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

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


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.


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


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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