It’s September and time is running out to catch the excitement of the Stratford Festival’s Forum! Don’t miss out on what’s left of this immersive experience that offers unique opportunities to see some of the world’s greatest thinkers and entertainers.
Some of the highlights this month include:
Honest Villains and Noble Killers: The Iago/Othello Character Dynamic
Studio Theatre, Thursday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Speakers: Ellen Geer, Artistic Director, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Los Angeles; Dr. Caroline Bicks, Boston College, USA; Bethany Jillard, Graham Abbey and Dion Johnstone, Stratford Festival company.
Support for the Symposium is generously provided by Dr. Jules and Josephine Harris. Admission: Free, but tickets must be reserved.
In Shakespeare’s Othello, the character of Iago is key to why and how the story unfolds; Iago has even more lines than Othello. Many great actors have played both parts on stage, and every new production raises complex questions. The 2013 Festival production (the seventh in Stratford’s history), directed by Chris Abraham, will once more invite us to reflect on Othello’s implications. In this, the second annual Stratford Festival Symposium, leading artists and scholars express their views on the play.
Alisa Solomon: Fiddler’s Fortunes: The Mighty Afterlife of a Broadway Musical
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Saturday, September 21, at 10 a.m.
Former theatre critic and cultural and political reporter for The Village Voice, Alisa Solomon directs the Arts and Culture concentration in the MA program at Columbia Journalism School. In this talk, she looks at the ways Fiddler has been used over the last four decades by Jews and non-Jews alike, and what these deployments tell us about processes of ethnic consolidation, Jewish-American cultural adaptation; the production of images of Jews for non-Jews in the US and overseas, and other impacts as the story has transformed into folklore. Admission: $10.
Israeli Folk Dancing
Discovery Centre, Saturday, September 21, at 12:30 p.m.
Created in the early 20th century by settlers in what later became the state of Israel, Israeli folk dancing is now a fixture at Jewish celebrations all over the world. Learn a few of the dances that the grandchildren of the characters in Fiddler on the Roof might have done at their weddings. No observers, please. Admission: $15.
ARC Ensemble – Music Suppressed in Fascist Italy
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 25 St. Andrew Street
Saturday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m.
A concert of rare chamber music by Italian Jewish composers, counterpointed with excerpts from one of the seminal accounts of the roundup of Italian Jews for Auschwitz. Readings by Festival actor Sam Moses. Admission: $35.
If you’ve missed any of our exciting Forum events this season, check out our Livestream channel! You can find a selection of archived videos ranging from the 11th annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium, featuring Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul and National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo to The Insight of Blindness with Alex Bulmer, a Canadian-born writer and theatre artist who shares her experiences after losing her sight. Find them here at new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.
Be sure to check out our Festival Exhibition which offers a rare opportunity to get a close-up look at our enormous archival collection of costumes, props and artifacts from our four Shakespeare plays this season: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice. It’s open Wednesdays through Sundays – this is your last chance to explore this beautiful museum-style venue!
For a full list of Forum events and how to purchase your tickets visit our website.