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Shakespeare & Company Presents The Merry Wives of Windsor

Performances Run August 8 - September 1, 2019

"O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast." - Act V, Scene V

(Lenox, MA) - Shakespeare & Company presents William Shakespeare's madcap comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by founding company member and Director of Education, Kevin G. Coleman, who was Runner-Up for the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education in 2016. The Merry Wives of Windsor runs from August 8 to September 1 outdoors in the Roman Garden Theatre.

"The Merry Wives of Windsor is Shakespeare having fun. Period," said Director Kevin G. Coleman. "No grand themes. No deep waters. No pushing the Renaissance envelope. When Shakespeare is having fun, it runs the gamut from groaningly predictable to surprisingly sophisticated with every stop in between. Shakespeare was masterful at pleasing his audience. Come enjoy the wisdom and wit of these women of Windsor. It's all in fun."

The play begins when Sir John Falstaff vastly underestimates the Merry Wives in the town of Windsor, as he hatches a frothy scheme to drain their bank accounts and drive their husbands insane with jealousy. Antics ensue as Falstaff continues to overestimate his own ability to dupe good people and pull off his scheme of deceit. With The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare once again proves that the best human foibles are the ones we can laugh at.

The production is generously sponsored by The Dr. Gerald and Roberta Friedman Foundation, and will feature Martin Jason Asprey (Mr. Frank Ford), Steven Barkhimer (George Page), Gregory Boover (Master Fenton), MaConnia Chesser (Meg Page), Jordan Cobb (Anne Page), Tobias Goodman (Pistol/Simple), Nigel Gore (Sir John Falstaff), Cloteal L. Horne (Mistress Quickly), Jennie M. Jadow (Alice Ford), Madeleine Rose Maggio (Robert Shallow), Bella Merlin (Sir Hugh Evans), and Mary Shalaby (Nym/Rugby).

The creative team includes Kevin G. Coleman (Director), Raz Golden (Assistant Director), Diane Healy (Stage Manager), Kathleen Soltan (Assistant Stage Manager), Jim Youngerman (Set Designer), Kiki Smith (Costume Designer), Gwendolyn Schwinke (Voice Coach), Kristin Wold (Movement Director), and Shane Burgett (Associate Technical Director).

Tickets for The Merry Wives of Windsor are available online at shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company’s box office at (413) 637-3353. The show runs from August 8 to September 1. The Roman Garden Theatre is outdoors and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble St. in Lenox, Massachusetts. Join us for a free pre-show talk on August 13 at 3:45 pm for insight into the plot and characters of the play to enhance your experience. Additionally, join Director Kevin G. Coleman and cast members for a Director's Panel on Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 am. Tickets for the Director's Panel are $10 for adults and free for students, and can be purchased at shakespeare.org.

The Company’s 2019 Summer Season also includes Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Taming of The Shrew, and a special workshop production of Coriolanus; plus Tony nominee The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, The Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, and Tony Award nominee, Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies.

AT A GLANCE:
PRODUCTION: The Merry Wives of Windsor
PLAYWRIGHT: William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: Kevin G. Coleman
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Raz Golden
STAGE MANAGER: Diane Healy
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Kathleen Soltan
SET DESIGNER: Jim Youngerman
COSTUME DESIGNER: Kiki Smith
VOICE COACH: Gwendolyn Schwinke
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Kristin Wold
ASSOCIATE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Shane Burgett

CAST MEMBERS:
MR. FRANK FORD: Martin Jason Asprey
GEORGE PAGE: Steven Barkhimer
MASTER FENTON: Gregory Boover
MEG PAGE: MaConnia Chesser
ANNE PAGE: Jordan Cobb
PISTOL/SIMPLE: Tobias Goodman
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: Nigel Gore
MISTRESS QUICKLY: Cloteal L. Horne
ALICE FORD: Jennie M. Jadow
ROBERT SHALLOW: Madeleine Rose Maggio
SIR HUGH EVANS: Bella Merlin
NYM/RUGBY: Mary Shalaby

SCHEDULE:
AUGUST
Thursday, August 8 - 5:00 pm (Preview)
Friday, August 9 - 5:00 pm (Preview)
Saturday, August 10 - 5:00 pm (Preview)
Sunday, August 11 - 5:00 pm (Opening)
Tuesday, August 13 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, August 14 - 5:00 pm (Press Night)
Thursday, August 15 - 5:00 pm
Friday, August 16 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 17 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 18 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 20 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, August 21 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 22 - 5:00 pm
Friday, August 23 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 24 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 25 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 27 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, August 28 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 29 - 5:00 pm
Friday, August 30 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 31 - 5:00 pm

SEPTEMBER
Sunday, September 1 - 5:00 pm (Closing)

Rain Policy
From time to time weather may affect your enjoyment of the performance in The Roman Garden Theatre. Most often the show will go on and depending on the severity of the rain, will be performed as scheduled. If rain is heavy, performance in The Roman Garden Theatre will be moved to the Company's tented Rose Theatre.

About William Shakespeare
Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His works, including some collaborations, consist of about 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

About Kevin G. Coleman
Founding Member (Director of Education, Board of Trustees, Fight Director) Kevin is one of Shakespeare & Company’s artistic and administrative leaders. He works in the Performance and Training departments as an actor, teacher, and director, and oversees the mission of the Education department. Kevin teaches text analysis, stage combat, and clown, and has been a guest teacher or director at MIT, Harvard, L.S.U., Stanford, Shenandoah Shakespeare, Q.U.T.- Brisbane, Lincoln Center, the Folger Library, Shakespeare Festivals in both Stratfords, and the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, UK. Kevin is the Theatre Director at the Austen Riggs Center, where he has directed over 30 productions. In 2016, Kevin was Runner-Up for the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education.

About Shakespeare & Company
Located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the leading Shakespeare festivals of the world. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 40,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to an internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.

Photos: The Merry Wives of Windsor Rehearsal Photos

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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