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Archive for June, 2012


William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba begins previews today

“If you can’t forget the past, you stay in it and never get out.”
Media Release #18 

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 28, 2012 . . . Come Back, Little Sheba, the heartfelt drama that launched William Inge’s career and became a Broadway hit, begins previews today at the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs [...]

Shaw Festival and town of Niagara-on-the-Lake ready to celebrate Canada Day weekend

Media Bulletin #2 

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 27, 2012 . . . The Shaw Festival and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake are ready to roll out the welcome mat and receive record crowds this Canada Day weekend. In addition to the annual Canada Day festivities at Fort George and Simcoe Park, the celebrations this year will also include [...]

Shaw’s comedy The Millionairess begins previews tomorrow

“I am the most interesting woman in England.”

Media Release #17
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 19, 2012 . . . Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga, Bernard Shaw’s superwoman, begins the search for her match in love and life tomorrow at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre in The Millionairess. Director Blair Williams takes a contemporary approach to this enduring [...]

Shaw Festival to present reading of Edward Bond’s The Sea

Playwright will also be in attendance for post-read Q&A
Media Bulletin #1 
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 14, 2012 . . . A reading of Edward Bond’s comedy The Sea, followed by a discussion with the playwright himself, will take place at the Shaw Festival’s Donald and Elaine Triggs Production Centre on Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Admission [...]

Shaw Festival announces appointment of new Executive Director

Media Release #16
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 14, 2012 . . . Gary Comerford, Chair of the Shaw Festival’s Board of Governors, today announced the appointment of Elaine Calder as its new Executive Director. Currently President of the Oregon Symphony, Ms. Calder will return to Canada and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake to assume her new position, [...]

Stop the presses! John Guare’s adaptation of screwball comic classic now in previews

“They’re newspaper men. They can’t help themselves. The Lord made them that way.”
 Media Release #15
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 11, 2012 . . . His Girl Friday, John Guare’s inspired combo of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s original play The Front Page and the screen version His Girl Friday, began previews Sunday at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. [...]

Shaw Festival production and Ensemble members in the run for 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Media Release #14
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 6, 2012 . . . Accolades from the Toronto theatre scene reached across Lake Ontario with the announcement of the 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominations. The Shaw Festival learned yesterday the 2011 production of Topdog/Underdog, presented in association with Obsidian Theatre Company, received four nominations.

Bernstein’s bittersweet “one-act opera in seven scenes” began previews today

“Lovely life, happily married, sweet little son,
Family picture second to none!”
Media Release #13
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 1, 2012 . . . A lush musical portrait of a seemingly blissful marriage in 1950s suburbia takes centre stage in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Directed by Jay Turvey, this season’s lyrical lunchtime is a stylish, jazzy mid-day [...]