Friday, October 17, 2008

COM: Jim Weisman directing Windsor in Fbg!

Fredericksburg, Texas, October 16, 2008
Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will present William Shakespeare's classic "The Merry Wives of Windsor" from October 17 – November 2, 2008. Curtains will be lifted at The Steve W. Shepherd Theater on Friday, October 17, 7:30pm.

In the light-hearted comedy, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", feminine wisdom triumphs over a jealous husband, confused lovers, and a web of merriment. Follow the Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s fattest of knights, as he imagines that Mistress Ford and Mistress Page are both taken with him. Attracted by their personal charms and their husbands’ money, the knight decides to woo them both. But the women are up to the old lecher’s tricks and turn the tables on him with a series of humiliating assignations, midnight terrors and a very damp, extremely smelly laundry basket.

"We waited until we could do Shakespeare right,” Jeryl Hoover, founder and artistic director of the Fredericksburg Theater Company, said. “Now in our 12th season, we’re ready to showcase our talent in the presentation of this challenging but entertaining comedy.”

Directing the play is Austin’s Jim Weisman who adapted the script, shortening the play from five acts to two. “He understands the entertainment aspect of the play and has brought his Shakespeare expertise to Fredericksburg.” Hoover said. “Everyone has learned from Jim’s unique approach to this famous genre of theater.” Jim has worked extensively with the Point Theater in Ingram, Texas since 1998, serving as resident director from 1999-2003, and returning as guest director on many occasions.

Portraying the role of Falstaff is Larry Kuhlken who is an FTC veteran. Master Frank Ford will be played by Graydon Vaught who has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Texas Opera Theater, Theater Under the Stars and the Houston Symphony Chorus.

Mistress Ford will be play by Nancy Reagan whose professional credits include two seasons at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. She was trained at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida. Mistress Page will be played by Tommie Bailey who has appeared at the FTC, The Point and Playhouse 2000.

Performances will be held on weekends, October 17 – November 2. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm. Sunday performances are at 2:00pm. There will be a special performance on Thursday, October 30. There is no performance on Friday, October 31.

The show will take place in the freshly completed, and newly dedicated, Steve W. Shepherd Theater, by generous donation from Carol Ann Shepherd.

Tickets for the general public are $20 for adults and $5.50 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org or at the box office, Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm, (866)669-7114.


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