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FOPS AND DANDIES: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEN’S FASHION, July 4

From Harcourt’s “foppishness” to Zaza’s sequins, men’s fashion throughout history has been a source of oppression and an avenue for liberation. Join La Cage aux Folles costume designer David Boechler, Curator and Manager of Exhibitions at the Bata Shoe Museum Nishi Bassi and others in this conversation about the history of men’s fashion and societal expectations of gender presentation.

RAISING THE CURTAIN AND LOWERING BARRIERS: ACCESSIBLE THEATRE, July 11

What are theatres doing to welcome audiences (and artists) who have barriers to participating in performance arts? Join Stratford Festival’s Accessibility Coordinator Kayla Besse, Disability Dramaturgy scholar Dr. Jessica Watkin, Theatre Passe Muraille Artistic Director Marjorie Chan, and others in this panel discussing how theatres have been making their work and their spaces more accessible, and the goals they continue to work towards in service of greater inclusion.

TIGER LILY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE, July 25

Since preparations for our production of Wendy and Peter Pan began, the creative teams partnered with several consultants from different communities to consider how to approach Tiger Lily, a character whose history is fraught with racist stereotypes, in a forward-thinking way. Join some of the people behind this production for a conversation about Tiger Lily’s history, present, and future.

HEDDA GABLER: POWER, SEX & DEATH, August 1

Hedda Gabler has been called a modern-day Hamlet; she is an emotionally complex, richly-written character trapped in desperate circumstances not of her own making. Join director Molly Atkinson, psychologist Laura Moore and other experts and scholars in this fascinating conversation about what goes on in the head of this great character, and what Freud has to say about all this.

WHAT’S IN A…GENRE? SHAKESPEARE’S LATE ROMANCES, August 8

Cymbeline has been called a tragedy, a comedy, and even a tragicomedy, though nowadays many refer to it as one of Shakespeare’s “Late Romances”. In this discussion moderated by Maev Beaty, Professor Holger Syme and a panel of other theatre experts discuss these “tragedies that end happily”, the usefulness of categorizing Shakespeare, and how these late plays help us understand Shakespeare’s life.

BEYOND WILDE: REVEALING THE MYSTERIES OF 19TH CENTURY THEATRE, August 15

It is sometimes said that there were no great English plays written in the period between Richard Sheridan at the start of the 19th century and Oscar Wilde at the end. Yet Dion Boucicault’s London Assurance was a great success at a time when melodrama, minstrel shows and musical revues dominated English-language theatre. Dr. Cheryl Thompson, assistant professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, Dr. Terry Robinson, associate professor at the University of Toronto, and others consider this unique era in English theatre history in this conversation moderated by directors and dramaturgs Julia Nish-Lapidus and James Wallis.

CENTERING THE MANGO: CELEBRATING THE JAMAICAN-CANADIAN EXPERIENCE, August 22

Andrea Scott’s premiere of Get That Hope features and celebrates Jamaican-Canadians. Join Andrea, educator Phiona Lloyd-Henry, and a panel of other Jamaican-Canadians in this discussion of beef patties, Caribana, and other Jamaican influences on Canada that most Canadians aren’t aware of.

WHAT MAKES A TRAGEDY?, August 29

The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? is Edward Albee’s attempt at writing a modern-day Greek tragedy, and Romeo and Juliet is regarded as the world’s greatest love story even though everyone knows it ends in death. Join Maev Beaty and a panel of experts including classicist Adriana Brook and Michael Y. Bennett, President of the Edward Albee Society, as they discuss the origins of tragedy, and what keeps us coming back for more torment and dismay.

THE FASCINATION WITH HISTORICAL FICTION, September 5

Historical fiction combines fiction with historical settings, time periods and events. While historical figures, like William Shakespeare, may appear, the central characters are typically fictional, like Nick and Nigel Bottom in Something Rotten!. Join Professor Thomas Luxon of Dartmouth College, Professor Michael Dove of Western University, and others in this discussion of how fictionalizing history helps us understand the past (and present) in a deeper way.

ON THE DIVINERS: LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION, September 12

In this season’s new adaptation of The Diviners, language flows like a river. Michif, the language of the Métis, features prominently in the script, and is a key aspect of Métis identity. In this discussion, we talk with Elder Lorraine Coutu and other experts in Indigenous language and cultural revitalization about the ways and means that preserving language allows us to preserve history and culture.

BRIDGING THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE, September 19

From the Greatest Generation and Generation Alpha to parents and children, generations are a key way we define our lives—but how are generations defined? And when generations are in conflict, how can they be reconciled? In this panel discussion, Dr. Norah Keating, Chair of the Board of the Vanier Institute of the Family, and other experts on generations talk about what we can learn from different generations, and how we can all live together.

FINDING FUNNY WITH WENTWORTH AND WYN DAVIES, September 26

Why are we still able to laugh at jokes that were first told 430 years ago? What does it mean to be funny? What is the essence of comedy? These are the simple, straightforward questions that will be considered in this casual chat with seasoned actors and masters of comedy Scott Wentworth (Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night) and Geraint Wyn Davies (Harcourt in London Assurance).

 

 

Date

Jul 25 2024

Time

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location

Tom Patterson Theatre
111 Lakeside Dr, Stratford, ON N5A 3C1

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Stratford Festival
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800-567-1600
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