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2013 Podcast Series

Stratford Festival 2013 Podcast Series - "I am content": The Merchant of Venice (lecture by Dr. Vivian Rakoff at Toronto Reference Library)

Dr. Vivian Rakoff contextualizes the social and political framework behind one of Shakespeare's most contraverial plays, The Merchant of Venice. Themes explored include the work of stereotype in the text, how the play has been interpreted and appropriated throughout history, and the role of the defeated "other", Shylock. (Recorded on March 19, 2013 at the Toronto Reference Library as part of the On Stage Art Series. Introduction by Festival Board Chair David Goldbloom.)



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Publish Date: 2013-03-22
Stratford Festival 2013 Podcast Series - The Forum | The Dynamics of Marriage

Recorded on July 4, before a live audience, this edition of our Talking Theatre podcast series features a discussion about the dynamic of marriage in the Festival’s 2013 playbill. The conversation is led by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

Some characters marry for love, some for convenience; some are forced to marry, others wish they weren’t married, and still others don’t marry at all. In The Three Musketeers, no married couple enjoys love, but outside marriage passionate love can be found. Noël Coward sees marriage as confinement, and although Desdemona and Othello and Romeo and Juliet marry for love, they die as a result. Are the playwrights justified in what they seem to be saying about marriage?

 



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Publish Date: 2013-07-12
Stratford Festival 2013 Podcast Series - The Forum | “Who would believe thee, Isabel?”

Recorded on July 11, before a live audience, this edition of our Talking Theatre podcast series features a discussion about the use of power and silence in the Festival’s 2013 playbill. The conversation is led by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

In many plays this season, power structures and the exercise of power silence certain people. Isabella, Desdemona, Lucky in Waiting for Godot and Davidson in Mary Stuart are just some of the characters who are made voiceless. How do we find our voices in today’s world?


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Publish Date: 2013-07-24
Stratford Festival 2013 Podcast Series - The Forum | Politics and Performance

Recorded on July 18, before a live audience, this edition of our Talking Theatre podcast series features a discussion about politics and performance in the Festival’s 2013 playbill. The conversation is led by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

Many characters on this season’s playbill are masterful politicians. Elizabeth understands both the necessity of Mary’s death and the necessity of controlling the spin when it becomes known. The Duke in Measure for Measure stages his return and seems to control the fates of the other characters. The Three Musketeers successfully challenge the political structure of Cardinal Richelieu. But several characters in Othello defy the established political structure and fail. Are the operations of power and politics any different today? Can they ever be different?


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Publish Date: 2013-08-09
Stratford Festival 2013 Podcast Series - The Forum | The Shakespeare Slam | Pop Culture vs Classical Culture

Recorded on April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday) before a live audience at Koerner Hall in Toronto, the Festival presented the Shakespeare Slam, a thought-provoking and irreverent event to mark the launch of the Festival’s newest initiative  The Forum. This celebration of culture – both classical and pop – looked at how Shakespeare continues to entertain and inspire in today’s world.

New Yorker staff writer and acclaimed essayist Adam Gopnik faced off against indie rocker Torquil Campbell of the band Stars to debate “Pop Culture vs. Classical Culture: Which has the reigning impact on our world?” The debate is moderated by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. 


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Publish Date: 2013-08-09
Stratford Festival 2013 Podcast Series - The Forum | Faith and Religion in Shakespeare's Plays

Recorded on August 15, before a live audience, this special edition of our Talking Theatre podcast series features a discussion about Shakespeare’s use of faith and religion in the Festival’s 2013 playbill. The conversation is led by General Director Antoni Cimolino and Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson, Head of Knowledge and Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. 

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Publish Date: 2013-10-08
Stratford Festival 2013 Podcast Series - The Forum | Anti-Semitism and The Merchant of Venice

Recorded on August 21, before a live audience, Len Rudner from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Holocaust historian Frank Bialystok and Shakespeare expert Vivian Rakoff examine the confrontation of synagogue and state in The Merchant of Venice. 

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Publish Date: 2013-10-08


2012 Podcast Series

Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 1st Edition: We’re in the Money

Recorded on July 12, 2012, before a live audience at the Tom Patterson Theatre, this edition of our summer podcast series features a Talking Theatre discussion about the theme of money in our sixtieth season playbill. The conversation is led by General Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

The power of money features in  The Matchmaker Wanderlust and The Best Brothers . Lucy in  You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is obsessed with money and  42nd Street even has a song about it. But money is often pitted against true love and the lack of it perceived as an enemy to art. Is there a way to redistribute wealth, as Dolly Gallagher Levi says, so that it "circulates like rainwater and flows down among the people?" Would love and art flourish if it did?

Our summer podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO.



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Publish Date: 2012-08-24
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series - 2nd Edition: Me, I tell stories

Recorded on July 19, 2012, before a live audience at the Tom Patterson Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Talking Theatre discussion about the theme of storytelling in our sixtieth season playbill.The conversation is led by General Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.


John Hirsch claimed that telling stories was his way of coping with survivor's guilt. The characters in Cymbeline  tell their stories to achieve forgiveness and reconciliation. In You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, book reports reveal more about the storytellers than about the original story. We have always explained our existence, learned to relate to one another and been entertained and consoled through storytelling. Do we still value our storytellers as we did in the past?

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO. 
 



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Publish Date: 2012-09-26
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 3rd Edition: Justice or Revenge?

Recorded on August 2, 2012, before a live audience at the Tom Patterson Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Talking Theatre discussion about the themes of justice and revenge in our sixtieth season playbill. The conversation is led by Director of Communications David Prosser and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

Elektra dedicates herself to the principle of justice, but her sense of justice is questionable. Belarius in Cymbeline  kidnaps the two young princes because he has been unjustly exiled. Don John in Much Ado About Nothing plots to redress the unfair treatment he has received from Don Pedro. In each case, the perpetrator feels justified. If revenge is achieved, is justice served? What is the effect of revenge on the perpetrator?

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO.


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Publish Date: 2012-10-03
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 4th Edition: The Call of the Wild

Recorded on August 9, 2012, before a live audience at the Tom Patterson Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Talking Theatre discussion about the conflict between the need for security and the desire for adventure in our sixtieth season playbill. The conversation is led by General Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

Wanderlust presents the conflict between the security of the familiar and the longing for adventure. Characters in The Matchmaker long for adventure and go to New York City to find it. The lost princes in Cymbeline are frustrated by the confines of their simple life and long for action in the larger world. Yet adventure is risky. Are we better off letting others take the risks for us and then reading about them? If the writers choose safety over risk, where will we turn for our adventures?

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO. 



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Publish Date: 2012-10-03
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 5th Edition: "What is in that word honour?"

Recorded on August 16, 2012, before a live audience at the Tom Patterson Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Talking Theatre discussion about the theme of honour in our sixtieth season playbill. The conversation is led by General Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.


Honour features largely in several plays on this season's playbill. Elektra has "made her life a wall of tears against dishonour," Henry V cites honour as a reason for invading France and in Much Ado About Nothing Hero's father wishes her dead for the dishonour she has brought upon her family. Is Falstaff's dismissal of honour as "a mere scutcheon" the correct attitude?

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO.


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Publish Date: 2012-10-03
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 6th Edition: Much Ado About Nothing Lobby Talk

Recorded on August 21, 2012, before a live audience at the Festival Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Lobby Talk by Director of Communications David Prosser about our sixtieth season production of Much Ado About Nothing

 

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO.

 



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Publish Date: 2012-11-26
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 7th Edition: Henry V Lobby Talk

Recorded on August 22, 2012, before a live audience at the Festival Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Lobby Talk by Director of Communications David Prosser about our sixtieth season production of Henry V.

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO. 


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Publish Date: 2012-11-26
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 8th Edition: "Love forever true"

Recorded on August 23, 2012, before a live audience at the Tom Patterson Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Talking Theatre discussion about the theme of love in our sixtieth season playbill. The conversation is led by General Director Antoni Cimolino and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

In Much Ado About Nothing, Claudio claims to love Hero; Posthumus similarly claims to love Innogen in Cymbeline. Yet each man is readily deceived into thinking his beloved has betrayed him, and reacts violently to this betrayal. Could their anger stem from loving an ideal instead of a person? Do Beatrice and Benedick, or Dolly and Horace in The Matchmaker, have a more realistic chance at happiness?

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO. 



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Publish Date: 2012-11-26
Stratford Festival 2012 Podcast Series – 9th Edition: "Fear no more the frown of the great"

Recorded on August 30, 2012, before a live audience at the Tom Patterson Theatre, this edition of our 2012 podcast series features a Talking Theatre discussion about the theme of counterfeit deaths in our sixtieth season playbill. The conversation is led by Director of Communications David Prosser and Education Consultant Pat Quigley.

In Cymbeline, Innogen's apparent death is mourned by her brothers; in Much Ado About Nothing, Hero's apparent death is mourned by a repentant Claudio. In Elektra, Orestes tortures his sister with his faked death. These counterfeit deaths can allow time for other characters to learn the true value of the one who has died, and to acknowledge their roles in the death, but in Elektra's case the suffering appears needless. What is the audience supposed to understand from these explorations of death?

Our 2012 podcast series is proudly sponsored by BMO.


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Publish Date: 2012-11-26