When Magnetic North Theatre Festival artistic director Ken Cameron travels the country in search of plays to include in his latest lineup, he asks himself one crucial question.

“My selection criteria is: ‘Is this a play that the rest of the country has to see right now?’ If the answer is unequivocally yes, then I move heaven and Earth to get it to Magnetic North,” he said.

As a result, arguably some of the country’s most interesting and irresistible theatre works are coming to Ottawa as the festival returns to the nation’s capital for the fourth time today.

Included in the festival is the Ottawa debut of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, a work commissioned by the festival back in 2007; Skydive, an award-winning play already seen by 25,000 people in Canada; and Trudeau Stories, a one-woman play about the artist’s friendship with Pierre Elliott Trudeau. There will be a lot of interest in that piece, said Cameron.

The Rideau Project, written by six Ottawa-based playwrights, will also speak to people in Ottawa, said Cameron.

The festival, which alternates between Ottawa and the rest of Canada, “is a national gathering place for all corners of the country,” said Cameron.

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