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2022 Season

PLAYBILL

Book by FRED EBB and BOB FOSSE | Lyrics by FRED EBB | Music by JOHN KANDER | Based on the play by MAURINE DALLAS WATKINS | Script adaptation by DAVID THOMPSON | Directed and Choreographed by DONNA FEORE | Venue: Festival Theatre

In the Roaring Twenties, aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart and fading vaudeville star Velma Kelly each face trial for murder. Both as cynical as they are sexy, the two women compete for top place in the priorities of shady lawyer Billy Flynn, who promises to make them media celebrities and win their acquittals. With its killer score and all-new knock-'em-dead dance numbers, this deliciously lurid tale of adultery, murder and justice as showbiz packs some serious heat.

SIN, DANCE AND ALL THAT JAZZ

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | Directed by PETER PASYK | Venue: Festival Theatre 

Prince Hamlet, son of Denmark's late king, is horrified - and placed in a moral quandary - by the apparition of his father's ghost. This spectre claims to have been murdered by the brother who now wears his crown - and who, having married the widowed queen, is now not only Hamlet's uncle but also his stepfather. The ghost demands vengeance, but can it be trusted? And can the taking of a life ever be justified? Can this troubled family tolerate any further loss? 

THE ULTIMATE ROYAL FAMILY CRISIS

 

By MOLIÈRE | In a new version by RANJIT BOLT | Directed by ANTONI CIMOLINO | Venue: Festival Theatre

The paranoid old skinflint Harper has two grown children: Eleanor, who is in love with Victor, her father's butler, and Charlie, who loves the hard-up Marianne. Both siblings know that if they persist with their romantic choices they can kiss goodbye to their inheritances. And their plights only get worse when the widowed Harper announces startling marital plans of his own. It'll take a miracle - or two, or three - for the desires of youth to have their way. 

FOR LOVE OR MONEY? HOW ABOUT BOTH?

 

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | Directed by ANTONI CIMOLINO | Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre

As charismatic as he is cunning, as strangely seductive as he is utterly ruthless, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is the very embodiment of lethal ambition as he manoeuvres and murders his way to the throne of England, sardonically revelling in his own villainy every step of the way. But once he has reached the top, the only way left to go is down - and in Richard's growing roster of vengeful enemies, none are more menacing than the ghosts of his past.

HIS SUCCESSION PLAN WILL SLAY YOU

 

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | Directed by SCOTT WENTWORTH | Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre

Having worked a seemingly miraculous cure on the deathly ill King of France, Helen, the orphaned daughter of a celebrated physician, claims as her reward the hand of Bertram, the young lord she adores. She already has the blessing of his mother, the Countess of Rossillion, but Bertram himself resents being forced into an arranged marriage. It looks like Helen needs another miracle to win his heart - till Bertram's own roving eye enables an audacious remedy. 

COLD SHOULDER? THERE'S A CURE FOR THAT

By WOLE SOYINKA | Directed by TAWIAH M'CARTHY | Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre

In British-occupied Nigeria, a Yoruba king, the Alafin, has died, and it is the duty of his horseman, the Elesin, to accompany him into the afterlife. While lustily enjoying the pleasures of this world, Elesin proudly anticipates his transition to the next - but the sacred ritual is interrupted, resulting in unforeseen tragedy. Inspired by a real-life incident, this Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece celebrates a community striving to uphold its culture in the face of colonial power.

THE GREATER THE HONOUR, THE DEEPER THE SHAME

Schulich Children's Plays Little Women  | World première | A Stratford Festival commission | Based on the novels Little Women and Good Wives by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT | Adapted for the stage by JORDI MAND | Directed by ESTHER JUN | Venue: Avon Theatre

Aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate their road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path?

AN ENDEARING COMING-OF-AGE CLASSIC

World première | By SUNNY DRAKE | Directed by ted witzel | Venue: Studio Theatre

When a suburban boomer couple return home to find their queer millennial daughter, Annabel, hosting a swingers' party to make cash, they're forced to question the state of their marriage. Annabel, in turn, must ponder her own future when she adds a new relationship to her chosen family of polyamorous and platonic roommates. In this high-spirited sex romp, it's not just the earth that moves, as shifting paradigms encourage new possibilities, both personal and political.

WE DARE YOU TO TRY IT - THE PLAY, THAT IS

World première | A Stratford Festival commission | By ANN-MARIE MACDONALD | Based on an idea by ALISA PALMER | Directed by ALISA PALMER | Venue: Studio Theatre

Actor Guinness Menzies has landed his dream role: he's playing Hamlet at the Stratford Festival. But just before a matinée performance, he suddenly finds himself in the Underworld, a strange realm as frightening as it is hilarious, where time is seriously out of joint. Has he gone mad? Is he dreaming? Has he died…? Meanwhile, teenage Jeremy reaches out to Guinness online as he wrestles with his own version of Hamlet's famous life-or-death dilemma.

WHO KNOWS WHAT DREAMS MAY COME?

World première | A Stratford Festival commission | By JANI LAUZON and KAITLYN RIORDAN | Directed by JANI LAUZON | Venue: Studio Theatre

Anticipating a visit by King George VI, an English teacher at a church-run Residential school in Northern Ontario enlists her students in a production of All's Well That Ends Well. But her rigid ideas of how Shakespeare should be performed are challenged as her actors find parallels between themselves and the characters in the play - and, far from letting themselves be defined by colonial expectations, set out to make Shakespeare's bitter-sweet comedy defiantly their own.

AN INSPIRING JOURNEY FROM PAGE TO STAGE

Members can begin ordering online at noon March 6, 2022 and by phone at 9 a.m. on March 7, 2022  

General Public on-sale will start online at noon on March 18, 2022 and by phone at 9 a.m. on March 19, 2022 

On-Sale Dates
Membership LevelOnline at Noon   By Phone at 9 a.m.
Playwright's Circle MembersMarch 6March 7
Sustainer/Prospero Society Members  March 7March 8
Associate MembersMarch 8March 9
Benefactor MembersMarch 9March 10
Ambassador MembersMarch 10March 11
Friend MembersMarch 11March 12

BECOME A MEMBER

Groups and Schools On-Sale Dates
Groups   Online or by phone on March 15 at 9 a.m.
Schools   Online or by phone on March 16 at 9 a.m.
On Account and General Public On-Sale Dates
On Account Online at noon on March 14 and by phone at 9 a.m. on March 15
General Public Online at noon on March 18 and by phone at 9 a.m. on March 19 

 

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