The Merry Wives of Windsor
Written By William Shakespeare
Directed by Beth Kattelman
July 31 – August 31 / Thursdays through Sundays / 8pm
Schiller Park, Amphitheatre Stage

Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy is laugh-out-loud funny with an endearing twist

Sir John Falstaff, the aging and rotund knight, arrives in Windsor with his entourage of rascals nearly broke and desperate for money. In order to solve his financial problems, he decides to woo two rich housewives, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. Falstaff is not the “sharpest knife in the drawer” however, so he sends the wives identical love notes. Unfortunately for Sir John, the wives are best friends and quickly discover that they have received duplicate notes. Being doubly offended by Falstaff’s assumption that they would cheat on their husbands and that he also had the gall to send them identical notes, they hatch a plot to seek revenge upon him.

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a farcical play with lots of zany action and physical comedy. It is thought that the play was written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I who wanted to see another play featuring Falstaff, one of her favorite characters from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2.

Creative Team
Director: Beth Kattelman
Assistant Director: Sarah Gehring
Costume Designer: Julia Ferreri
Set Designer: Trent Bean
Lighting Designer: Jarod Wilson
Sound Designer: Bill Bragg
Sound Engineer: Catherine Rinella
Stage Manager: Sarah Hurwitz
Assistant Stage Managers: Alexa Raasch and Casey O’Connor
Prop Person: Liz Langford
Light Board Operator: Rob Philpott
Sound Board Operator: Brandon Lively
Wardrobe Manager: Dayton Willison
House Managers: Ayla Stirnaman and Ansley Stewart
Directing Intern: Amanda Loch

Cast
Sir Hugh Evans: Stefan Langer
Shallow: Andy Falter
Slender: Dayton Willison
Dr. Caius: Danny Turek
Mistress Anne Page: Cecelia Bellomy
Sir John Falstaff: Adam Simon
Fenton/Nym: Jesse Massaro
Mistress Ford: Elizabeth Harelik
Mistress Page: Michelle Weiser
Quickly: Jennifer Youngblood
Ford: Micah Logsdon
Page: Nick Baldasare
Robin: Angela Baldasare
Simple: John Beeler
Bardolf: John Quigley
Pistol: John Connor
Host: Austin Wiezbiski

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Elizabeth Harelik as Mistress Ford, Adam Simon as Sir John Falstaff and Michelle Weiser as Mistress Page. Photo by Nick Pershing.

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Micah Logsdon as Ford, Elizabeth Harelik as Mistress Ford, Adam Simon as Sir John Falstaff and Michelle Weiser as Mistress Page. Photo by Nick Pershing.

 
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Michelle Weiser as Mistress Page and Elizabeth Harelik as Mistress Ford. Photo by Nick Pershing.

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Micah Logsdon as Ford, Michelle Weiser as Mistress Page, Elizabeth Harelik as Mistress Ford and Adam Simon as Sir John Falstaff. Photo by Nick Pershing.


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