Final run of Dief the Chief starts Aug. 25

Special to WC Online

CARP – The Diefenbunker Museum and Pierre Brault, Ottawa’s multi award-winning playwright and performer, have come together to create a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders – John Diefenbaker. 

October 1962 – a world on the brink of nuclear war! Relive the heart-stopping story of the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John ‘Dief the Chief’ Diefenbaker. Travel with ‘Dief’ through the Diefenbunker, into the war room as he and the world watch the USA and USSR face off in history’s closest brush with nuclear war. Hear in his own words how Dief’s rocky relationship with President John F. Kennedy played an extraordinary role in Canadian/American relations and how each influenced the other’s policies.

This immersive theatrical experience, written by playwright Pierre Brault and performed by Peter Haworth and Pierre Brault, is a unique opportunity to relive history and to play a part in it.

Veteran actor, writer, director and producer Pierre Brault  has appeared on virtually every stage in Ottawa and across Canada. He is best known for writing, performing and touring his multi-award-winning, historically based shows: 5 O’Clock Bells, Portrait of an Unidentified Man, and Blood on the Moon.

The last three performances run Friday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The play will move around to different spaces and levels underground. Please wear comfortable shoes. There will be very limited seating. For more information and to purchase tickets go to


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