Seana McKenna News

Theatre 20 Sets 2015-16 SeasonTheatre 20 Sets 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Under the stars on the patio at Vagabondo Italian Ristorante + Lounge in downtown Toronto, Theatre 20 announced its 2015/2016 season. The sold-out event, which included food, drinks, and a first glimpse into the season, also included preview performances from the upcoming season presented by Nathan Carroll, Colleen Dauncey, Lauren Toffan, Kevin Dennis, Nora McLellan, and David Keeley, with musical accompaniment provided byScott Christian and Mark Selby. (more...)

BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully DisturbingBWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully Disturbing
by Lauren Gienow - May 31, 2015

If you happen to be coming to Stratford Festival looking for a show that makes you laugh, think, and question whether the human race is doomed-all in equal measure…then look no further than director Miles Potter's disturbingly delightful production of THE PHYSICISTS. If you did not know you were looking for a show that did those things to you…well, trust me. You are. Come see this show. (more...)

BWW Review: Stratford Festival's HAMLET is Exciting from Start to FinishBWW Review: Stratford Festival's HAMLET is Exciting from Start to Finish
by Lauren Gienow - May 26, 2015

HAMLET opened the 63rd season of the Stratford Festival to resounding applause at the Festival Theatre on Monday night. Directed by the Festival's Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, this HAMLET is exciting from start to finish. The entire ensemble shines as brightly as the light used to represent King Hamlet's ghost (Note: It is a very bright light). (more...)

The Stratford Festival's KING JOHN Comes to Cinemas 4/8The Stratford Festival's KING JOHN Comes to Cinemas 4/8
by Contests - Broadway - Apr 2, 2015

The Stratford Festival's commanding performance of KING JOHN comes to the Big Screen, directed for the stage by Tim Carroll and directed for film by Barry Avrich. (more...)

Fathom Events Continues Stratford Festival Series with KING JOHN; Hits Theatres 4/8Fathom Events Continues Stratford Festival Series with KING JOHN; Hits Theatres 4/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Another of Shakespeare's great dramas, performed by one of the world's premier repertory theater companies - The Stratford Festival in Ontario Canada - will come to select U.S. cinemas courtesy of Fathom Events and By Experience. Presented under the banner of Stratford Festival HD, the series continues with King John on Thursday, April 8. (more...)

Stratford Festival Raises Record-Breaking Amount for Actors' Fund of CanadaStratford Festival Raises Record-Breaking Amount for Actors' Fund of Canada
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

William Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice: 'How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.' In 2014, the Stratford Festival shone by raising a record-breaking $66,686 for the Actors' Fund of Canada, the lifeline for Canada's entertainment industry. Company member giving to the Fund through payroll donations, proceeds from Madness Mug sales, audience collections and a benefit performance of Hay Fever, helped to provide much-needed financial aid to entertainment industry members who are facing times of crisis. (more...)

Krystin Pellerin, Christopher Morris & Bahia Watson Join Stratford Festival Lineup; Performances AddedKrystin Pellerin, Christopher Morris & Bahia Watson Join Stratford Festival Lineup; Performances Added
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Swift advance sales have prompted the Stratford Festival to extend the runs of four productions, just as the box office has opened to the public. Performances of Carousel, The Alchemist, The Physicists and The Last Wife have been added to the schedule. (more...)

Merrimack Repertory Theatre to Present THE BEST BROTHERS in 2015Merrimack Repertory Theatre to Present THE BEST BROTHERS in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

Daniel MacIvor's play 'The Best Brothers' quickly became a hit in Canada after its 2012 world premiere at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Merrimack Repertory Theatre will produce its East Coast premiere (and second production ever in the United States) this January, directed by Charles Towers. (more...)

Colm Toibin's TESTAMENT Opens Tonight at A.C.T.Colm Toibin's TESTAMENT Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2014-15 season with Colm Toibin's fiercely lyrical solo play, Testament. Originally staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011-and retitled for Broadway in 2013 as The Testament of Mary-Testament is an incisive, vivid, and deeply human work that recounts in riveting detail a defiant mother's story of her son, who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics. Directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and starring Canadian leading actor, Seana McKenna (last seen in A.C.T.'s production of Napoli!), Testament has been hailed as 'beautiful and daring' by the New York Times and was a 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play. Testament will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco) through November 23, 2014. Press night for Testament will be tonight, November 5, 2014. (more...)

A.C.T. Opens Colm Toibin's TESTAMENT TonightA.C.T. Opens Colm Toibin's TESTAMENT Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2014-15 season with Colm Toibin's fiercely lyrical solo play, Testament. Originally staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011-and retitled for Broadway in 2013 as The Testament of Mary-Testament is an incisive, vivid, and deeply human work that recounts in riveting detail a defiant mother's story of her son, who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics. Directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and starring Canadian leading actor, Seana McKenna (last seen in A.C.T.'s production of Napoli!), Testament has been hailed as 'beautiful and daring' by the New York Times and was a 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play. Testament will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco) tonight, October 29-November 23, 2014. Press night for Testament will be today, November 5, 2014. Tickets ($20-$120) are available now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228. (more...)

Stratford Festival Will Film ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, KING LEAR, and KING JOHNStratford Festival Will Film ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, KING LEAR, and KING JOHN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

The Stratford Festival will be creating films of three of this season's Shakespeare productions for international release and broadcast. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2014-15 season with Colm Toibin's fiercely lyrical solo play, Testament. Originally staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011-and retitled for Broadway in 2013 as The Testament of Mary-Testament is an incisive, vivid, and deeply human work that recounts in riveting detail a defiant mother's story of her son, who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics. Directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and starring Canadian leading actor, Seana McKenna (last seen in A.C.T.'s production of Napoli!), Testament has been hailed as 'beautiful and daring' by the New York Times and was a 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play. Testament will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco) October 29-November 23, 2014. Press night for Testament will be on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Tickets ($20-$120) are available now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228. (more...)

A.C.T. Extends OLD HATS Through 10/12A.C.T. Extends OLD HATS Through 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Due to overwhelming advance ticket sales, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced that an extra week of performances will be added to the current schedule of the West Coast premiere of the Signature Theatre production of Old Hats. Originally scheduled to close on Sunday, October 5, tickets are now on-sale through Sunday, October 12. Old Hats will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). Tickets ($20-$120) are on-sale now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228. (more...)

BWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford FestivalBWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford Festival
by Roy Berko - Aug 7, 2014

King John, who reigned as the monarch of England from 1199-1216, was the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the father of Henry III. The Shakespearean script concerning his reign is one of the true history plays by the Bard and is one of only two of his plays, the other being 'Richard II,' that are written entirely in script. (more...)

A.C.T. to Present OLD HATS; Tickets On Sale 7/20A.C.T. to Present OLD HATS; Tickets On Sale 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Sixteen years after they swept San Francisco Bay Area audiences off their feet with the Tony Award-winning production Fool Moon, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) welcomes back Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner in the West Coast premiere of the Signature Theatre production of Old Hats. (more...)

LACTORS' Studio Presents WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY, 6/4-7/13LACTORS' Studio Presents WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY, 6/4-7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2014

Part Waiting For Godot, part Title of Show, with a splash of Twelve Angry Men, WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY asks the big dramatic questions: what is art? What is life? What is the nexus between them? And what's that woman on stage doing, anyway? Starring eleven real lawyers (and a faux Seana McKenna**), it's a hilarious slice of comedic metatheatre. WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY plays at the George Ignatieff Theatre as part of the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival. Tickets are available via www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062 ext. 1, or at the door. (more...)

Martha Henry to Receive Stratford Festival's 2014 Legacy AwardMartha Henry to Receive Stratford Festival's 2014 Legacy Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The Stratford Festival will present its 2014 Legacy Award to Martha Henry. Her extraordinary contributions to the Festival and to the performing arts in Canada will be celebrated at a gala at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel on Monday, September 29. (more...)

LACTORS' Studio Presents WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY, 6/4-7/13LACTORS' Studio Presents WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY, 6/4-7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2014

Part Waiting For Godot, part Title of Show, with a splash of Twelve Angry Men, WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY asks the big dramatic questions: what is art? What is life? What is the nexus between them? And what's that woman on stage doing, anyway? Starring eleven real lawyers (and a faux Seana McKenna**), it's a hilarious slice of comedic metatheatre. WATCHING SEANA McKENNA WATCH PAINT DRY plays at the George Ignatieff Theatre as part of the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival. Tickets are available via www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062 ext. 1, or at the door. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN is an Important Play to SeeBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN is an Important Play to See
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 1, 2014

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Directed by MARTHA HENRY, and set in the 30 years war that ravaged 17th century Europe, is as moving, upsetting, and as politically relevant as ever…which is likely exactly what playwright Bertolt Brecht intended when he initially wrote it as a response to the Second World War. (more...)

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