Inspired by the acclaimed dramatist, critic and social reformer Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival is a contemporary theatre that entertains audiences and supporters far beyond their home in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, every year with an incredibly talented acting ensemble and production company. The 2014 season is no exception.
“We are thrilled to be once again collaborating with WNED-TV,” said Jackie Maxwell, artistic director of the Shaw Festival. “It is a pleasure to give their viewers, many of whom are also strong Shaw Festival supporters, a preview of our upcoming 2014 season playbill - one which I feel is so full of interesting new worlds for people to visit.”
“The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain” will air afterward on WNED-TV at 10 p.m. The film offers viewers a glimpse into the behind-the-stage workings of the internationally acclaimed theatre.
“Both programs continue WNED-TV’s commitment to present the rich history and culture of the Western New York and Southern Ontario region,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “The Shaw Theatre Festival is one of the most respected repertory theatres in the world and we are thrilled that the Festival opened their doors to our production team.”
“The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain” is a production of Forevergreen Television and Film Productions Inc., in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto. The program originally aired nationally on PBS on July 19, 2013.
Funding for both programs is provided by The John R. Oishei Foundation, Rogers Documentary Fund, and Rogers Cable Network Fund. Additional support from Martha & Tom Hyde, Margaret & Jim Fleck, The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation, The Peter C. Cornell Trust, and Susan B. and Richard V. Lee. With participation from The Government of Canada - The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program and The Ontario Media Development Corporation.
WNED-TV has a proven commitment to telling the stories of the binational region. In recent years, they have produced many programs focused on the history and culture of both sides of the border.Most recently, these include “The War of 1812,” “1812 on the Niagara Frontier,” “Hockey: More Than a Game,” “Chautauqua: An American Narrative” and “Chefs of Toronto.”
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