By Lori Bosworth
Canadian Stage‘s Shakespeare in High Park will be performing the comedy, As You Like It, and the not-for-the-squeamish, Titus Andronicus at the High Park Amphitheatre at 1873 Bloor St. W. The plays run on alternate nights on the outdoor stage from June 26 to August 31, 2014, Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. Performances are pay-what-you can, with a suggested contribution of $20. The productions are presented by Canadian Stage in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, York University.
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“Last year we marked a record-breaking season of outdoor theatre featuring two plays in repertory. This year’s double bill stages two very exciting and contrasting pieces from Shakespeare’s anthology,” said Matthew Jocelyn, artistic & general director, Canadian Stage.
As You Like It features Rosalind (Amy Rutherford) and Orlando (Alexander Plouffe) in a comedy of lust, hidden identity and gender-bending in the Forest of Arden. Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams with original songs and music by Sam Sholdice.
In the tragedy Titus Andronicus , the Roman general, Titus (Sean Dixon) has returned from war and engages in a battle of revenge against Tamora, Queen of the Goths (Shauna Black). Director Keira Loughran’s production is influenced by Imperial Japan and current Japanese pop-culture.
Each play features the same 12-person cast as the actors perform both comedy and tragedy.
There are a limited number of advance premium seats available to be reserved online. You may bring a picnic dinner, blanket, and seat cushions. Food, beverages and cushions are also available for sale.
As You Like It runs from June 26 to August 30, 2014 with performances on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Opening night is July 3 with previews June 26, 28 and July 1. Titus Andronicus runs from June 27 to August 31, 2014 with performances on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Opening night is July 4 with previews June 27, 29 and July 2. Both performances are approximately 90 minutes with no intermission at the High Park Amphitheatre in High Park. Suggested contribution is $20 with the option to pay with debit or credit card.
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