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Love From Afar : Shakespearean Mashup Digital Comic by A Company of Fools

05/10/2020

In these strange and unusual times, Ottawa Public Library is thrilled to partner with Company of Fools to offer an exciting alternative to live theatre. Love from Afar, a completely original Shakespearean mashup will be available as a digitized comic on the Ottawa Public Library YouTube channel for a limited time beginning Monday, October 5th!

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More about Love from Afar:

Normally at this time of year, a Company of Fools would be wrapping up their Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park summer tour, having brought their craft to thousands of people up close and personal. 2020 demanded a unique approach, so Ottawa theatre powerhouses Nicholas Leno and Sarah Finn developed Love from Afar which was performed initially through the windows of eight long-term care homes in Ottawa in September. Then the show was transformed into the digitized comic by the amazing Sara Mizannojehdehi!

With both static and animated scenes, complete with voiceover, this comic is the perfect way to let everyone in on the action. And there’s always a lot of action with the Fools as they explore love in these socially distant times.

Actors Geoff McBride, Mitchel Rose and Maryse Fernandes bring life to the love stories of Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by co-author Nicholas Leno, this snappy, endearing weaving of Shakespeare’s most memorable stories of the struggles and triumphs of love will keep our hearts warm this fall.  

With costume and mask design by aesthetic wiz Hannah Ferguson, set design by Franco Pang, and original score provided by musical superstar Alli Harris, this production channels an incredible soundscape combined with some of the most expressive actors in Ottawa to provide an utterly unique experience in these utterly unique times.

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Facts, fiction, movies, books and audio and even a Shakepearean insult or two!

Love From Afar | Shakespearean Mashup | A digital comic