The 17th Annual ShawChicago Festival Trip

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Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Friday, August 11 – Monday, August 14, 2017

5 plays in 3 days

Robert Scogin, Artistic Director of ShawChicago, will introduce you to the 64 year old Stratford Festival. One of our talented actors will be assisting on the trip.


• Introduction and discussion of the plays led by your hosts
• Round-trip airfare to Toronto, Canada
• Round-trip deluxe coach transfer to Stratford, Ontario
• Box Lunch/snacks on board coach to the hotel
• Accommodations at the historic Parlour Inn
• Luggage handling
• Welcome dinner
• Daily breakfast
• Top-priced tickets to five theater performances


This year’s price for land and air is $2,250 per person. $1,000 per person by March 10 will hold your reservation. The balance is due by June 1, 2017.

Single supplement is $465.

We strongly recommend tour cancellation insurance. Cancellation insurance information is available at

The price of the tour includes a $250.00 contribution to ShawChicago and is
tax-deductible as allowed by law.


Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Festival Theatre

Friday, August 11   8 p.m.

Shipwrecked twins, a lovesick duke and a self-important servant who becomes the ultimate fashion victim: love throws everyone for a loop in a comic riot of misdirected desire.
Cast ashore in a strange land by a shipwreck that has separated her from her twin brother, Viola protects herself by adopting male disguise – a ruse that leads to hilarious confusion when she enters the service of the lovesick Duke Orsino, acting as go-between in his hopeless suit to the Countess Olivia.
Meanwhile, comic mayhem erupts in Olivia’s household as her unruly uncle, Sir Toby Belch, makes mischief at the expense of her sternly disapproving steward, Malvolio.

The School for Scandal
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Avon Theatre

Saturday, August 12  2p.m.
In a society awash in gossip, rumours and backbiting, an uncle arrives home in disguise to test the worthiness of his nephews – but truth has a way of tumbling out in this hilarious, fast-paced comedy.
First seen in 1973, this modern Canadian classic uses a vaudevillian combination of words and music to tell the story of an uprising that paved the way for nationhood.
The hypocritical Joseph Surface and society gossip Lady Sneerwell conspire to slander Joseph’s prodigal but honest brother Charles, hoping to discredit him in the eyes of Maria, wealthy ward of Sir Peter Teazle.
The newly married Sir Peter, meanwhile, is dismayed by his flighty young bride’s association with the scandalmongers. But more than one pair of eyes are opened when the brothers’ uncle, Sir Oliver, dons his own masks of deception in order to discover the truth.

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Festival Theatre

Saturday, August 12 8 p.m.

Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families. But daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost, as the needless sacrifice of young lives brings this heartbreaking story to its tragic conclusion.
Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have long been embroiled in a bitter feud – but despite their parents’ enmity, Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) fall in love at first sight.
The sympathetic Friar Laurence marries them in secret – then, when Romeo is banished for his part in a fatal street brawl, conceives a daring scheme to reunite them. But for these two “star-crossed lovers,” love and death seem fated to entwine in a tragic embrace.

The Madwoman of Chaillot
By  Jean Giraudoux
Tom Patterson Theatre

Sunday, August 13  2 pm


If oil were found beneath the streets of Paris, how would civilization fare against the demands of corporate greed? The answer lies with the flamboyantly determined woman whose quirky spirit informs this classic 20th-century comedy, as scathing as it is timely.
A syndicate of unscrupulous entrepreneurs plan to exploit a hitherto unsuspected resource: oil beneath the streets of Paris. Their only obstacle is the city itself, with its historic buildings, monuments and intractably bohemian inhabitants, all requiring to be swept away in pursuit of wealth.
With the spirit of art and culture pitted against the remorseless demands of commerce, it falls to a woman who has lived too long in the past to lead the fight for humanity’s future.

The Komagata Maru Incident
By Sharon Pollock
Studio Theatre

Sunday, August 13   8 p.m.

In 1914, a shipload of emigrants from the British Raj were denied entry to Vancouver, then Canada’s most diverse city. The play exposes the cost not only to those newcomers but also to existing minority residents who struggled to find their place amid the systemic racism of the era.
In May 1914, as war looms in Europe, the Japanese steamer Komagata Maru arrives in Vancouver harbour, carrying 376 would-be immigrants of East Indian origin. As subjects of the British empire, all are entitled to enter Canada, but the authorities refuse to let them ashore.
While using every means at his disposal to enforce the racist policies of his political masters, immigration inspector William Hopkinson is torn between his own ambition and the secret he harbours within.