Romeo + Juliet, Torchlight Shakespeare 2019 Credit: JVL Photography

After a long pandemic-induced hiatus, a Company of Fools is coming back to North Grenville for a performance of “Love from Afar”, a “Shakespeare mashup”, in Maplwood Park in Oxford Mills on Friday, September 24.

This creative theatre company has been a regular visitor to Maplewood for some years now, and their colourful and entertaining presentations of plays by Shakespeare have entertained residents with their outdoor performances.

The company has described the presentation as an examination of “what it means to experience love across boundaries, a collection of Shakespeare’s greatest hits woven together by the story of three friends discovering the meaning of love. What do you do when you can’t remember what love is? Grieving the loss of his wife, one man turns to his friends to help him recall the elusive, indescribable, undeniable thing that we all know as ‘love’.

This completely original Shakespearian mashup by Ottawa theatre powerhouses Nicholas Leno and Sarah Finn blends six of the Bard’s classic scenes with comedic interludes that all explore what it means to be in love, the different types of relationships where love can grow, and how love can overcome hurdles. Three actors adopt six famous roles each as they bring life to the love stories of Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s
Dream.

The 2021 tour is deliberately constrained to ensure adherence to safety restrictions, taking care to protect audience members and the Fools team. Unlike Fools’ summer shows, this will be a ticketed event with a strict audience limit. The pay-what-you-can policy stays, but this will be via an online ticketing platform or via phone. Cash or credit cards will not be accepted at the site. In keeping with accessibility and outreach mandate, half of the Fools shows will be presented for free to clients of non-profit facilities serving vulnerable populations.

Further information and ticket details are available at www.fools.ca.

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