Stratford Festival reveals outdoor summer lineup with COVID-19 protocols under tents
|Toronto Star 07 Apr 2021 at 13:33|
TORONTO - The Stratford Festival says its outdoor summer season will reflect the theme of “metamorphosis” and the idea of “vibrant change as a response to enforced isolation.”
The renowned theatre company in southwestern Ontario has announced its 2021 lineup, which it will present under canopies to adhere to COVID-19 pandemic protocols, starting June 22.
Productions include two Shakespeare plays about lovers kept apart – “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The lineup also includes two plays from the 2020 playbill – Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” and Tomson Highway’s “The Rez Sisters.”
Two new plays includeMarcia Johnson’s “Serving Elizabeth,” which centres on Princess Elizabeth’s 1952 visit to Kenya; and Rebecca Deraspe’s “I Am William,” an imagined story of Margaret Shakespeare.
The season also has five cabarets, including “Why We Tell the Story: A Celebration of Black Musical Theatre” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat: The Enduring Power of Musical Theatre.”
The other cabarets are “Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape,” “Freedom: Spirit and Legacy of Black Music” and “Finally There’s Sun: A Cabaret of Resilience.”
Organizers say due to health and safety protocols, performers will not be in multipleproductions at the same time, as is typical at the festival.