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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Sharing a Dream project launches in El Salvador

In an announcement released today, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, CUSO-VSO, and the town of Suchitoto, El Salvador (right) have launched the "Sharing a Dream" project.  It is a multi-year project that will see the development of an arts centre in Suchitoto; it will be a performance venue that will draw patrons from nearby San Salvador and from abroad, but also as an educational institution that will provide youth from war-torn El Salvador – and eventually other countries in the Americas – with hope and opportunity for a better life.

It is a cultural and economic revitailzation in the same vein that Tom Patterson and Tyrone Guthrie engineered for Stratford 58 years ago.

Read about the progress of "Sharing a Dream" on the following blogs:
Speaking of Suchitoto
Suchitoto Project

Donations are critical to the success of the project and can be made through the CUSO website: http://www.cuso.org/donate/stratford.asp

Thursday, 11 March 2010

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Stratford Festival: Volume 3

In the Stratford area in April and May?  I'm leading discussions about some of the shows being produced at the Stratford Festival in the 2010 season.  We'll cover plot, characters, major speeches, historical context, film interpretations and anything else we want.  Mondays, 2-3pm in the auditorium at the Stratford Public Library ($1 admission to cover handouts).

April 12:   As You Like It
April 19:   The Winter's Tale
April 26:   The Tempest
May 3:     Two Gentlemen of Verona
May 10:    to be decided by participants

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Davies' Dylan Show Extended

In a press release issued today, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival announced that the near sell-out show "Do Not Go Gentle", starring Geraint Wyn Davies (left) has been extended to include five more performances.  The one-man-show, which doen't even start previews until July, was on stages in New York City this past winter.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Stratford Alums elsewhere

Fans of Peter Donaldson (left) will be happy to learn he is performing in Toronto this season; at the moment he is playing Ned in George F. Walker's And So It Goes, at the Factory Theatre, and starting March 15, he'll be on stage at Canadian Stage as Mark, in Yasmina Reza's Art. Appearing with him will be Evan Buliung (right), who will be on Stratford's stages later this season in another George F. Walker play, King of Thieves.

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