Festival actors or visiting guests in readings, musical concerts and other performances on selected dates throughout the season.
The God That Comes
Thursday, September 11, 11:30 p.m. BUY NOW
Friday, September 12, 11:30 p.m. BUY NOW
Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. BUY NOW
Thursday, September 18, 11:30 p.m. BUY NOW
Friday, September 19, 11:30 p.m. BUY NOW
Saturday, September 20, 11:30 p.m. BUY NOW
Part play, part concert, all bacchanalian, The God that Comes is a wine-soaked rock-’n’-roll cabaret celebrating the god of wine and ecstasy. This solo performance, starring musical sensation Hawksley Workman, fuses the chaotic revelry of a rock concert with the intimacy of theatrical storytelling. The show is a tonic for a society that has lost its sense of balance, and for a people that have lost touch with their animal instincts. It is an invitation to raise a glass together, hear a story and get lost in the music for a few hours. Produced by 2B Theatre Company. For more details, visit www.thegodthatcomes.com. Admission: $56.50.
Masks, Madness and Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Thursday, August 21 BUY NOW
Saturday, August 30 BUY NOW
Thursday, September 4 BUY NOW
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Festival company members including Ruby Joy, Tyrone Savage, Sanjay Talwar, Sara Orenstein and Gareth Potter, explore Shakespeare’s Sonnets using character half-masks. The masks liberate a subconscious creative inspiration that facilitates an actor’s mysterious connection between character and poetry. Shakespeare’s sonnets, spoken live, are rendered personal, intimate, powerfully moving and, above all, surprisingly lucid. Directed and compiled by veteran Canadian theatre director Guy Sprung in collaboration with master mask teacher Brian Smith, this presentation is an entertaining and informative glimpse into aspects of the use of masks in the theatre, and an innovative window on the power and poetry of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the “madness” of acting. $25.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen BUY NOW
Studio Theatre, Saturday, August 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
A reading featuring company member Ben Carlson, with musical direction by Laura Burton. Noël Coward’s extraordinary life and career spanned most of the twentieth century. To many he seemed the quintessential Englishman and the epitome of style and glamour. He was also a ruthlessly hard worker: actor, cabaret star, playwright, lyricist, composer, director of plays and films, novelist and short-story writer. He was a devoted son, a rewarding but demanding friend, a passionate if quizzical lover, a fierce English patriot who could satirise his country as much as he celebrated it - and who served it not only as an artist but as a wartime spy. He spent the last years of his life in exile. This solo play, written by Robert Cushman, finds Coward in his last Jamaican retreat, re-living both the successes and the disappointments and finding new meaning in some of his own greatest and most revealing songs. Admission $25.
Geraint Wyn Davies hosts a series of dramatic readings inspired by the season theme. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.
Grand Magic BUY NOW
Sunday, August 24
This black comedy by one of the leading modern Italian dramatists, Eduardo de Filippo, explores faith, obsession and delusion.
The Madness of George III BUY NOW
Sunday, September 7
U.K. playwright Alan Bennett’s fictionalized biographical study of the latter half of the reign of George III, his battle with mental illness and the inability of his court to handle his condition.
The Vortex BUY NOW
Sunday, September 14
The play that was Noël Coward’s first commercial success focuses on sexual vanity and drug abuse among the British upper classes.