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The Radical Middle Way
Saturday, July 26, at 10:00 AM
Studio Theatre


The Radical Middle Way BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Saturday, July 26, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Muhammad Robert Heft is a convert to Islam whose Toronto-based organization, Paradise Forever, operates a de-radicalization program for converted Muslims. Mr. Heft consults with government agencies in Canada and around the world on counter-terrorism and has been called on by CNN, CBC, ABC, CBS and the BBC to provide his perspective when radicalism is in the news. His talk brings together his personal and professional experience of conversion, radicalization and restoring moderation. 

Madness: Inside and Outside the Edge of War BUY NOW
Tom Patterson Theatre, Friday, August 1, from 11 a.m. to noon.
James Orbinski’s humanitarian work began with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders): as a doctor and later as MSF’s international president, he was on the ground during the Rwandan genocide and other crises in Africa, Europe and Asia. Now on the faculty of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, he speaks about the alternate reality inhabited by humanitarian workers, a survival tactic that allows them to make sense of the senseless world in which they find themselves. 

The Outbreak of the First World War: A Literary Perspective BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Saturday, August 9, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Paul Stevens is Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature & Culture at the University of Toronto. His first career was as a regular officer in the British Army, and he has published widely on literature and the Great War. In the centenary year of the single most important event in the history of the 20th century, Dr. Stevens proposes that literature, even an old drama as remote as Shakespeare’s King John, might step in where historians have left off and provide a unique way of helping us understand why it happened. 

Letters From the Front BUY NOW
Tom Patterson Theatre
Sunday, August 10, from 11 a.m. to noon.
The Stratford Perth Archives holds an extensive collection of letters from the trenches of World War I, written by members of the Perth Regiment to their families in Stratford and Perth County. One hundred years after the outbreak of that war, a selection of those letters is read by members of the Festival company. 

Apocrypha No More: Shakespeare’s Collaborative Plays BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Friday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Why were plays such as The London Prodigal by William Shakespeare, A Yorkshire Tragedy by W. Shakespeare and Thomas Lord Cromwell by W.S. excluded from the First Folio of Shakespeare’s collected works? William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays is the first edition in over 100 years of the fascinating body of plays that has become known as “The Shakespeare Apocrypha.” Join the edition’s contributing scholars, Eric Rasmussen and Will Sharpe, along with members of the Festival’s artistic and acting companies, in this full-morning exploration of issues of authorship, collaboration and attribution surrounding Shakespeare’s body of work. In this marriage of scholarship and practice, company members investigate scenes and excerpts from the plays of the Apocrypha.

Support for this event is generously provided by Dr. Jules and Josephine Harris.

February: Author’s Insights BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Saturday, August 23, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Newfoundland-based author Lisa Moore will discuss and read from her second novel, February, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected as one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year, and which won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2013. February explores the long arc of mourning of a woman widowed by the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster, in which the oil rig sink off the coast of Newfoundland, killing all eighty-four of its crew. 

February: Reading BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Sunday, August 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Festival company members read excerpts from Lisa Moore’s stage adaptation of her novel February, as Ms Moore offers insights into the adaptation process. 

"He's Not Mad, He's Madly Visionary!": A Debate on Madness and Individuality BUY NOW
Studio Theatre

Saturday, September 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Literature is rife with colourful characters whose behaviour pushes beyond societal norms. Are these characters suffering from forms of "madness," or are they having a sane response to an insane world? Join Canadian Psychiatric Association members Dr. K. Sonu Gaind, Dr. Susan E. Abbey and Dr. Richard O’Reilly for this lively debate exploring themes of sanity, mental illness and diagnosis and societal expectation, based on selected characters from this season’s playbill.

Camille Paglia: The Dark Women of Shakespeare BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Saturday, September 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Notable feminist and social critic Camille Paglia speaks about Shakespeare and misogyny – what is it about the mystery and ambiguity of women that so frightens men both then and now? This event will be live streamed.

Chat with the Chief
Paul D. Fleck Marquee – Friday, October 3, 5-7:30 p.m. 
Enjoy a special three-course meal – including a welcome cocktail and wine with dinner – while Broadcaster and CBC News Anchor Peter Mansbridge goes one-on-one with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada – the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin – to discuss her life, her work, and her thoughts on the arts. Including bar and gratuities. Admission: $95.

Support for the dinner is provided by BLG:Borden Ladner Gervais

Authorship Appeal BUY NOW  
Festival Theatre, Saturday, October 4, 10:30 a.m.- noon. 
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, of the Supreme Court of Canada, convenes a special panel of judges to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to refute the claim that Shakespeare was the principal author of the canon. With special appearances by Antoni Cimolino and Colm Feore. Admission: Free. This event will be live streamed.

La Fontaine-Baldwin Symposium BUY NOW 
Saturday, October 18.
Keynote Address: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St W, Toronto. 2:00 p.m. 
Roundtables: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto. 4:00 p.m.
Legendary artist Robert Lepage delivers the 12th La Fontaine-Baldwin lecture followed by a dynamic roundtable discussion, when the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, chaired by Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, reunites with the Festival to challenge Canadians to join the national conversation on citizenship. Admission:$30 Keynote Address only. $70 Keynote Address and Roundtables. This event will be live streamed.


Muhammad Robert Heft

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is generously provided by
Kelly & Michael Meighen and
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generously provided by
Nandita & Julian Wise


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