Austin Shakespeare presents The Merry Wives of Windsor
Austin Shakespeare presents a world of a classic ‘50s sitcom for their Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Co-directed by artistic director Ann Ciccolella and Gwendolyn Kelso, this year’s play will be a nostalgic tribute to shows like I Love Lucy.
Toby Minor will play the legendary comic flirt Falstaff, who plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing two wealthy Merry Wives, played by Austin Shakespeare regulars Babs George and Gwendolyn Kelso. Their husbands, the irate Mr. Ford and the mild-mannered Mr. Page, will be performed by Nick Lawson and Chuck Winkler. Other Austin Shakes alumni actors include Johanna Whitmore as the lively Mistress Quickly and Michael Lucas as the zany Dr. Caius.
Actors new to Austin Shakespeare include Clara Hayes as the ingénue Anne Page; Jared Tseng as the reluctant suitor Slender; Chris Thompson as Shallow; and James Byers as the Welsh Reverend Hugh Evans.
The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, and a picnic to enjoy their evening on the grassy hillside. Some chairs are available.