Re-envisioned Shaw Political Comedy On the Rocks Begins The Shaw’s July Openings

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Shaw Festival’s summer season features three new productions including The Admirable Crichton

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In celebration of these exciting new productions, dignitaries from local government, Canada’s artistic and business communities and Shaw Festival supporters attended gala dinners prior to the opening night performances.

On the Rocks opened The Shaw Festival’s 50th season summer opening July 8 at the Court House Theatre. The weekend kicked off with the world premiere of contemporary playwright Michael Healey’s reworking of Bernard Shaw’s political comedy. The opening performances continued on Saturday July 9 with the lunchtime presentation of Morwyn Brebner’s adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s mad-cap comedy The President at the Royal George Theatre. In celebration of these exciting new productions, dignitaries from local government, Canada’s artistic and business communities and Shaw Festival supporters attended gala dinners prior to the opening night performances. Following the gala dinner on July 9, the fantastical fable The Admirable Crichton by J.M. Barrie, author of the beloved children’s classic Peter Pan, opened at the Festival Theatre.

On the Rocks, directed by Joseph Ziegler, opened July 8 at the Court House Theatre, 26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake sponsored by Producers Circle. July 9 saw the first performance of The President, directed by Blair Williams, at the Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake sponsored by Vintage Hotels. The opening of The Admirable Crichton, directed by Morris Panych, took place at the Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake in the evening.

The Shaw Festival’s milestone season began April 7, 2011, runs until October 30, 2011 and also features productions of My Fair Lady, Candida, Drama at Inish – A Comedy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Maria Severa, Heartbreak House, Topdog/Underdog and When the Rain Stops Falling on the Shaw Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. The 2011 season also includes a special 50th season event The Speed of Ideas: A Theatrical Forum on July 23 and 24 featuring award-winning playwrights Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks and author and renowned theatre critic Michael Billington. For additional information on this season of celebration, please visit http://www.shawfest.com/Home/Our-50th-Season. For tickets and information on theatre packages, visit http://www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172 (local).

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In the spirit of 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. Visit the website at http://www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases.

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Our digital image bank features 300 dpi photographs of this season’s productions, the 2011 Ensemble, as well as photographs of our theatres, Bernard Shaw and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Broadcast quality B-roll of our productions is also available. To access our image bank or to have DVDs or Beta tapes delivered to you, please see contacts below.

Contacts
Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
odette(at)shawfest(dot)com

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand(at)shawfest(dot)com

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