Shakespeare in Action is bringing a number of really great events to the Little Avenue Memorial Park on the August 1 long weekend. It sounds like it will be really fantastic.
Musicians from the Weston Silver Band (100 years old this year!) will be playing on Thursday, July 29 starting at 7 p.m..
On Friday and Saturday,
The Weston Weekend of Music and Theatre program will include two danceworks choreographed by Neshama Nashman, one of which, a setting of J. S. Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” from St. Matthew Passion, was premiered last month to great acclaim by Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Rebanks Fellows performing in this event are: Jillian Bonner, mezzo-soprano; Michael Bridge, accordion; River Guard, tenor; Jessy Je Young Kim, violin.
Finally, on Sunday, August 1 at 3 p.m., Wajdi Mouawad will reprise his role in the very excellent one-man play Alphonse.
Alphonse is lost and walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up.
Shakespeare in Action has announced that Alphonse, by Wajdi Mouawad, will be coming to Little Avenue Memorial Park later this summer. Among many other rave reviews, the play was called a “lovely piece of writing” and “a runaway theatrical success by the Globe and Mail.
SIA says it’s a story of “Alphonse [who] is lost and walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up.
They also say it is Toronto’s “first outdoor theatrical production of the new COVID-19 era”. All the safety protocols will be followed.
The play will run August 20 to August 23, starting at 7 pm. It’s general admission, but tickets ($0–$50) are being sold in advance.
April 23rd is Shakespeare’s official birthday. He was born in April 1564 and while there is uncertainty about the exact date, he definitely died on that date in 1616 and a convenient legend may have been established since April 23rd is also the feast day of St. George, patron saint of England (among other places).
Shakespeare was no stranger to pandemics and plagues. He may have written King Lear while in quarantine. Theatres were closed over a five-year period beginning in 1603 so the current pandemic, while a lot less deadly, would be familiar to him.
Here in Weston, we have an organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare’s works to young people, Shakespeare in Action. SIA is one of the two anchor artistic organizations resident in the Weston Hub. They are currently organizing an activity open to all but aimed at people over the age of 55.
Read on below:
Did you know Shakespeare wrote his play King Lear in quarantine? Come join Pete Smith and Shakespeare in Action in our free online drop-in story-telling workshop for folks over 55. Tell a story. Tell your story.
Using Shakespeare’s King Lear as a springboard, you’ll receive guidance, be offered tools, and be inspired, to write, and tell compelling personal and fictional tales.
Through this story-sharing, we hope to create an ensemble and collect stories to turn into a community-based theatre production when social distancing is a thing of the past.
When: Mondays @ 10am – 11am
Dates: May 4th – Jun 1st, 2020 *excluding May 18th*Where: Zoom
Who: Priority for folks over 55 living in York South – Weston, but also open to anyone of any age who wants to be part of this project.
How: If you’re over 55, Email Danna at York West Active Living Centre at [email protected] or click the links below.
Why: Feeling isolated? Want to share stories? Come join!