Buy Tickets From the 2011-2012 Season: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales Playing May 03, 2012 to May 27, 2012

Matt Felten

Join us for a medieval romp through boisterous and bawdy olde England. Drawing on the Celtic British influences of Geoffrey Chaucer's writing, this hilarious adaptation reintroduces the tales in forms ranging from classical to spaghetti Western! We’re bringing back all your favorite tales.

Featuring the following tales:
The Miller's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
The Nun's Tale
The Merchant's Tale
The Reeve's Tale

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday May 13 after the show!

Audience Note:

The plot of most of the stories in The Canterbury Tales centers on sex.

While there is no nudity in the play, and only innocent kissing, there are frequent moments of playful sexuality and eroticism, including sounds, passion (albeit comedic sounds) and a brief moment of erotic (clothed) dancing. Everything is performed tongue-in-cheek, no pun intended.

Please take this into consideration if you are thinking of bringing children, sensible adults or a nun.

Director's Notes

Adapted and Directed by John Stephens

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Act One - 60 min / Act Two - 60 min

Show Roles

May 3-27, 2012

Veronika Duerr*
Nicholas Faircloth
Matt Felten
Rivka Levin*
Matt Nitchie
Drew Reeves*
Mary Russell
Rachel Frawley
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Show Times
Shows at the New American Shakespeare Tavern begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

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You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (though please note that Shakespeare was a bawdy writer, you can’t escape it in any of his plays). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

We recommend this type of play to families, school-age kids, first-timers to Shakespeare, or anyone who just wants to do something fun on a night off. This type of play is perfect for large groups like birthday parties or special event gatherings.

How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: Just show up! You don’t need to know the play to follow along and enjoy.

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