American Shakespeare Center Tour
The Merry Wives of Windsor | March 3
Texas Union TheaterWhy then the world's mine oyster. - II.ii
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.
Henry IV, Part 1 | March 4
Texas Union TheaterI know you all, and will awhile uphold
The unyoked humour of your idleness - I.ii
Paired with Merry Wives, Henry IV, Part 1 is a thrilling and poignant coming-of-age story. Shakespeare gives audiences the whole world: the fabulous fat knight, the troubled king, the hot-blooded warrior, the prodigal prince, and the crew of big-hearted Eastcheap rabble rousers. Henry IV, Part 1 is Shakespeare’s masterful exploration of family and friends, honor and happiness, and those moments when we are forced to choose between the thing we desire and the thing we know we must do.
Spring Class Performance
Macbeth Preview | April 22
Texas Union Theater
Macbeth | April 25 & 26
Winedale Theatre Barn
|It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood. - III.iv|
Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy leads audiences at breakneck pace through Macbeth’s bloody battle to win the throne of Scotland. The ultimate power couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, struggle with the consequences of their violent ways. Filled with supernatural forces and brutal events, this play examines the darkest side of humanity.
The Taming of the Shrew |
July 17 - August 10
Winedale Theatre BarnOf all the mad matches never was the like. - III.ii
A perpetual audience favorite, The Taming of the Shrew, will delight with its fast paced humor. Shakespeare's outrageous comedy follows the courtship of the clever and sharp-tongued Katarina and the facetious, fortune-seeking Petruchio. Petruchio is set on marrying the spirited Kate, but the road to matrimony is filled with scintillating sarcasm and tumultuous tomfoolery.
The Merry Wives of Windsor |
July 18 - August 10
Winedale Theatre BarnWives may be merry, and yet honest too. - IV.ii
The comedy continues with The Merry Wives of Windsor. Experience the raucous antics of a love-struck Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare's beloved fat knight, as he attempts to woo the housewives of Windsor. He gets more than he bargains for when he matches wits with Mistresses Page and Ford. Urban legend has it that Queen Elizabeth was so taken with the character of Falstaff in Henry IV that she asked for a play to be written about the fat knight in love. Come see why everybody adores this big-bellied gentleman.
Troilus and Cressida |
July 19 - August 10
Winedale Theatre BarnNow good or bad, 'tis but the chance of war. - Prologue
The dark side of love is examined Shakespeare's epic Trojan tragedy, Troilus and Cressida, a heartbreaking tale of two young lovers torn apart by war and political turmoil. In the seventh year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, falls in love with Cressida, a traitor's daughter. The two embark on a doomed romance while the war wages around them.
SPECIAL STAGED READING - Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed |
Winedale Theatre Barn
'Tis as easy with a sieve to scoop the ocean, as To tame Petruchio. - I.ii
Join us for a special staged reading of John Fletcher’s The Woman’s Prize, or The Tamer Tamed, a sequel to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. In The Tamer Tamed, Kate the shrew has died and Petruchio is now married to the even more difficult Maria, who will stop at nothing to teach her husband a lesson.The reading will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $5 for students as well as UT faculty and staff.