Press Release | The Merchant of Venice begins previews Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino at the helm

July 30, 2013… Issues of intolerance and the vengeance it provokes lie at the heart of Shakespeare’s most controversial play, The Merchant of Venice, which begins previews Tuesday, July 30, at the Festival Theatre.

Directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, who has already had tremendous success with this season’s sold-out run of Mary Stuart, this production will be set in Italy in the 1930s.

“My own parents were children in Italy when the National Fascist Party introduced its anti-Semitic race laws in 1938,” says Mr. Cimolino. “The rise of Fascism and Nazism in that relatively recent era was fuelled by the very same thinking that Shakespeare probes in The Merchant of Venice: attitudes toward ‘otherness’ that range from genteel disdain to racist loathing. And those same attitudes underlie so many of the terrible conflicts that bedevil our world today. This play challenges us to search our own consciences and ask ourselves how far we have really progressed in the centuries since it was written.”

Having invested heavily in an overseas trading venture, Antonio, a Venetian merchant, cannot immediately oblige his friend Bassanio when the latter asks for a loan to finance his wooing of Portia, an heiress who lives in Belmont. Antonio therefore in turn seeks to borrow the necessary funds from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender whom he has always treated with the utmost contempt. Shylock grants him the loan – on condition that, in the event of default, he must forfeit a pound of his flesh. Antonio learns a hard lesson in loyalty when the revenge-seeking Shylock comes to collect and he is unable to pay.

Mr. Cimolino has planned the 2013 season around a cluster of themes, with several of the plays examining how we reach across our differences to find our common humanity with people we have identified as the “other.” In this case, the story of a despised outsider who seeks horrific vengeance for the abuse to which he has been subjected makes The Merchant of Venice a particularly apt choice within this season’s playbill.

“It seems to me that Shakespeare is really trying to understand how we make some people the ‘other,’ ” says Mr. Cimolino. “The Merchant of Venice doesn’t just warn us against judging books by their covers; it even goes so far as to suggest an inverse relationship between essential worth and surface appeal. From caskets to complexions, appearances ‘entrap the wisest.’ Throughout the play, people are judged by the colour of their skin, by their nationality and, of course, by their religion. As one might expect, such discrimination causes great pain; it also breeds a desire for revenge.”

The cast features Tom McCamus as Antonio, Scott Wentworth as Shylock, Tyrell Crews as Bassanio, Sara Farb as Jessica, Michelle Giroux as Portia, Jonathan Goad as Gratiano, Ron Pederson as Launcelot Gobbo, Tyrone Savage as Lorenzo and Sophia Walker as Nerissa.

The artistic team includes Set Designer Douglas Paraschuk, Costume Designer Charlotte Dean, Lighting Designer Robert Thomson, Composer Keith Thomas, Sound Designer Todd Charlton and Fight Director John Stead. 

The Merchant of Venice Forum Highlights

The Forum, the new festival within the Festival, is a series of activities and events designed to make a visit to Stratford an immersive, all-encompassing cultural experience. Through debates, talks, concerts, comedy nights, hands-on workshops and more, The Forum offers theatregoers more ways to discover and examine the themes running through this season’s productions.

The Merchant of Venice will be explored through several Forum events, including: Shylock Appeals, in which two prominent lawyers argue Shylock’s sentence in front of a panel of judges including Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada; Geraint Wyn Davies Presents… “Wordplay”: Shylock, in which Geraint Wyn Davies and members of the company present Shylock, a play by Arnold Wesker that tells the story of The Merchant of Venice from Shylock’s point of view; and Who Chooseth Me, in which practising psychoanalyst Mavis Himes speaks with Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino about the insights psychoanalysis can bring to The Merchant of Venice.

Support for the inaugural season of The Forum is generously provided by Kelly and Michael Meighen and the Province of Ontario, in partnership with the University of Waterloo, with media sponsorship provided by The Walrus. Support for the Speakers Series is generously provided in memory of Dr. Philip Hayman.

The Merchant of Venice officially opens on August 15 and runs until October 18. For tickets, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca.

The Merchant of Venice is sponsored by Scotiabank. Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen-Burfield & family, Barbara & John Schubert and Catherine & David Wilkes.

The Festival’s new Toronto bus service Stratford Direct is now available twice daily on performance days for only $20 return. Reservations can be made through the box office.

Support for Stratford Direct is generously provided by The Peter Cundill Foundation.

The Stratford Festival’s 2013 season runs until October 20, featuring Romeo and JulietFiddler on the RoofThe Three MusketeersThe Merchant of VeniceTommyBlithe SpiritOthelloMeasure for MeasureMary StuartWaiting for Godot and two new Canadian plays, Taking Shakespeare and The Thrill, along with more than 150 Forum events.

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Duke of Venice………………………………..         Wayne Best
Prince of Morocco…………………………….         Michael Blake
Waiter…………………………………………         Skye Brandon
Leonardo………………………………………         Daniel Briere
Stephanie………………………………………        Lally Cadeau
Priest……………………………………………        Shane Carty
Bassanio……………………………………….         Tyrell Crews
Portia’s train……………………………………         Nehassaiu deGannes
Old Gobbo……………………………………..        Victor Ertmanis
Jessica………………………………………….        Sara Farb
Portia…………………………………………..         Michelle Giroux
Gratiano………………………………………..        Jonathan Goad
Tubal……………………………………………        Robert King
Morocco’s train………………………………..         Andrew Lawrie

Understudy……………………………………..       Roy Lewis
Antonio………………………………………..         Tom McCamus
Launcelot Gobbo………………………………        Ron Pederson
Salerio………………………………………….        Anand Rajaram
Portia’s train……………………………………        Kaitlyn Riordan
Bassanio’s train…………………………………        Andrew Robinson
Portia’s train……………………………………        Sabryn Rock
Lorenzo…………………………………………        Tyrone Savage
Solanio…………………………………………        Steven Sutcliffe
Christian Mum…………………………………        Wendy Thatcher
Nerissa…………………………………………        Sophia Walker
Shylock…………………………………………       Scott Wentworth
Prince of Arragon………………………………       Antoine Yared
Children…………………………………………       Maddox Keller, Gabriel Long, Brent McCready-Branch

Artistic Credits

Director…………………………………………       Antoni Cimolino
Set Designer…………………………………….       Douglas Paraschuk
Costume Designer………………………………       Charlotte Dean
Lighting Designer………………………………       Robert Thomson
Composer……………………………………….       Keith Thomas
Sound Designer…………………………………      Todd Charlton
Fight Director……………………………………      John Stead
Producer…………………………………………      David Auster
Casting Director…………………………………      Beth Russell
Creative Planning Director………………………     Jason Miller
Assistant Director………………………………..     Mitchell Cushman
Assistant Set Designer……………………………     Brandon Kleiman
Assistant Costume Designer……………………..     Jennifer Goodman
Assistant Lighting Designer………………………    Sean Poole
Fight Captain…………………………………….     Wayne Best
Stage Manager………………………………….       Bona Duncan
Assistant Stage Managers………………………       Bruno Gonsalves, Crystal Skinner, Cynthia Toushan
Production Assistant……………………………       Linsey Callaghan
Production Stage Manager………………………      Margaret Palmer
Technical Director………………………………       Jeff Scollon

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Celebrate the birthday Bard with an amazing deal!

Shakespeare’s 449th birthday is nearly upon us! On April 23 we’re celebrating the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon with the launch of The Forum – a.k.a. the Shakespeare Slam – at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. Join us for an evening of irreverent and provocative entertainment featuring the outstanding talents of Adam Gopnik, Torquil Campbell and Rufus Wainwright. Ticket information and other details are available here.

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What can you expect from Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure?

Director and Shakespeare aficionado Tim Carroll joins us this season to direct the most powerful love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet.  Mr. Carroll’s extensive work on original practice at the Globe theatre in London has been widely praised by critics and fans alike, and we’re thrilled to have him back at the Festival this season directing a period production of Romeo and Juliet (he also directed Peter Pan in 2010). Festival favourite Sara Topham will play Juliet alongside a new face this season, Daniel Briere as Romeo.

Learn more about Daniel in this exclusive interview!

Martha Henry makes her directorial return this season with Measure for Measure. Ms Henry’s film noir-inspired version of Measure will explore Shakespeare’s “problem” play in the world of 1940s Vienna. Measure’s star-studded cast includes Tom Rooney as Angelo, Stephen Ouimette as Lucio, Geraint Wyn Davies as Duke Vincentio and Carmen Grant in her break-out role as Isabella.

Read more about this year’s production of Measure for Measure.

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Job Opportunity | Customer Service & Food Prep

Would you like to play a meaningful role with North America’s leading classical repertory theatre? At the Stratford Festival, we attract the world’s finest talent, offering a unique experience for staff, artists, and actors alike. If you would like to be a part of this exciting organization, we are looking for someone to fill the role of…

Customer Service & Food Prep

Reporting to the Chef, this casual position is responsible for providing both superior customer service in the Greenroom and assistance to the Greenroom staff with the daily food preparation and clean-up. Applicants must be open-minded, have the ability to juggle multiple tasks, manage their time effectively and genuinely enjoy the service aspect of this position. Previous experience in a fast-paced food service or retail environment is an asset. Applicants must be able to create and support a positive environment and remain calm and patient during busy service times. This seasonal casual position will start in February and end October 20, 2013. Successful candidates must be able to fulfill the entire contract period. The successful candidate must be available to work days and evenings during both weekdays and weekends.We recognize that diversity- in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages- fosters a rich and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse workplace and encourage all qualified applicants to apply by February 1st, 2013.

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario N5A 6V2

E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca

Subject: Customer Service/Food Prep

Fax: 519-271-0626

While all responses are appreciated and will be kept in strictest confidence, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

New Forum is taking shape with a fascinating 2013 lineup | Participants include: John de Chastelain, Stanley Wells, Adam Gopnik, Stephen Lewis, Colin Mochrie, Ian Brown, Seán Cullen, Cynthia Dale, Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, Shawn Atleo

November 13, 2012… The new Stratford Festival Forum will host an exciting array of high-profile speakers and entertainers during the 2013 season. From the serious to the light-hearted, Forum events will offer a variety of riffs on themes running through the playbill, in particular themes of community, especially communities in conflict, and the role of the outsider in those communities.

These themes open the door to lively discussions on a number of topics that continue to inspire artists working in various media, including film-makers, comedians, novelists and composers. Forum events include performances and showcases, improv and stand-up comedy, speakers, active explorations and workshops, panels and debates, music, screenings, conversations and exhibits.

Participants range from Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells to military leader John de Chastelain to comedian Colin Mochrie.

“We are building a festival within our Festival and we’re very proud of this exceptional program for the inaugural Forum,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “We have found tremendous interest for the idea of addressing the themes of classical theatre as they are seen in our world today, and that interest has come from every corner – from political and religious thinkers, performers, writers, visual artists and others.

“Our patrons hunger for opportunities to reflect on the work they see on our stages. They seek out opportunities that provide context, insight and illumination. The Forum is designed to feed that desire and to give people something they can’t get anywhere else: a chance to become fully immersed in theatre and the thoughts and feelings that it provokes.”

More than 100 events have already been programmed with many more still to be finalized. Some activities are recurring events to be enjoyed each week of the season. Others will be offered on a one-off or limited basis. “Forum Forays” – periods with a special concentration of Forum events – have been planned for June 12 to 16, July 9 to 14 and August 9 to 18.

Some Forum Highlights

John de Chastelain: Ancient Grudges and New Mutinies: June 15 at 10 a.m.

Canada’s former Chief of the Defence Staff and former ambassador to the U.S. reflects on the Prince of Verona’s role as peacekeeper in Romeo and Juliet and relates it to his own experiences in the military and through the United Nations. General de Chastelain played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process and in the crafting of the Good Friday accord. He was also a leader in the negotiations on the decommissioning of arms in Northern Ireland.

ARC Ensemble

The ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) presents two concerts introduced by Artistic Director Simon Wynberg.

  • Tradition and the Jewish Composer: June 16 at 5 p.m.
  • Music Suppressed in Fascist Italy: September 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Sally Armstrong: Ascent of Women: June 16 at 10 a.m.

Journalist, author and human rights activist Sally Armstrong, a three-time winner of the Amnesty International Media Award and a Member of the Order of Canada, will address themes of repression and rebellion, which inform such productions as Measure for Measure, Mary Stuart, Fiddler on the Roof and Romeo and Juliet. Ms Armstrong was a member of the International Women’s Commission at the UN and is the author of four books: Ascent of Women; Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of Women of Afghanistan; The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor; and Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women.

Stanley Wells: Sex and Love in Verona, Venice and Vienna:August 16 at 5 p.m.

Stanley Wells is emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and general editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares.

A Night of Improv: August 15 at 11 p.m.

Four of Canada’s best improvisers, including Paul Bates, Christy Bruce and Colin Mochrie, take the stage to improvise scenes based on audience suggestions that resonate with our 2013 themes. Hosted by Joanne O’Sullivan.

Shakespeare and Feasting, with Adam Gopnik: May 31 at 5 p.m.

Raised in Canada, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author of Winter: Five Windows on the Season, written for the 2011 Massey Lectures.

Screening: The Stratford Adventure: May 30 at 5:30 p.m.

This short film follows the founding of the Festival: how the idea grew, how a famous British director, international stars and Canadian talent were recruited, and how the Festival finally became a triumphant reality. Includes a post-screening chat with director Morten Parker.

Breaking with Tradition: Fiddler on the Roof and the 1960s Generation Gap: July 12 at 11 a.m. With Marlis Schweitzer, associate professor of theatre at York University.

Elizabeth and Mary, Rival Queens: A Study of Leadership Lost and Won: July 10 at 11 a.m.

Barbara Kyle, author of Blood Between Queens, to be published in May 2013, will sign books following her talk.

Stephen Lewis: Disability, Disillusion and Self-Discovery: August 17 at 10 a.m.

Stephen Lewis’s talk will touch on themes that pertain to such diverse productions as The Thrill, Tommy and Taking Shakespeare. Leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party in the 1970s, Mr. Lewis later became Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations and the UN’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is currently the Board Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

This Is That – A Conversation with the Nation: Date TBA

Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring, of CBC’s This Is That, bring Stratford audiences a live rendition of the award-winning satirical radio show. Nothing is off limits – politics, culture, justice, religion – if it’s relevant to Canadians. This Is That finds a way to fabricate a story. Subject matter: totally Canadian. Truth factor: totally questionable.

The Playwrights Crucible: July 11 at 11 p.m.

Put the heat on a sharp playwright, a bold director and four top-rate actors and what do you get? A new play created right in front of your eyes. Created by Joanne O’Sullivan.

Alex Bulmer: The Insight of Blindness: Date TBA

Canadian-born writer and theatre artist Alex Bulmer, now based in the U.K., shares her experience creating Disable-led Art after losing her sight. Her work includes Breathe, a multidisciplinary performance piece that opened the sailing events at the London Olympics.

Astrology and Shakespeare: The Secret Key to The Merchant of Venice: August 1 at 11 a.m.

With Priscilla Costello, counselling astrologer.

Original Pronunciation: June 1 at 10 a.m.

Using scenes from Romeo and Juliet as illustration, we explore the implications of original pronunciation in the performance of Shakespeare’s plays.

Anti-Semitism and The Merchant of Venice: August 21 at 11 a.m.

Len Rudner and Frank Bialystok from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and Shakespeare expert Vivian Rakoff look at the confrontation of synagogue and state in The Merchant of Venice.

Writing about the Right to Die: August 15 at 10:30 a.m.

With journalist, broadcaster and author Ian Brown (The Boy in the Moon), author Zoe FitzGerald Carter (Imperfect Endings) and playwright Judith Thompson (The Thrill). Moderator: Alex Bulmer.

Cynthia Dale in Concert: May 23, 24, 29, 30 and June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22

Cynthia Dale will present a series of concerts featuring songs that reflect on the themes of the season.

The Foreign Exchange, with Donna Michelle St. Bernard: August 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Honorary “Foreign Ministers” are invited to illuminate and ignite candid conversations about race and culture.

Shakespeare in Kabul: August 22 at 11 a.m.

With Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar, authors of Shakespeare in Kabul. The authors will sign copies of their book following the talk.

Alisa Solomon: Fiddler’s Fortunes: 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. She will discuss the long-lived legacy of Fiddler on the Roof.

Shylock Appeals: October 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Witness the appeal of Shylock’s sentence as argued by prominent lawyers before a court of outstanding Canadian judges.

Dear Mary, Dear Elizabeth: Dates TBA

Introduced and contextualized by Dr. Ted McGee, company members Seana McKenna and Lucy Peacock present readings of letters between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart.

Geraint Wyn Davies Presents … “Wordplay”: Dates TBA

Members of the company join host Geraint Wyn Davies for a series of dramatic readings.

Israeli Folk Dancing: June 23 and 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.

How to Disappear Completely: August 11, 15 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Itai Erdal performs this award-winning solo work, demonstrating his approach to theatrical lighting while also reflecting on the events that followed his mother asking him to take her life. Surprisingly funny, incredibly personal, this unique show continues to tour internationally. Produced by The Chop Theatre.

Stand Off: June 13 at 11 p.m.

Using themes of the season, stand-up comics, including Seán Cullen, Chris Gibbs and Sharron Matthews, compete to write the best stand-up sets in under 15 minutes. Hosted by Joanne O’Sullivan.

The Power of Women / Women in Power: August 18 at 7 p.m.

With author, playwright and activist Susan G. Cole, scholar Margaret Jane Kidnie and other panelists to be announced.

Who Chooseth Me: August 11 at 11 a.m.

Practising psychoanalyst Mavis Himes speaks with Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino about the insights psychoanalysis can bring to The Merchant of Venice.

Late Night with Lucy: July 5 and 19, August 9 and 23 at 11:30 p.m.

By popular demand, Lucy Peacock presents a second series of after-hours cabarets with special guest performers.

What’s Past is Prologue: Classical Theatre in Our Times: August 18 at 10:30 a.m.

With artistic directors Peter Hinton, Jackie Maxwell, Bill Rauch and others. Chaired by Antoni Cimolino.

Screening: Dark Lullabies: June 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Having grown up in the shadow of the Holocaust, Canadian film-maker Irene Lilienheim Angelico reaches for comprehension through interviews with survivors and their children in Montréal and Israel – and with their contemporaries in Germany. Winner of six international awards, and selected as one of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time at the international Salute to the Documentary, the film will be followed by a chat with Ms. Angelico.

Reform it Altogether: Directing Shakespeare Today: July 14 at 11 a.m.

With directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll, Antoni Cimolino and Martha Henry. Chair: David Prosser.

A Rose by Any Other Name: June 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Practising psychoanalyst Mavis Himes speaks with Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino about the insights psychoanalysis can bring to Romeo and Juliet.

For the Love of Godot: June 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Brian Dennehy, who plays Pozzo in this season’s Waiting for Godot, discusses all things Beckett with the production’s director, Jennifer Tarver.

Screening: Budrus: August 14 at 2 p.m.

An award-winning documentary about a Palestinian community organizer who united Fatah and Hamas members with Israeli supporters to save his village from destruction. Includes a post-screening chat with producer Ronit Avni.

Tommy Guitar School: July 20 and August 24 at 6 p.m.

Bring your electric guitar and learn some riffs from the score of Tommy.

The Festival Exhibition: May 27 to October 20

Four Shakespeare Masterpieces at the Stratford Festival: Present and Past Productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice.

All for Fun and Fun for All: July 7 and October 6 at 10:30 a.m.

This interactive, fun-filled workshop on The Three Musketeers immerses 10- to 12-year-olds in the historical time period and introduces the basics of swordplay.

Screening: Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream: July 14 at 8 p.m.

Based on Neal Gabler’s best-selling book An Empire of Their Own, this award-winning feature-length documentary tells the story of the men who founded Hollywood. All were immigrants, or children of immigrants, who wanted to reinvent themselves as Americans. In the process, they reinvented America. The screening includes a talk by director Simcha Jacobvici.

The LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

Under the leadership of former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and author John Ralston Saul, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship will move the annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium to Stratford as part of The Forum, on August 9 and 10. This symposium on the public good features lectures on democracy, civic engagement and citizenship with an opportunity for participants to engage through round-table discussions and online. This year’s speaker will be Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada. Events include:

  • “Adopting” One’s Culture, with Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul.
  • First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship, with Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.
  • Diaspora Dining, a roundtable with Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul and guests.

The 2013 season begins on April 23 and runs until October 20, featuring Romeo and JulietFiddler on the RoofThe Three MusketeersThe Merchant of VeniceTommy,Blithe SpiritOthelloMeasure for MeasureMary StuartWaiting for Godot, Taking Shakespeare and The Thrilland The Forum

Tickets go on sale to Members today and to the general public on January 5. For more information visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.

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Throughout the month of August, enjoy $25 A+ tickets and $15 A, B and C tickets to all performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!*  Take a day trip with your kids, grandchildren or friends and enjoy a show that can only be described a gleefully joyful, whether you’re five, or eighty-five!

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