|Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 29th Season in Vanier Park with the opening of Timon of Athens on the Howard Family Stage. A provocative study of loyalty, greed and modern values, Timon of Athens is directed by Meg Roe. Roe last directed at Bard in 2014, helming an exhilarating production of The Tempest; she also directed Will Eno’s Middletown for the Shaw Festival’s 2017 season.
Colleen Wheeler portrays Timon, a privileged woman and a member of the one per cent, in a modern-day city very much like Vancouver. Her generosity has no limits, but when she loses her entire fortune, will her community stand by her?
“We live in a time where all our bills are pending – spiritually, economically, environmentally, and societally – and the bills are piling up,” explains Roe. “Timon of Athens makes us consider who we might want to be when those bills come due. We are certainly in a time of interrogation, of reflection, of examination of our part in society and how it works, how it works on us. I think of Timon as a parable, but it’s up to you to fill in the moral at the end.” Roe also enthuses about the strength of the cast, a mix of Bard veterans and talented newcomers to the Festival, led by award-winning theatre actor Colleen Wheeler.
The Timon of Athens cast includes Patti Allan, Kate Besworth, Michelle Fisk, Marci T. House, Ming Hudson, Jennifer Lines, Moya O’Connell, Adele Noronha, Quelemia Sparrow, Sebastien Archibald and Joel D. Montgrand.
Timon of Athens’ production team includes Drew Facey (Set Designer), Mara Gottler (Costume Designer), Alessandro Juliani (Sound Designer and Composer), John Webber (Lighting Designer), Josh Reynolds (Fight Director), Cherissa Richards (Apprentice Director), Amanda Testini (Choreographer) and Alison Matthews (Head Voice & Text Coach). They are supported by Joanne P.B. Smith (Stage Manager), Jennifer Stewart (Assistant Stage Manager) and Zoe Bellis (Apprentice Stage Manager).
Dates of note for Timon of Athens include:
OPENING NIGHT – Tuesday July 10 at 7:30 pm
BARD-B-Q AND FIREWORKS – Saturday July 28 and Saturday August 4 at 6pm
TALKBACK TUESDAYS – July 17 and 24; August 14 and 21 at 7:30 pm
WINE WEDNESDAY – August 22 at 7:30 pm
CLOSING NIGHT – Sunday, September 9 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices for all regular play performances start at $24 CAD. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection, as many performances sell out in advance. The full performance schedule, site information and play and special events details are on the Bard website at bardonthebeach.org. To book tickets, order online through the Bard website or call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559.
|About Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, the annual summer festival’s mission is to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. Bard also offers year-round education and training programs for youth, adults and theatre professionals in its administrative home at the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village as well as in schools and community facilities throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
Bard on the Beach gratefully acknowledges the corporate sponsors who support the Festival and its programs. 2018 sponsors include season sponsor Goldcorp; production sponsors RE/MAX, Lawson Lundell, Lonetree Cider and BlueShore Financial; media sponsors the Vancouver Sun and Global BC, as well as other valued sponsors and supporters. Bard also thanks the City of Vancouver Cultural Services Department, the Vancouver Parks Board, the Province of British Columbia, the B.C. Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts for their continuing support.