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August 31, 2014

Category: Performing Arts

Brampton Thursday Night Concert Series

June 1 to August 31, held Thurs. evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The series offers a free concert in Gage Park in downtown Brampton. See the website for more information.

For more details: www.bramptondowntown.com

Location: Brampton, Ontario

Ashkenaz Festival

North America’s premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns with its 10th biennial celebration. Over 200 artists from more than a dozen countries will showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion.

For more information: www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: August 29, 2014
End: September 1, 2014
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The Mountaintop

July 16 – September 7.

A storm rages outside as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr settles into Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. He is exhausted, having just delivered his powerful “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech about his hopes for the days ahead and the view he has seen of the Promised Land. When room service arrives, he meets a beautiful and slightly mysterious young hotel maid. Through their intimate and ultimately transformative conversation, we hear the hopes and fears of King – both the leader and the man – as he is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy. Critics called it “wondrous, hilarious, and heartbreaking.”

Three seasons ago we presented Suzan-Lori Parks Topdog/Underdog, in collaboration with Toronto’s highly respected Obsidian Theatre. Directed by their Artistic Director Philip Akin, the play moved into Toronto for a winter run where it gained more critical kudos and several awards. I am thrilled to reconnect and start another journey with Obsidian with Katori Hall’s beautiful and important play. – JM.

The Mountaintop is recommended for ages 14+

For tickets: www.shawfest.com or call the box office at 1.800.511.SHAW.

Venue: Studio Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

 
Start: July 16, 2014
End: September 7, 2014
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Location: Shaw Festival

Antony and Cleopatra

August 3 to September 20.


Opens August 14.

Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: August 3, 2014
End: September 20, 2014
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King John

May 21 to September 20.

Opens May 28.

War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favour of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: May 21, 2014
End: September 20, 2014
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream — a chamber play

July 11 to September 20.

Opens July 24.

Two couples become gods, animals, demons, monsters, children, playthings and, finally, gradually, compassionate, honest, loving adults. Across one intense night of confusion, delusion, repression, permission, forgiveness and release, Shakespeare’s masterpiece moves right into the open heart of our multiple selves and conflicted identities – the only thing that we know for certain in this life is that, along with the climate, we are changing.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Theatre (TBA) — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: July 11, 2014
End: September 20, 2014
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Mother Courage and Her Children

May 15 to September 21.

Opens May 30.

As the Thirty Years’ War swirls around her, Mother Courage scrapes together a living for herself and her three children by selling provisions to Protestant and Catholic combatants alike. But as she hauls her wagon across the battlefields of Europe, she discovers that the very chaos that sustains her will eventually cost her everything she holds most dear.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: May 15, 2014
End: September 21, 2014
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Christina, The Girl King

July 29 to September 21.

Opens August 14.

Enigmatic, flamboyant and unpredictable, with a passion for philosophy and the arts, Sweden’s Queen Christina seeks to make her country the most sophisticated in Europe. But her personal aspirations – and her unconventional sexuality – put her profoundly at odds with her culture’s expectations of her, both as a monarch and as a woman.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Studio Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: July 29, 2014
End: September 21, 2014
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King Lear

May 5 to October 10.

Opens May 26.

An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king – and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Festival Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: May 5, 2014
End: October 10, 2014
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Cabaret

April 10 – October 26.

Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, the hottest nightclub in Berlin. American Cliff Bradshaw has just arrived in town. When he meets nightclub singer Sally Bowles, his life is turned upside down – just as the world is about to turn upside down, with Hitler on the rise in Weimar Germany. Another couple – Fraulein Schneider, Cliff’s landlady, and Herr Schultz, a Jewish grocer – must face the music, while the Emcee invites Cliff and Sally to forget the world around them. Hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains, it premiered on Broadway in 1966 and ran for over 1100 performances, winning numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical.

This justly celebrated musical is a perfect fit for The Shaw, combining as it does a book with real emotional and political heft and a brilliant score. Led by Peter Hinton, whose Lady Windermere’s Fan was universally hailed last season, we are sure to be in for a fascinating new spin on this provocative tale. -JM

For tickets: www.shawfest.com or call the box office at 1.800.511.SHAW.

Venue: Festival Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

 
Start: April 10, 2014
End: October 10, 2014
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