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more ways to explore Othello

Toronto Reference Library Lecture
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street
Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m.
A talk by Philippa Sheppard on Othello. Admission is free, but tickets are required. These may be booked online through the library beginning four weeks in advance.

Guelph Public Library Lecture
Main Branch, 100 Norfolk Street
Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m.

A talk by Andrew Bretz on Othello. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Hamilton Public Library Lecture
Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West
Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

A talk by Peter Cockett on Othello. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Adam Gopnik: Shakespeare and Feasting
Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Friday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m.
Raised in Canada, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Join him for this celebratory dinner and hear his thoughts on banquets and the Bard. Cash bar. Admission: $75.

Original Pronunciation, with Tim Carroll
Studio Theatre, Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m.
Using scenes from Romeo and Juliet as illustration, the director explores the implications of original pronunciation in the performance of Shakespeare's plays. Admission: $20.

Exhibition Talks
The Festival Exhibition, 104 Downie Street
Saturdays, June 8, 22 and 29; July 6, 20 and 27; and August 3 and 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Festival artists and artisans discuss their contributions to past and present productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice. Cost included in admission to the Exhibition.

Speakers confirmed to date:

June 22 - Seana McKenna and Miles Potter

July 27 - Carmen Grant and Tom Rooney

August 24 - Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino

Four Shakespeare Masterpieces at the Stratford Festival: Present and Past Productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice
The Festival Exhibition, 104 Downie Street (across from the Avon Theatre).
Open daily during the Festival’s opening week, May 27 to June 2. Otherwise open Wednesdays through Sundays, June 5 to October 20.
Weekday and Saturday hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in May, June, July and August; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in September and October.
Closes at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Different days or times may be available on request. The space is accessible and guided tours are available. Admission: $6 adults; $5 seniors and students; $4 per person for groups of 10 or more; free admission for children under the age of 13; special $2 price per person for school groups.

Reform It Altogether: Directing Shakespeare Today
Studio Theatre, Sunday, July 14, at 11 a.m.
With directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll, Antoni Cimolino and Martha Henry. Chair: David Prosser. Admission: $10.

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.

Faith and Religion in Shakespeare's Plays
Tom Patterson Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 9:30 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. Free admission.

Othello vs Otello
Festival Theatre Lobby
Friday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m.

Verdi aficionado John Zaretti of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan and Othello director Chris Abraham discuss the play and the operatic adaptation and their respective strengths and genius, pitting aria against soliloquy in this face-off of masterpieces. Admission: $20.

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. Admission: $20.

Festival Friday Chats
Chalmers Lounge, Fridays, August 9 and 16, at approximately 11:15 p.m.
Thirty-minute Q&A sessions with cast members after selected performances. Free admission.

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 (Stratford Festival), Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival), Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) and others. Moderator: David Prosser. Admission: $10.

Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar: Shakespeare in Kabul
Festival Theatre lobby, Thursday, August 22, at 11 a.m.
The authors will sign copies of their book, Shakespeare in Kabul, following the talk. Free admission.

Table Talk
Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Sunday, August 25, at 11:30 a.m.
Buffet lunch, followed by a talk on Othello by Ann Wilson. Please reserve at least 48 hours in advance. Cash bar. Admission: $37.

Honest Villains and Noble Killers: The Iago/Othello Character Dynamic
Studio Theatre, , Thursday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Speakers: Ellen Geer, Artistic Director, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Los Angeles; Dr. Caroline Bicks, Boston College, U.S.A.; Bethany Jillard, Graham Abbey and Dion Johnstone, Stratford Festival company.


In Shakespeare's Othello, the character of Iago is key to why and how the story unfolds; Iago has even more lines than Othello. Many great actors have played both parts on stage, and every new production raises complex questions. The 2013 Stratford production (the seventh in Stratford's history), directed by Chris Abraham, will once more invite us to reflect on Othello's implications. In this, the second annual Stratford Festival Symposium, leading artists and scholars express their views on the play. Support for the Symposium is generously provided by Dr. Jules and Josephine Harris. Admission: Free, but tickets must be reserved.



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