15th Annual (2013)
1901 Smucker Road • Orrville, OH 44667
Friday, November 1 Performance at 7:30 p.m.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor"
Urban legend claims that Queen Elizabeth asked Shakespeare to write a play featuring “the fat knight in love.” In the effervescent The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff may not be truly in love, but he is certainly in lust. The objects of his desire, two clever Windsor wives, team up to outsmart and outmaneuver one of Shakespeare’s wittiest and most beloved bad boys. Shakespeare blends romance, farce, and festival in his liveliest and most affectionate portrait of domestic life in Elizabeth’s England. Audiences now, as then, cannot resist this comic confection.
Saturday, November 2 Performance at 7:30 p.m.
In this magnificently complex study of extremes, Shakespeare pairs his most loving and trusting leading man with his most conniving and ruthless villain in a dangerous dance of deceit and revenge. The radiant language of love transforms into delirious ravings as his characters descend into jealousy, fear, and rage. Both expansive and claustrophobic, Othello is Shakespeare at the height of his creative power— a ravishing and unforgettable classic.