PRESS RELEASE | Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and other legal luminaries to hear Shylock’s appeal

October 3, 2013… Join us Saturday for one of this season’s most exciting Forum events: Shylock Appeals. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, will lead a distinguished panel of judges including Ian Binnie, Earl Cherniak, Patricia Jackson and Dean Mayo Moran, as two prominent lawyers, Sheila Block and Alan Lenczner, argue Shylock’s sentence. Shylock Appeals takes place this Saturday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Festival Theatre.

This mock trial is one of a number of events being held to shed light on The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s most controversial play about intolerance and vengeance, helmed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. When the merchant Antonio asks for a loan from the Jewish moneylender Shylock – a man whom he has always treated with contempt – Shylock agrees, but demands a startling collateral: a pound of the merchant’s flesh. When Antonio defaults on the loan, Shylock prepares to take his revenge – only to find that the law is a knife that can cut both ways. The court rules that Shylock may take the flesh as agreed, but “not one jot of blood.” Shylock concedes, only to be threatened with the death penalty for attempted murder, but is pardoned on the condition that he converts to Christianity.

“The case against Shylock has been hotly debated for years,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “As you’ll recall, his last trial didn’t go very well for him, so we have gathered some of the most distinguished members of the Canadian legal community to settle this dispute over a loan default once and for all. For those able to witness this appeal, Shylock’s day in court promises to inspire entertaining discussion.”

Other roles in the trial will be played by Merchant company members, including Wayne Best, Michael Blake, Skye Brandon, Daniel Briere, Shane Carty, Tyrell Crews, Victor Ertmanis, Michelle Giroux, Jonathan Goad, Andrew Lawrie, Robert King, Tom McCamus, Anand Rajaram, Kaitlyn Riordan, Andrew Robinson, Sabryn Rock, Steven Sutcliffe, Sophia Walker, Scott Wentworth and Antoine Yared.

While admission is free, donations are appreciated. Seating is assigned. To reserve seats, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca. This event will also be available live on Youtube starting at 11 a.m. on October 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQFVWAh2z6o

Support for Shylock Appeals is generously provided by Mary and Guy Pratte.

The Merchant of Venice will be explored through two other Forum events this week:

Shylock Revisited

Factory 163, 163 King Street, Friday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m.

With her fellow company members Sam Moses and Mike Nadajewski, Kate Hennig performs the contentious role of Shylock in excerpts of scenes from The Merchant of Venice. Together with the audience they will explore the surprising shifts in power dynamics that arise from cross-gender casting and from our own assumptions about the roles of Jewish women in society. Directed and moderated by award-winning theatre artist Liza Balkan, each segment will be followed by an audience question period.

Admission: $20.

Exclusive Dinner – SOLD OUT

Friday, October 4, Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Festival Theatre, at 5 p.m.

Enjoy a three-course-meal, complimentary bar and the company of Festival actors at this prominent event for the legal community. Remarks by former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Ian Binnie.

Admission: $95 (including bar and gratuities).

Support for the dinner is provided by Borden Ladner Gervais.

For more information, visit http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/shylockweekend.

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. W. Philip Hayman.

The Stratford Festival’s 2013 season runs until October 27, 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.

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Press Release | Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium launches third “Forum Foray”

August 8, 2013… The Stratford Festival is in full swing with all 12 productions now on stage. The Forum continues with great gusto in August, with the third and final “Forum Foray” beginning this Friday. This supercharged week full of panel discussions, comedy nights and talks by A-list guests runs August 9 through 18.

The Festival is delighted to host the Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium from August 9-10. The Festival has partnered with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) to present three unique events that offer Festival goers a chance to connect with Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul over their passion for Canadian citizenship. The event features Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who will deliver this year’s lecture.

Other Forum highlights include: a talk by Stephen Lewis, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations and UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, on Disability, Disillusion and Self-Discovery; a panel discussion on Writing About the Right to Die, with playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal, author Zoe Fitzgerald Carter and playwright Judith Thompson; and The Power of Women / Women in Power, a panel discussion with author, playwright and activist Susan G. Cole, scholar Margaret Jane Kidnie and poet and novelist Jane Urquhart.

The Foray also includes How to Disappear Completely, Itai Erdal’s award-winning solo work; A Night of Improv with Paul Bates, Christy Bruce, Colin Mochrie and Teresa Pavlinek; a talk by one of the world’s foremost Shakespeare scholars, Stanley Wells, Honorary President, Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, on Sex and Love in Verona, Venice and Vienna; Beckett: Longing and Belonging, a look at the themes of identity and belonging in Samuel Beckett’s work by Sean Kennedy of St. Mary’s University; and Othello vs Otello, an exploration of the character of Othello in the two masterpieces with Verdi aficionado John Zaretti, Othello director Chris Abraham, tenor Van Abrahams and actor Dion Johnstone.

Also of note: Barbara Budd with Stories of Significant Stangers… and Others; Faith and Religion in Shakespeare’s Plays; a screening of Budrus; Alex Bulmer: The Insight of Blindness; Who Chooseth Me: Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare; Late Night with Lucy; a panel discussion with Artistic Directors Antoni Cimolino, Jackie Maxwell and Peter Hinton; a conversation between Richard Ouzounian and Brian Dennehy; and The Foreign Exchange, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.

The week’s schedule of events includes:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

“Adopting” One’s Culture with Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul

Part of the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium, August 9-10

The Church Restaurant, 70 Brunswick Street, at 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy an exquisite dinner at one of Stratford’s finest restaurants among an intimate crowd as Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul lead a candid conversation about contemporary Canadian culture and identity with three special guests: award-winning playwright Tara Beagan, acclaimed actor Graham Greene and esteemed writer Thomas King.

Admission: $140 (dinner and drinks included).

Late Night with Lucy – Back by popular demand!
Studio Theatre, August 9 and 23, at 11:30 p.m.

Join Lucy Peacock for her second series of after-hours cabarets with special guest performers from the acting company and from behind the scenes.

Admission: $25.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

11th LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship
Avon Theatre, 99 Downie Street, at 10 a.m.

The Stratford Festival and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship are delighted to present Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, at the eleventh LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium. National Chief Atleo will explore Canadian citizenship, responsibility and belonging as they relate to Canadian identity and our continued efforts at nation building. Moderated by John Ralston Saul, the lecture will also feature an audience question period.

Admission: $20.

The ICC’s LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium is a signature event showcasing leading Canadian and international thinkers on the issues of citizenship, democracy, civic engagement and pluralism – the public good.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

Diaspora Dining* – SOLD OUT
Part of the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium, August 9-10
Festival Theatre, 55 Queen Street, at noon

Following the Symposium, join National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul for round table discussions on the ideas presented in the lecture while enjoying food from Stratford’s diverse local restaurants.

Admission: $45.

*To get the full Symposium experience, we recommend Diaspora Dining attendees also purchase a ticket to the lecture because National Chief Atleo’s address will be the basis of the roundtable discussions.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

Who Chooseth Me: Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare
Festival Theatre lobby at 11 a.m.

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

Admission: Free.

How to Disappear Completely
Studio Theatre, August 11, 15 and 17, at 2 p.m.
Itai Erdal’s award-winning solo work demonstrates 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.

Admission: $25

The Foreign Exchange, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, at 5:30 p.m.

What if we really got to know each other? What if you could ask anything without judgment or offence? We think you can. The Foreign Exchange facilitates candid conversation, bringing you together with a panel of representatives from multiple diverse cultures in a performance-work that ignites complicated real-time conversations in the tenuous territory of race and culture.

Originally developed by the Foreign Exchange Ministry for the SummerWorks Festival.

Admission: $10.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

MONDAY, AUGUST 12

Night Music: Larry’s Jazz Guys 
Festival Theatre lobby, at 7:30 p.m.
With Larry Larson, David Martin (trombone), Paul Shilton (piano) and Dave Campion (drums). Drinks and light refreshments available from the Lobby Café.

Admission: $22 in advance, $25 at the door.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13

Star Talks
Tom Patterson Theatre at approximately 5 p.m.

Toronto Star theatre critic Richard Ouzounian interviews Brian Dennehy following the matinée performance of Waiting for Godot.

Admission: Free.

(This Star Talk is open only to patrons attending the performance.)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14

Beckett: Longing and Belonging
Festival Theatre Lobby at 11 a.m.

Sean Kennedy of St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, looks at the themes of identity and belonging in the Samuel Beckett’s work, particularly Waiting for Godot.

Admission: Free.

Budrus
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, at 2 p.m.

A screening of the 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.

Admission: $20.

Barbara Budd with Stories of Significant Strangers… and Others
Festival Theatre lobby at 5:15 p.m.

Award-winning actor and broadcaster Barbara Budd spent two decades as co-host of As It Happens sharing stories with a worldwide audience on CBC radio and American public radio. Presenting two Canadian short stories that wittily capture this year’s theme of the outsider and community, she is joined by Anna Atkinson.

Admission: $10.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

Faith and Religion in Shakespeare’s Plays
Tom Patterson Theatre from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

In this special Talking Theatre event, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino talks to Paul Edmondson, Head of Knowledge and Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Rev. Dr. Edmondson was ordained as a priest in 2011.

Admission: Free.

Writing About the Right to Die
Studio Theatre at 10:30 a.m.

Panel discussion with playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal (How to Disappear Completely), author Zoe FitzGerald Carter (Imperfect Endings) and playwright Judith Thompson (The Thrill). Moderator: Alex Bulmer.

Admission: $10.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

A Night of Improv
Studio Theatre at 11 p.m.

Four of Canada’s best improvisers, Paul Bates, Christy BruceColin Mochrie and Teresa Pavlinek, take the stage to improvise scenes based on audience suggestions that resonate with themes of this season’s playbill. Hosted by Joanne O’Sullivan.

Admission: $25.
*May contain mature content and language* 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

Othello vs Otello
Festival Theatre lobby at 10:30 a.m.

An exploration of the character of Othello in the two masterpieces with Verdi aficionado John Zaretti of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan and Othello director Chris Abraham, and performances by tenor Van Abrahams and actor Dion Johnstone.

Admission: $20.

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

A talk by Stanley Wells, Honorary President, Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Admission: $20.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Stephen Lewis: Disability, Disillusion and Self-Discovery
Avon Theatre at 10 a.m.

A talk by Stephen Lewis, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations and UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is currently the Board Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Admission: $20.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

Alex Bulmer: The Insight of Blindness
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, at 5:30 p.m.
Canadian-born writer and theatre artist Alex Bulmer, now based in the U.K., shares her experience creating disabled-led art after losing her sight. Her work includes Breathe, a multidisciplinary performance piece that opened the sailing events at the London Olympics.

Admission: $10.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

 What’s Past Is Prologue: Classical Theatre in Our Times
Studio Theatre at 10:30 a.m.

Artistic directors Antoni Cimolino, Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival) and Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) with moderator David Prosser.

Admission: $10

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

The Power of Women / Women in Power
University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, at 5:30 p.m.

A panel discussion with author, playwright and activist Susan G. Cole, scholar Margaret Jane Kidnie and poet and novelist Jane Urquhart.

Admission: $10. 

ONGOING FORUM ACTIVITIES

Table Talk

Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Festival Theatre, 11:30 a.m.

Buffet lunch followed by a talk on one of this season’s productions. Must book 48 hours in advance.

August 9: The Merchant of Venice led by Alan Somerset

August 13: Waiting for Godot led by James McCusker

August 25: Othello led by Ann Wilson

August 30: Romeo and Juliet led by Jane Freeman

Admission: $37.

Talking Theatre
Tom Patterson Theatre, Thursdays, July 4 to August 29, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley lead discussions on themes of the season.

August 1: The Need for the Other

August 8: Women as Stereotype

August 22: “Dying is fine, but death…”

August 29: Premonitions and the Supernatural

Admission: Free.

Tales Under the Tent
Festival Theatre grounds, Wednesdays, July 10 to August 21, at 1 p.m.
Gather under the tent for family fun! Stratford Public Library staff provide stories and activities related to the play on stage at the Festival Theatre that afternoon. Suitable for families with children ages 6 to 12. Cancelled in the event of rain. 

Admission: Free.

Festival Exhibition
104 Downie Street, Wednesdays through Sundays, June 5 to October 20

Explore Present and Past Productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice. A vast selection of costumes, props and artefacts from our Archives are displayed in a beautiful museum-style venue, with talks with Festival artists on:

August 24: Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino

Cost included in admission to the Exhibition.

Festival Theatre Tours
Festival Theatre, Wednesday to Sunday, June 5 to October 20, at 9:15 and 9:30 a.m.

Take this one-hour walking tour to see and hear about the magic of the theatre. Our knowledgeable guides will share stories and information about both the current and past seasons.

Admission: $8 per person; $6 students and seniors.

For tickets, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca.

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.

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. W. Philip Hayman.

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.

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Shawn A-in-chut Atleo: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship

The Stratford Festival and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) are delighted to present Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, at the eleventh LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium. National Chief Atleo will explore Canadian citizenship, responsibility and belonging as they relate to Canadian identity and our continued efforts at nation building. Moderated by author and ICC co-founder John Ralston Saul, the lecture will also feature an audience question period.

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

The ICC’s LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium is a signature event showcasing leading Canadian and international thinkers on the issues of citizenship, democracy, civic engagement and pluralism – the public good.

“This is a historic moment in the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians –  as important as the rethinking of the Francophone-Anglophone relationship that began in the 1960’s. Success or failure on Aboriginal questions will determine the direction of Canada. We are all Treaty people. Canadians need to hear what the National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, has to say about the future of citizenship in this country.” – John Ralston Saul

Book your tickets here before they are all gone. Admission is $20.

Check out the other events the August Forum Foray has to offer:

Barbara Budd with Stories of Significant Strangers . . . and Others
Festival Theatre Lobby, Wednesday, August 14, at 5:15 p.m.
Award-winning actor/broadcaster Barbara Budd spent two decades as co-host of As It Happens sharing stories with a worldwide audience on CBC radio and American public radio. Presenting two Canadian short stories that wittily capture this year’s theme of the Outsider and Community, she is joined by our fiddler, Anna Atkinson. $10.

How to Disappear Completely
Studio Theatre, Sunday, August 11, Thursday, August 15, and Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m.
Itai Erdal’s award-winning solo work demonstrates 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. Admission: $25.

The Foreign Exchange, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Sunday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m.
Honorary “Foreign Ministers” are invited to illuminate and ignite candid conversations about race and culture. Admission: $10.

Follow us on Twitter at @stratfest and @ICCICC and join the conversation on August 10 using the hashtags #sfForum and #ICCAtleo.

August at The Forum

We’re sharing The Forum with our whole Festival audience, even those who are unable to make the events! Check out our livestream channel and join the conversations as they happen. You’ll find us at new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

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The Forum is a new series that showcases some of the world’s greatest thinkers and entertainers in activities and events designed to make a visit to Stratford an immersive, all-encompassing cultural experience. These events are an exciting way to discover and examine the themes running through this season’s productions, and we don’t want you to miss out!

The month of August offers seven sessions for you to enjoy in the comfort of your living room, on your laptop or even on the bus using your mobile phone. If you’re not able to tune in for the real-time streaming, you can always catch the archived recording after the event.

This month’s livestream sessions include:

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship 
Avon Theatre, Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m.
The 11th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, delivered by the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Introduced by John Ralston Saul.

The Foreign Exchange, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard 
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Sunday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m.

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

Writing About the Right to Die 
Studio Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 10:30 a.m.
With journalist, broadcaster and author Ian Brown (The Boy in the Moon), playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal (How to Disappear Completely), author Zoe FitzGerald Carter (Imperfect Endings) and playwright Judith Thompson (The Thrill). Moderator: Alex Bulmer.

Stanley Wells: Sex and Love in Verona, Venice and Vienna 
Studio Theatre, Friday, August 16, at 5 p.m.
Stanley Wells is Honorary President, Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and general editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares.

Stephen Lewis: Disability, Disillusion and Self-Discovery 
Avon Theatre, Saturday, August 17, at 10 a.m.
Leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party in the 1970s, Stephen 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.

Alex Bulmer: The Insight of Blindness 
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Saturday, August 17, at 5:30 p.m.

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

What’s Past Is Prologue: Classical Theatre in our Times 
Studio Theatre, Sunday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m.
With artistic directors Antoni Cimolino, Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival), Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) and others. Chair: David Prosser.

Join the conversation online using hashtag #sfForum.

For a full listing of all of the Forum events you can get involved with this month, visit our website!
August At the Forum

Jian Ghomeshi: To 1982 and Back | July Forum Foray

The host and co-creator of CBC’s Q is coming to Stratford! Jian Ghomeshi will join us this Friday at the Studio Theatre for an exclusive talk starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi

Using his best-selling book, 1982, as a launching off point, Jian will share hilarious stories of his journey growing up as a reluctant outsider in suburban Toronto to becoming an award-winning, internationally renowned media personality.

After his talk, Jian will sign copies of his book in the Studio Theatre lobby. You can purchase 1982 at either of our two Theatre Store locations: across from the Festival Theatre or adjacent to the Avon.

Seating is limited! Buy tickets today!

This is just one of the exciting events that make up this week’s jam-packed July Forum Foray. Other highlights include…

*TONIGHT!*

An Unlikely Obsession: Churchill and the Jews

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, Wednesday, July 10, at 5:30 p.m. 

A screening of the documentary examining Winston Churchill’s relationship with his generation’s most vulnerable people. Followed by a talk with director Barry Avrich and producer Michael Levine.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS | The Playwright’s Crucible

Studio Theatre, Thursday, July 11, at 11 p.m.
With only a script outline and character descriptions, playwright Carmen Aguirre inspires a director and five company members to create a new play right in front of your eyes. Created by Joanne O’Sullivan. *May contain mature content and language*

The first ten people to send an e-mail to socialmedia@stratfordfestival.ca along with the information requested below will win a pair of tickets to see The Playwright’s Crucible tomorrow night at 11:00 p.m.!

Please provide us with your:

1) Stratford Festival account number
2) First and last Name
3) E-mail Address

Failure to include any of the requested information will render your submission null and void.

Joanne O'Sullivan

Joanne O’Sullivan

The Kind of Life It’s Been

Studio Theatre, Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m.

Stratford native Lloyd Robertson speaks to Seamus O’Regan about his life in broadcasting and the rapidly changing role of the journalist today.

Lloyd Robertson

Lloyd Robertson

For a full list of Forum Events, visit our website!

Join the conversation online, by using hashtag #sfForum.

Media icons take part in the Festival’s July “Forum Foray”

July 4, 2013… The Stratford Festival is gearing up for its second “Forum Foray,” another supercharged week of fresh new performances, film screenings, provocative panels and talks by A-list guests. Following the season’s theme of community, many of this month’s events explore the idea of storytelling – at the heart of all drama – and its role in defining, challenging and changing communities. Offering more than a dozen exciting events, the Foray runs July 9 through 14.

Highlights of the week include: The Kind of Life It’s Been, in which acclaimed broadcaster Lloyd Robertson, in an interview with CTV National News correspondent Seamus O’Regan, looks at the stories that have shaped and changed his life, and his role in sharing those stories with the world; To 1982 and Back, in which award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author, Jian Ghomeshi, uses his book, 1982, to talk about growing up as a reluctant outsider in suburban Toronto and finding his way into the mainstream; and a Storytelling Workshop with First Nations storyteller James Adams, improvisational comedian Joanne O’Sullivan and actor and journalist Barbara Budd.

The Foray also includes The Playwright’s Crucible, an exhilarating performance in which Canadian playwright Carmen Aguirre inspires a director and five top-rate actors, including Festival favourite Stephen Ouimette, to create a new play right in front of the audience; a panel of Canadian playwrights, including Carmen Aguirre, Sky Gilbert and Djanet Sears discussing the drive to write and the theatrical forum in The Power of the Pen; and the second instalment of Geraint Wyn Davies Presents… “Wordplay”, in which he and members of the company will present Cardenio, Shakespeare’s “lost play”.

Also of note: a screening of An Unlikely Obsession: Churchill and the Jews; author Barbara Kyle on Elizabeth and Mary, Rival Queens; a panel discussion with directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll, Antoni Cimolino and Martha Henry; and Marlis Schweitzer on Fiddler on the Roof and the 1960s Generation Gap.

The week’s schedule of events includes:

TUESDAY, JULY 9

Geraint Wyn Davies Presents… “Wordplay”: Cardenio  

Studio Theatre, 8 p.m.

Members of the company join host Geraint Wyn Davies for a dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s “lost play”. Based on an episode in Cervantes’Don QuixoteCardenio is a thrilling story of a friendship betrayed, disguise, dishonour and deceit played out in the heat and dust of Andalusia in 17th-century Spain.

Admission: $25.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Storytelling Workshop  

Factory163, 163 King Street, 10 a.m.

First Nations storyteller James Adams, improvisational comedian Joanne O’Sullivan and actor and journalist Barbara Budd share thoughts, traditions and approaches to finding the universal myths of your own life.

Admission: $50. (Pre-registration is required.)

Barbara Kyle: Elizabeth and Mary, Rival Queens: A Study of Leadership Lost and Won
Festival Theatre lobby, 11 a.m.
Barbara Kyle, author of the recently published Blood Between Queens, will sign books following her talk.

Admission: Free.

An Unlikely Obsession: Churchill and the Jews  

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, 5:30 p.m.

A screening of a powerful documentary examining a neglected aspect of one of world history’s most renowned leaders: Winston Churchill’s relationship to Jews and Jewish issues. Drawing on a treasure trove of interviews, the film explores the origins, implications and results of this world leader’s commitment to his generation’s most vulnerable people. Join director Barry Avrich and producer Michael Levine for a discussion following the screening.

Admission: $20.

THURSDAY, JULY 11

Fiddler on the Roof: Song and Dance

Festival Theatre Lobby, 10:30 a.m.
Find out what it’s like to be in a musical at the Stratford Festival. Company members Matthew Armet and Julia Juhas teach a song and dance from Fiddler on the Roof. No observers, please.

Admission: $30.

The Playwright’s Crucible  

Studio Theatre, 11 p.m.

With only a script outline and character descriptions, Canadian playwright Carmen Aguirre inspires director Varrick Grimes and five top-rate actors, Laura Condlln, André Morin, Stephen Ouimette, Anand Rajaram and Kaitlyn Riordan, to create a new play right in front of your eyes. Created by Joanne O’Sullivan.

Admission: $20.

FRIDAY, JULY 12

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

Admission: Free.

Jian Ghomeshi: To 1982 and Back
Studio Theatre, 5:30 p.m.
Jian Ghomeshi, the host and co-creator of CBC’s cultural-affairs program Q, uses his national bestseller, 1982, as a jumping-off point, as he shares hilarious and poignant anecdotes and insights of his journey from outside to inside: growing up Persian in Thornhill to being an award-winning, internationally renowned media personality.

Admission: $20.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

The Kind of Life It’s Been  

Tom Patterson Theatre, 10 a.m.

Stratford-born broadcaster Lloyd Robertson speaks to CTV National News correspondent Seamus O’Regan, one journalist to another, about his life behind the headlines and the world as he sees it now.

Admission: $20.

The Power of the Pen  

Festival Theatre Lobby, 5:30 p.m.

Some of Canada’s most political and prolific playwrights, including Carmen Aguirre (The Refugee Hotel, Something Fierce – winner of 2012 Canada Reads), Sky Gilbert (Ban This Show, The Emotionalists) and Djanet Sears (Harlem Duet, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God), discuss the drive to write and the theatrical forum.

Admission: $10.

SUNDAY, JULY 14

Reform It Altogether: Directing Shakespeare Today
Studio Theatre, Sunday, July 14, at 11 a.m.
A panel discussion with directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll, Antoni Cimolino and Martha Henry. Chair: Communications Director David Prosser.

Admission: $10.

Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream  

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, 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. Join co-creator Stuart Samuels for a post-screening chat.

Admission: $20.

ONGOING FORUM ACTIVITIES

Late Night with Lucy – Back by popular demand!  

Fridays, July 5 and 19, August 9 and 23, at 11:30 p.m.

Join Lucy Peacock for her second series of after-hours cabarets with special guest performers from the acting company and from behind the scenes.

Admission: $25.

Table Talk

Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Festival Theatre, 11:30 a.m.

Buffet lunch followed by a talk on one of this season’s productions. Must book 48 hours in advance.

Admission: $37.

July 9: Mary Stuart led by David G. John – SOLD OUT

July 11: Blithe Spirit led by Alexander Leggatt

July 19: Measure for Measure led by Graham Roebuck

July 25: Fiddler on the Roof led by Bill Rudman

Tales Under the Tent
Festival Theatre Grounds, Wednesdays, July 10 to August 21, from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Gather under the tent for family fun! Stratford Public Library staff provide stories and activities related to the play on stage at the Festival Theatre that afternoon. Look for the tent on the Festival Theatre grounds between the Discovery Centre and Upper Queen’s Park. Suitable for families with children ages 6 to 12. Cancelled in the event of rain.

Admission: Free.

Star Talks

Festival Theatre lobby and Tom Patterson Theatre stage, directly following performances

Toronto Star theatre critic Richard Ouzounian interviews the stars, following matinée performances in July and August.

July 7: Graham Abbey, Jonathan Goad, Luke Humphrey and Mike Shara (The Three Musketeers, Festival Theatre lobby)

Admission: Free.

Festival Exhibition

104 Downie Street, Wednesdays through Sundays, June 5 to October 20

Explore Present and Past Productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice. A vast selection of costumes, props and artefacts from our Archives are displayed in a beautiful museum-style venue, with talks with Festival artists on:

July 6: Susan Coyne

July 20: Carmen Grant and Tom Rooney

July 27: Sara Topham

Cost included in admission to the Exhibition.

Festival Theatre Tours

Festival Theatre, Wednesday to Sunday, June 5 to October 20, at 9:15 and 9:30 a.m.

Take this one-hour walking tour to see and hear about the magic of the theatre. Our knowledgeable guides will share stories and information about both the current and past seasons.

Admission: $8 per person; $6 students and seniors.

For tickets, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca.

The third and final “Forum Foray” is scheduled for August 9 to 18. 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.

For those unable to attend, 15 of the over 150 Forum events will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

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. W. Philip Hayman.

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.

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Press Release | The Festival’s first “Forum Foray” begins tomorrow

June 11, 2013… Some of the world’s greatest thinkers and entertainers are gathering in Stratford this week as part of the Stratford Festival’s new Forum, a series of activities and events designed to make a visit to Stratford an immersive, all-encompassing cultural experience. From June 12 to 16, the Festival will host its first “Forum Foray,” a supercharged week that is jam-packed with provocative speakers, panels, comedy nights, concerts and more.

Highlights of the week include: Ancient Grudges and New Mutinies, in which John de Chastelain, the 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 Northern Ireland and other conflict zones; and The Ambassadors, in which David Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Canada and Wael Ahmed Kamal Aboul-Magd, Egyptian Ambassador to Canada, discuss the highlights and challenges of their roles in Canada today and relate their experiences to those of ambassador figures in this season’s plays.

The Foray also includes a live rendition of CBC’s hit satirical show This is That; a performance by the ARC Ensemble: Tradition and the Jewish Composer with special guest Alon Nashman; Stand Off, a competition of stand-up comedy offering a different take on this season’s themes; the first in the series Geraint Wyn Davies Presents…“Wordplay”; and Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In. Also of note: Jordan Peterson on The Necessity of Virtue; Sally Armstrong on the Ascent of Women; Mavis Himes on Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare; Theatre Artists Displaced by War; Youth Driving Social Change; a screening of Dark Lullabies; and a conversation between Brian Dennehy and Jennifer Tarver.

The week’s schedule of events includes:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

Jordan Peterson: The Necessity of Virtue

Festival Theatre lobby, 11 a.m.

Regular contributor to TVO’s Big Ideas, University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson examines the necessity of virtue as evidenced in Measure for Measure.

Admission: $10.

For the Love of Godot

Studio Theatre, 5:30 p.m.

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

Admission: $10.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

Today’s Youth: Driving Social Change

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus,

125 St. Patrick Street, 10:30 a.m.

Egyptian Ambassador Wael Ahmed Kamal Aboul-Magd, Idle No More organizer Tori Cress, Outside the March Theatre’s Mitchell Cushman and Manifesto Community Projects’ Stephanie Perrin explore how the next generation is shaping society through art and political activism.

Admission: $10.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.com.

The Ambassadors

Festival Theatre lobby, 5:30 p.m.

Often the bearers of bad news in classical literature, ambassadors have a unique perspective as posted outsiders to a nation. Join the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, in conversation with the Egyptian Ambassador to Canada, Wael Ahmed Kamal Aboul-Magd, as they discuss some of the contentious challenges they face in their roles today and how they see our country in a global perspective.

Admission: Free.

Stand Off

Studio Theatre, 11 p.m.

Using themes of rebellion and audience feedback, stand-up comics, including Sabrina Jalees, Chris Gibbs, Albert Howell, Elvira Kurt, Sharron Matthews and Matt Watts, compete to write the best stand-up sets in under 15 minutes. Hosted by Joanne O’Sullivan.

Admission: $25.

The Festival regrets to announce that, due to scheduling of the second season of Match Game on The Comedy Network, Seán Cullen is no longer able to participate in this event.

We are pleased to welcome comedian, actor, keynote speaker and writer Sabrina Jalees. The host of YTV’s In Real Life and CBC’s national radio show Laugh Out Loud, and best known as a fixture on MuchMusic’s Video on Trial, Ms Jalees is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian media.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14

Theatre Artists Displaced by War

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, 10:30 a.m.

Celebrated Canadian artists including Iranian-born director Soheil Parsa (Modern Times Theatre), and Lebanese-born director Majdi Bou-Matar (MT Space Theatre), explore the gifts and challenges they have faced as artists exiled from their native homes.

Admission: $10.

Dark Lullabies

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street, 5:30 p.m.

Canadian filmmaker Irene Lilienheim Angelico strives for comprehension of the Holocaust by reaching out to the children of both survivors and perpetrators. The screening of this award-winning documentary will be followed by a chat with Angelico.

Admission: $20.

Geraint Wyn Davies Presents… “Wordplay”: Becket

Studio Theatre, 8 p.m.

Guest star Colm Feore joins host Geraint Wyn Davies, Martha Henry and other company members in a dramatic reading of Jean Anouilh’s historical drama, Becket, which centres on the conflict between Thomas Becket and King Henry II of England leading to Becket’s assassination in 1170.

Admission: $25.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

John de Chastelain: Ancient Grudges and New Mutinies

Tom Patterson Theatre, 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.

Admission: $20.

This event will be available via Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

Support for the appearance of John de Chastelain is generously provided in memory of Dr. W. Philip Hayman.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare

Festival Theatre lobby, 5:30 p.m.

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

Admission: Free.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

Sally Armstrong: Ascent of Women

Studio Theatre, 10 a.m.

Journalist, author and human rights activist Sally Armstrong discusses inspiring women who are fighting for equality, and thereby making room for economic justice and peace.

Admission: $20.

ARC Ensemble: Tradition and the Jewish Composer

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 25 St. Andrew Street, 5:30 p.m.

A concert of rare Jewish art music with readings from the work of Sholem Aleichem, delivered by award-winning actor Alon Nashman.

Admission: $35.

This Is That: A Conversation with the Nation

Studio Theatre, 8 p.m.

Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring in a live rendition of CBC’s award-winning satirical radio show. Nothing is off limits – politics, culture, justice, religion. Subject matter: totally Canadian. Truth factor: totally questionable.

Admission: $29.

ONGOING FORUM ACTIVITIES

Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In

Studio Theatre, June 11, 13, 18, 21 at 2 p.m.

Canada’s favourite performer delivers a full-length concert of songs inspired by the themes of the season. Special guest Dan Chameroy joins Cynthia Dale on stage for spellbinding duets and solo numbers.

Admission: $45.

Festival Exhibition

104 Downie Street, Wednesdays through Sundays, June 5 to October 20

Explore Present and Past Productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice. A vast selection of costumes, props and artefacts from our Archives are displayed in a beautiful museum-style venue, with talks with Festival artists.

Cost included in admission to the Exhibition.

Festival Theatre Tours

Festival Theatre, Wednesday to Sunday, June 5 to October 20, at 9:15 and 9:30 a.m.

Take this one-hour walking tour to see and hear about the magic of the theatre. Our knowledgeable guides will share stories and information about both the current and past seasons.

Admission: $8 per person; $6 students and seniors.

For tickets, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca.

Forum events will run all season long with two more “Forum Forays” scheduled for July 9 to 14 and August 9 to 18. Through debates, talks, concerts, comedy nights, hands-on workshops and more, The Forum will offer theatregoers more ways to discover and examine the themes running through this season’s productions.

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. W. Philip Hayman.

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.

The Stratford Festival’s 2013 season runs until October 20, featuring Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof; The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Tommy, Blithe Spirit, Othello, Measure for Measure, Mary Stuart, Waiting for Godot, Taking Shakespeare, and The Thrill, along with more than 150 events at The Forum.

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