Shakespeare's Measure for Measure with a picnic (High Park)

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High Park

1873 Bloor St W · Toronto, ON

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Meet at 6:45pm at the Amphitheatre entrance, located by the Grenadier Restaurant on Colborne Lodge Road

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Join me on Sat Aug 17th to see Measure for Measure, a timeless story of morality and power, and our outdoor play for Shakespeare in High Park. Note: This meetup is weather dependent, and if it rains, a cancellation will be posted in the meetup at 5:45pm that day.

Signing up: Please add your name to the wait list, and based on your attendance history, you will be moved to going. (No Shows and anyone who has not attended a meetup in the last 12 months are not eligible)

Measure for Measure is often called one of Shakespeare's problem plays, classified as a comedy, albeit a dark one, though its tone may defy those expectations. It is believed to have been written in 1603/4 and it's first recorded performance occurred in 1604. The play's main themes include justice, "morality and mercy in Vienna," and the dichotomy between corruption and purity: "some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall." Mercy and virtue prevail, as the play does not end tragically, with virtues such as compassion and forgiveness being exercised at the end of the production. While the play focuses on justice overall, the final scene illustrates that Shakespeare intended for moral justice to temper strict civil justice: a number of the characters receive understanding and leniency, instead of the harsh punishment to which they, according to the law, could have been sentenced.

Shakespeare in High Park, one of Toronto's favourite summer traditions, returns for its 37th season. Founded as a Dream in High Park in 1983, Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park is one of Canada’s largest and longest-running professional outdoor theatre events, taking place at the picturesque High Park Amphitheatre and presented in association with the Department of Theatre at York University. Shakespeare in High Park gives undergraduate and graduate acting, directing and theatre design students the opportunity to work alongside established theatre professionals to bring our large-scale outdoor productions to life.

Director: Severn Thompson

Meetup Time: 6pm at the Amphitheatre entrance, located by the Grenadier Restaurant on Colborne Lodge Road. Please ensure you bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and food, a blanket, bug spray, jacket/sweater, $10 donation, and a $3 meetup fee. We will be seated in the regular (non-premium seating area).
Show start: 8pm
Show length: 2 hrs
Cost: $10 Donation required
Meetup fee: $3
Premium seating: For a $30 donation, you can reserve a cushion in the premium zone. Show your printed ticket at the gate, seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are held until 7:45pm. If there is rain, arrange for a rain voucher to return on another day. Note: check to see when Aug 17 tickets are available and purchase at

Park guidelines must be followed if you want to be part of our group:
- lawn chairs aren't allowed in the regular seating area on the hill (a limited number of spots at the rear of the hill are available exclusively for lawn chairs on a first-come, first-served basis)
- City of Toronto Parks regulations do not permit alcohol
- no pets allowed

Food: there will be a concession stand on site stacked with yummy snacks and beverages for purchase. There are no water fountains on site.

Driving directions
Enter at High Park Blvd/Parkside Dr or from Bloor St/ High Park Ave., west of Keele)

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