June 27, 2012

White Bear Lake, MN – It’s time to enjoy Shakespeare as The Bard intended—outdoors.

The 44th season of Shakespeare & Company, Minnesota’s longest-running outdoor classical repertory theatre, begins June 29 at Century College and runs through August 4. This year’s productions are The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Coriolanus.

All performances are held at Century College’s Outdoor Theatre on the West Campus, 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake. (Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket, snacks and beverages.) Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for children under 10. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 pm, and Sundays at 6 pm. Tickets are available at the ticket booth prior to the performance. (No advance ticket sales.)

For information, please call 651-779-5818.

Starting June 29, enjoy the following plays:

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, directed by George M. Roesler. “Well, if my wind were long enough, I would repent.”Falstaff, the man who loves to play tricks on others, becomes the butt of ridicule when he attempts to con the two merry wives, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, out of some cash. The pair manage to outwit Falstaff and, along the way, teach the jealous Mr. Ford a lesson. The Merry Wives of Windsor is truly a positive statement about love, marriage, trust and family, with a feminist twist. “Wives may be merry and yet honest too.”  June 29, June 30, July 6, July 19, July 27, August 4

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare, Directed by Ann Frances Gregg.  At the start of the play, young Proteus only has eyes for Julia. However, on a trip to Milan, one look at the cool and confident Silvia changes everything. Now Proteus is head-over-heels with his best friend’s girl, but Julia is determined not to fade into the background. Competitive wooers, a cross-dressing heroine, and a nighttime escape make this, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, a fun adventure for all audiences.  July 5, July 7, July 13, July 21, July 26, August 3

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, Directed by Jeff Altier.  Coriolanus is a great war general, but now it’s peacetime and he is persuaded to become a tribune and man of the people. But Coriolanus thinks the people are unworthy of a voice in their own government and treats them with contempt and rage. The power of self-governing is opposed to the power by the few. In addition, Coriolanus is too proud and stubborn to believe there might be a better way to solve things than by violence. This is one of the final tragedies by Shakespeare, and one of the least performed. It is also the most political play he ever wrote.  July 12, July 14, July 20, July 28, August 2

Season 2019 Performance Schedule:

Saturday                  June         29            The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday                    June         30            The Merry Wives of Windsor

Friday                      July         5              The Two Gentlemen of Verona             

Saturday                  July         6              The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday                    July         7              The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Friday                      July         12            Coriolanus              

Saturday                  July         13            The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Sunday                    July         14            Coriolanus

Friday                      July         19            The Merry Wives of Windsor

Saturday                  July         20            Coriolanus

Sunday                    July         21            The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Friday                      July         26            The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Saturday                 July         27            The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday                    July         28            Coriolanus

Friday                      August    2              Coriolanus

Saturday                  August    3              The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Sunday                    August    4              The Merry Wives of Windsor