Happy Place opens Touchstone’s 2017/18 season with fantastic cast

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Touchstone’s fall production, the first of their 2017/18 season, is Happy Place by Pamela Mala Sinha. Touchstone’s Artistic Director Roy Surette makes his Directorial return for the company, supported by a top notch team of designers: Pam Johnson on Set, Christine Reimer on Costumes, Adrian Muir on Lights, with Original Music and Sound Design by Dorothy Dittrich.

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Shakespeare’s Rebel – World Premiere at Bard on the Beach this Summer!

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 26th season with the world stage premiere of Shakespeare’s Rebel by award winning author C.C. Humphreys. The play will run Tuesdays through Sundays from July 2 to September 19 on the Howard Family Stage, in the 270-seat Douglas Campbell Theatre Tent in Vanier Park.

 

It’s 1599, and London is on the brink of revolution. With rebellion in Ireland threatening to open the door to a Spanish invasion, Queen Elizabeth (Colleen Wheeler) has enlisted Robert Devereux (John Murphy), Earl of Essex, to quash the rebels. Essex calls on his most trusted ally, John Lawley (Benedict Campbell) to join him on the campaign, but John has quit the battlefield to join his friends at the Globe Theatre, where his son Ned (Chirag Naik) is following in his father’s footsteps as an actor. All Lawley wants is to win back his beloved Tess (Jennifer Lines) from Sir Samuel D’Esparr (David Marr), bond with his son, and above all be free of Essex. To make this happen, John must dodge both Essex and his adversary for the Queen’s affections, Sir Robert Cecil (Robert Klein), as well as Cecil’s right hand man, Thomas Waller (Ian Butcher). Meanwhile, his oldest friend, Will Shakespeare (Anousha Alamian) is struggling to finish Hamlet, and the Queen has requested a patriotic play given the country’s safety is at stake. Under the direction of Richard Burbage (Michael Blake), young Ned prepares for his roles on stage, while the Queen’s court becomes consumed by power and politics, conspiracy and rebellion. The Queen’s lady in waiting, Sarah (Andrea Rankin), is working with both sides as those around her are caught up in double dealings and are ultimately forced to choose a side (Craig Erickson, Declan O’Reilly, Nathan Schmidt). Will Lawley outrun his demons as he’s propelled into a deadly conspiracy that could destroy him – and England?

 

Marshall McMahen’s innovative stage design takes us from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to the wild Irish moors, paired with Christine Reimer’sbeautiful hand-worked period costumes and Adrian Muir’s evocative lighting design. The dynamic onstage battles are led by Fight Director Nicholas Harrison. Through authentic period instruments, Murray Price’s lilting soundscape transports audiences back to Elizabethan England.  Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach, directs this world premiere by noted author C.C. Humphreys. Assisting with the adaptation of the best–selling novel for the stage is Dramaturg Martin Kinch. The Apprentice Director for Shakespeare’s Rebel is Jacquie Loewen.

Performance details for Shakespeare’s Rebel are as follows:
• Previews: July 2, 3, 5, 10, 11; OPENING NIGHT: Sunday July 12 at 7:30pm
• Runs Tuesdays through Sundays, July 2 to September 19, on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre Tent
• Plays in repertory with a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost which begins in previews on June 19
• Talkback Tuesdays July 14, 28, August 11, 25, September 1 – Q&A session with members of the Shakespeare’s Rebel cast following the performance.
Shakespeare’s Rebellectures (Bard Explored Series) with C.C. Humphreys: Saturday July 18 at 11:30amMonday August 10 at 7:30pm

Ticket prices for 2015 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $26. The Global BC Youth Price is also available. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. Full pricing information, the performance schedule and site and event details are on the Bard website at bardonthebeach.org. To book tickets, call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website.

Bard on the Beach gratefully acknowledges its 2015 Season Sponsor, Goldcorp, and the production sponsor of Shakespeare’s Rebel, Lonetree Cider.

Bard on the Beach Opens the Howard Family Stage with Love’s Labour’s Lost

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 26th season with a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost. The play will run Tuesdays through Sundays from June 19 to September 20 on the Howard Family Stage, in the 270-seat Douglas Campbell Theatre Tent in Vanier Park.

It’s Chicago in the 1920s and Ferdinand, “The King” (Jay Hindle) controls the illegal liquor and gambling trade on Chicago’s South Side. He has decided to give up all vice (especially women) and turn his popular speakeasy, Navarre, into a scholarly retreat for three years. His two friends, Berowne (Josh Epstein) and Dumain (Daniel Doheny) agree to swear an oath to give up vice as well. The three men amuse themselves by enjoying the antics of Don Armato (Andrew McNee), Ferdinand’s Italian house guest, and Costard (Andrew Cownden), the resident comedian. Don Armato has fallen in love with Jaquenetta (Dawn Petten), a flapper at Navarre, and is distressed when he and his page Moth (Lili Beaudoin) find her alone with Costard. Ferdinand’s scholarly resolve is put to the test when his arch-rival’s daughter, Princess (Lindsey Angell), arrives at Navarre with Rosaline (Luisa Jojic) and Katherine (Sereana Malani), two of her closest friends. Ferdinand, Berowne and Dumain immediately fall in love with the women, but conceal their feelings because of their oath. When Berowne has Costard deliver a love letter to Rosaline, his feelings for her are revealed. It is not long before the three friends concoct a plan to pursue the ladies. Meanwhile, Princess and her friends learn of the men’s intentions and decide to have some fun of their own. Holofernes (Ben Elliott), Boyet (Anna Galvin) and Dull (Jeff Gladstone) also join the cast in this rip-roaring world of speakeasies and jazz. The party is in full swing!

 

Marshall McMahen brings the realm of gangsters and secret jazz halls to life with his scenic design, paired with Rebekka Sɸrensen-Kjelstrup’s rich, detailed costumes and Adrian Muir’s lighting design. The lively period is highlighted through Valerie Easton’s choreography and with fight direction from Nicholas Harrison. Under Ben Elliott’s musical direction, members of the Company perform jazz favourites in a live onstage band. Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre, makes his directorial debut at Bard this summer with his unique interpretation of the play, with the help of Apprentice Director Melissa Oei.

 

Performance details for Love’s Labour’s Lost are as follows:
• Previews: June 19, 20, 24, 25; OPENING NIGHT: Friday, June 26 at 7:30pm
• Runs Tuesdays through Sundays, June 19 to September 20, on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Tent
• Plays in repertory with Shakespeare’s Rebel which begins previews July 2
Talkback Tuesdays July 7, 21, August 4 & 18 – Q&A session with members of the Love’s Labour’s Lost cast following the performance

 

Ticket prices for 2015 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $26. The Global BC Youth Price is also available. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. Full pricing information, the performance schedule and site and event details are on the Bard website at bardonthebeach.org. To book tickets, call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website.