Shaw Festival – 2014 Calendar

From the Artistic Director herself -

“All really good theatre contains an element of surprise.  Be it large – say an unforeseen political upheaval – or small – perhaps a personal moment of discovery – the effect is the same. We entered the theatre with  set of expectations and suddenly they have shifted.  We must now sit up in our seats, lean forward and follow a new idea- just like the characters onstage.  In other words, we are now full engaged … perfect!

This element of surprise appears in many guises in our 2014 Season.

An open heart and a curious mind are all you need to be taken on the most wonderfully surprising journeys at The Shaw this season …

We will do the rest!”

Jackie Maxwell, Artistic Director

The 2014 Shaw Theatre Playbill -

Arms and The Man, by Bernard Shaw

All’s fair in love and war – or is it? Worlds collide with delicious results when two opposing soldiers vie for the heart of an idealistic girl. Set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War, Raina Petkoff is a young woman in love with love – and with Sergius Saranoff, one of the heroes of the war. One night, a Swiss mercenary soldier, Captain Bluntschli, bursts through Raina’s bedroom window and begs her to hide him. When he reassures her that he carries chocolates instead of a weapon, Raina agrees. After the war ends and both soldiers return for Raina, the real battle for true love begins. Subtitled “an anti-romantic comedy,” it became one of Shaw’s most popular plays and one of his first commercial successes.

Director: Morris Panych
Opens: April 4,  Closes: October 18
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

Cabaret, Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood

Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, the hottest nightclub in Berlin. American Cliff Bradshaw has just arrived in town. When he meets nightclub singer Sally Bowles, his life is turned upside down – just as the world is about to turn upside down, with Hitler on the rise in Weimar Germany. Another couple – Fraulein Schneider, Cliff’s landlady, and Herr Schultz, a Jewish grocer – must face the music, while the Emcee invites Cliff and Sally to forget the world around them. Hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains, it premiered on Broadway in 1966 and ran for over 1100 performances, winning numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Director: Peter Hinton
Opens: April 10,  Closes: October 26
Theatre: Festival Theatre

The Charity that Began at Home: A Comedy for Philanthropists, by St John Hankin

Have your ideals tested and your beliefs turned on their head in one of Shaw’s wittiest and most provocative plays. When arms dealer Andrew Undershaft is reunited with his Salvation Army daughter Barbara, each is sure the other’s profession is a source of immorality. She invites him to visit her shelter – he agrees as long as she will come visit his cannon works. They are both convinced that the other will be converted. But who is right, who is wrong, who is good, who is evil is never – typical of Shaw – as simple as it seems.

Director: Christopher Newton
Opens: April 25,  Closes: October 11
Theatre: Court House Theatre

When We Are Married,  by J. B. Priestly

A second chance at love or a sweet escape? Married life is about to get interesting for three upstanding couples who have gathered to celebrate their joint silver wedding anniversaries. As the evening progresses, a stunning secret is revealed: none of them are actually, legally married. And as each couple grapples with this news, their relationships are vigorously and hilariously put to the test. Do they really want to be married after all? J.B. Priestley was keen to deflate the pomposity of the middle classes, and this play has been called “the funniest and among the most enduring plays that J.B. Priestley wrote.”

Director: Joseph Ziegler
Opens: May 7,  Closes: October 26
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

The Sea, by Edward Bond

In a great storm, a man is lost at sea. Willy Carson has survived a boat accident – unlike his friend Colin. The loss affects the whole village, including Louise Rafi, who rules the town’s society and performs yearly in the town’s production of Orpheus and Eurydice (in which she insists on singing “There’s No Place Like Home.”) Hatch, the local draper, decides the accident is proof that extraterrestrial aliens are about to invade. A mix of comedy and politics, one critic described it as “equally influenced by The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” This is The Shaw’s first production of a play by Edward Bond, a contemporary master.

Director: Eda Holmes
Opens: June 1,  Closes: October 12
Theatre: Court House Theatre

The Philanderer,  by Susan Glaspell and Eugene O’Neill

Two gripping marital mysteries by two playwrights who helped bring modern drama to America. In Trifles, a man is found dead but his wife can’t explain the rope around his neck. An obvious whodunnit? Not according to the wives of the investigators. In A Wife for a Life (O’Neill’s first play), a husband seeks revenge for his wife’s infidelity. He meets a young man in love and is forced to reconsider the very marriage he seeks to defend. Two little-seen plays in one gem of an outing.

Director: TBA
Opens: May 29,  Closes: October 12
Theatre: Court House Theatre

Faith Healer,  by Bernard Shaw

The rules for joining the Ibsen Club are simple: if a candidate is female, she cannot be womanly, and if male, not manly. Leonard Charteris, one of the club’s leading philosophers, also happens to be its leading philanderer. Two women have fallen in love with him, but the one he wants doesn’t want him – and, naturally, the one he doesn’t want can’t live without him. This comedy about love and sex was so daring, a friend who read the play told him to burn the final act. For the first time, the Shaw Festival will stage the play as Shaw had first intended. Why was he so willing to discard the act? As one critic wrote, “In short, the reason why Act III was abandoned – was not the unpreparedness of the playwright, but that of the audience.”

Director: Lisa Peterson
Opens: June 26,  Closes: October 12
Theatre: Festival Theatre

Juno and the Paycock, by Sean O’Casey

One of the great plays of the twentieth century, and a portrait of a family torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War. Captain Boyle is known to his neighbours as the “paycock,” and he and his crony Joxer spend most of their time drinking and playing cards. Juno, the spirited matriarch of the Boyle household, tries to keep her family together in their tenement flat while it is being pulled apart by growing political unrest. When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, the money is happily spent before it even arrives. But can they transcend the world that conspires to keep them in their place? The play’s mix of humour, drama and politics has made it a contemporary classic.

Director: Jackie Maxwell
Opens: June 28, Closes: October 12
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur,  by Tennessee Williams

On a warm June morning, Dorothea does her calisthenics while her roommate Bodey fries chicken for their picnic at Creve Coeur Park. Dorothea is waiting for the phone to ring – she’s sure the principal of the high school where she teaches civics is about to propose. Bodey thinks her twin brother Buddy is the right guy for Dorothea, but his love of beer, knockwurst and cheap cigars doesn’t appeal. Meanwhile, Dorothea’s friend Helena comes by to make secret plans, and grieving German-speaking neighbour Sophie drops in for coffee and comfort. Williams envisions the comic side of heartbreak in this rarely produced one-act play.

Director: Blair Williams
Opens: June 28, Closes: October 11
Theatre: Court House Theatre

The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall

A storm rages outside as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr settles into Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. He is exhausted, having just delivered his powerful “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech about his hopes for the days ahead and the view he has seen of the Promised Land. When room service arrives, he meets a beautiful and slightly mysterious young hotel maid. Through their intimate and ultimately transformative conversation, we hear the hopes and fears of King – both the leader and the man – as he is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy. Critics called it “wondrous, hilarious, and heartbreaking.”

Director: Philip Akin
Opens: July 16, Closes: September 7
Theatre: Studio Theatre

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Shaw Festival – 2013 Calendar

Welcome to the 2013 Season at the Shaw! The 2013 Season will feature ten diverse productions that include: Shaw re-envisioned by both directors and writers, newly commissioned works, plays by a new generation of provocative playwrights, re-explored classics and returning Festival favourites appearing on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages:

Our Betters
an original stage play by W. Somerset Maugham
Director: Morris Panych
Opens: April 3, Closes: October 27
Theatre: Royal George Theatre
If this play were a personal ad, it would read: rich American women in search of nobility seeking poor British men with titles – a forerunner of Downton Abbey? When American Bessie Saunders comes to London, she is thrust into the world of women of wealth and men of status. The games, the lies, the affairs – what she hears and witnesses, particularly in the garden house of her older sister Pearl, is a mercilessly funny look at Europe’s smart set. Sexy, stylish, provocative and very funny – writer and critic Graham Greene called it “the best social comedy of this century.”

Guys and Dolls
a musical fable of Broadway Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Director: Tadeusz Bradecki
Opens: April 12, Closes: October 12
Theatre: Festival Theatre
In New York City, you’ll meet wise guys and chorus gals, gamblers and actresses, cops and bobby-soxers. Pious Sarah Brown, a sergeant at the Save-A-Soul mission, wants to save their souls while Nathan Detroit needs $1000 to save the city’s oldest floating craps game. Enter high-roller Sky Masterson who takes Nathan’s crazy bet – to woo the virtuous Sarah! Who will take a real gamble on love? Will luck be a lady tonight? Guys and Dolls has been called the “greatest of all American musicals.

Major Barbara
by Bernard Shaw
Director: Jackie Maxwell
Opens: May 2, Closes: October 19
Theatre: Royal George Theatre
Have your ideals tested and your beliefs turned on their head in one of Shaw’s wittiest and most provocative plays. When arms dealer Andrew Undershaft is reunited with his Salvation Army daughter Barbara, each is sure the other’s profession is a source of immorality. She invites him to visit her shelter – he agrees as long as she will come visit his cannon works. They are both convinced that the other will be converted. But who is right, who is wrong, who is good, who is evil is never – typical of Shaw – as simple as it seems.

Lady Windermere’s Fan
by Oscar Wilde
Director: Peter Hinton
Opens: May 9, Closes: October 19
Theatre: Festival Theatre
Oscar Wilde is at his bitingly satirical best targeting Victorian morals (especially marital) in this comic thriller that made him an overnight star. We meet rich, stunning, recently wed Lady Windermere on the day of her birthday ball when a notorious gossip drops by to announce that her new husband is betraying her — with a mysterious woman who is coming to the ball. Be ready for jealousy, intrigue, twists, turns, and massive doses of Wildean wit.

Peace in Our Time: A Comedy
by John Murrell
adapted from BERNARD SHAW’S Geneva
Director: Blair Williams
Opens: May 19, Closes: October 12
Theatre: Court House Theatre
Take Geneva, one of Shaw’s fascinating but thornier late plays, lend it a freewheeling, extravagant adaptation by one of Canada’s most well-respected playwrights, and presto! The result is a sharp, contemporary, political comedy where affairs of state meet the Three Stooges. The play opens in a dysfunctional diplomatic office prior to the Second World War and ends in The Hague at a trial of the world’s dictators. Between, you are taken on a totally manic ride.

Trifles (lunch-time one-acts)
by Susan Glaspell and Eugene O’Neill
Director: TBA
Opens: May 29, Closes: October 12
Theatre: Court House Theatre
Two gripping marital mysteries by two playwrights who helped bring modern drama to America. In Trifles, a man is found dead but his wife can’t explain the rope around his neck. An obvious whodunnit? Not according to the wives of the investigators. In A Wife for a Life (O’Neill’s first play), a husband seeks revenge for his wife’s infidelity. He meets a young man in love and is forced to reconsider the very marriage he seeks to defend. Two little-seen plays in one gem of an outing.

Faith Healer
by Brian Friel
Director: Craig Hall
Opens: June 13, Closes: October 6
Theatre: Royal George Theatre
Three versions of the same story – but which one is true? This mesmerizing tale centres on a small-time faith healer who travels the countryside, miraculously curing the sick (or does he?) in every small town along the way. We also meet his wife (or is it his mistress?) who tells us her own tale of faith and healing; and his manager Teddy, who has his own version of events. Brian Friel is one of Ireland’s master playwrights, and Faith Healer one of his many worldwide successes.

Enchanted April
by Matthew Barber
from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
Director: Jackie Maxwell
Opens: June 25, Closes: October 26
Theatre: Court House Theatre
WWI is over but a gloom still hangs over London. Lotty and Rose are two housewives who need some enchantment in their lives. Impulsively, Lotty answers an ad in the paper that reads, “Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy. To be let for April. Cook, gardens, ocean view.” And so their adventure begins. Recruiting two other women in need of escape, they dive into the experience of a lifetime, rediscovering themselves among the wine, wisteria and sunshine in a play that is timeless, funny and joyfully restorative.

A Light in the Piazza
Book by Craig Lucas,
music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co.
owner of the original motion picture Light in the Piazza
based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Director: Jay Turvey
Opens: July 4, Closes: October 13
Theatre: Court House Theatre
A glorious musical story set in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara has a chance encounter with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine, and they fall in love. Margaret tries to keep them apart to protect her daughter, who isn’t what she seems. But the romance of Italy is powerful, and it slowly transforms them all. From the writer of the musical Floyd Collins, which the Shaw Festival produced to huge acclaim in 2004.

Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard
Director: Eda Holmes
Opens: July 14, Closes: September 7
Theatre: Studio Theatre
You know that the name Stoppard means you’re in for an intellectually dazzling ride. In this case you’re also in for a tale of secrecy and intrigue that’s been hailed by critics as a masterpiece. Set in both 1809 and the present day, it’s a mystery wrapped up in a love story, wrapped up in a scandal. In its unraveling, Stoppard playfully zigs and zags through many realms, including mathematics, poetry, sex and gardening. A roller-coaster ride that is also one of Stoppard’s most moving plays.

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Shaw Festival celebrates “50 years”!

Here’s Shaw’s great line-up of their 2011 season!

FESTIVAL THEATRE:

“My Fair Lady”, the musical based on “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw, adaptation and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; music by Frederick Loewe.

“Heartbreak House” by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Christopher Newton

“The Admirable Crichton” by J.M. Barrie

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE:

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams

“Candida” by George Bernard Shaw

“The President” (lunchtime performance) by Ference Molnar, adapted by Morwyn Brebner. Brought back to the Shaw from it’s successful run in 2008.

COURT HOUSE THEATRE:

“Drama at Inish” a comedy by Lennox Robinson

“On the Rocks” by George Bernard Shaw in a new version by Michael Healey

“Maria Severa” book, music and lyrics by Shaw ensemble members Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli.

STUDIO THEATRE:

“When the Rain Stops Falling” by Andrew Bovell

“Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks

This season has some exceptionally good plays and guests have been raving about My Fair Lady already.

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