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A series of explorations culled from the minds of our directors.
Admission: $25.

And Her Children
Tom Patterson Theatre
Sunday, June 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $25.
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, founder of the Daughters for Life Foundation, Canadian Senator and retired general Romeo Dallaire, and Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada, come together for this extraordinary speakers panel, moderated by CBC Radio producer and documentary maker Karin Wells, that examines the contemporary equivalents to Mother Courage's children, and the living legacies of war.

Studio Theatre
Sunday, June 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $25.
Antoni Cimolino, Colm Feore and Scott Wentworth discuss how fatherhood has shaped their understanding of King Lear.

Madness and the Prolonged War
Studio Theatre
Sunday, June 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $25.
Retired General John de Chastelain and Professor Nicholas Terpstra look at the mental impact of protracted wars on soldiers and civilians by examining the Thirty Years’ War, World War I and more contemporary conflicts.

The Road to La Mancha 
Studio Theatre, Sunday, June 29, from 10-11:30 a.m. 
Admission $25. 
Festival musicians Terry McKenna, Kevin Ramessar and Graham Hargrove present a vibrant programme on historical and modern guitars and percussion that explores the evolution of Spanish music while reflecting on connections between the Man of la Mancha score and the music of Cervantes’ time.  

The Madness of Cervantes
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Cervantes scholar Dr. Stephen Rupp exposes the tumultuous life of the author of Don Quixote with dramatic readings by company member Tom Rooney.

Glorious Golden Ages
Studio Theatre, Wednesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Contemplating the factors that contribute to eras of enlightenment, Dr. Elizabeth Hanson looks to the relationship between public education and the literary canon of the Elizabethan era, while Dr. Peter Thompson focuses on the paradox of decline and splendour inherent in the Spanish Golden Age.

Reweaving Shakespeare’s Cosmology
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Shakespeare invented Bottom the Weaver as the ultimate cosmic visionary, the fool who sees what is hidden from the wise and who weaves and repairs the fabric of life with stories. This seminar explores Shakespeare’s “great chain of being” as it links to Buddhist cosmology, Islamic theology and indigenous spiritualities in the West and the East. With Peter Sellars and guests.

The Productivity of War
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, July 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Psychiatrist Jordan Peterson, of TVO’s Big Ideas, discusses the human thirst for war. What motivates the commission of atrocity? What is the relationship between belief and the regulation of emotion?

My Poor Body Demands It
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, August 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Dr. Marina Adshade, whose online series Dollars and Sex attracted over 750,000 viewers on Big Think (named top news and information website by Time in 2011), leads a panel on the relationship between sex, money and marriage.

Adapting Alice
Studio Theatre, Wednesday, August 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25.
Panel discussion including Alice Through the Looking-Glass director Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, and Peter Hinton, playwright for the Shaw Festival.

Not with the Eye
Studio Theatre
Wednesday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. $25.
A discussion on the aesthetics of gender – homosexuality, bisexuality and love – as portrayed on stage in Shakespeare’s time.

Love in a Dangerous Time  

Studio Theatre, Wednesday,August 27, 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. $25.  

Queen Christina sent paintings and prints of herself to various courts in Europe in her attempt to find a new residence after her planned abdication and departure from Sweden. Art historian Dr. Rose Marie San Juan explores how these images address rumours of the Queen's sexuality, lesbianism and hermaphroditism, while company members read letters exchanged between Queen Christina and her “intimate friend” Ebba Sparre.


Restoration Comedy: Those Marital and Extra-Marital – Knots

Studio Theatre, Sunday, September 7, 10-11:30 a.m. $25.

“Consent,if mutual, saves the lawyer’s fee. Consent is law enough to set you free.” In George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem the cure for an unhappy marriage is an agreed separation: a revolutionary step. Theatre critic Robert Cushman, with readings by members of the company, looks at love, sex, marriage and divorce in Restoration comedy.


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in memory of Dr. W. Philip Hayman.

The Beating of the War Drum

Studio Theatre, Sunday, September 14, 10-11:30 a.m. $25.

Noah Richler, author of the critically acclaimed book, What We Talk About When We Talk About War, contemplates our repeated subjugation before the rhetoric and language of war. Said Thomas Hardy, "War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading." Has anything changed? Will it ever?



Romeo Dallaire

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

Support for the 2014 Forum is
generously provided by
Nandita & Julian Wise


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