Each of the season’s two high-intensity Foray periods focuses on its own theme. In addition to the following, Forays include special editions of regular series events.
FORAY 2: AUGUST 16 TO 20
Shakespeare 450: A Celebration of the Bard
Shakesprov BUY NOW
Avon Rehearsal Hall 1 – Meet in the Studio Theatre Lobby, Monday, August 18, from 10 to noon. How hard could it have been for one man to have written Shakespeare’s canon? In this fun, engaging workshop, you will learn the keys to inventing your own lost Shakespeare play on the spot. Led by notable improviser, Second City Faculty and Shakespeare enthusiast, Marjorie Malpass, uncover the secrets of improvising in Iambic. Playing with imagery, inventing words, finding just the right insults - discover the power of being your own Bard. Admission: $40.
Embodying Shakespeare’s Text BUY NOW
Studio Theatre Lobby
Monday, August 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Explore and immerse yourself in the power of Shakespeare’s words. Led by Festival coaching staff and special guest artists, this three-hour workshop engages you in the processes our actors use to inhabit Shakespeare’s worlds. Admission: $40.
Shakespeare’s History BUY NOW
Tuesday, August 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Explore our playbill’s three examples of Shakespearean chronicle: King Lear (legendary), King John (historical) and Antony and Cleopatra (Roman). Admission: $25.
The Life and Adventures of Sam Wanamaker: The Man Who Built the Globe BUY NOW
Tuesday, August 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sam Wanamaker is best known as the visionary founder of Shakespeare’s Globe, the theatre for which he campaigned tirelessly in the last third of his life. This illustrated talk by Paul Prescott, of the University of Warwick, draws on previously unseen archival material to present key episodes in his extraordinary journey as actor, director and cultural entrepreneur from Depression-era Chicago to Thatcher’s Britain. Admission: $15.
The Playwright’s Crucible BUY NOW
Tuesday, August 19, from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
As in Shakespeare’s day, watch a playwright contend with argumentative actors, demanding management and a temperamental director as they try to create his play before your eyes. Hosted by Joanne O’Sullivan. Admission: $30.
Shakespeare on the Road
Festival Theatre lobby
Wednesday, August 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
In celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Drs. Paul Prescott and Susan Brock from the University of Warwick tell their story of reverse pilgrimage and shine a light on Shakespeare festivals across North America. Free admission.