Stratford is known for producing theatrical experiences that attract visitors from near and far. Theatre is at our core, and we look forward to it just as much as every visitor does. This is why we’re excited to tell you that we’re extending the 2020 summer season with six fantastic shows by the Here for Now Theatre Company. And the best part? These productions are held outdoors in the backyard lawns at the Bruce Hotel, to be sure every audience member is safely spaced and can relax and enjoy the show.
The six shows include a Hundred Words for Snow, Infinite Possibilities, The Dark Lady, Whack!, Instant Theatre, and I See the Crimson Wave. Each with its own unique story (including history, improv, poetry, murder, or coming-of-age stories); there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Let’s take a deeper look into each story, shall we?
A Hundred Words for Snow is about a girl named Rory whose explorer father recently passed away. Rory sets off on her own adventure to honour her father and take his ashes to the North Pole. This is a coming-of-age story… and it includes polar bears. THAT sounds cool.
Imagine, if you will, Shakespeare came to Stratford, Ontario. That’s what Infinite Possibilities is about. However, Shakespeare isn’t the only character from the past in this production. In fact, there are many other characters from past AND present who come to Stratford to “set the record straight.” This play will bring laughter, brainteasers and feels. And, Infinite Possibilities is written by a local Stratfordian!
Next up, The Dark Lady is perfect for poetry lovers or anyone who enjoys Shakespeare Sonnets. In this performance, Jessical Hill and Ryan Wilkie explore 12 of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady sonnets, text from 20 of his plays, and 5 excerpts from Emilia Bassano’s book of poems called "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum." This performance is about connecting the women from Shakespeare’s stories and Dark Lady Sonnets to the voice of Emilia Bassano in her work. If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping experience catch Jessica and Ryan’s performance about this deep connection!
In a historical piece involving murder and trials, Whack! tells the story of a young Italian woman, Angelina Napolitano, who murdered her husband after suffering years of abuse. This performance involves Angelina’s trial with an all-male jury, a fatal conviction, and a major public outcry. Scenes are described as “gut wrenching, gripping, and always fascinating.” This is a performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat..
What if the show you’re watching could evolve in front of your eyes? That’s exactly what Instant Theatre offers its audience. This play is completely improvised based on audience suggestions. Watch it more than once as no two shows will be the same. Audience members can expect music, mystery, and complete mayhem! Put on your director’s hat and get ready to share input to help these hilarious shows unfold.
Last and definitely not least is I See the Crimson Wave. This powerful poetic story is about two characters, Roy and Nat. The show takes audience members on a cattle drive with them in the old west as both Roy and Nat explore a forgotten history together. This production was written by Roy Lewis—a talented artist who has been a part of many of Stratford’s past productions.
If you’re in the mood to watch the amazing talent of local artists and playwrights in beautiful gardens under the setting sun, order your tickets today. Tickets can be purchased from the Here for Now Theatre website for $25.00. All six shows run on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, and are only available until August 29. Make sure you catch a show or two before they close for the season. We’ll see you there!