Less than a year after the Stratford Festival announced it would close and close for good, two long-discussed projects have begun to sprout up as a result. On Friday, the Mark Twain House & Museum said the festival was joining it as an official partner. And on Sunday, reports Swerve magazine, a new Stratford announced that it will return with a decade-long summer season running from June 18 to Sept. 15, 2022.
The Mark Twain House is just around the corner from the festival, which is located in Stratford, Ontario. In a press release, the Twain House said that while the Stratford festival will function as one of four summer theaters — other theatres will be in Prince Edward Island, Guelph, and Kingston — the festival and the Twain House will work together to boost Stratford’s profile in the United States. “We’re definitely interested in making Stratford in some ways more our own,” Twain House’s executive director Suzanne Drake said in a statement. “There’s so much history to pull from. So much to be learned.”
While it looks as though Twain’s home is the artistic center of this collaboration, this summer will mark the first time the festival has produced on U.S. soil since 2015. In a blog post, Stratford artistic director Antoni Cimolino noted that while the festival has gone on hiatus over the last five years, there has been “a cyclical interaction of creative energy.”
“Long after 2017,” he wrote, “our alchemy is still set on shape-shifting.”
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