Merry Wives of Windsor
by William Shakespeare





Shakespeare's Garden is now in it 8th season of presenting great theatre outdoors.

Performances are free.




Sir John Falstaff has come to town with his team of low-lifes. He's broke, but has a plan. He'll put the moves on a couple of rich housewives. Falstaff thinks he can solve all his financial woes by seducing them and taking their money. The wives think they can have a little fun at the expense of Falstaff.

Meanwhile Mistress Page's teenage daughter has three potential suitors vying for her attention.


July 14, 15, 16
       21, 22, 23
       28, 29, 30
All performances start at 7:30pm


Plot summary from Cliffs Notes:
Sir John Falstaff conspires to seduce Mrs. Page and Mrs. Ford, the wives of two prominent Windsor citizens. The women play along with him in order to expose him as a preposterous lecher. Then, to complicate matters, the insanely jealous Mr. Ford disguises himself as one "Mr. Brook" and hires Falstaff to procure Mrs. Ford for him in order to (so he plans) reveal her suspected infidelity. But Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page dupe both Falstaff and Mr. Ford. On one occasion, Falstaff is tricked into hiding in a basket of dirty clothes, then dropped into the river ("I have a kind of alacrity in sinking," he says); on another occasion, he must disguise himself as a fat old woman, a "witch" much hated by Mr. Ford, who summarily pummels "her"/him. Finally, both husbands join their "merry wives" in an elaborate masque-like entertainment, the high point of which is the humiliation of Falstaff, who has this time disguised himself as the ghostly "Herne the Hunter," complete with a massive set of horns on his head.

The secondary plot concerns the comical antics of a pair of would-be suitors for the hand of the lovely Anne Page. Doctor Caius, a quick-tempered French doctor, and Slender, the stupid nephew of Justice Shallow, vie for Anne's favor, while she finds both of them abhorrent. Sir Hugh Evans, a friend to Shallow and a supporter of Slender's cause, comes into conflict with Doctor Caius, and because the Welshman Evans and the Frenchman Caius persistently garble the English language, their meetings and arguments give special pleasure to all present.
 


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
by Peter Rothstein
with Musical Arrangements by
Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach



Even after a century has passed, the events that happened on the first Christmas of the World War I seem almost surreal.  Soldiers from both sides came out of their trenches and celebrated the holiday together.

This accapella musical explores that event through the actual letters and songs of the men who live it.. 

December 9, 10, 16, & 17 @ 7:30 pm
December 17 @ 2:00 pm





AUDITIONS:
Merry Wives of Windsor auditions are
May 14 at 10:00am 
or
May 15 at 2:00pm

at NNU in the Garden next to the large White Sculpture.

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