Buy Tickets From the 2014-2015 Season: The Merry Wives of Windsor Playing January 01, 2015 to February 01, 2015

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday January 1, 2015
Sunday Feb 1 performance at 2pm. Lunch menu available at 12:45pm

Spencer G. Stephens as Falstaff

The lecherous Sir John Falstaff sets his sights on the wives of Windsor, leading to a side splitting evening filled with mischief, schemes, a buck basket, a wood full of fairies and one pair of horns.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday January 11 after the show! 


Read the Plot Synopsis

The Merry Wives of Windsor Synopsis

Sir John Falstaff, in Windsor and short of money, decides to woo both Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, prosperous citizens’ wives, and sends identical letters to them. Two of Falstaff’s discharged followers, Pistol and Nym, reveal this to the husbands, though only the jealous Ford takes real notice. Going to the Garter Inn, disguised as a “Master Brook,” he asks Falstaff to woo Mistress Ford on his behalf and learns that the knight already has an assignation. The Wives prepare to trick Falstaff. At the same time, other complex love-matters are in progress. The French physician, Caius, in love with Anne Page, has challenged Parson Hugh Evans to a duel, simply because Evans has asked the doctor’s housekeeper, Quickly, to help the foolish Abraham Slender to Anne’s hand. Actually, Anne – as we have seen in Act I – is in love with Master Fenton who has already enlisted the versatile Quickly as an ally. Caius and Evans are reconciled by the Host of the Garter who has neatly prevented the duel.

Falstaff is carried from Ford’s house (just as Ford arrives to search it) in a laundry-basket of dirty linen; later, as “Brook,” Ford discovers what has happened and hears of a new assignation between Falstaff and Mistress Ford. This time Falstaff escapes in the clothes of a maid’s aunt whom Ford, still unknowing, beats unmercifully as a witch. At length, the jest revealed to their husbands, the wives get Falstaff, disguised as the ghost of Herne the Hunter, to meet Mistress Ford in Windsor Forest at midnight. There all is settled when Falstaff is assailed by a group of Windsor children, disguised as fairies and hobgoblins. Caius and Slender are each tricked into running off with boy “fairies,” thinking them to be Anne. Fenton and Anne appear, just married; and the end will be a journey home “to laugh this sport o’er by a country fire.”

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin


Director's Notes

Directed by J. Tony Brown

Show Information

Duration

Act One 75 min / Act Two 50 min

Show Roles

Sir John Falstaff – Spencer G. Stephens
Master Ford – Paul Hester*
Mistress Ford – Tiffany Mitchenor
Master Page – Chris Rushing
Mistress Page – Mary Ruth Ralston
Anne Page – Elizabeth Johnson
Master Fenton – Bryce Payne
Sir Hugh – Matt Nitchie
Doctor Caius – Doug Graham
Mistress Quickly – Tetrianna Silas
Justice Shallow – Doug Kaye*
Slender – Adam King
Pistol – Troy Willis*
Bardolph – Clarke Weigle
Host – Vinnie Mascola
Simple, John – Josh Diboll
Jack Rugby – Cale Lawton
Nym, Robert – Patrick Galletta
William Page, Robin – Grant Myers & Lilly Berry on alternate nights

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

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
2
 
What does rating this mean?

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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