The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Announces 2010 Season

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Wit, social commentary and relevance for which Bernard Shaw himself was well known are reflected in upcoming season including Shaw's "The Doctor's Dilemma" and plays by Oscar Wilde, Clare Boothe Luce, Anton Chekhov, Linda Griffiths and more.

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario The internationally renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario has officially announced the 2010 Season playbill. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell made the announcement noting that the 2010 Season includes ten productions presented on its four stages: the Festival Theatre, the Court House Theatre, the Royal George Theatre and the Studio Theatre.

Bernard Shaw once wrote: "When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth." Reflecting on this quote, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell acknowledged; "From the wit of Wilde, the gentle comedy of Chekhov to the barbed banter of Bernard Shaw and the cutting satire of Churchill, the Shaw Festival's 2010 Season is infused with many facets of humour. These brilliant playwrights' ability to subvert and challenge, while making us laugh, enables us to hold a mirror up to the human condition and reveal its true reflection."

Two productions on the 2010 playbill are by the Festival's namesake. Morris Panych directs The Doctor's Dilemma by Bernard Shaw at the Festival Theatre and Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton directs Shaw's John Bull's Other Island at the Court House Theatre.

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs Oscar Wilde's glittering intrigue, An Ideal Husband and Alisa Palmer directs The Women, Clare Boothe Luce's seductively sardonic peek into the inner sanctum of the fairer sex at the Festival Theatre.

At the Court House Theatre, Ireland's Jason Byrne directs Tom Murphy's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Ms. Maxwell directs Age of Arousal, Linda Griffiths' sensual story of female liberation at the turn of the last century.

On the Royal George Theatre stage, Joseph Ziegler returns to direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey by Mary Chase; Associate Director Eda Holmes directs the season's musical selection One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash and S.J. Perelman; and Gina Wilkinson, who made her Festival directorial debut with the 2009 runaway hit Born Yesterday, returns to direct J.M. Barrie's shocking one-act play Half an Hour.

Continuing its ongoing look at contemporary Shavians, Eda Holmes directs Serious Money by contemporary Shavian Caryl Churchill in the Studio Theatre.

To learn more about the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, please visit http://www.shawfest.com.

About Shaw Festival
In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond. The Shaw repertory theatre is the only theatre in the world specializing exclusively in the works of Bernard Shaw, his contemporaries, new plays written about the period of Shaw's lifetime (1856-1950) and playwrights who write in the sprit of Bernard Shaw.

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