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SUNDAY LIVE EVENT: Meet Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino

Tribune reporter

Do you love Shakespeare? On May 18, The Theater Loop will host a gathering with Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. The Festival, which produces as many as 14 plays and musicals each season across four stages, has been chugging along for 60 years, transferring productions to Broadway (the recent revivals of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “The Importance of Being Earnest”) and featuring actors the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, William Shatner, Christopher Plummer, Brian Bedford, Brent Carver and Sir Alec Guinness.

Cimolino, after traipsing the festival boards for many years as an actor and director, assumed the helm in 2012. Chris Jones lauded his 2013 production of Friedrich Schiller’s “Mary Stuart” as “striking for the clarity of its storytelling [and] the constant intensity of its dramatic stakes.”

You have a fantastic opportunity to meet this gifted artist, among the most influential figures in North American classical theater, on May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Cimolino will be joined onstage by theater critic Chris Jones, who will lead the discussion, and take questions from the audience.

What does it take to be a classical actor? How can we bring Shakespeare to new audiences? What makes some Shakespeare productions transcendent and some unbearable? Need some Shakespeare audition tips? Ask whatever you want. This informal chat is ideal for actors, directors, designers or anyone in the theater — fans too. And following the talk, there will be be a meet and greet. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event.

While tickets are $20, a limited number of $15 tickets are available for Theater Loop fans who use the promotional code “INDUSTRY".

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