discomfort of navigating adulthood for the first time. Through masterful storytelling and intimate reflection, Cory explores what constitutes “normal” in our world, and how having two parents with (dis)abilities forces his family outside those margins.
ENLIGHTENING. CAPTIVATING. IMPACTFUL.
"FRINGE 2018 MUST-SEE" - Broadway World Montreal
★★★★1/2 "Sensitive, sharp & never sappy" - Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★ "Beautiful & tender" - CBC Manitoba
★★★★ "Beautifully crafted...with ebbs and flows between humour and heartache" - Theatre in London
NNNN "Charming & poignant" - Now Magazine Toronto
WINNER - Spirit of the Fringe - Tilee Awards (London, ON)
CRITICS PICK - Now Magazine (Toronto, ON)
SOLD OUT - Winnipeg Fringe Festival
NOMINEE - Best English Production - Frankie Awards (Montreal, QC)
NOMINEE - Best Visual Identity - Frankie Awards (Montreal, QC)
Director & Stage Manager: Linnea Gwiazda
Writer & Performer: Cory Thibert
Dramaturgy: TJ Dawe
Sound Design & Composition: Gary Thibert | dumbpop (Matthew Ariaratnam)
Photography/marketing design: LOG Creative Bureau
Produced by O Albatross
Vancouver, BC - April 19th, 2018 - TICKETS @ The Door Only - INFO
New Westminster, BC - May 9th, 2018 - TICKETS @ The Door Only - INFO
Fringe Festival tour May-September 2018.
London, ON - May 29th-June 9th, 2018 - TICKETS
Montréal, QC - June 11th-17th, 2018 - TICKETS
Toronto, ON - July 4th-15th, 2018 - TICKETS
Winnipeg, MB - July 18th-29th, 2018 - TICKETS
Saskatoon, SK - August 2nd-11th, 2018 - TICKETS
Edmonton, AB - August 16th-26th, 2018 - TICKETS
Victoria, BC - August 22nd - Sept 2nd, 2018 - TICKETS
Vancouver, BC - Sept 6th-16th, 2018 - TICKETS