Courtship or conquest? The breaking down of a defiant spirit – or a breakthrough that liberates a heart deprived of love? Will you ever see a battle of wills that’s fiercer or funnier – or more hotly controversial?
A lively comedy about a battle of wills that raises
about male attitudes toward women, The Taming of the Shrew generally sparks vigorous debate
whenever it is produced.
Production support is generously provided by Larry Enkin & family in memory of Sharon Enkin and by Martie & Bob Sachs. Support for the 2015 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Claire & Daniel Bernstein.
2015: Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music and Baptista Minola in The Taming of the Shrew. 16th season. Peter dedicates his 40th year in the business to his late son, Adam. Stratford: Includes Measure for Measure (Escalus), Mary Stuart (Aubespine), Othello (Brabantio), Cymbeline (Doctor), Elektra (Old Man), The Misanthrope (Oronte), The Tempest (Alonso), Richard III (Buckingham), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus, Elizabeth Rex (portraying William Shakespeare), Macbeth. Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: 20 seasons including An Inspector Calls, Belle Moral, The Philanderer and Summer and Smoke. Mr. Hutt's career has taken him across Canada, to the Tarragon, Citadel, Neptune and Grand theatres, Manitoba Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre and Toronto's Royal Alexandra. Film/TV: Includes The Age of Dorian, Forever Knight, The Taming of the Shrew (CBC), Breaking All the Rules, Echoes in the Darkness and CBC Television's much-acclaimed production of Elizabeth Rex. Awards: Dora nomination, Patience (Tarragon Theatre).
2015: Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew and George in Possible Worlds. Fourth season. Stratford: Peter Pan, King of Thieves, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Wanderlust. Elsewhere: The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper); Minotaur (YPT); RIFLES (Next Stage); The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre); Passion Play (Convergence, Outside the March, Sheep No Wool); Rock 'n' Roll, Habeas Corpus, Take Me Out, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd (Canadian Stage); Blood Brothers (Theatre Aquarius); Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Inspector General (Talk is Free); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT). Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, The Summit. Recordings: Voices for Resident Evil: Outbreak, Onimusha 2 and Far Cry 2. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Awards: Three Dora Award nominations, one win. Et cetera: "Love to Joanne and Eliza."
2015: Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew and Williams in Possible Worlds. Ninth season. Stratford (selected): Scrub in The Beaux' Stratagem, Andrei in Three Sisters, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Apollodorus in Caesar and Cleopatra, Roderigo in Othello, Flaminius in Timon of Athens. Elsewhere: Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Krogstad in A Doll's House (Montgomery/TNB). Film/TV: Dmitri in award-winning miniseries Fargo (Best miniseries: Emmy, Golden Globe), Suits, Republic of Doyle, The Ron James Show, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (2003, 2007), John Hirsch Award (2004) and the inaugural recipient of the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).
2015: Fortinbras Captain in Hamlet, Nicholas in The Taming of the Shrew and appears in Love's Labour's Lost. Ninth season. Stratford: King Lear (Curan), The Beaux' Stratagem (Fellow, Chamberlain), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wanderlust (Blount), Henry V (Duke of Burgundy), As You Like It (Le Beau), The Winter's Tale (Cleomenes), Titus Andronicus (Aaron), The Tempest (Caliban), Macbeth (Witch), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), The Three Musketeers (Jussac), The Night of the Iguana (Pedro), Juno and the Paycock, Oedipus Rex (Chorus), Julius Caesar (Pindarus), The Alchemist, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Oberon/Theseus (Shakespeare in Action/Canadian Stage), Thomas Matthews (Toronto the Good - Factory Theatre), Othello (Othello - Driftwood Theatre), Macbeth (Macbeth - Workman Arts/Shakespeare in Action), Cody (This Is How It Goes - Neptune Theatre), Dubois (Counterfeit Secrets - Artword Theatre, Dora nomination). Film/TV: Nikita, Suits, Insecurity, King, The Rick Mercer Report. "For my lovely fiancée, Leigh, and my wonderful children, Myles, Bailey, Cole, Max, Lyric and Marley! Here lies all my future hopes."
2015: Appears in Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in The Taming of the Shrew. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Young Shepherd in The Winter's Tale (Birmingham Conservatory); Sebastian in Who's Under Where? (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); Louis Martin in In His Name (Canadian History Project); Giri in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (red light district); Thespis in Something Is Wrong (Naught, A Theatre Company); Troilus in Troilus and Cressida (York University). Film/TV: Stephen in The Silver Chevy (Sheridan College). Radio: Collaborator and speaker in The Other Families Radio Show. Training: BFA in Acting, York University; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Et cetera: Josh dedicates his work this season to the memory of his mother and to all those who have helped him on his journey thus far. "You know who you are."
2015: Marcellus, Fortinbras in Hamlet, Philip, Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew and Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: René Descartes in Christina, The Girl King and Red Knight/Walrus in Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere (selected): Jaques in As You Like It, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Lucio in Measure for Measure, Jake in Stones in His Pockets, Sam in Fully Committed (Citadel Theatre); Slim in Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Roy Darwin in Counsellor-at-Law (Theatre Calgary); Everard in Age of Arousal, Ned in The Gift of the Coat (Alberta Theatre Projects); Milan in Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel Theatre); Kent in King Lear, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival.) Film/TV: Blackstone, Mixed Blessings. Training: BFA in Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure, Citadel Theatre. Et cetera: "Love to Breanna."
2015: Appears in Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in The Taming of the Shrew. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Princess/Genie in Aladdin (Diversified Productions), Mimi in Rent, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Lower Ossington Theatre); Mallory/April in City of Angels (Queen's Musical Theatre); Nickie in Sweet Charity (Blue Canoe Productions); First Fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queen's Drama); First Witch in Macbeth (BSS/UCC Theatre). Voice Work: Beheader in Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft), Gail in My Dad is Scrooge (Eb Scrooge Productions). Training: Queen's University, Claude Watson School for the Arts. Et cetera: "Endless love and thanks to family and friends for their constant support - particularly to my parents for sharing their love of the theatre and for always taking a four-year-old's, seven-year-old's and 20-year-old's dream seriously."
2015: Reynaldo in Hamlet, Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost and appears in The Taming of the Shrew. Second season. Stratford: Blanche of Spain in King John, Iras in Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Phebe in As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Bernarda in The House of Bernarda Alba (Theatre of War); Icarus in Damages Tangled (Theater for the New City, N.Y.C.). Film: Quincy Vidal (Yellowhouse Pictures). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College. Online: www.jennifermogbock.com. Et cetera: "Thank you to Aragorn, family, friends, and my heavenly father."
2015: Lucianus in Hamlet, Joseph in The Taming of the Shrew and appears in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Egeus's Interpreter in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Burgundy in King Lear. Elsewhere: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Mario in The Game of Love and Chance (Neptune Theatre); Trout Stanley in Trout Stanley (Heart in Hand Theatre); Owen in The Melville Boys (Red Barn Theatre); Cléante in The Miser, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr(Abridged), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Mug in New Canadian Kid (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Film/TV: Mayday, Lost Girl, Bomb Girls, Being Erica, Murdoch Mysteries, Life With Derek, October 1970. Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory.
2015: Voltemand in Hamlet, Nathaniel in The Taming of the Shrew and Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Oswald in King Lear. Elsewhere: Kwasi in Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct/Young People's Theatre); Laurent in Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Florizel in The Winter's Tale, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, Thane of Ross in Macbeth (Canadian Stage); Quentin in And Slowly Beauty (Belfry Theatre/National Arts Centre); Oliver in Oliver! (National Arts Centre); Abraham in Sia (Pyretic Productions/Cahoots Theatre Company); various in This Must Be the Place (Architect Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille); John in The Whipping Man (Obsidian Theatre/Harold Green Jewish Theatre). Film/TV: After School, Broken Promises (Underdog Productions); Little Black Caddy (CBC); Combat Hospital (ABC). Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (2010), Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Brenda Crichlow Actors' Studio and Stella Adler Academy of Acting. Awards: Peter Donaldson Award.
2015: Widow in The Taming of the Shrew and Penfield in Possible Worlds. Third season. Stratford: White Queen (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Clara (Hay Fever), Matilda (Zastrozzi). Elsewhere: Connie (The Ladies Foursome) (The Grand); Annette (God of Carnage), Emma Brookner (The Normal Heart), The Palestinian (Stuff Happens) (Studio 180/Mirvish); Nawal (Scorched), Rachel (The Retreat), Melitta (Mrs. Klein), Sallie (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid) (Tarragon Theatre); Epifania (The Millionairess), Hersione (Heartbreak House), Elvira (Blithe Spirit),Widow Quinn (Playboy of the Western World) (Shaw Festival - 1987 to 2003); Lyn (Apple), Olga (Beyond Mozambique) (Factory Theatre); Maggie (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Hermione (The Winter's Tale) (TNB). Film/TV: The Calling, Jesus Henry Christ, Fugitive Pieces, Rookie Blue, Breakout Kings, Murdoch Mysteries. Awards: Dora Award for Patience, Tarragon Theatre. Ottawa Critics' Circle Award for A Doll's House, GCTC.
2015: English Ambassador, Gravedigger #2 in Hamlet, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, Sir Nathaniel in Love's Labour's Lost. 26th season. Stratford: Cardinal Pandulph (King John), Humpty Dumpty (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Elbow (Measure for Measure), Melvil (Mary Stuart), Pisanio (Cymbeline), Wasp (Bartholomew Fair), Erronius (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Costard (Love's Labour's Lost), Touchstone (As You Like It), Stephano (The Tempest), Joxer Daly (Juno and the Paycock), Mr. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Dolly Spanker (London Assurance), Oswald (King Lear), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Elsewhere: Various roles (The Sneeze and other Chekhov one-acts), Talk Is Free Theatre; Jimmy (The Pitmen Painters), Theatre Aquarius; Michael (Someone Who'll Watch Over Me), Kemp (Vigil), Tarragon Theatre; Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Canadian Stage; Harry (The Sum of Us), Belfry Theatre; Jim (Passion), Grand Theatre; the Player (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), Touchmark.
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