Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, will deliver the 2022 University of Waterloo Hagey Lecture on October 19, on the purpose—and necessity—of theatre.
Why do children play act? Why, since the earliest democracy, have we gathered together to witness stories told? Is theatre primarily for entertainment? Or, as Hamlet claims, is the “purpose of playing” to “show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure”?