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The Merry Wives of Windsor
May 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Austin Shakespeare will transform the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater into the world of a classic ‘50s sitcom for their Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year, Shakespeare’s famous comedy will be performed under the stars from May 3 – May 27 on Thursdays – Sundays at 8 pm, with a preview performance on Wednesday, May 2. 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. The Zilker Hillside Theater has an accessible area for all audience members in front of the stage.