WEST HARTFORD — Capital Classics Theatre Company will stage “The Merry Wives of Windsor” for the 28th Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival, outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, from July 11 to 28.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor” is a riotous romp that stars one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic characters. Falstaff, an impoverished knight in search of wealth, sets his sights on two married wealthy women. Little does he know, these “merry wives” have a few tricks up their sleeves.
The production will be directed by Geoffrey Sheehan, Capital Classics artistic associate and theater professor at Housatonic Community College. The artistic team for “The Merry Wives of Windsor” also includes longtime collaborators David Regan (set design), Vivianna Lamb (costumes), Robyn Joyce (lighting design), Christine Simoes (choreography), and Jeff McQuillan (composer/musician).
The cast features Nick Roesler as Falstaff and Laura Sheehan (Mistress Page) and Tonille Watkis (Mistress Ford) as the “merry wives.” The cast also includes Debra Walsh (Mistress Quickly), Mark Dean (Ford), Rick Malone (Page), Austin Doughty (Shallow), Ryan Howland (Sir Hugh Evans), Kiera Sheehan (Hostess), Mikayla Brown (Robin), Evan Ayer (Pistol/Simple), Christopher Rowe (Fenton/Robert), Billy O’Brien (Slender/John), Megan Gwyn (Anne Page/Rugby), and Ariana Ortmann (Dr. Caius/NYM).
As Connecticut’s oldest continuously running outdoor Shakespeare festival, Capital Classics has a reputation for making Shakespeare accessible and affordable. Over its three-weekend run, the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival attracts more than 2,000 fans, who attend each summer with family, friends, and picnic baskets on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph to enjoy outdoor Shakespeare under the stars.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor” and the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival are produced by the Capital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with the University of Saint Joseph and the Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities.
The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival is held outdoors (indoors in case of rain) at the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, and $12 for discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more and Let’s GO Arts! members, plus a $2 USJ ticket fee per ticket. Tickets are available online at www.HartfordShakespeare.org, at the door, or by calling the box office at 860-231-5555.
Learn more about Capital Classics and the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival at HartfordShakespeare.org.