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The Productivity of War
Wednesday, July 30, at 11:00 AM
Studio Theatre

Peer Into the Playbill

A series of explorations culled from the minds of our directors.
Admission: $25.

Reweaving Shakespeare’s Cosmology BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Shakespeare invented Bottom the Weaver as the ultimate cosmic visionary, the fool who sees what is hidden from the wise and who weaves and repairs the fabric of life with stories. This seminar explores Shakespeare’s “great chain of being” as it links to Buddhist cosmology, Islamic theology and indigenous spiritualities in the West and the East. With Peter Sellars and guests.

The Productivity of War BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, July 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Psychiatrist Jordan Peterson, of TVO’s Big Ideas, discusses the human thirst for war. What motivates the commission of atrocity? What is the relationship between belief and the regulation of emotion? Moderated by Paul Kennedy, host of CBC Radio's Ideas. This event will be live streamed.

My Poor Body Demands It BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, August 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Dr. Marina Adshade, whose online series Dollars and Sex attracted over 750,000 viewers on Big Think (named top news and information website by Time in 2011), leads a panel on the relationship between sex, money and marriage.

Adapting Alice BUY NOW
Studio Theatre, Wednesday, August 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Panel discussion including Alice Through the Looking-Glass director Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, and Peter Hinton, playwright for the Shaw Festival.

Not with the Eye BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. $25.

Dr. Adrienne Harris, eminent psychoanalyst and Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis joins Dr. M.J. Kidnie, English Professor at Western University and Shakespeare specialist with an interest in the politics of race, gender and appropriation, for a discussion on the aesthetics of gender – homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender and love – as portrayed on stage in Shakespeare’s time and now. Moderated by Greg Kelly, executive producer for CBC Radio's Ideas.

Love in a Dangerous Time BUY NOW  

Studio Theatre, Wednesday, August 27, 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. $25.  

Queen Christina sent paintings and prints of herself to various courts in Europe in her attempt to find a new residence after her planned abdication and departure from Sweden. Art historian Dr. Rose Marie San Juan explores how these images address rumours of the Queen's sexuality, lesbianism and hermaphroditism, while company members read letters exchanged between Queen Christina and her “intimate friend” Ebba Sparre.


Restoration Comedy: Those Marital and Extra-Marital – Knots BUY NOW 

Studio Theatre, Sunday, September 7, 10-11:30 a.m. $25.

“Consent,if mutual, saves the lawyer’s fee. Consent is law enough to set you free.” In George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem the cure for an unhappy marriage is an agreed separation: a revolutionary step. Theatre critic Robert Cushman looks at love, sex, marriage and divorce in Restoration comedy. With readings by company members Maev Beatty, Mike Shara, Scott Wentworth and Brigit Wilson.  


The Beating of the War Drum BUY NOW 

Studio Theatre, Sunday, September 14, 10-11:30 a.m. $25.
Noah Richler, author of the critically acclaimed book, What We Talk About When We Talk About War, contemplates our repeated subjugation before the rhetoric and language of war. Said Thomas Hardy, "War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading." Has anything changed? Will it ever?


Theatre Babies BUY NOW 

Studio Theatre, Sunday September 21, 10-11:30 a.m. $25.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in a family of artists? Company members Ruby Joy, Tyrone Savage and others with just that experience come together to talk about art, their childhoods, and the influence it had in their professional choices and development.

Support for Peer Into the Playbill is generously provided  in memory of Dr. W. Philip Hayman.


Jordan Petersen

Selected Forum Events Supported by
Bell Lets Talk

Sustaining support for the Forum
is generously provided by
Kelly & Michael Meighen and
the T.R. Meighen Foundation

Support for the 2014 Forum is
generously provided by
Nandita & Julian Wise


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