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The Season of Fate 2017/2018

Shakespearean drama often dealt with the eternal conflict between fate and free will. Through his characters, Shakespeare addressed the universal human conflict between submitting to fate and exercising free will to conquer your fate. Many of the main characters this season wrestle with the important question of whether or not their actions can change the course of fate; a conflict that is resolved in different ways. As in life, however, there is no fully satisfying answer to this burning conundrum. Events, it seems, are as much down to the choices of our characters as they are to capricious winds of destiny.

Fate (fāt) noun: the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. “fate decided his course for him”.

Synonyms: destiny, providence, the stars, chance, luck, serendipity, fortune, karma, “what has fate in store for me?”

Julius Caesar

Presented by The Shakespeare Company and Ground Zero Theatre with the generous support of Hit & Myth Productions.

 

Directed by Ron Jenkins    September 21 – October 7, 2017

When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars, in effect a dictator, Brutus and his cohorts conclude that his ambition must be contained – which in Rome can mean only one thing: the mighty leader must be executed. But once the deed is done the radical traitors must reckon with the strength of a new wave of power. A power led by Mark Antony. Will Caesar’s ghost be revenged? Shakespeare’s heightened political thriller exposes the passionate blood that flows between men in power.

King Lear

Presented by The Shakespeare Company and Ground Zero Theatre with the generous support of Hit & Myth Productions.

 

Directed by Seanna McKenna March 15 – 31, 2018

An aging king resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with repercussions he little expects. With his very life hanging by a thread, Lear loses everything that defined him as a monarch – and thereby reveals the core of his own humanity. One of Calgary’s finest actors, Stephen Hair, stars in the titular role.

Much Ado About Nothing

Presented by The Shakespeare Company with the generous support of Hit & Myth Productions.

 

Directed to be announced  May 17 – June 2, 2018

Love-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio return to Messina after a long stint at war, and find themselves in the company of Beatrice and Hero. As memories of battle give way to a life of celebration and revelry, Claudio and Hero fall deeply in love, and Benedick and Beatrice kindle their own contentious courtship. One of the most popular comedies in Shakespeare’s cannon, Much Ado About Nothing has captivating heroines, dancing wordplay, and the endearing desire to love and be loved in return.

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