The Merry Wives of Windsor

Love and deception are the name of the game in the small town of Windsor when Shakespeare’s famous larger-than-life anti-hero Falstaff comes for a visit.  Falstaff sets out to woo the Housewives of Windsor for some quick cash, but finds himself outfoxed by the wise Windsor Wives, becoming the buffoon instead of the leading man in his own ambitious tale of romance.  The entire family will laugh their way through this energetic and charming farce.

 

Presented outdoors at the Village at Hendrix and on the ground of the Argenta Farmers’ Market. Opens June 4th. All performances are “pay what you can,” with a suggested donation of $15.

 

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Fiddler on the Roof

This classic beloved musical tells the story of Tevye the dairyman who takes ultimate joy in his family and traditions. He works to raise his five daughters and see them married well, but must struggle against modern ideas and the rising tide of anti-Semitism in 1900s Russia that threaten to destroy his family and their way of life. 

 

Presented on-stage at Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway. Opens June 10th.

 

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The Merchant of Venice

 Comedy and tragedy collide in this story of lovers united and families torn apart.  At the center is Shylock, the Jewish moneylender. When the Venetian merchant Antonio is forced to seek a loan from Shylock, a man he despises for his religion and profession, he is asked to enter into an impossible contract: he must give a pound of flesh if unable to pay back the borrowed sum. What follows is a complex and challenging exploration of love, mercy, integrity, and justice that reminds us that, “all that glisters is not gold.” 

 

Presented on-stage at Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway. Opens June 19th.

 

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As You Like It

For All Ages!

 

Our one-hour Family Shakespeare adaptation takes you on a comedic romp through the Forest of Arden, an enchanting world in which nothing is quite what it seems.  Rosalind is our bold and witty heroine who discovers her true nature and the nature of love when forced into disguise as a boy. This play reveals the potential of poetry to make things happen—to transform and reform, to turn longing into love, and to reveal wisdom through silliness. 

 

Presented on-stage at Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway. Opens June 23th.

 

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Also available to tour to communities across the state through July 5. All you need is a space—we’ll provide the rest.  For more information about how to bring As You Like It to your town, e-mail Mary Ruth Marotte at mrmarotte@arkshakes.com.

 

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Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's 2015 Season

characters at their center who are struggling with issues of who they are. Tevye in Fiddlermust come to terms with what it means to be a traditional man in an increasingly modern world, Shylock in Merchant must navigate his Jewish identity in a world that his hostile to his religion, Falstaff in Merry Wives views himself as a romantic lover while the rest of the world sees him only as a buffoon, and Rosalind in As You Like It disguises herself as a boy and better understands her true nature and the nature of love in the process,” Scallet continued.

 

AST will also partner with other community organizations this year to help explore some of the key issues of religious diversity, tolerance, and the significance of faith and tradition that are raised specifically in Fiddler on the Roof and The Merchant of Venice. Collaborations with the Jewish Federation of Arkansas and Temple B’nai Israel of Little Rock have been established to organize educational and outreach events on these topics both leading up to and during the season.

 

Actors, designers, and crew will arrive in Conway on May 10th to begin the process of creating the four shows to be produced in multiple venues and play in repertory in Central Arkansas. The Merry Wives of Windsor will kick off the 2015 season at The Village at Hendrix in Conway on June 4th, and then tour to the Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is excited to announce its ninth season of professional theatre in repertory will run June 4-June 28, 2015 with performances of Shakespeare’s raucous comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, his complex and intriguing The Merchant of Venice, the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof (with Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick), and a delightful adaptation for young audiences of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It. The season will take place at multiple venues: Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus and The Village at Hendrix, both in Conway, as well as outdoors in the Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock. As You Like It will also be available for touring with performances already scheduled at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

 

“Looking towards my fourth year as the artistic leader of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, I wanted to have a repertory season that was exciting and fresh, that truly allowed the productions to be viewed in dialogue with each other, and also one that would capture audiences’ imaginations and challenge them to think about their lives. I think these four shows do just that,” said Producing Artistic Director Rebekah Scallet. Scallet selected the productions based around the theme of identity. She continued, “All of the plays have

“With these two outdoor venues, we hope that theatre-goers in Arkansas and around the region will recognize AST for its dedication to the cultural and artistic growth that is currently underway in our state,” said Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte, AST’s executive director. “Our outdoor venue at The Village has drawn huge crowds the last four years, and our audiences look forward to the show and the entire experience of Shakespeare under the stars. In addition, we look forward to bringing our professional theatre to Argenta for our third consecutive year.” The remaining productions will be performed at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus, where AST makes its home.

 

The season will close on June 28th with a matinee performance of The Merchant of Venicein Reynolds. Tickets for the season go on sale April 13, 2015.

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