Shakespeare Marathon – Sweet Tea Shakespeare & Fayetteville State

Sweet Tea Shakespeare & Fayetteville State presents The Merry Wives of Windsor on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6 am, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Medina Demeter

Mistress Ford – Jess Jones
Mistress Page – Marie Lowe
Falstaff – Jeremy Fiebig
Ford – Zecharias Williams
Page – Medina Demeter
Sir Hugh Evans – Jessica Osnoe
Dr. Caius – Brandon Bryan
Anne Page – Tohry Petty
Fenton – NIc Fulton
Slender – Nic Fulton
Shallow – Zecharias Williams
Mistress Quickly – Jessica Osnoe
Bardolph – Jess Jones
Nim – Nic Fulton
Pistol – Zecharias Williams
Host – Tohry Petty 
Simple – Medina Demeter
Rugby – Medina Demeter
Robin – Nic Fulton

ABOUT THE PLAY :  In The Merry Wives of Windsor, fat, disreputable Sir John Falstaff pursues two housewives, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, who outwit and humiliate him instead. Meanwhile, three suitors seek the hand of Anne Page, Mistress Page’s daughter.

Falstaff hopes to seduce the wives so he can gain access to their husbands’ wealth. Ford learns of Falstaff’s approaches and is consumed by jealousy. In disguise, he befriends Falstaff to learn about Mistress Ford’s behavior. The wives, however, trick Falstaff and Ford. As Falstaff visits Mistress Ford, Mistress Page announces that Ford is coming. Falstaff hides in a basket of dirty laundry and is thrown in the river.

Another visit ends similarly: Falstaff disguises himself as “the fat woman of Brentford,” whom Ford hates. Ford beats “her” in anger. Finally, Falstaff is lured to a comical nighttime rendezvous where all of Windsor comes together, Falstaff is publicly humiliated, and Ford admits his folly. Two of Anne Page’s suitors elope with boys in disguise while Anne marries her chosen suitor, Fenton.

 Folger Shakespeare Library. “The Merry Wives Of Windsor.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.