Hart House Theatre  
October 18, 2016 / Issue 13, 2016/2017 Season
In This Issue:
Much Ado About Nothing
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A Warring Couple
Meet Beatrice and Benedick
Perhaps one of Shakespeare's more famous couples, Beatrice and Benedick are both known for their wit, strong will and general good nature...at least towards others, that is! This week, we highlight the young talent bringing those characters to our stage:

Shalyn McFaul Shalyn McFaul, Beatrice
Shalyn wowed audiences with her stand-out performance as Gretchen in last season's farce, Boeing Boeing. Now she returns to our stage as the fun-loving wit, Beatrice. A self-proclaimed North American nomad, Shalyn has zig-zagged across the continent, living in Southern California, NYC and Vancouver before landing in Toronto two years ago. Shalyn is a graduate of the Theatre program at Trinity Western University.

This marks Christopher's debut performance on our stage after working with the Driftwood Theatre Group and performing for ten seasons with the "Nearly World-Famous" Dufflebag Theatre. Born and raised in Toronto, Chris is an actor, musician and educator. He is a graduate of George Brown College's conservatory acting program.

See the full cast list with their photos and biographies here >>
"How Are You Doing it?"
This productions' timeline setting
Carly Chamberlain
We are pleased to welcome back Director Carly Chamberlain. Fresh from her graduation from the National Theatre School, Carly first made her mark on Hart House Theatre as a director in our 2013/2014 Season with her incredible work on Anne-Marie MacDonald's award-winning play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Lauded then for her crisp, clear direction and strong choices, we look forward to seeing how she guides the warring lovers of this text. When asked for her thoughts on on the timeline for this production, Carly had this to say:

"We've set the play in the 1940s, post World War II. I see this as an incredibly fruitful jumping off point for a number of reasons. There is so much tension in the play about the choice to stay independent versus the choice to marry. World War II saw women take on new roles in the workforce and gain more agency, but when the war came to an end a kind of social conflict was created. Was this new independence temporary? Should we all go back to valuing family lives above all? How much choice do we have in the matter? This moment of change serves as the subtle background for our story: where young people grapple with their ideas of love and marriage versus the realities, for better and for worse...

Also with lots of funny and silly stuff and smashing 1940s outfits and dancing."

In the coming weeks, we will share a sneak-peek of the design of the show, complete with a look at some "smashing 1940s outfits".
U of T Spotlight* Events
A Playwriting Workshop that gets you moving
UofT Spotlight - Workshops
Playwriting Workshop - Walk the Walk
When: Tuesday, October 25, 7- 9 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Workshop Leader: Maria Meindl

A character's walk can say so much - if you know what to look for. Through an awareness-based movement lesson you will discover ways to "walk the walk" of your characters. These tools can help you create new characters, gain insights into your characters' motivations and even make plot decisions. The workshop will include time for free writing and some improvisation.

Please register before October 21 (THAT'S THIS FRIDAY) here >>

*U of T Spotlight is an initiative spear-headed by Hart House Theatre to enhance the engagement of students from all three campuses in theatre activities outside of the classroom.
What to do this week?
Check out Faith, opening tomorrow night
One of our very own alumna, Lindsey Middleton is featured in an award-winning show on stage Oct. 19-30, 2016.

Written by Ben Hayward
Directed by Brandon Gillespie
Featuring Lindsey Middleton and Ben Hayward
October 19-30, 2016
Wednesday-Sunday at 8 pm

Winner of the Best New Play Competition at the 2016 Hamilton Fringe, Theatre by Committee is proud to present "FAITH", a new play by company member Ben Hayward. After a successful run at the Hamilton Fringe, "FAITH" will be performed in the Chapel of St. Luke's United Church. "FAITH" follows the coming of age a troubled teenager and her complicated relationships with God, her father and the minister at the church she no longer attends. "FAITH" explores issues of morality, authority, love and finding meaning.

"Faith lives and dies with Middleton's extraordinary performance." - VIEW Magazine

More information here >>
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