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ShawFest 2015
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Moss Hart’s comic love letter to the theatre world is filled with theatre folk who have congregated in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston for a play’s first out-of-town tryout. We follow the drama, shenanigans and “magic time” of launching a new play into the world. Director Blair Williams’ deft handling of other great comedies such as The Millionairess (2012), Peace in Our Time (2013) and most especially The President (2008, 2011) makes him the perfect choice to direct this play.

While in rehearsals for Light Up the Sky, Blair shared his thoughts on the Moss Hart play.

“Moss Hart called Light Up the Sky ‘a Shavian comedy’, which seems to indicate he thought it was not only funny, but had something to say. While the arguments are not as dense and complex as Shaw's, I think there is a message about the necessity of the theatre itself at the heart of Light Up the Sky - a recognition of the importance of theatre as a response to a world in danger of obliterating itself. Of course, it helps that I have an outrageously talented cast – I think this will be a very funny and moving show.”

Featuring an all-star cast that includes Claire Jullien, Steven Sutcliffe, Kelli Fox, Laurie Paton and Thom Marriot with Fiona Byrne, Charlie Gallant, Graeme Somerville and Kelly Wong. Buy your tickets today!

In this short behind the scenes video, director Peter Hinton shares his insight into his production of Pygmalion. He also talks about Shaw’s classic romantic comedy and how a modern production is an invitation for a new audience to experience Pygmalion for the first time and for people who’ve seen it before to see it again with a fresh take. Enjoy.

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This is truly an exciting time of year; audiences are really enjoying the fresh approach to our work as evidenced by some enlightening pre-and post-show conversations taking place in our lobbies. If you’re looking for ways to become even more engaged, consider becoming a Member! Not only will your contribution help ensure we bring you world-class theatre year-after-year, but Membership also provides an opportunity for Members to take part in special events throughout our season.

There’s still time to book your spot in our August Members Day. Join Directors Eda Holmes and Jay Turvey for their unique perspective on the work of Tony Kushner and Kurt Weill. The event includes lunch and dinner with Company Members and show tickets, including tickets to the otherwise sold-out production of The Next Whisky Bar. Contact our Membership Services office today for more details: 1-800-657-1106 ext 2556

Trius Winery Restaurant and Peller Estates Winery Restaurant

Indulge in Niagara wine country cuisine before heading to the theatre. Inventive, seasonally-inspired menus showcased at Niagara’s finest wineries.

Lunch pre-theatre package from $113*

Dinner pre-theatre package from $136*

Package includes: three-course prix fixe menu, wine tasting and tickets to a Shaw Festival performance. To book call 1-800-511-7429.

*Price per person and excludes wine, tax and gratuities.

Congratulations to Robert P. from Grimsby, ON who has won this month’s contest for Backstage Pass subscribers. He will receive a pair of tickets to a 2015 performance of Light Up the Sky. Backstage Pass subscribers are automatically entered to win each month.