By William Shakespeare
Directed by Becky Kemper
May 4 - 26, 2013
Celebrating one of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters and infamous skirt-chasers, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR reunites audiences with the ever-merry, ever-scheming character Sir John Falstaff from Shakespeare’s history plays King Henry IV, Part 1 and King Henry IV, Part 2, this time at the center of a comedy of his own. THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR chronicles the exploits of Falstaff who, down on luck and money, tries to swindle two seemingly-simple housewives. But the joke is on him when the Mistresses Ford and Page catch on to Falstaff’s seduction scheme and teach him a lesson with some mischief of their own.
African-American Shakespeare Company’s production, re-set in the 1960’s in the shared back yards of a city neighborhood, adopts the style of the popular urban black theater movement known as the “Chitlin Circuit.”
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African-American Shakespeare Company is funded in part by the Fleishhacker Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grants for the Arts/SF Hotel Tax Fund, San Francisco Foundation, the California Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts MidWest; and special school matinee performance sponsored by Macy’s.