Aug 25, 2014

By Scott Walker

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Stratford is examining “madness” this season. But it’s about to have a “eureka” moment.

The Stratford Festival has announced its 2015 season. And while this season has been designed with the theme, “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge,” next year the common thread will be “A Season of Discovery: That Eureka Moment.”

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino says he wanted to explore “moments of discovery, whether personal, scientific, or social.” He will be at the helm for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The season will include four other of the Bard’s works: Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labours Lost, and The Adventures of Pericles.

Other classic works on the season: Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.

The bill will also include a production of The Diary of Anne Frank, and two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals: The Sound of Music and Carousel.

Two contemporary Canadian plays are on the season as well: John Mighton’s A Possible World,” and The Last Wife, a new play by Kate Hennig, who starred in last season’s Stratford production of Fiddler on the Roof.

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