2015 Showcase
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Forum Showcases

Shakespeare Slam
University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick Street
Thursday, April 23, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Kick-start your Forum experience with an evening of personal eureka moments, as shared by some of our greatest innovators and cultural game-changers. Choose from two options at the party:


  • VIP Party Admission: Access to the VIP zones, better viewing, and seating.
  • General Party Admission: Admission to the party and festivities.   

An intimate concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical featuring Cynthia Dale.

Studio Theatre
Saturday, August 8, Wednesday, August 12, and Sunday, August 16, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 22, at 8 p.m.

Tickets $30–$40.

Geraint Wyn Davies hosts dramatic readings inspired by the season's themes and performed by company members.
Studio Theatre, 8 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, July 12
This comedy by April de Angelis tells the story of David Garrick, Dr. Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith and a new play called She Stoops to Conquer. In an irreverent version of real-life events, Garrick must decide, caught as he is between financial pressures and artistic ambition, if he can risk staging a play which could make or break his career.

Friday, July 17
The year is 1669: a bawdy and troublesome time. Theatres have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression. There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage. April de Angelis's glittering comedy focuses on five of the most famous (Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton) to provide a moving account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses.

Thursday, September 17
Life is hard in Naples during World War II but Donna Amalia does her best to keep the family afloat by dealing on the black market. Amalia prospers while Gennaro, her law-abiding husband, goes missing and is presumed dead. He returns unexpectedly to find his wife unfaithful, his son a car thief, one daughter pregnant and the other daughter critically ill. Shocked by the effects of corruption on his family, Gennaro prepares to resume his role as head of the household.

In the Company of Women
Friday, July 24, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Avon Theatre Rehearsal Hall 1
In conjunction with an ongoing dialogue in the Laboratory, the Festival’s program of artistic experiment and exploration, women from the company drive this reading of a script that celebrates women in science.

An Undiscovered Shakespeare
Tuesday, August 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Avon Theatre Rehearsal Hall 1

Every life is Shakespearian. Award-winning actor/improvisor Rebecca Northan and friends invite a willing patron on stage for the spontaneous creation of Shakespeare's "lost play." Using the tropes and language of the Bard, it's your life through the Bard's eyes!

The Secret Annex
Friday, September 11, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Avon Theatre Rehearsal Hall 1

What if Anne Frank had survived the Holocaust? Company members read Alix Sobler's play, in which Anne is living in Brooklyn as she struggles to get her diary published.


HamletThe Taming of the ShrewLove's Labour's LostThe Adventures of PericlesThe Sound of MusicCarouselThe Diary of Anne FrankThe PhysicistsPossible WorldsShe Stoops to ConquerOedipus RexThe AlchemistThe Last Wife

Sustaining support for the Forum
is generously provided by
Kelly & Michael Meighen and
the T.R. Meighen Foundation

Support for the 2015 season
of the Forum is provided in
memory of Dr. W. Philip Hayman.


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