Antoni Cimolino officially became the artistic director of the Stratford Festival Nov. 1, beginning his mission to establish the Festival as an unrivaled theatrical, intellectual and emotional retreat.
As part of this mission, the theatre company is returning to the name Stratford Festival and unveiling a new logo.
“Stratford Festival is the name that we have used for most of our 60 years,” says Cimolino. “It is simple and direct, it resonates with people and it carries our legacy of quality and success. The name connects powerfully with audiences and allows us to best convey the breadth and depth of the seasons we are planning to present.
“We have discussed this idea for some time and it has broad support amongst artists and staff, as well as members of the board, who agreed this was the right time to make the change.”
Tickets for the 2013 season go on sale to members on Nov. 11 and to the general public Jan. 5. The playbill features Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, Tommy, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, Waiting for Godot, and two new Canadian plays, The Thrill by Judith Thompson, and Taking Shakespeare, by John Murrell.
Cimolino has planned the 2013 season around a cluster of themes, especially the drama of communities – communities in conflict – and the role of the outsider in those communities.
“I was drawn to examining how we reach across our differences to find our common humanity with people we have identified as the ‘other,’ how we find healing. Because that’s what these plays are all about: bringing people together.”
Central to Cimolino’s vision for the Festival is the introduction of The Forum, a wide-ranging series of events that invite audiences to enjoy theatre in a deeper and more dynamic way, using the work they see on stage to spark ideas, raise questions and open the door to good-hearted and open-minded debate.
Panels, chats, debates and other interactive discussions, as well as keynote speakers, dramatic readings, concerts and other presentations, The Forum will be offered continuously throughout the season.