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
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.
Geraint Wyn Davies hosts a series of dramatic readings inspired by the season theme. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.
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.
Dancock’s Dance BUY NOW
Studio Theatre Annex Friday, September 19 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Stephen Ouimette directs companymembers in this play by Guy Vanderhaeghe that captures the experience of a WW Iveteran who is committed to an insane asylum on his return, and his strugglefor relief and redemption. $25.