Monday, May 11, 2015
Southwest Shakespeare Company's 2015 / 2016 Season
2015-16 Season Schedule
September 4-19 HYSTERIA by Terry Johnson - Farnsworth Studio A tour-de-force of language and wit, this fast-paced farce was a smash hit when it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1993. Freud and Dali meet for tea at Freud's house in Hampstead one summer's afternoon in 1938. The play combines that meeting with the arrival of the mysterious Jessica, who brings serious charges against Freud. In the last months of his illness, the exhausted Freud soon finds himself up to his neck explaining both his life's work and the female undergarments in his garden.
October 16-31 THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse
Sir John Falstaff, a visitor to the town of Windsor and needing money, sends letters to Mistresses Page and Ford in the hope of wooing them and tapping into their husbands’ fortunes. The women discover his intention and, enlisting Mistress Quickly as their messenger, set a trap. One of the merriest of Shakespeare comedies, and peopled with riotous characters such as Parson Hugh Evans and the insane Doctor Caius, it’s a farce that’s not to be missed.
January 14-30, 2016 Winterfest Repertory Virginia Piper Repertory Theater
Set in the sun bleached outpost of Cyprus, this tale boils with fury, honor, and consuming passions. The Moor Othello, a celebrated general but also an outsider, shares a boundless love with Desdemona, a Venetian aristocrat, but their happiness could be undone by the deceitful Iago, Othello’s military aid. This tale of Love and Treachery will feature one of the finest casts ever assembled by Southwest Shakespeare Company.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Shakespeare’s farcical onslaught of mistaken identities, fateful romance and family reunions. Not one but two sets of long-separated twins form the springboard to much confusion, slapstick, and surprise as a family that once was lost now is found, in a strange, possibly haunted, and madly wonderful land!
February 26-March 12, 2016 WITTENBERG by David Davalos - Farnsworth Studio
It is October 1517 in northern Germany and the characters of Hamlet, his mentor John Faustus, and Faustus' colleague and Hamlet's instructor and priest, Martin Luther, all collide in a brilliant theatrical construction by David Davalos."…a crackling good bit of entertainment… Hilarity, thy name is WITTENBERG." —NY Times. "…a sort of quadrangular Shakespeare in Love: It's a philosophy survey course and a non-smirking smartypants comedy all in one." —NY Magazine. "…a delightful romp that's as accessible as it is thought-provoking." —New York Post. "A cocktail of brainy allusions, absurdist plot twists, sly wordplay and disarming anachronisms, fortified with serious ideas.”—Washington Post
March 25-April 9, 2016 TWELFTH NIGHT - Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse
A deliciously dark comedy of mistaken identities and misdirected passions. Twelfth Night offers a touchingly human celebration of the delights and agonies of love, pride and celebration. Lovers and misfits, clowns and gentry collide in an entertaining cocktail of comic confusion. The vain and authoritarian Malvolio has commanded that there "shall be no more cakes and ale", but he is taken in when a plot is hatched to fool him into thinking the lady of the house is in love with
him. "With hey, ho, the wind and the rain", join us in Illyria for this most romantic of Shakespeare's comedies.
For Season Subscription info call 480 435-6868. Single tickets go on sale in August.