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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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

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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