Indigenous stories find expression through Shakespeare in the Stratford Festival’s ‘1939’ – Toronto Star

Indigenous stories find expression through Shakespeare in the Stratford Festival’s ‘1939’ – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 202230 Views

Sept. 12, 2022

Jani Lauzon’s and Kaitlyn Riordan’s play shows Shakespeare may not necessarily always represent the cold, dead hand of colonialism.

There is much that is bold and unexpected in this world-premiere play commissioned and produced by the Stratford Festival. It brings together two of Canada’s colonial legacies: residential schools and the veneration of Shakespeare. What’s most surprising, it does so through comedy.

Jani Lauzon’s and Kaitlyn Riordan’s play is set in a fictional northern Ontario residential school in the year of the title, as Canada was (in real life) preparing for the first ever visit from a reigning monarch, King George VI.

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