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A Company of Fools return with Love from Afar performed in Ottawa-area parks

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on August 30, 2021

Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

In Fall 2020, we previewed Love from Afar when A Company of Fools performed it outside the windows of locked-down senior citizens in long-term care facilities. A year later, our favourite Fools are back! After receiving praise for its 2020 tour, Love from Afar has been reimagined for a wider outdoor audience.

Reminiscent of A Company of Fools’ torchlight Shakespeare in the park, Love from Afar will play 12 shows across seven outdoor locations for public audiences. An original Shakespearian mashup by Nicholas Leno (who also directs) and Sarah Finn, the show brings together some classic scenes from audience favourites to explore the depths of love and the hurdles it can help to overcome. Expect to see love stories from Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The tour has been designed deliberately to ensure adherence to safety restrictions, taking care to protect audience members and the Fools team. Different from past summer shows, this run of Love from Afar will be ticketed, with a strict audience limit. Half of the shows will be presented for free to clients of non-profit facilities serving vulnerable populations.

With theatres still in an intermission (and as we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel), A Company of Fools comes to the rescue again — feeding our theatre-loving souls while keeping audiences safe and entertained. Some shows are already sold out, so make sure to grab your tickets before it’s too late!

Love from Afar takes place for public audiences on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from September 2 to 25, with 12+ shows available across seven locations. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and on sale now.