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‘Sir John Falstaff & the Merry Wives of Windsor’ by Shakespeare

April 4, 2018 7:30 pm @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until April 7, 2018 12:00 am

Join us for the Lord Denney’s Players’ production of Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor, the first printed version of Shakespeare’s popular comedy that is shorter and more farcical than its First Folio counterpart.

Lord Denney’s Players is the theatre company of the Ohio State University Department of English that engages in intensive experiential learning and research of the annual production Early Modern English Drama.

Ohio State English majors and required classes are FREE
Students and faculty $5.00
General Admission $10.00

Mistress Page Hanna Mandernach
Mistress Ford Kallen Alsdorf
Master Page Joey Hoffmann
Master Ford Isaiah Johnson
Sir John Falstaff Levi Prudhomme
Ancient Pistol Shanna Smith Jaggars
Corporal Nim Jake Cody
Bardolph Hannah Nelson
Anne Page Madison Task
Fenton Joey Flynn
Dr. Caius Conner Limbaugh
John Rugby Pablo Tanguay
Mistress Quickly Hannah Woods
Parson Evans Antony Shuttleworth
Host of the Garter Ellie Rogers
Justice Shallow Keir Lamont
Master Slender Joseph Glandorf
Simple/Ensemble Natalie Dalea
Boy/Servant/Ensemble Bri Clemens
Servant/Ensemble Miriam Nordine
Ensemble Mary Dolley-Kinsey
Chorus Hannah Grace

Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is well known and loved. An earlier version of the play has not been performed since the early seventeenth century. The theater company of the Ohio State University Department of English, Lord Denney’s Players, presents the modern world premiere of Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor.

Shakespeare’s comedic farce explores themes of love, jealousy, revenge, and class. ”Merry Wives is the only Shakespeare play set in the provincial England of Shakespeare’s own lifetime,” artistic director Dr. Sarah Neville noted,“The play has a unique realness”.

The beloved comedy exists in two forms. Many are familiar with The Merry Wives of Windsor as a text from the First Folio, the collection of Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623. Scholars argue that a shorter version– known as the First Quarto, published in 1602– was Shakespeare’s initial draft of the play. The First Quarto text, titled Sir John and the Merry Wives of Windsor, has never been staged as a complete production.

“By producing the first performance of the briefer text, Lord Denney’s Players contributes uniquely to Shakespearean scholarship,” Neville explained. Internationally renowned Shakespeare scholars will travel to Columbus to witness the historic production and participate in a Faculty and Undergraduate Conference to contextualize Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor from April 6-7.

Lord Denney’s Players is the theatre company of the Ohio State University Department of English. The organization empowers students, faculty, and staff of any background to perform early modern drama.

Neville says,“Our production of Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor is a lab for scholars, students, and our community to explore Shakespeare’s creative process.”
“Once I got the language in my mouth as an actor, it transformed the way I read other literature,” Ohio State sophomore Hannah Woods said, “I use everything I’ve learned in my English classes to inform my creative decisions.”

Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor runs April 4-7, 2018 at the Van Fleet Theater of the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for students.

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April 4, 2018 7:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 – $10
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