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Merry Wives of Windsor, The

Synopsis
A video recording of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 1998 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Daniel Fish and set in a Catskills holiday resort in the 1950s. David Sabin is Falstaff.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
25 Apr 1998

Credits

Director
Daniel Fish
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
James Kronzer
Costume
Kaye Voyce
Choreographer
Peter Pucci
Cast
David SabinSir John Falstaff
Evalyn BaronMistress Margaret Page
Melissa GallagherMistress Alice Ford
Franchelle Stewart DornMistress Quickly
Craig WallacePistol
Edward GeroGeorge Page
Emery BattisRobert Shallow
Eric HoffmanHost of the Garter Inn
Eve MichelsonAnne Page
Everett QuintonDoctor Caius
Jimonn ColeFenton
John PlumpisAbraham Slender

Additional Details

Theatre
Lansburgh, Washington, DC
Theatre company
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1950s
Plays
Merry Wives of Windsor, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Open-air theatre

Notes

Notes
WAPAVA also recorded the performance at Carter Barron on 9 June 1999.
General
In an interview on the Shakespeare Theatre Company website (accessed 11/2007) Fish gives his reasons for setting the play in 1950s America - , "we think of a time when repression and conformity gave way to a new freedom of expression and liberality. Shakespeare’s plays, all of them, are replete with this exact transformation. He is always concerned with what is irrepressible in human nature. In the case of Merry Wives, it’s jealousy, love and lust. They’re the same ideas we see in Othello, told from a comedic point of view."
History
Produced by the Shakespeare Theatre at the Lansburgh, Washington, DC, 24 March-10 May 1998; and at the Shakespeare Theatre Free for All at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DC, 5-20 June 1999.
Reviews
Johnson-Haddad, Miranda. Shakespeare Bulletin 17, no. 2 (1999).

Archive

Name

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)

Email
leahkim@umd.edu
Web
http://www.wapava.org External site opens in new window
Phone
(301) 405 9117
Address
James J. Taylor Collection
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-1630

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